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Registration Deadline Extended for the Administrative Professionals Luncheon

2014 Administrative Professionals Luncheon

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Administration is pleased to join organizations across the country in acknowledging Administrative Professionals Day.  The 2014 Administrative Professionals Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd  from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The event is free and will be held in the O. D. Larry Dining Hall in the Student Alumni Center.  Online registration has been extended to Friday, April 18th at 5 p.m.  Regular and temporary employees who work in eligible administrative support positions may attend. Click here to see the full list of eligible job titles.   Participants must have verbal approval from their supervisors prior to registering.

Visit the APL webpage at http://uthsc.edu/hrtraining/apl/  for details.

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.

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,

UTHSC ITS
helpdesk@uthsc.edu
(901) 448-2222 ext. 1

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 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 www.raceforthesummitt.racesonline.com.

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 raceforthesummitt@gmail.com 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.

Henderson Awarded FDA Rotation in Division of Drug Information

Brian Henderson Photo

Brian Henderson, third year student pharmacist, has been selected for a rotation at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Division of Drug Information. Henderson was chosen for this experience from a national pool of applicants and will travel to Washington D.C. for the month of January 2015. As part of the rotation, Brian will have the opportunity to attend FDA advisory committee meetings and congressional hearings while interacting with pharmacy students from schools across the country and learning about pharmacist career opportunities in government. Brian says he is “looking forward to learning more about the FDA’s drug information resources and MedWatch program. I am very excited for the opportunity to provide answers and information to a wide variety of people including physicians, pharmacists, pharmaceutical industry representatives, and patients.” Brian also encourages anyone with an interest in learning more about what happens behind the scenes at the FDA to apply for the rotation as well. More information about FDA rotations is available online at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/FellowshipInternshipGraduateFacultyPrograms/PharmacyStudentExperientialProgramCDER/default.htm.