ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine ‘Joining Forces’ to support veterans


JOHNSON CITY (November 10, 2014) – East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine has always prided itself on being supportive of military veterans returning to school, but now the medical school has joined a national effort to further its efforts.

“We’ve been labeled a veteran-friendly school for some time,” said Dr. Ken Olive, executive associate dean for academic and faculty affairs at Quillen. “Now, we are looking at opportunities to increase the amount that we are doing with and for our veterans.”

Earlier this year, Quillen joined dozens of other medical schools in becoming a member of Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans and their families and support them through wellness, education and employment opportunities.

“Being affiliated with the VA, it just made sense for us to do this,” Olive said. “Largely, we are already doing these things.”

Olive said being a part of the initiative gives the medical school an opportunity to better educate students about the issues related to veterans’ health while also helping further the benefits for the roughly three to five veterans that enroll each year at Quillen.

“Through getting involved with Joining Forces, I think we’ll have richer curricular content in veterans and military health areas down the road,” he said. “We’ll have students more actively involved with veterans, more so than we have even now, and, hopefully, we’ll have more veterans in our medical student body.”

By taking the pledge to be a part of Joining Forces, the Quillen College of Medicine has promised to:

  • Enrich medical education to ensure current and future physicians are trained in the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for military service members, veterans and their families;
  • Disseminate the most up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic information as it relates to traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder;
  • Grow the body of knowledge leading to improvements in health care and wellness for military service members, veterans and their families; and
  • Join with others to further strengthen the supportive community of physicians, institutions and health care providers dedicated to improving the health of military service members, veterans and their families.

For more information, about Joining Forces, visit

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