MMIG Mission: "Pursuing academic excellence to care for our brothers and sisters in arms"
The MMIG seeks to provide an environment for prior or future military members where we can combine the unique worlds of the military and medicine. The MMIG’s objectives are to:
Provide a place for veterans to share experiences, gain and provide support for each other, and enrich the education of the Quillen student population through our unique perspectives.
Provide a support structure for HPSP participants, including military-related activities, joint activities with other Quillen interest groups such as the Wilderness Medicine and Emergency Medicine Interest Group, educational seminars, administrative support, and information on career choices and paths in military medicine.
Integrate with the ETSU veterans community and the Mountain Home VA Medical Center to provide additional opportunities, including mentoring roles for undergraduates.
The Quillen military family is substantive and significant, from the faculty to the students and beyond to the Johnson City, TN community. I encourage anyone interested in military medicine or any veteran to consider Quillen for their medical school education. If you are inbound to Quillen, know that the MMIG is here to help welcome you aboard. We welcome all training ideas and experiences!
Andrew Carey, MS2
2LT, USAF (HPSP)
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The MMIG held several events in conjunction with Veterans Day. MMIG members attended the ETSU Veterans Day ceremony in Brooks Hall on November 9th, hosted a combat medicine brief on November 11th, and handed cards of appreciation to hospitalized veterans on the afternoon of the 11th. These events particularly appropriate given the deep integration of ETSU, QCOM, and the military.
-ETSU has between over 500 veterans undergraduate and graduate students, giving the student body an ample chance to get to know today’s warfighters and gain perspective and appreciation of military life in general and combat in particular.
-ETSU was recently named a Military Friendly Institution for the 7th straight year by Victory Media, a testament to ETSU’s commitment to helping qualified veterans advance their lives, contribute to society, and educate the local population about the military.
-Quillen College of Medicine was founded in large part due to the Teague-Cranston act of 1972, a federal initiative to improve the quality of care at VA centers by establishing medical schools at institutions with close affiliations with the VA.
The combat medicine brief was given by Colonel Jeffery Morgan, Medical Corps, U.S Army. A member of the QCOM class of 1998, COL Morgan spoke of conducting orthopedic surgery in combat zones, challenges to working in expeditionary environments, and reminded us to always put patient care first.
Later that day, 7 members of MMIG visited the Mountain Home VA Medical Center to distribute ‘thank you’ cards and spend time with veterans. The QCOM Classes of 2018 and 2019 wrote inspirational and appreciative messages in the cards. The veterans were happy to see fellow servicemembers in uniform and motivated us to be the best physicians and officers possible. Our nation’s warfighters deserve nothing less.