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Student Nick Saites Honored for Exceptional Community Service

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For as long as he can remember, UTHSC student Louis “Nick” Saites has had a love for science, research and public service. Now, he is in a position that marries all three, and he’s being honored for pursuing those passions. Involved in many service-oriented organizations, Saites was recently awarded the 2016 Harold Love Award for… Read More


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Going Public: UTHSC Nurse Takes Helm of Shelby County Health Department

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Last year, the Shelby County Health Department was looking for a director who embodied a passion for public health, a commitment to innovation, a taste for change and well honed leadership skills to do the job. The county got that in January when Alisa Haushalter, DNP, began her new job heading up the agency that… Read More


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The Power of Addiction

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Addiction can be an overwhelming force, and the statistics it produces are daunting and dismaying. A 2012 report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia) reveals that addiction and risky use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs account for the largest preventable and most costly health problems facing the… Read More


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The Power of Addiction: The Education Front

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Continued from … The Power of Addiction In the United States, the leading cause of preventable illness and death is substance abuse, most notably tobacco and alcohol. Yet most medical professionals are not sufficiently trained to diagnose or treat addiction. The CASAColumbia report states that physicians routinely screen for a wide range of health problems… Read More


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The Power of Addiction: The Clinical Care Front

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Continued from … The Power of Addiction: The Education Front Expanding Care for an Expansive Problem Daniel Sumrok, MD, director of the Center for Addiction Science, recently visited the White House to share what UTHSC is doing in the area of addiction medicine. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, psychiatric and substance use disorders have… Read More


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The Power of Addiction: The Research Front

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Continued from … The Power of Addiction: The Clinical Care Front Tobacco: Smoking Out Solutions Robert C. Klesges, PhD, MS, is a key player on the national and global stage in the field of research on smoking and public health. A UTHSC professor, Dr. Klesges has been researching tobacco control and smoking cessation issues since the… Read More


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The Power of Addiction: The Public Service Front

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Continued from … The Power of Addiction: The Research Front On March 18, 2015, the community leaders who constitute the College of Medicine Advisory Board were presented with a plan for an initiative to help reduce the number of children who become embroiled in the juvenile justice system. Seventy percent of children in the system meet… Read More


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Medical Education at the Crossroads

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A committed educational institution is always moving forward. That’s why the UTHSC College of Medicine is constantly adapting, re-evaluating itself and exploring better teaching methods. It turns the lens of research on its own educational programs to make them stronger. It builds new curriculum to leave graduates better prepared to serve the health care needs… Read More