ETSU medical students officially become doctors


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - East Tennessee State University medical students took their first steps as doctors on Friday, as the Quillen College of Medicine held their class of 2017 graduation.

"To finally reach the kind of end of all that we've been working for, it's really nice to kind of celebrate together as a big group," said graduate, Greg Cooper.

More than 70 students took the Hippocratic Oath and became doctors. Many are heading to residency programs across the country to continue their studies.

Students we spoke with say they're ready for the next step and are excited to start treating patients.

"I think it's just an honor working with patients," said graduate, Jennifer Bowman. "They trust you to take care of them and to help them when they're at their lowest point and that's a very humbling experience."

ETSU also has several commencement ceremonies coming up this weekend, on Saturday they have two ceremonies, one at 10 a.m. And another at 2 p.m.