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Student Philanthropy Week Launched at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Debra Clark signs up at the Bone Marrow Donor Drive, as UTHSC Nursing students Etoshia Butler, Jennifer McClennon and Porshia Mahoro look on. The drive was sponsored by the UTHSC College of Nursing as one of the Student Philanthropy Week activities.

Debra Clark signs up at the Bone Marrow Donor Drive, as UTHSC  Nursing students Etoshia Butler, Jennifer McClennon and Porshia Mahoro look on. The drive is sponsored by the UTHSC Colleges of  Pharmacy and Nursing as one of the Student Philanthropy Week activities.

Nearly 100 students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Memphis campus will join forces for Student Philanthropy Week from April 21-28. Together, students from the UTHSC Colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy will lead and participate in free initiatives to serve the health needs of our community every day. [Read more...]

Construction on the campus of UT Health Science Center in High Gear

Bulldozers began taking down vacant buildings on campus in March, including the Beale Building, a former city bus barn built in 1925.

Bulldozers began taking down vacant buildings on campus in March, including the Beale Building, a former city bus barn built in 1925.

Major construction projects are changing the face of the 103-year-old campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) located in the heart of the Medical Center area near downtown Memphis.

A $49 million Translational Science Research Building is set for completion in 2015, obsolete buildings are coming down, and multiple construction and renovation projects worth more than $175 million are in the planning stages or under way.

The construction reflects efforts by the UTHSC administration to raise the profile of the university and draw top-tier students, faculty and researchers to Memphis. It also illustrates the support and willingness of state officials to help finance improvements to enhance Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system. [Read more...]

Medical Director/Assistant Professor Dr. Kent Lee Proposal Accepted by the AAMC

PA Faculty Member Dr. Kent Lee Proposal Accepted by the AAMC (April 8, 2014)

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is pleased to announce that our medical director, Dr. Kent A. Lee’s proposal for scholarship on faculty diversity and inclusion to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) on “Faculty Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine” has been accepted and he has been invited to develop a full-length scholarly work of his findings for publication for inclusion in the Academic Medicine journal. The AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) recognizes that embracing faculty diversity as a core aspect of the education, service and research missions positions Academic Health Centers to serve as leaders in advancing health equity.

The AAMC GDI requested articles that: (1) examine the implementation and outcomes of institutional policies that address faculty diversity recruitment, retention and advancement; (2) illustrate the development and use of novel metrics for monitoring change in faculty diversity and inclusion; (3) describe theory- and evidence- based faculty diversity and inclusion programs and their outcomes; (4) present research that examines the factors that facilitate or hinder achieving faculty diversity; and (5) demonstrate through research and/or program intervention how faculty diversity and inclusion contribute to institutional mission attainment.

Johnna Tanner, Dept. Chair of the Physician Assistant Program, states that Dr. Lee has long been an advocate for increasing faculty and student diversity. He has shown an extraordinary commitment to increasing diversity and it is fitting that his knowledge and expertise in this area is being recognized at the National level.

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 ITS: Blackboard Routine Maintenance Reminder

Dear UTHSC campus,

This is a reminder about the regularly scheduled Blackboard maintenance windows this Tuesday, April 8 from 5:30 a.m. and to 6:30 a.m. ITS will perform routine maintenance to help ensure that Blackboard continues to run smoothly. During this time, courses and content will likely be unavailable. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other Blackboard related issue.

Thank you,

UTHSC ITS
helpdesk@uthsc.edu
(901) 448-2222 ext. 1

Dr. Andrzej Slominski Invited to Write Editorial in Mayo Clinic Proceedings on Studies of How Melanoma Fools the Immune System

 Dr. Andrzej Slominski was invited to write an editorial in the April edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings commenting on papers about current therapies for melanoma.

Dr. Andrzej Slominski was invited to write an editorial in the April edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

 Current approaches to treating melanoma amount to Sisyphean work, Andrzej Slominski, MD, PhD, of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), wrote in an editorial published in the April edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

“Similar to Sisyphus, it will be problematic to reach the pinnacle where targeted cure is achieved,” wrote Dr. Slominski, who serves as a professor of Pathology and a professor of Medicine at UTHSC. That’s because the immunosuppressant characteristics of melanoma and the diverse characteristics and behaviors of tumor cell populations allow them to overcome the effect of current drugs in most cases. [Read more...]

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Across the state, Child Abuse Prevention Providers help raise awareness by planting Pinwheel Gardens. Each pinwheel honors one of the 95,000 babies expected to be born in our state this year – and represents the belief that getting it right early in childhood is less costly than trying to turn around and fix problems when the child is older.  Since 1998, The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities has provided prevention services to parents and teens to help  give our children a healthy start.  The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is joining in this campaign by planting pinwheels gardens on campus to high light the need for our children to experience a safe and nurturing childhood. For more information regarding Child Abuse Prevention services offered through the Boling Center, contact Belinda Tate Hardy, LCSW, at 448-6669.