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Program M.D. Generalist Track
Hometown Cleveland, Tennessee (raised in Chicago, Illinois)
Undergraduate School and Major
Lee University, Biochemistry
Specialty / Career Plans
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology with an emphasis in Bone Marrow Transplantation and Research
Hiking, Camping, Boating, Concerts, Cooking, Research
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To be honest, I had not considered Quillen until I had my interview. I had always known that I wanted to specialize in pediatric hematology/oncology, not a primary care specialty, and never thought that Quillen would be the best place to prepare me for my future. However, after my interview, that all changed. I had interviewed at one other place, and it was rigorous, stressful, and, ultimately, unenjoyable. It felt as if the people that were interviewing me wanted to see me break. My experience at Quillen was completely different. Firstly, the students were happy. They were proud of their school, and were excited to show all of us interviewing what Quillen had to offer. I was interviewed by two people that genuinely wanted to get to know me. I felt important, but more importantly, I felt wanted. The goal of the interviews was to see if I could fit into their family the Quillen family. Ultimately, it was this experience that made me choose Quillen for my medical education, and I have no regrets. Most importantly, like those students that first showed me Quillen, I am happy here.
Being a Quillen Student
Medical school is hard, but that doesn't mean it cant be enjoyable. As a student, I was adopted into the Quillen Family. This dynamic fosters a sense of camaraderie between students, and has given me the greatest support system to manage, not only medical school, but my life outside of the classroom as well. I have made some of my best friendships here. We celebrate each others successes and are there for each other during tough times. Becoming part of this family has been extremely important to me and integral to all my successes in medical school.
Life Outside the Classroom
Medical school is a major time commitment, but you cannot let it consume all of your time. It is just as important to make time for friends and family as it is to study for class. Most students forget this at first, but soon find themselves in a routine that allows them to reallocate time to other, just as important, things. For me, I wake up early every morning and work until mid-evening. I treat this like a job. All of my evenings are free to spend with family and friends, and there are no exceptions to that rule. Having this type of schedule has been the best thing I have done in medical school, because I always have some time during the day to relax.
Living in Northeast Tennessee
Northeast Tennessee is a great location, not only for a medical school, but for living. Within minutes, you can be exploring the outdoors on the Appalachian Trail. There are several great places for hiking and camping, and there is nothing like seeing those mountains on your drive to school every single morning. Johnson City also has a great downtown area that continues to get better year after year. There are several restaurants, breweries, and other places that are recent additions to the downtown area. Another great advantage to Johnson City is that its inexpensive. In addition, Asheville, North Carolina, which is only about an hour away, makes for a perfect escape. Asheville has awesome breweries and concert venues that make it a great place to spend a weekend.
When I was seven years old, I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In order to treat my disease, I went through two and a half years of chemotherapy and radiation. The road was tough, to say the least, but my oncologists became my biggest role models and are my life's heroes. The role they played in my life directly impacted my choice to go into medicine, because I want to treat others how they treated me. Since then, I have known that medicine has been the only choice for me. I share this because I want to emphasize the idea that every single person that chooses medicine has a story that is unique to that individual. Every person in your class will have these unique experiences and it makes for an eclectic environment that is rich in different perspectives.