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Jay Johnston

 Jay Johnston

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
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Why Quillen

As a student who took an alternative path leading to medicine I can honestly say that Quillen was the best fit for several reasons. First and most importantly to me is Quillens small class size. I didn't want to get lost in a sea of students as in some other universities. Second, a majority of the rotations can be done locally to include Johnson City Medical Center and the VA, both of which are within walking distance from the school. Lastly, Quillen is a Vet friendly school that supports its student veterans and also emphasizes veteran care with rotations through the Mountain Home VA.

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. 

Prior Life

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.

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