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Pre-Health Living-Learning Community (PHLLC) Buc Guide




The Medical Professions Advisement Office, Department of Housing and Residence Life, College of Nursing, College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, Honors College, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, Quillen College of Medicine, and the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) have formed a partnership to create a Pre-Health Living Learning Community (PHLLC) for all students interested in pursuing a career in health care.

The PHLLC provides students with the unique opportunity to live in a residence hall community with other pre-health students.  The PHLLC offers opportunities to develop as a whole person – academically, socially, culturally, and professionally – through social gatherings, study groups, tutoring sessions, and group enrollment in selected health discipline prerequisite courses. Students must meet a minimum grade point average of 3.2 for both high school and dual enrollment credit as well as a 22 ACT or 1020 (Critical Reading and Math) SAT requirement.

The Medical Professions Advisement Office will be selecting two undergraduate students to serve as PHLLC Buc Guides for the community. These Buc Guides will serve as mentors and facilitators for this program.  Working alongside faculty and staff members, they will help create programs and activities that connect residents to common interests, and assist in helping students make a successful transition to ETSU.  These students work in partnership with the Residence Life staff in Lucille Clement Hall. 

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Benefits and Rewards

  • Help create a successful living-learning environment for pre-health students
  • Develop leadership and interpersonal communication skills
  • Develop relationships with ETSU faculty and staff
  • Experience in planning and leading activities for fellow students
  • Satisfaction of helping students succeed on campus

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of BIOL1110/1111, BIOL 1120/1121 and CHEM 1110/1111, CHEM 1120/21 or HSCI 2010/2011 and HSCI 2020/2021; while maintaining at least a 3.0 in science coursework
  • Sophomore standing or above as of the fall semester in which employment will begin
  • A minimum of one year living on campus (applications may be submitted in spring semester of a student’s first year on campus)
  • Successful completion of Buc Guide Retreat (offered in spring semester prior to beginning) and PHLLC/RA training in fall term (as applicable)
  • A history of involvement at ETSU and student leadership
    • Transfer students should show involvement since transferring and any applicable experiences from previous institution(s)
    • Commitment to uphold the Mission, Vision, and Values of ETSU
    • Willingness and ability to model appropriate behavior, goal-setting, and mentoring of pre-health students
    • Commitment to upholding ETSU Department of Housing and Residence Life policies



Duties and Responsibilities

  • Live within the living-learning community while modeling academic, co-curricular, and leadership involvement to community members
  • Help new pre-health students adjust and become academically and socially successful
  • Assist in the planning and leading of programs and initiatives within the living-learning community as well as document attendance of students at each program/event
  • Communicate regularly with the residents in the living-learning community
  • Assist with the recruitment of new PHLLC members and serve as a Medical Professions Advisement Office representative at university events
  • Facilitate PHLLC hall meetings twice per month during the academic school year, or as needed
  • Attend meetings with the residential staff in your hall(s) as directed
  • Communicate regularly with the Medical Professions Advisement Office, including timely submission of any required reports or documentations
  • Work in partnership with the Residence Life staff in Lucille Clement Hall to uphold and support policies and procedures, and to facilitate effective community building
  • Work two ETSU Open Houses per semester.

Important Dates & Time Commitment Requirements

Buccaneer Guides must be able to commit to all of the dates/times listed below.  Please do not apply for this position if you are unable to commit to all of these dates.  Contact Rachel Dinsmore ( ) if you have questions or concerns about any of these dates.

Spring 2016
All Buccaneer Guides are required to attend the following dates:

  • Buccaneer Guide Retreat
    • Friday, April 1st, 2016 from 4-5 p.m. (Culp Center)
    • One 3-hour block of time to be determined after selection of Buc Guides
    • April 22, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. (work at By-Invitation Only Orientation at Culp Center)


Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

  • Move into Lucille Clement approximately one week before classes begin and participate in training, as well as PHLLC Orientation prior to Preview 2016.  Return is either August 12 or 13, 2016.
  • Participate in Welcome Week activities with your living-learning community
  • 60 minutes in weekly Buccaneer Guide meetings with your supervisor; this meeting time will be scheduled once selection is complete
  • 5 hours each week for Medical Professions Advisement office hours and 10-15 hours each week building community with the residents in your living-learning community; includes programs and activities, as well as management of online communities (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.)
  • 60 minutes in meetings with the Advisory Board for your living-learning community (occurs at least once a semester)

Buc Guides are permitted to hold other work and involvement commitments with approval from the position supervisor.  Commitments must not interfere with Buc Guide responsibilities.



$800 per semester, awarded upon successful completion of each semester’s requirements. Buc Guides also receive a rent scholarship to cover the cost of a room in Lucille Clement.  Buc Guides are hired for an annual term (fall and spring semesters). 


These positions are supervised by the Academic Advisor in the Medical Professions Advisement Office.

Questions about these positions should be directed to Rachel Dinsmore ( ) or 423.439.5602.

Application Dates and Interviews

Applications must be completed and turned into Rachel Dinsmore at the Medical Professions Advisement Office (inside the ARC, 2nd floor, D.P. Culp Center) by noon on Friday, March 4th, 2016.  

Interviews will be scheduled at the time applications are received; please bring a planner with you to the MPA Office when you drop off your application.  Interviews will take place March 16-18, 2016. 







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