Unite Holds Informational Event to Raise Awareness of Importance of Inclusion on Campus

From left, Ben Edwards, M1; Peter Duden, M1; Maggie Joyce, Office of Equity and Diversity; and Nikki Dyer, Student Academic Support Services, offered information at the recent Unite event.

From left, Ben Edwards, M1; Peter Duden, M1; Maggie Joyce, Office of Equity and Diversity; and NaKeshi “Nikki” Dyer, Student Academic Support Services, offered information at the recent Unite event.

Unite, a student organization concerned with improving the visibility, strength and support of the LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) community on campus, held an information event in the lobby of the 920 Madison Building recently.

Unite joined with Student Academic Support Services (SASS) and the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) to put the event on. While volunteers from Unite provided resources and information about the group, OED and SASS staff offered information about local LGBTQI resources and ways to be an ally.

Unite meets at noon on Thursdays in the conference room across from the SASS office in the General Education Building. Interested students, faculty and staff from all the colleges at UTHSC are welcome to join.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OED and SASS offered Safe Zone training in March. The workshop was an open, nonjudgmental and safe forum geared toward helping people of all backgrounds understand how to create a supportive safe zone for LGBTQI individuals. Safe Zone training will probably be offered again in June.

NaKeshi “Nikki” Dyer, MS, NCC, educational specialist with SASS, helped connect Unite with OED for the informational event and future collaborations. “In my position, I am fortunate to work with many students from various colleges around campus. Our goal is to help students reach their academic goals,” she said. “Students may encounter challenges in their academic performance that are not related to their academic ability, but to personal issues. Sometimes this includes relational difficulties with significant others, gender identity and gender expression concerns. I am glad that we have an active student group like Unite on our campus. It is a great community of support for many students here.”

“Higher education institutions realize an advantage through diversity and inclusive practices as it relates to who participates through engagement and performance,” said Michael Alston, EdD, assistant vice chancellor for Equity and Diversity at UTHSC. “The student group UNITE is demonstrating that engagement and performance in the academic setting is open to all students.”

For more information about Unite, contact Colby Passaro at rpassaro@uthsc.edu.

Minority High School and College Students Invited to UTHSC For Two-Day Biomedical Mentoring Symposium

As many as 100 high school and college students are being invited to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) on March 26 and 27 for a biomedical mentoring symposium for minority and underserved students. [Read more...]

Program Designed by UTHSC Medical Students Instructs Area High School Students about Sexually Transmitted Infections

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Some of the more than 80 Student-2-Student Memphis members. The medical students volunteer to teach Shelby County high school students about sexually transmitted infections.

Student-2-Student Memphis Aims to Reduce Infection Rates Among Area Youth

Medical students from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) are going back to high school to help make Shelby County teens healthier. [Read more...]

UT Brand Added to Largest Hospital in Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System

New signage featuring the UT logo is unveiled.

New signage featuring the UT logo is unveiled at Methodist UT Hospital.

The bright orange UT logo unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 25, on exterior signage at the largest and most comprehensive hospital in the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system is a striking symbol of a successful partnership that started more than a decade ago and continues to grow.

That partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system supports a multidisciplinary  collaboration among physicians and clinical teams, and brings the most advanced medical care to patients in the Mid-South.

Members of the UT board of trustees, in Memphis for their winter meeting, joined administrators and dignitaries from Methodist and UTHSC for a luncheon and unveiling of the impressive signage at the main entrance of Methodist University Hospital, which is now Methodist UT Hospital.

“Placing the UT initials on the downtown Methodist hospital building and reframing the name as Methodist UT Hospital reflects the convergence of the UTHSC and Methodist missions and visions,” said UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD. It is the first time in more than a decade that the UT initials appear on a Memphis hospital.

More than 300 physicians are currently in training in Methodist facilities, and more than 1,865 medical and surgical specialists have been trained in these locations since the partnership began. Methodist UT and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the major facilities in the hospital system, are core teaching hospitals of UTHSC, along with five other core teaching partners across the state – Regional One Health and the VA Medical Center in Memphis, the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, and the Saint Thomas Health system in Nashville.

Faculty members from UTHSC make up a significant complement of the physicians and clinicians who provide care at Methodist UT Hospital while teaching the next generation of health care professionals in the clinical and hospital setting. The hospital is also home to UT Methodist Physicians, an academic physician practice group created in 2013 as an outgrowth of the partnership between the university and the hospital.

Chancellor Schwab welcomed the guests and praised the collaborative effort, which bolsters recruitment of top-quality physicians, fosters clinical research, and provides venues to train UTHSC students. All of these will boost national rankings for both entities and further their commitments to provide world-class care for all.

From left, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke share congratulations after the unveiling.

From left, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke share congratulations after the unveiling.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb; Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke, MPH, DHA, FACHE; and Methodist UT Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, DDM, MBA, addressed the group before the unveiling, offering statistics that reflect the success of the partnership and its benefits to both entities. In 2014, there were 165 UT-affiliated attending MDs at Methodist UT Hospital, accounting for 7,387 inpatient admissions and 2,360 inpatient surgeries. The intent is to continue to grow those numbers.

Plans are also under way to establish or expand residencies and fellowships in oncology and emergency medicine. Areas of expertise, including transplant medicine, stroke and neurological care, oncology, radiology, and thoracic surgery, have flourished as the partnership has grown.

New signage that includes the UT brand is planned throughout the hospital at a cost of about $600,000.

Gold Humanism Honor Society at UTHSC to Participate in National Solidarity Day on February 13

Excellent patient care remains a top priority for health care professionals who are both established and in the making. On Friday, Feb. 13, about 20 medical students from three University of Tennessee College of Medicine campuses in Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga will participate in National Solidarity Day. [Read more...]

Doctoral Student Shaquita Starks to Receive More Than $30,000 Minority Fellowship from American Nurses Association

Shaquita Starks Minority Fellowship Award Recipient

Shaquita Starks
Minority Fellowship Award Recipient

Shaquita Starks, MSN, FNP-BC, PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is the recipient of the Minority Fellowship Program Award at the American Nurses Association funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. As a result, Starks will receive more than $30,000 towards her tuition, a stipend, and other behavioral health training and learning experiences. [Read more...]

New Buildings and Amenities to Change the Face of UTHSC as Part of Newly Unveiled Master Plan for Growth

More than 75 people attended the Campus Master Plan Open House.

More than 75 people attended the Campus Master Plan Open House.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) campus of the future will have at least 15 new buildings to meet expanding academic, research, clinical care and support needs. It will also have improved pedestrian and bicycle routes, better traffic flow, more parking, well-designed green spaces and landscaping, prominent signage, 10 renovated buildings, and updated housing options. [Read more...]

Clint W. Snyder, PhD, MBA, Named Senior Associate Dean and Chair for the New Department of Medical Education in the College of Medicine at UTHSC

Dr. Clint Snyder

Dr. Clint W. Snyder is the senior associate dean and chair of the new Department of Medical Education.

David M. Stern, MD, Robert Kaplan Executive Dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine, has announced the appointment of Clint W. Snyder, PhD, MBA, as the senior associate dean and chair for the new Department of Medical Education in the UTHSC College of Medicine. Dr. Snyder joined UTHSC on October 1.

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