Gabor Tigyi will Chair International Conference

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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

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...]

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 College of Nursing Offers New Online RN to BSN Degree Program

Earlier today, the Tennessee Board of Nursing approved a proposal from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) to offer a new degree program all online — the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program. [Read more...]

Phelps Wins National Education Award with ACCP

Shown L to R:  Drs. David Rogers and Stephanie Phelps and UTCOP Dean Chisholm-Burns

Shown L to R: Drs. David Rogers and Stephanie Phelps and UTCOP Dean Chisholm-Burns

Stephanie J. Phelps, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, FCCP, FPPAG is the winner of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Education Award. The award honors an ACCP member who has made substantial and outstanding contributions to clinical pharmacy education at either the undergraduate or the postgraduate level. Dr. Phelps is associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy as well as professor of Pediatrics at the College of Medicine.

Letters written by colleagues in support of Dr. Phelps’ nomination speak to her passion and commitment to education. Dr. P. David Rogers, associate dean for Translational Research at the College of Pharmacy, wrote in his letter of support:“Dr. Phelps is the embodiment of academic excellence and expects nothing less from those around her, including her students, trainees, and peers.”  Dr. Richard Helms, professor and chair of the University of Tennessee’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy, commented on Dr. Phelps’ ability to actively involve her students in learning:

“She always has her students probing dogma: what do we really know? Are our assumptions valid? How should the approach to care be changed to reflect this new understanding? How can students be involved to improve compliance, safety, and outcomes? Dr. Phelps has never viewed students as liabilities, but as extenders of care. Students become engaged and excited, launching into practice with enthusiasm and real capability.”

Dr. Phelps’ expertise is recognized internationally as well. She has been invited to lecture in Germany; Vancouver, British Columbia and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The textbook, for which she serves as lead editor, titled Guidelines for Administration of Intravenous Medications to Pediatric Patients (known as “The Teddy Bear Book”), is now in its 10th edition.