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Jesse Lawson

Jesse Lawson

Program Generalist M.D. Track

Hometown Rogersville, TN

Undergraduate School and Major ETSU, Health Sciences (Human Health)

Specialty / Career Plans Emergency Medicine or Anesthesiology

Extracurricular Activities Emergency Medicine Interest Group, State of Franklin Running Club, Anesthesiology Interest Group, Tar Wars, Quillen High School Outreach Program

Marital Status Married

Jesse Lawson

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Why Quillen
One day when I was at ETSU during my undergraduate years, I had the opportunity to tour Quillen. I'm a big believer in positive attitudes and first impressions, and the first people I met were Stephanie and Doug in the admissions office. They paved the way and set the bar high for the "Quillen Family." They treated me with the utmost kindness and were true down-to-earth people who I knew would be there for me whether I attended Quillen or not. Students had similar attitudes. Medical school is tough and exhausting sometimes, but it is easier due to the amazing faculty, staff, as well as my classmates. Other schools that I was accepted too were nice as well, but I KNEW I would make wonderful friends while attaining a great education at Quillen. At the end of my first year, I truly attest that I was right. 

Being a Quillen Student
Quillen prepares you to be a top clinician. You may have an anatomy exam and then be able to go into the simulation lab with standardized patients and practice exam skills. If you are interested in research, interest groups, sports, or just have questions, faculty are only an email away. I know if I were struggling, my classmates and the faculty would be there to lend a hand if they knew. Even though I'm only slightly interested in Primary Care, I know whether I decide to enter Family Medicine or Dermatology, Quillen will support me and be there if I need them. I am very blessed to be able to attend this great institution. 

Juggling School and Family
Juggling family and school has been rough, but doable. My wife is a first year pharmacy student across the street so we have to make time for each other on a regular basis. Medical school will challenge you to the point where you have to make time for yourself and others around you. How can you take care of patients if you cannot care for yourself? I am a huge advocate for mental health, and I believe Quillen is supportive of it as well. 

Life Outside the Classroom
My classmates and I spend time together outside of the classroom. We have puppy days, restaurant outings, art nights, and intramural to bond and enjoy each other's company. Do not waste time on social media and your computer as free time is limited. Spend your extra time doing quality activities that will restore your body and mind. The school is in great proximity to great running trails, hiking, boating, restaurants, and shopping. I awe at the beautiful fall colors or the mountains as I drive to class.

Living in Northeast Tennessee
I have lived in NE Tennessee my entire life! It is a beautiful area that offers activities for people that are single, married, or have families. Outdoors are around every corner, and wonderful food is around every turn. There is no traffic and costs are very cheap compared to most other cities. I could not imagine doing medical school anywhere else. 

Prior Life
After high school, I received several offers to compete in track and field and cross country at the collegiate level. At the time, I declined as I wanted to stay close to home to be around family and friends for as long as I could. I attended ETSU where I majored in Health-Sciences. I also volunteered in the area at places such as the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and One Acre Cafe. After graduating, my wife and I took a gap year to travel and work. During that time, I worked as a medical scribe in Alcoa, TN with several amazing physicians that were great friends and role models.

Words of Wisdom
Please do not rush everything in your life. Take your time exploring your interests and talents. Medical school will always be there. Once you enter medical school, do not give up on things you love! Schedule time in for your friends/spouse as it is very important. Medical school will change you. Stay true to your values and make it for the better, not the worse. 


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