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Program M.D. Generalist Track
Hometown Knoxville, TN
Undergraduate School and Major University of Tennessee - Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB)
Specialty / Career Plans Surgery
Extracurricular Activities Hiking, skiing, boating, homebrewing
Marital Status Single
You'll hear at Quillen that we're a family. After a year here, I think this is very accurate. The staff is always willing to help in any way they can, and most of them will know you by name. The smaller class size leads to a more cohesive class environment where we all know each other. Quillen teaches you to be a clinician who is engaging and cares for patients starting the first semester in the interdisciplinary communications course and continues throughout your training.
Being a Quillen Student
My classmates help to shape the experiences I have as a student at Quillen. The environment in the classroom is one of camaraderie and not competitiveness. As a student, there are many opportunities to get involved in the area of medicine and volunteering in the community.
Life Outside the Classroom
If you keep up with class and studying, you will have time to do the things you want outside of class. I was able to make it to UT football games, trips to Asheville (only one hour away), skiing in NC, and tubing down the river in Boone, the beach over breaks, New Orleans, and Nashville. By being an efficient studier, I feel as though I did not miss out on the things I wanted to do during my first year. It is possible to make time for the things you want to do throughout the year.
Living in Northeast Tennessee
Northeast Tennessee is a great area, especially for outdoor activities. Buffalo Mountain is only 10 minutes from campus with good hiking trails. Boone Lake and Watauga Lake are both nearby. There are multiple ski resorts within an hour's drive. The area is very safe and inexpensive.
Words of Wisdom
Balance. One of the most is important pieces of advice is to find a balance between school and whatever it is you enjoy doing, whether that be spending time with family or friends, watching Netflix, hiking, or anything else. This will help prevent burnout and make your school experience more enjoyable.