The James H. Quillen College of Medicine, part of East Tennessee State University, is situated on the university’s main campus. Having graduated its first class in 1982, the college is one of the most recent fully accredited medical schools in the country. The school provides a community-based program with an emphasis on the education of primary care physicians. Small class size is an important characteristic of the program. Surrounding the college is the naturally beautiful environment of east Tennessee. The communities of Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol are all a short distance from campus.