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Quillen student appointed to national advisory panel
Imani Chatman

JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 6, 2017) – A third-year student in East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine has been appointed to serve on a panel that advises the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) program.

Alexandra Imani Chatman will serve on the USMLE Medical Student and Resident Advisory Panel for two years, beginning in January 2018. The panel is made up of 15 students and residents from allopathic and osteopathic programs across the country as well as a public member jointly appointed by the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

“I am thrilled to serve as one of the members of the USMLE Student and Resident Advisory Panel,” Chatman said. “It is a great honor to represent the ETSU Quillen College of Medicine at this level.”

As part of the panel, Chatman is charged with assisting USMLE staff in working through operational issues directly impacting the examinee experience of the exam and also serves as an additional resource to inform more substantive policy questions as well as serving as an informal ambassador for the program. Topics the panel may be asked to address or weigh in on include strategic enhancements to the USMLE, communication strategies to examinees, performance feedback to examinees, the testing day experience and changes in the USMLE policy.

Chatman was nominated for the appointment by Dr. Robert T. Means Jr., dean of the Quillen College of Medicine.

“Imani is an outstanding student leader who represents the values and qualities of this College of Medicine,” Means said. “In appointing her, the USMLE recognizes not only her personal qualifications but also the reputation of the Quillen College of Medicine for excellence and innovation in medical education.”

Chatman is from Murfreesboro, where her parents (both Quillen alums) are practicing physicians. Chatman serves as the president for the Quillen Class of 2019 and is a member of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group executive board. She also serves on the planning committee and as a member for Integrated Grand Rounds, which is an interactive clinical experience that merges the basic sciences with patient care.

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