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First year of medical school great experience

April 30th, 2011 12:48 pm by Leigh Ann Laube

First year of medical school great experience

Editor's note: This is the final installment in a series that has followed 22-year-old Abdul Sabri as he completes his first year of medical school at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City.

When Abdul Sabri finishes his first year of medical school later this month, he’ll have completed more than 70 credit hours. He’ll have learned how the human body is supposed to work, and what it’s like trying to absorb vast amounts of information coming at him at warp speed. And he’s loved it.

“The first year, you’re learning about how things are supposed to work. The second year, you learn what happens when something goes wrong. It’s one step closer to being a physician,” he said.

Abdul, 22, is one of 72 first-year students in the largest class ever at East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine. He’s the son of a doctor and a college professor, and the third of four siblings accepted to Quillen. Sister Nadia graduated with the Quillen class of 2010 and is completing her first year of residency at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Sister Aysha is finishing her third year at Quillen and will graduate with the class of 2012. Younger brother Mohammad is a sophomore on the pre-med track in the ETSU Honors College.

All the siblings except Nadia live at home with parents Mahmood and Safia Sabri, and Abdul’s older sisters prepped him about what to expect in medical school.

“Given the fact that I was primed by my sisters, it was pretty much what they told me it was,” Abdul said. “It feels like you’re studying for finals each week. As much as somebody can really tell you what to expect and how it’s supposed to be, it’s never really the same. It’s still a huge, new experience for me.

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