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Post-Graduation Spotlight: Annie Quarles Soars Above Challenges to Achieve Her Physical Therapy Dreams

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After being delivered at 25 weeks with a congenital amputation of her left arm, College of Health Professions graduate Annie Quarles was born weighing a mere one pound and ten ounces. Her parents, Robert and Susan, raised her to be grateful for life and she desires to use her one arm to impact the lives… Read More


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College Spotlight: College of Health Professions’ Educational Agenda Extends Beyond the Classroom

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The College of Health Professions (COHP) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is committed to creating educational programs that extend beyond the classroom and into the community. “Students in allied health professions, as in other health care disciplines, recognize that they have responsibilities that go beyond academic instruction,” said Lori Gonzalez, PhD,… Read More


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Student Spotlight: Mariah Kimes Morphs Personal Obstacles Into Health Care Passion

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As a health care professional, helping others overcome illnesses and personal obstacles is an expected behavior. However, when you are the health care professional who can relate to the obstacles being presented, you instantly become part of a special collective. Mariah Kimes, second-year medical laboratory sciences (MLS) student is a shining example of this. Her… Read More


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Student Spotlight: Stephen Atkinson Discovers Love of Nursing After Basketball Hiatus

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In his first year of school at Marshall County High in Benton, Kentucky, second-year nursing student Stephen Atkinson was involved in an ATV accident, which sparked his interest in the nursing profession. He was a prominent basketball player at and had just received a college scholarship. “I broke my knee cap and degloved my leg,”… Read More


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Med Student Learns About Surgery in Space

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Shea Harrison, a fourth-year College of Medicine student at UT Health Science Center, can offer an interesting perspective on her chosen field. Through a research effort spearheaded by George Pantalos, PhD, a professor of surgery and bioengineering at the University of Louisville, Harrison is learning about surgery during space missions. She is participating in the… Read More


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Student Spotlight: Bonnie Barnes Capitalizes On Love of Medicine Through Board of Trustees Involvement

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When Bonnie Barnes – then Bonnie Lynch – was accepted to medical school, she knew it would be a great experience. But besides earning her MD, she also had the opportunity to serve as a student representative on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. Both her father, Bruce Lynch, a dentist in the Memphis… Read More


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Student Spotlight: Charles Walker Brings Social Justice to the Forefront of Nursing

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Previous: Bonnie Barnes Capitalizes On Love of Medicine Through Board of Trustees Involvement “Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson The above definitely reflects Charles Walker. Since graduating from the newly revived Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at UTHSC last December, Walker is showing no signs of slowing down. A… Read More


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Student Spotlight: Shelly Gareiss Finds Dentistry the Perfect Combination of Science and Art

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Previous: Charles Walker Brings Social Justice to the Forefront of Nursing Shelly Gareiss decided to be a dentist while taking an undergraduate class in – of all things – metalsmithing. It was a fine arts class, associated with jewelry and silverware. Gareiss quickly noticed, however, that a quarter of her classmates were there because it was… Read More