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Pre-Health Living-Learning Community (PHLLC) Buc Guide

The Medical Professions Advisement Program, Department of Housing and Residence Life, College of Nursing, College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, Honors College, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, Quillen College of Medicine, and the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) have formed a partnership to create a Pre-Health Living Learning Community (PHLLC) for all students interested in pursuing a career in health care.

The PHLLC provides students with the unique opportunity to live in a residence hall community with other pre-health students. While participating in the PHLLC students will take courses together, have access to faculty advisement in the residence hall, and participate as a group in extracurricular activities, community service, and tutoring. Students must meet a minimum grade point average of 3.2 for both high school and dual enrollment credit as well as a 22 ACT or 1020 (Critical Reading and Math) SAT requirement.

The Medical Professions Advisement Program will be selecting two undergraduate students to serve as PHLLC Buc Guides for the community. These Buc Guides will serve as mentors and facilitators for this program.  Working alongside faculty and staff, they will help create programs and activities that connect residents to common interests, and assist in helping students make a successful transition to ETSU.


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Benefits and Rewards

  • Help create a successful living-learning environment for pre-health students
  • Develop leadership and interpersonal communication skills
  • Develop relationships with ETSU faculty and staff
  • Experience in planning and leading activities for fellow students
  • Satisfaction of helping students succeed on campus

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of BIOL1110/1111, BIOL 1120/1121 and CHEM 1110/1111, CHEM 1120/21 or HSCI 2010/2011 and HSCI 2020/2021; while maintaining at least a 3.0 in science coursework
  • Sophomore standing or above as of the fall semester in which employment will begin
  •  A minimum of one year living on campus (applications may be submitted in spring semester of a student’s first year on campus)
  • Successful completion of the Buc Guide Retreat offered in the spring semester prior to beginning
  •  A history of involvement at ETSU and student leadership
  • Transfer students should show involvement since transferring and any applicable experiences from previous institution(s)
  • Commitment to uphold the Mission, Vision, and Values of ETSU
  • Willingness and ability to model appropriate behavior, goal-setting, and mentoring of pre-health students

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Live within the living-learning community while modeling academic, co-curricular, and leadership involvement to community members
  • Help new pre-health students adjust and become academically and socially successful
  •  Assist in the planning and leading of programs and initiatives within the living-learning community as well as maintain records of events each semester
  • Communicate regularly with the residents in the living-learning community
  • Assist with the recruitment of new PHLLC members and serve as a Medical Professions Advisement 

Program representative at university events

  • Facilitate PHLLC hall meetings twice per month during the academic school year, or as needed
  • Attend meetings with the residential staff in your hall(s) as directed
  • Communicate regularly with the Medical Professions Advisement Office, including timely submission of any required reports or documentations

Important Dates & Time Commitment Requirements

Buccaneer Guides must be able to commit to all of the dates/times listed below.  Please do not apply for this position if you are unable to commit to all of these dates.  Contact Rachel Dinsmore ( if you have questions or concerns about any of these dates.

Spring 2017
All Buccaneer Guides are required to attend the following dates:

  • Buccaneer Guide Retreat (date TBA)
  • By Invitation Only Orientation (Saturday, April 29)
  • Pre-game event (April 28, 6:00pm-7:30pm)


Summer 2017

  • Buc Guides are invited and encouraged to assist with incoming freshmen interviews and summer orientation dates if possible.

    Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
  • Participate in move-in and training activities with your living-learning community the week before classes begin.
  • 5 hours each week for Medical Professions Advisement office hours and 10-15 hours each week building community with the residents in your living-learning community; includes programs and activities, as well as management of online communities (Facebook, email communications, other social media, etc.)
  • Planning and facilitation of twice-monthly hall meetings, attendance at PHLLC Advisory Council meetings approximately 3 times per year.
  • Provide ongoing guidance to PHLLC committees and mentors.


$800 per semester, awarded upon successful completion of each semester’s requirements.  Buc Guides are hired for an annual term (fall and spring semesters). 



These positions are supervised by Rachel Dinsmore, Academic Counselor in the Medical Professions Advisement Office.

Questions about these positions should be directed to Rachel Dinsmore at or 423.439.5602.







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