The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Realigns Dental Hygiene Department Under College of Dentistry

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Founded in 1926, the Department of Dental Hygiene at UTHSC is one of the earliest units established in the country to teach dental hygiene.

Anyone who has ever spent time in a dentist’s chair knows the value of a well-trained dental hygienist. Many of Tennessee’s dental hygienists learned their skills in the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Allied Health Sciences. Effective July 1, UTHSC Dental Hygiene will be realigned under the UTHSC College of Dentistry, the oldest dental college in the South and the third-oldest public college of dentistry in the United States. [Read more...]

UTHSC Auction of Works by Acclaimed Artist Paul Penczner Grosses More Than $70,000

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Artist Paul Penczner’s “Blue Bridge and Pyramid” was among works that brought high bids during the online auction on March 26. This work sold for $2,700.

An online auction by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) on Wednesday, March 26, of more than 300 works by internationally known Memphis artist Paul Penczner grossed more than $70,000.

The sale, which opened for bidding March 4, and finished with a rapid, rolling auction, drew 158 bidders. [Read more...]

College of Nursing at UTHSC Offers New Online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

Laura A. Talbot, PhD, EdD, RN, dean for the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, recently announced the launch of a new online certificate program for experienced nurse practitioners – the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program. The one-year, online certificate program is open only to nurse practitioners (NPs) who are certified in another specialty.  Applications for the fall 2014 session will be accepted through April 15.

“NPs who work in fast-paced acute care settings are being required to obtain certification as acute care nurse practitioners in order to oversee the care of patients in these high-energy environments,” Dean Talbot said. “We want to meet the needs of this specialized NP population, by offering an online, 22-credit program that provides the specific training and credentialing their employers now require.” [Read more...]

Karen C. Johnson, MD, MPH, Interim Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at UTHSC, Awarded $1.6 Million to Continue Observational Phase of Look AHEAD Study

Dr. Karen C. Johnson is the principal investigator for the Look AHEAD Study at UTHSC.

Dr. Karen C. Johnson is the principal investigator for the Look AHEAD Study at UTHSC.

The Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) Study, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), began in 2001 to examine whether weight loss and increased physical activity would prevent cardiovascular events in those with type 2 diabetes. [Read more...]

Herrera ASPEN Nutrition Support Pharmacist New Practitioner Awardee

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Dr. Oscar Herrera received the Nutrition Support Pharmacist New Practitioner Recognition Award on January 19th at the Pharmacy Practice Section meeting of Clinical Nutrition Week in Savannah, Georgia.  Dr. Herrera is Fellow of Pediatric Nutrition and Metabolic Support in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy working with professor and chair, Dr. Rich Helms.  This recognition honors a new practitioner pharmacist or student member of American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) for recent achievements within the field.  It also serves to encourage new practitioners to participate in nutrition support research, to provide an opportunity to share research with experts in the field, to network with other pharmacist members of ASPEN, and to encourage future involvement in ASPEN and the Pharmacy Practice Section.  Dr. Herrera presented his research, “Plasma citrulline concentrations in neonates/infants with or without gastrointestinal disease or bowel loss,” that led to his receiving this award.  Dr. Herrera is pictured right, receiving the award from Dr. Lori Schirmer, Communications Liaison for the ASPEN Pharmacy Practice Section.

Matthew T. Ballo, MD, Appointed Chair of the New Department of Radiation Oncology at UTHSC

Dr. Matthew Ballo has been appointed chair of the new Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Health Science Center

Dr. Matthew Ballo has been appointed chair of the new Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Health Science Center

David Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Matthew T. Ballo, MD, chair of the newly formed Department of Radiation Oncology. [Read more...]

UTHSC Welcomes Its First Physician Assistant Studies Class

The inaugural class for the new Physician Assistant Studies Program.

The inaugural class for the new Physician Assistant Studies Program.

Johnna Tanner, PA Program Department Chair, reports that as the only Physician Assistant program in the state that is associated with a public university, the mission of the program at UTHSC is to prepare a diverse group of highly skilled Physician Assistant practitioners who are dedicated to improving access and providing high quality care. With that eye to diversity, this inaugural class has set the bar high. The class is evenly balanced with 13 males and 13 females which surpasses the national average of 75% percent female students. The class is also considerably above national averages with regards to ethnicity/race.

With a diverse and experienced faculty, the UTHSC PA program is poised to answer the challenging health care needs that the region is facing. By providing these students with a state of the art learning environment and unique clinical opportunities coupled with a tuition that is significantly lower than any other program in the state, UTHSC’s physician assistant students will be more than ready to provide outstanding care to Tennessee’s residents.

Anniversary for Long Term Faculty Member

Feb. 1st marks the 55th anniversary of James W. Pate, M.D. as an active faculty member of the College of Medicine.  Dr. Pate has participated in  many of the dramatic changes in UTCHS and in local and national teaching, training, research, and health care delivery.

He still participates in student and resident conferences and lectures on a regular basis, several times a week. ( He never learned to play golf so this is his favorite past-time.)