Memphis is the Health Science Center's main campus. Each of our six colleges is based on the main Memphis campus, which is in the midst of more than $300 million in renovation and construction, including a newly constructed Pharmacy Building, Translational Science Research Building and a dedicated Multi-Disciplinary Simulation Building. The majority of the didactic training for all six colleges and 3,000 students is provided on this campus, which is located in the Memphis Medical Center. The campus surrounds the beautiful Health Sciences Park, where many outdoor student and employee events are held. Memphis is also home to four core partner teaching hospitals, all based adjacent to the campus in the Memphis Medical Center. Methodist UT Hospital, our adult multi-specialty hospital, serves as home to the top 10 nationally ranked Methodist UT Hospital Transplant Institute as well as the Brain and Spine Institute. This hospital is also home to our primary cancer and cardiovascular facilities. Regional One Health houses our nationally ranked Elvis Presley Trauma Center as well as the Firefighters Burn Center and the Rout Center for Women and Newborns. U.S. News & World Report ranked Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital among the best in the nation with seven nationally ranked programs. Both Le Bonheur Children’s and the Memphis VA Medical Center serve as core UTHSC teaching facilities. Approximately 800 UT residents and fellows train in these Memphis facilities. UTHSC faculty practice groups – UT Methodist Physicians, UT Regional One Physicians, UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists, UT West Cancer Center and the UT Medical Group – serve as the core physicians for all of these teaching hospitals.
Based at Erlanger Health System, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Chattanooga, is one of four statewide campuses providing excellence in medical student and postgraduate physician education. The UTCOM Chattanooga sponsors 10 residency programs and nine fellowships, with 186 active residents and fellows in training in partnership with Erlanger Health System. In addition, more than 100 medical students annually complete a portion of clinical training in their third and fourth years.
The UTCOM Skills and Simulation Lab is a state-of-art facility that supports training in basic surgical and technical skills for medical students and residents, and practicing physicians.
Based at the Knoxville UT Medical Center, the UTHSC Knoxville campus includes four of our colleges. To provide access for students across the state to our nationally ranked Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, a second UT College of Pharmacy building opened on the UTHSC Knoxville campus in fall 2007. That college now enrolls 40-50 students annually in years 2-4 of Pharmacy training. A three-story building equipped with state-of-the-art distance education technology is adjacent to the UTHSC Graduate School of Medicine (UTHSC College of Medicine/Knoxville). More than 200 UTHSC residents and fellows train at the UT Medical Center. More than 100 medical students engage in core training rotations.
The College of Health Professions maintains its Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology (ASP) in Knoxville, where students have not only been educated but also provided clinical care services to the community for more than six decades. A $30 million, 60,000-square-foot ASP building, adjacent to the UTHSC College of Pharmacy at the UT Medical Center, will house academic and clinical components of the graduate ASP programs. The College of Dentistry is working with the College of Medicine to open a core dental training site to add to the residency programs in general dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
UTHSC has entered into a core teaching hospital partnership with Nashville-based Saint Thomas Health, part of the Ascension Health Care System. When mature, UTHSC expects a role for each of its six colleges on the Nashville Saint Thomas clinical campus. The College of Medicine has expanded the number of medical residents training in internal medicine, and expects to expand over the next several years to have 100-150 medical/surgical residents training at various Saint Thomas hospitals in Nashville and Murfreesboro. Eventually, our Nashville residents will train in programs including obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, family medicine and emergency medicine in addition to internal medicine and surgical specialties. The College of Nursing has been pleased with its growth in the Nashville area as well, adding new rotation sites for BSN students and new clinical rotation sites for Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates. In 2014, the College of Pharmacy converted its existing Nashville Clinical Education Center into a major academic site, which will allow up to 40 student pharmacists who have finished their first year in Memphis, the option to complete their program's curriculum in Nashville. Preliminary discussions are also under way to establish a Nashville presence for the College of Dentistry as an expansion of our partnership with Saint Thomas Health.