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...]

Kennard Brown, UTHSC Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer, Honored for Promoting Diversity in Health Care Education

Dr. Kennard Brown, executive vice chancellor and COO of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, (right), is congratulated by State Rep. G. A. Hardaway, D-Memphis, for receiving the Health Care Education Award from the Council on Workforce Innovation in Nashville.

 Kennard Brown, executive vice chancellor and COO of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, (right), is congratulated by State Rep. G. A. Hardaway, D-Memphis, for receiving the Health Care Education Award from the Council on Workforce Innovation in Nashville.

Kennard Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received the Healthcare Education Award from the Nashville-based Council on Workforce Innovation. [Read more...]

Second Annual Race for the Summitt Raises Funds, Awareness in Battle Against Alzheimer’s

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Race for the Summitt participants pound the pavement in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

This year’s Race for the Summitt  at UTHSC raised more then $8,000 for The Pat Summitt Foundation, which is dedicated to winning the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter at UTHSC’s College of Pharmacy hosted the race. [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...]

Match Day 2014 Reveals Bright Future for UTHSC Med Students

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Med students Charles Schlappi and Bryauna Lewis congratulate each other after receiving their matches.

Fourth-year medical students  at UTHSC and their families waited anxiously on  Match Day, March 21, to receive the envelopes that would tell them where they will go next for their residencies.

David Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine, addressed the group gathered at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum for the big reveal.

It was a notable Match Day, with the percentage of successful matches a little above the national average, according to the College of Medicine. [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...]

Dickey Wins APhA Foundation Scholarship

Susan Dickey, third year student pharmacist, was awarded the Sam Kalman American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation Scholarship. This national scholarship is bestowed upon students who demonstrate exceptional academic and leadership skills to shape the future of the pharmacy profession through involvement in their APhA-ASP chapter. Dickey will be formally recognized the at the APhA Foundation Contributors’ Breakfast at the APhA Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL on March 31, 2014. Susan, who serves as president of UT’s APhA-ASP chapter, says she is “incredibly honored to receive this award.” Please join us in congratulating Susan Dickey on this outstanding achievement.