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East Tennessee State University. College of Medicine


Founded in 1974, the Quillen College of Medicine became the second state supported medical school in Tennessee along with the University of Tennessee Medical Units in Memphis. The establishment of a medical school in Johnson City was strongly opposed by much of the rest of the state of Tennessee. Led by James H. Quillen in the United States Congress and State Representatives P.L. Robinson and Gwen Fleming, as well as State Senator Marshall Nave and members of the ETSU community such as President D.P. Culp, Dean John Lamb, and Dr. Charles Allen, the entire East Tennessee community pushed to get one of the five medical schools funded under the Teague-Cranston Act located in Johnson City. Initially, the College of Medicine was named the Quillen-Dishner College of Medicine. In 1989 Dishner was dropped from the name and the school became the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, commonly referred to as simply the Quillen College of Medicine.

The Teague-Cranston Act, passed in 1972, created five new medical schools in the United States, provided that those schools were located contiguous with a V.A. hospital. This particular provision made Johnson City an ideal location given the existence of the V.A. campus at Mountain Home just across the road from East Tennessee State University.

The Quillen College of Medicine was intended to help combat the severe doctor shortage in East Tennessee by focusing on primary and rural health care, with the hope that many of the graduates would choose to stay and work in the underserved areas of East Tennessee. In 1978 the first students began their academic careers at what was then called the Quillen-Dishner College of Medicine.


Author: Nicholas Fann
UnivRec 822

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

James H. Quillen College of Medicine Records

 Collection — other: Boxes 1-16
Identifier: 100-UnivRec 822
Arrangement This collection is divided into two series: Series 1, Establishment of the College of Medicine, and Series 2, Institutional Files. Additionally, Series 1 is divided into five subseries: Subseries 1-A, Delos P. Culp Notes and Drafts on History of College of Medicine, Subseries 1-B, Newspaper Clippings, Subseries 1-C, General Subject Files, Subseries 1-D, Photographs, and Subseries 1-E, Blueprints.

James H. Quillen Papers

 Collection — other: Roll 1
Identifier: AppMs-498
Arrangement The papers are arranged into ten series as follows: Series 1, General Office Records, 1945-1997 and undated; Series 2, Legislative Files, 1957-1996 and undated; Series 3, Project Files, 1958-1996 and undated; Series 4, Public Relations Files, 1956-1997 and undated; Series 5, Government Departments and Agencies Files, 1963-1996 and undated; Series 6, Miscellaneous Records, 1928-1996 and undated; Series 7, Memorabilia, 1964-1999 and undated; Series 8, Scrapbooks, c. 1945-1997; Series 9,...

John P. Lamb, Jr. Collection

 Collection — other: Box 1
Identifier: 100-UnivRec 439
Arrangement Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Johnson City-Washington County Area Chamber of Commerce Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-193
Arrangement The collection is divided into two series: Series 1, Scrapbooks, 1939-77; and Series 2, Other Materials, 1914-81 and undated.

Majid A. Ejlali Maps

 Collection — other: 1 oversized folder
Identifier: 100-UnivRec 430
Arrangement The maps are listed alphabetically by title.

School of Graduate Studies Records

 Collection — other: Boxes 1-4
Identifier: 100-UnivRec 187
Arrangement The collection consists of a single series: Series 1, Subject Files, 1950-1984. The files are arranged alphabetically by subject.