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,

(901) 448-2222 ext. 1

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.

Second Annual Race for the Summitt 4-Miler!

Race for the Summitt 2014

The Second Annual Race for the Summitt 4-Miler benefiting The Pat Summitt Foundation will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9am here on the UTHSC campus! The event, hosted by The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy’s American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter, supports the former Lady Vols basketball coach, Pat Summitt, in her endeavor to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

There are multiple ways for students, staff, and faculty to get involved. You can register to be a runner or walker. Get a group of friends or family members together and sign-up as a team! Then, after the race, join us for a post-race celebration in the Health Science Center Park where there will be free food, music, raffle prizes, and a performance by The Memphis Breakers!

Not a runner? You can become a Memory Donor, which is a $15 donation and you will receive an official race t-shirt!

You can register to run/walk or donate at

ATTENTION ALL UTHSC STUDENTS! New this year is the UTHSC Race for the Summitt competition! The UTHSC college with the largest percentage of student runners and donors wins a trophy and an ice cream party! Make sure to join your school’s team when registering so they can receive credit for your participation!

We hope you will join us as “We Back Pat”! Please email if you have any questions!

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.

A Day in the Life photo shoot

The 2014 Yearbook Staff is inviting all students, faculty and staff to take part in showing all that goes on during a day at UTHSC. Here’s how:

  • On Wednesday, Feb. 5, shoot photographs of UTHSC faculty, staff and students as they take part in the day’s activities. (Big Important Note: Please observe HIPPA regulations and respect the privacy of patients and Health Science Center guests.)
  • Save the images as a high resolution/large JPEG.
  • Send them to as an attachment by Friday, Feb. 7. In the email, please give as much information as possible about the image (i.e., who, what, when, where, why and how).  Include which college is being represented, along with your name and contact information in case we have questions.

Images may be selected for use in the 2014 UTHSC Yearbook.

All images submitted will become a part of the UTHSC Communications and Marketing photo archives, and may be used for other communications needs.

Questions? Contact Yearbook Staff Advisor Jane Pate at (901) 448-4954 or

College of Allied Health Sciences at UTHSC Invites Prospective Students to Open House on February 21

On Friday, Feb. 21, the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will host an open house for prospective students from 2 to 4 p.m. The college is searching for prospective students with required college-level prerequisites for its next classes in dental hygiene, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, cytotechnology, histotechnology, medical technology, and health informatics and information management. [Read more...]