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Fourth-Year Dental Student Says Being a Dentist Something to Smile About

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A visit to the orthodontist in Huntsville, Alabama, sparked Julian Brandt Smith’s desire to be a dentist. “I’ll never forget sitting in Dr. Charles Graham’s office, watching him move from patient to patient, a smile on his face every second,” Smith said. “I remember thinking, he looks like he genuinely loves what he does. When… Read More


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Student National Medical Association to Host Dream BIG Conference January 19

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Christian Salcedo, a second-year medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has volunteered in the past for Dream BIG, a free community outreach conference for Shelby County middle and high school students. This year, however, he helped plan the event and is excited to see what comes of it. Now in… Read More


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COM Students Offer Help to the Homeless

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When UTHSC medical students discovered there was no service organization on campus that focused on the homeless community in Memphis, they sprang into action. They created Memphis Street Health, a community health initiative that provides health care education and access to the homeless. “Our vision is to seek out homeless individuals on the streets of… Read More


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M4 Hannah Ashitey Has A Passion for Helping Others

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  Hannah Ashitey has a passion to assist the underserved. When the fourth-year medical student was growing up in Ghana, West Africa, she became involved as a volunteer with several nonprofit organizations. This led her to develop a passion for female reproductive health, and eventually to pursue a career in medicine. Although Ghana has one… Read More


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Request for Proposals – Urban Child Institute Support for UTHSC

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The Urban Child Institute (UCI) is a non-profit chartered to provide support for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, UTHSC, and the University of Memphis to promote the health of children in the region through “innovative initiatives focusing primarily on prevention and wellness and associated educational and scientific activities.” UCI typically provides support to UTHSC and other… Read More


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CRNA Concentration Grows as Attractive, Affordable Option

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The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) concentration is available at UTHSC through the College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and continues to grow. Fifty-eight students are now enrolled in the nurse anesthesia concentration. “The CRNA profession is very valuable,” said Dwayne Accardo, DNP, CRNA, program director of the CON’s nurse anesthesia concentration.… Read More


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Focusing on Clinical Excellence

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Check out the latest issue of the UTHSC College of Dentistry Magazine. In this issue you’ll meet the new dean, Dr. James Ragain and learn about his vision for clinical excellence; discover how the new Department of General Dentistry is improving continuity in dental education; find out the many ways the college is making dental… Read More


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UTHSC College of Medicine Launches Bariatric Surgery Program

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Bariatric surgeon Virginia ‘Jenny’ Weaver, MD, is passionate about helping people struggling with their weight to achieve weight-loss solutions. “To see the changes that happen in a person’s overall health and their life as a result of this surgery and losing weight, I can’t imagine a more rewarding job,” she said. Dr. Weaver, along with… Read More