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Rose Desvaristes

 Rose Desvaristes

Program M.D. Generalist Track

Hometown Johnson City, TN now but came from Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Undergraduate School and Major Bachelor and Master of Science University of Louisiana at Lafayette/ Biology with minors in Spanish and Chemistry 

Specialty / Career Plans For now I am leaning toward either emergency or Internal medicine; international medicine as well in the future.

Extracurricular Activities I enjoy Hiking, exercising, Zumba and spending time with friends. I also get involved in Health ministry at church, health fairs in the community, school interest group including Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Christian Medical and Dental Association.


Marital Status Single

Dr. Rose Desvaristes, Emergency Medicine
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Why Quillen

I chose Quillen because it was the best place for me. I started visiting Quillen shortly after I moved to Johnson City as I was contemplating going back to school to pursue my true passion. I got to meet several of the first year students at the time and even had a chance to travel to a global health meeting with some of them. It was a great opportunity to learn about some of the very unique attributes of the school.  Family, support system, availability of professors, and resources were among some of the things that resonated with me. In addition, I was working with some of the Quillen graduates at the hospital, and they were a powerful testimony of how the school prepares their graduates to make a difference in healthcare. I knew then that Quillen would provide the right environment conducive to my learning and development into a physician.

Being a Quillen Student   

I definitely enjoyed the small class size, the welcoming nature of students and staff, and the close interaction with my professors. This is important to me because it facilitates a level of accountability. Moreover, I also like the fact that Quillen has all sorts of resources available from classroom materials to counseling, whether you need them or not, you know someone or the resources are there.

Living in Northeast Tennessee

Being from Haiti, I have a penchant for mountains. The first time I went to Roan Mountain, I felt exhilarated. Northeast Tennessee with its panoramic mountainous views is beautiful, and I feel very fortunate to have a chance to explore this area and learn about the Appalachian culture. As time permits, I enjoy driving around, hiking especially during the fall season.

Prior Life

Before coming to Quillen, I finished a Master's program in Biology and a Bachelors degree in nursing. I worked as a teacher, lab assistant and most recently as a registered nurse. As a nurse, I worked in Johnson City and in Naples Florida caring for high acuity patients mainly in trauma and surgical units. I am very thankful for all my prior experiences and believe that they give me a great perspective moving forward in my career.

Words of Wisdom   

Medical school is not like any other school. One needs discipline, dedication and effort to undergo the admission process as well as surviving in medical school. I believe that it is important to develop good habits early, in both academic and personal life, be teachable, recognize weaknesses early and seek to improve them promptly. If being a physician is your dream, seek the experiences that will help you discover yourself and make your dream a reality. 

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