Faculty and Staff
Beth Anne Fox, MD, MPH, CPE, FAAFP
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Caroline Abercrombie, MD
Sr. Director of Experiential Learning
OSCE Dir., Office of Academic Affairs
Dir. of Community Engagement, Interprofessional Education
Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education
Dr. Abercrombie received her MD from Mercer University School of Medicine, where she also did a year of general surgery residency training and served on faculty as an Instructor of Anatomy. Within ETSU Quillen's Dept. of Academic Affairs, she serves as OSCE Director, Transitions to Clinical Clerkships Course Director, M3 OSCE Competency Director, and Co-Director of the fourth-year ethics electives: Clinical Ethics and the Profession of Medicine, Physicians & End of Life Care, Anatomy Ultrasound elective. For the Academic Health Science Center, she serves as Director of Community Engagement for Interprofessional Education to place teams of interprofessional students in facilities to practice collaborative care. She also holds appointments in the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Dept. of Physical Therapy as an adjunct teaching faculty. She has overseen integration of technology into the anatomy laboratory and adoption of the soft embalmed teaching model for surgical and procedural training. Working with the Office of CME and educators in the region, she strives to develop interactive Educational Conferences and Skills Workshops in an effort to provide continuing educational opportunities for regional healthcare providers.
Ensures administrative support and coordination is available to implement the activities and operation of the Office of Academic Affairs; interacts daily with departments and organizations external to Academic Affairs and the university; oversees and implements the Clinical Preceptorship program for first- and second-year medical students; maintains the Academic Affairs' budget.
Provides secretarial support for The Profession of Medicine, Case Oriented Learning, Genetics, Cell and Tissue, and Healers Art courses; creates and edits course documents (syllabi, handouts, etc.) and maintains schedules within D2L; coordinates committee meetings and maintains minutes for those meetings; Maintains and processes records and database files; Compiles reports and studies of data analysis; Processes documents and forms for visiting students, fourth year student away rotations, etc.; Processes departmental communications and materials; Assists in small group events and exams; Serves as receptionist for Academic Affairs; back-up for facility scheduling of rooms in Building 178; secretarial support for coordinators and faculty
Manager, Center for Experiential Learning
Works directly with simulation director to maintain and direct all aspects of the Simulation Laboratory; initiates use of patient simulator ensuring all systems are operable for the scheduled scenario, including programming the simulator experience through high fidelity simulation and medical task trainers; monitors patient simulator systems, providing or scheduling needed maintenance; assists in the scheduling of Simulation Laboratory space and simulators. Andy has a diverse background in EMS and was previously employed by the Bristol TN Fire Dept., where he performed duties in both fire and EMS.
Stephen ‘Brock’ Blankenship, MD, FAAEM
Director for the Center for Experiential Learning
Brock is a Tennessee native and veteran of the US Armed Forces. He trained and worked in the special operations community as a USAF Pararescueman. After graduating with honors from the University of Tennessee, he attended Quillen College of Medicine and graduated - AOA Class of 2004. Dr. Blankenship trained in emergency medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where he was recognized with teaching accolades. He is board-certified through the American Board of Emergency Physicians and Fellow - American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Blankenship continues to train medical students and resident physicians in his clinical practice at several sites in Virginia. While working as an attending emergency medicine physician, he has served in several capacities to include Chief of Staff at Johnston Memorial Hospital - Abingdon, VA. In 2016, Dr. Blankenship joined the QCOM/ETSU team as the Director for the Center for Experiential Learning which oversees inter-professional simulation and standardized patient medical education.
Perry Ann Butler
Standardized Patient Manager
Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training and scheduling of individuals to fulfill the need of standardized patients for the simulation of health problems for all levels of students and all departments of learning; handles all scheduling, training, tracking of hours, scheduling of facilities needed for training and testing.
Ivy A. Click, EdD
Assistant Dean for Curriculum
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Click holds three degrees from ETSU including an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership as well as B.S. and M.A. degrees in Psychology. As Assistant Dean for Curriculum her responsibilities include oversight of the quality of the curriculum and curriculum evaluation process, curriculum management and mapping, and working in collaboration with the Executive Associate Dean to ensure the curriculum meets all standards of accreditation. Dr. Click also serves as Chair of the Medial Student Education Committee (MSEC) and Chair of the Curriculum Transformation Steering Committee. Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Board for Continuing Medical Education, the Council for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Faculty Development Working Group. She has an appointment in the Department of Family Medicine where she advises students, residents, and faculty on research and quality improvement methods.
Kortni Dolinger, MS
Clinical Medical Education Director
Serves as a member of the Medical Education administration team to support the management of the third- and fourth-year curriculum, and to ensure that all activities are in full compliance with AAMC and Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation requirements. Responsible for supporting and facilitating the design, development, implementation, management, and evaluation of the M3 and M4 undergraduate medical education program.
Technician, Center for Experiential Learning
Megan comes from a background in Emergency Medical Services and holds a Marketing Degree from ETSU. Working directly with the simulation lab manager to maintain and operate all aspects of the simulation laboratory; duties include operation of high fidelity simulation mannequins and use of medical task trainers, maintaining supplies for the simulation laboratory, and scheduling for simulations and debriefing.
Chelsea Gilbert, M.A.
Clinical Medical Education Coordinator
Manages fourth-year students’ elective and selective schedules throughout the academic year and the visiting-student processes for QCOM students applying to away rotations and outside students applying for electives at QCOM. The position supports the educational and administrative initiatives of the Office of Academic Affairs under the direction of the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs for the Quillen College of Medicine.
