Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Chandra Alston, MBA, as the associate vice chancellor of Human Resources, effective immediately. [Read more...]
Timothy Fabian, MD, Professor and Chair of Surgery at UTHSC to Step Down, National Search Planned for Successor
David Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has announced that Timothy C. Fabian, MD, professor and chair of the UTHSC Department of Surgery, will step down from his position as chair once his successor has been named. [Read more...]
It is well known that patients with Alzheimer’s and other disorders, such as type 2 diabetes, develop amyloid, a substance composed of sticky protein fibers and sugar molecules that builds up in the brain or other organs in the body. Doctors do not know whether this material causes the diseases, or whether the diseases lead to amyloid formation. However, in less common diseases, such as light chain amyloidosis, a rare but devastating illness caused by the aggregation of antibody-related light chain proteins in organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and spleen, there is no doubt that amyloid presence in the organs is the cause of the disease. [Read more...]
In an effort to better engage her students in a post-clinical conference, Dr. Hallie Bensinger, an advanced practice nurse and instructor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), found herself strolling through the aisles of a school supply store on Easter weekend of 2010 hoping to find fake money to hand out in a Jeopardy-style PowerPoint lecture she was preparing.
“What Would Socrates Think?” is a critical thinking game designed to challenge students with unpredictable and constantly changing patient case scenarios. The game requires students to think through problems, accounting for the patient’s pathophysiology, pharmacology, labs, vital signs, chief complaint and changing situation in order to win award cards. An instructor facilitates game play by encouraging questions and discussion.
“You have to really pull from what you know and think on your feet. The game presents a variety of unpredictable patient scenarios just like you see on the floor,” Bensinger said. “I’ve personally used it with more than 100 students, and the response has been great.” [Read more...]
CANDLE Study and the Neuroscience Institute at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Partner with The Urban Child Institute for Brain Awareness Event
Astronomer, astrophysicist and cosmologist Carl Sagan said, “The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.” How we set the human brain on the right track in its earliest stages and what that means for human growth and development are the focus of the 2014 Norfleet Forum for the Advancement of Health. The one-day forum titled, “Early Brain Development and Function: Impact on Social and Health Outcomes,” will be held on Thursday, March 20, at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus. [Read more...]
A new guideline for the management of high blood pressure, developed by an expert panel and including nine recommendations and a treatment algorithm (flow chart) to help doctors treat patients with hypertension, was published online on December 18, 2013 by JAMA. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Barnwell Award Laureate, William C. Cushman, M.D., chief of Preventive Medicine, Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and VA lead consultant on hypertension; professor of Preventive Medicine, Medicine, and Physiology, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC), is a member of this panel and coauthor of the report. [Read more...]
Associate Professor Joanna Q. Hudson of UTHSC Receives $140,000 Grant to Research Antibiotic Dosing For Patients Undergoing a New Method of Dialysis
Seriously ill patients who develop bacterial infections in the bloodstream require aggressive treatment with antibiotics. They also can develop kidney failure that requires hemodialysis.
Professor Linda Nichols of UTHSC Awarded $597,313 Grant to Study Whether Dementia Caregiver Interventions Reduce Health Care Costs
In the United States, nearly 11 million caregivers provide 12.5 billion hours of care annually to those with Alzheimer’s disease, according to Linda Nichols, PhD, professor of Preventive Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). [Read more...]