Program M.D. Generalist Track
Hometown Smyrna, TN
Undergraduate School and Major Campbell University, NC. Bachelor of Health
Specialty / Career Plans Emergency Medicine
Extracurricular Activities Spending time with my family, outdoor projects, Shooting
Marital Status Married with three young boys
Dr. Jay Johnston, Family Medicine
Juggling School and Family
You will find out fast, if you don't already understand that you have to balance spending time with your family while focusing on the current and upcoming material of school. Treat medical school like you would a job. Get up and out to school early every day. Don't waste time when you are there. When its time to go home and have dinner with the family, don't hesitate to pack it up and go home to have fun with them.
Living in Northeast Tennessee
This area is beautiful and offers some of the most scenic outdoor activities in TN. There are plenty of parks and trails for the family and all types of good hunting and fishing. The Tri-cities area actually has a surprising amount of activities to do and see for all interests. Ashville is close by and can serve as a mini vacation weekend when you feel the need to break away and not break your medical student wallet. All together my wife and I are very happy with our decision to come here and have enjoyed the area immensely.
I walked away from an easy retirement at the highest rank I could obtain for a new career in medicine. I had eighteen years of service when I signed my declination statement for Sergeant Major (E-9) just months before I left the Army for medical school. I am a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. I spent most of my career and my seven combat deployments as a Special Forces Medic.
Words of Wisdom
Always be a professional, it speaks volumes about you without having to say a word. At this point in your life everything you do should count towards something, be it school, your family, your health or career etc. Do not waste your time. Be in control of your life. Be well deployed as a human.