Sandy Greene, AS
Provides support to the Executive Associate Dean as needed and serves as secretary to the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs; assists with the QCOM New Faculty Program and the Faculty Development Program; assists with scheduling faculty training workshops; conducts web-based and library research in support of Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs; compiles student data for analysis and survey purposes; maintains Faculty Development web pages. Provides secretarial support for the Career Explorations course and for coordinators as needed. Responsible for maintaining and purchasing supply inventory. Maintains departmental key inventory and issues keys for access to COM facilities.
Thomas G. Kincer, MD
Associate Dean for Rural and Community Programs
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Kincer is a graduate of Berea College and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at the UAB-Selma Family Medicine Residency. He is responsible for the oversight of the Rural Primary Care Track, the EQUIP pipeline, and the Underserved Medicine clerkship, as well as building trusted relationships with our medical community partners. Additonally, Dr. Kincer precepts family medicine residents and teaches medical students clinical-based medicine.
Heather Love, BFA
Provides secretarial support for The Practice of Medicine, Introduction to Physical Exam Skills and Clinical Transitions courses; assists with preparation / distribution of course material; serves as proctor for exams; coordinates meetings, arranges appointments; serves as contact for faculty / staff / students in tracking technology service requests; serves as secretary for the Human Patient Simulation Lab; serves as receptionist / contact person for the Office of Academic Affairs which includes providing secretarial support to various Academic Affairs' offices and designated Course Directors; Facility Scheduling web pages; schedules use of classrooms, auditoria, study rooms, teaching labs, computer lab and mezzanine areas.
Mariela McCandless, MPH
Pre-Clerkship Medical Education Director
Coordinates curriculum for all first and second year courses; coordinating the involvement of faculty and course directors in curriculum planning and annual course review; serving as Chief Proctor for administration of National Board of Medical Examiner Examinations; serving ex officio as a member of the College of Medicine curriculum committee and support to the M1M2 Curriculum Review Subcommittee.
Daniel McLellan, BS
Manages the student computer labs; administers file server; evaluates/recommends hardware/software purchases for faculty, student computer labs, and project proposals; works on other projects as necessary to support the information technology needs of the College of Medicine.
Skylar Moore, MPH, HCMC
Rural and Community Programs Administrator
Responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating rural outreach health fairs for third- year medical students. Assist with developing data needed for LCME accreditation activities. Maintain and oversee budgets and accounts payable for Rural Programs and Community Medicine- Sevierville. Coordinates work of outcomes subcommittee of the Medical Student Education Committee. Responsible for coordinating the Junior Clinical Experience subspecialty rotation.
Kenneth E. Olive, MD MACP
Associate Dean for Accreditation Compliance
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Dr. Olive completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University, his medical degree at East Carolina University, and his internal medicine residency at USAF Medical Center Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio. He is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. He served as a physician in the USAF for seven years. He has previously served as a member of the American College of Physicians Board of Governors. At Quillen, he is responsible for oversight of activities to support compliance with Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation standards. This includes ensuring that the LCME continuous quality improvement plan is being implemented and monitored. He currently serves as a member of the LCME. He also assists with teaching in the Doctoring courses and continues to provide clinical care on a limited basis.
Melissa Robinson, MD
Director of Rural and Community Programs
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Aneida Skeens, MPS, BSIS, CAP-OM
Medical Education Director
Serves as a member of the Medical Education administration team managing the curriculum management system utilized for faculty performance evaluation, student assessment, and program evaluation. Oversees curriculum mapping and annual reporting of the Curriculum Inventory (CI) to the AAMC. Serves as the administrator for Medical Student Education Committee (MSEC) and its four subcommittees by providing reports, documenting committee actions, and ensuring compliance with accreditation standards.
J. Kelly Smith, MD
Served as former director of the second-year Practicing Medicine and Immunology courses, and currently mentors an elective in Advanced Physical Diagnosis for fourth-year medical students, and assists the Department of Physiology in teaching the relevance of clinical skills to basic physiology; he received his M.D. and residency training at Cornell University, and his research training at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; since joining ETSU in 1979, he has served in a variety of administrative positions, including Chairman of Internal Medicine, Chief of the divisions of Infectious Diseases and Allergy-Immunology, and Chair of Excellence in Medicine; he is a Laureate of the American College of Physicians and a recipient of the American Association of Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award.
Sharon Smith, AS, CAP
Provides administrative and coordination support to the Executive Associate Dean. Serves as liaison between the Executive Associate Dean, University departments, administrative offices and divisions, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the general public. Manages the database and logistics for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation survey visits. Monitors LCME Standards and Elements for changes in accreditation requirements. Participates in monthly LCME Connecting with the Secretariat Webinars. Manages the yearly faculty evaluation process for all QCOM faculty. Manages the medical student exchange program and the summer school for first-year medical students with the University of Rostock in Germany. Manages clinical affiliation agreements and professional service agreements for the Office of Academic Affairs ensuring LCME requirements are included in agreements. Serves as timekeeper for the Office of Academic Affairs.
Rural Programs Executive Aide
Provides procedural information and answers general inquiries related to operational matters. Processes incoming and outgoing mail and correspondence. Maintains professional staff calendars as needed. Answers incoming phone calls and routes appropriately. Maintains office files. Uses computer applications to generate a variety of materials including correspondence. Assists with processing checks, travel requests, and ordering supplies using EBUCS. Other duties as assigned.
For more information, please visit the RPCT site: https://www.etsu.edu/com/ruralprograms/
Experiential Learning Coordinator
Supports and coordinates OSCE experiences, provides administrative support to the OSCE Director and supports standardized patient events. This include assisting with the setup and breakdown of all SP events, as well as coordination of SP’s and any support needs during the events as directed by the Simulation SP Manager.
Provides guidance in the selection of and is responsible for purchasing, installation and maintenance of multimedia technology within classrooms and conference rooms; provides ongoing training for faculty and staff in the use of multimedia technology.