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Program M.D. Generalist Track
Hometown Mt. Juliet, TN
Undergraduate School and Major Union University, Biochemistry
Specialty / Career Plans My top three are Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Med-Peds.
Extracurricular Activities Church, intramural sports, golf, and trying new food
Marital Status Married
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Most importantly, Quillen is where I felt most at home—so much so that my fiancée wanted me here instead of closer options for our year apart. I realized medical school would be one of the most challenging times in my life no matter where I went. Being a collegiate student-athlete, I came to highly value who my “coaches” and “teammates” would be through this time. From every conversation I had with Quillen students and admissions staff, I sensed a sincere desire to invest in me as an individual and as part of the Quillen family. Secondly, I fell in love with Johnson City and the East Tennessee mountains. It’s a beautiful place to live, work, and play!
Being a Quillen Student
When anyone asks me how medical school is going, I usually tell them that it is hard and challenging me in ways I did not expect, but that going through it with people I love being around makes it enjoyable. Medical school at Quillen is, for the majority, a team sport. I hear horror stories from other medical schools of people taking every advantage to competitively get ahead—even if that means stepping on one another to get there. Here, I see people going out of their way to provide everyone with an equal opportunity to succeed. This can look like a student sharing a resource that they found helpful or a professor wanting to lay out an individualized strategy for continued success after a lower exam score. I have confidence in the process knowing that we are in this together.
Living in Northeast Tennessee
I grew up in Middle Tennessee, went to college in West Tennessee, and frequently traveled to Knoxville, where I believed for the longest time that East Tennessee stopped. I had no clue what I was missing until moving to Johnson City! Here are my top 5 things I love about living in Northeast Tennessee: outdoors galore, numerous free events, local restaurants and food trucks (my favorite to talk about), great coffee shops, and close proximity to Knoxville and Asheville for a weekend adventure.
I came directly to Quillen from Union University where I was heavily involved as a student-athlete (baseball), in Greek life, and in various organizations around and outside of campus. One of the most important lessons I learned from my time there is the importance of prioritizing and ultimately saying no to things you cannot give your all to.
Words of Wisdom
“Life is a journey, not a destination.” Most students considering medical school think of their lives in a linear fashion where you cannot get to point C if you haven’t reached point B. Oh, and point B looks a certain way and there is only one way to get there! Please remember that your identity is more than the test score, interview, or letter that you might believe is point B in your journey.