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.

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...]

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.

Cope Honored with TSSP Allegiance Award

Nathan Cope, fourth year student pharmacist, was awarded the Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacists (TSSP) Allegiance Award at the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) MidYear Meeting in February.  This award is given annually to a student showing dedication, dependability and commitment, along with spirit and loyalty to TSSP.

Since entering pharmacy school in 2010, Nathan has played an active role in TPA-TSSP.  He has attended three TSSP Annual meetings, three TPA MidYear meetings, and two TPA Annual meetings. From 2010 to 2012, Nathan was elected to serve two terms as a TPA-TSSP UTCOP Knoxville Campus Delegate. This past year, Nathan served as the TPA-TSSP UTCOP Knoxville Campus Member-at-Large, in addition to being a member of the TPA-TSSP Executive Council and Political Committee. During his time with TSSP, Nathan originated and authored TPA Resolution 13.01, Encouraging Local Pharmacy District Relationships with Student Pharmacists.  This resolution passed the TPA House of Delegates on February 26, 2013. Former TSSP delegate Rhett Byrne from Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy worked with Nathan on several TSSP projects and remarked that “Nathan was an integral part of bringing TSSP’s first resolution to the TPA House of Delegates.  His passion, work ethic, and advocacy for the profession are all very admirable. The soon to be Dr. Nathan Cope is an excellent person to work with and I expect to see great things from him in the future.”

Nathan grew up in Middle Tennessee near Shelbyville and has lived in Tennessee all of his life. In May, however, he will graduate and move to Greensboro, NC where he will begin a PGY1 residency at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. Nathan is excited about this opportunity to further develop his clinical skills and explore future career possibilities. It is certainly evident that Nathan’s dedication to the advancement of pharmacy will be sure to follow him wherever he goes.DSCF3961

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

Race to Summit

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...]

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!

Boucher Appointed as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Operations

DSC_6444Pharmacy is proud to announce the appointment of Bradley A. Boucher, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, BCPS, as the new associate dean for Strategic Initiatives and Operations. His new administrative position began January 2, 2014. Boucher practices in the area of critical care at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and also serves as a professor of Clinical Pharmacy. Current research interests include pharmacokinetic and therapeutic issues in the critically ill surgical patient, and medical management of the neurotrauma patient.  Dr. Boucher has published over 80 peer reviewed articles and 18 book chapters during his career.

In 2004, Dr. Boucher distinguished himself by being elected as a pharmacy member of the National Academy of Practitioners.  In addition, Dr. Boucher received the 2011 ACCP Clinical Practice Award. He served as President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) in 2002 and received the ACCP Service Award in 2004. Dr. Boucher was elected as the Rho Chi Regional Councilor for Region III for 2011-2013 and has served as faculty advisor for Alpha Nu Chapter at the University of Tennessee since 2000.

Anniversary for Long Term Faculty Member

Feb. 1st marks the 55th anniversary of James W. Pate, M.D. as an active faculty member of the College of Medicine.  Dr. Pate has participated in  many of the dramatic changes in UTCHS and in local and national teaching, training, research, and health care delivery.

He still participates in student and resident conferences and lectures on a regular basis, several times a week. ( He never learned to play golf so this is his favorite past-time.)