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Alicia Hsu


Program M.D. Generalist Track

Hometown Nashville, Tennessee

Undergraduate School and Major Belmont University Class of 2015. Biology major w/ a Pre-medical emphasis 

Specialty / Career Plans Not sure yet. Everything sounds interesting at this moment of time. 

Extracurricular Activities Figure skating, hot yoga, hiking, coffee tastings, exploring new places with my husband 

Marital Status Married 


Alicia Hsu

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Why Quillen
Quillen really appealed to me firstly because of the similarities between it and my undergraduate college department. I was used to a small class size where students really got to know one another and professors by name. Secondly, Quillen's environment is very nurturing. It is not cut throat at all and everyone is willing to help each other out. I know I learn best in this type of environment. Thirdly, my interview day at Quillen was by far the most inviting. The admissions office staff was so helpful and friendly, and the students I talked to during my first visit were very willing to answer my questions and seemed truly happy to be a part of Quillen. Lastly, Johnson City seemed really cool with the Smoky Mountains nearby and cities like Asheville, NC and Boone, NC so close by. 

Being a Quillen Student
The Quillen family is everything I ever wanted for my medical school experience. The professors are really invested in helping us succeed and make themselves very available outside of class. I have never had a problem popping into their offices to ask a question. Quillen staff members are just the kindest group of people. They really make an effort to know each of us by name and ask us how we are doing. They seem to know just what soothes the stressed out soul by providing snacks and chocolate upstairs. Finally, my classmates are simply amazing. Everyone is willing to help each other out. If someone finds an awesome resource, they share it with the entire class. The atmosphere of Quillen facilitates learning and growing as a team. We are all on this journey together.        

Living in Northeast Tennessee
Northeast Tennessee is a stunning part of the country. I love being in the mountains. When I am not studying, there are tons of trails to hike, my favorite being Roan Mountain. There are also tons of skiing in the area during the winter season. Johnson City is a small enough city where there aren't a lot of distractions, yet there are still many things to do: Food truck junctions, Festivals, free yoga in the park. Another great thing about Northeast Tennessee is the affordable cost of living. As a medical student I really appreciate how cheap rent is in this area. Finally, since I grew up in Nashville, when I am longing for a bigger city, Asheville is just a short hour away with a beautiful drive through the mountains.    

Prior Life
I grew up between Hendersonville, Nashville, and Franklin, TN. I became homeschooled in middle school in order to travel around the country for figure skating competitions. I was a competitive figure skater for 13 years up until beginning medical school. I also enjoy teaching skating to kids and adults. Some of the most rewarding moments of my life was working with kids with special needs in the Special Olympics skating program that my best friend and I started in Middle Tennessee. For undergrad I went to Belmont University in Nashville where I majored in biology and minored in chemistry. I was a part of the AED pre-health board and helped with planning community service projects. During my time at Belmont, I met my husband. We just got married in December during winter break.     

Words of Wisdom
Don't give up hobbies or things you love to do. Balancing medical school with your life outside the classroom is very doable and important. The key is time management, checklists, and scheduling. For me, I write out what I am going to study for the day. I schedule in yoga and date nights. I look ahead at the exam schedule when making weekend trip plans. However, it is also important to not get stressed out when you do divert from your schedule. It's going to happen. Be flexible for the unpredictable and be adaptable to changes. After all it happens in the hospital all the time.  

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