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

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

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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...]

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...]

Second Annual Race for the Summitt 4-Miler!

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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!

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.