Memphis is the Health Science Center's main campus. Each of the six colleges has a presence on the main campus. More than 4,500 UT Health Science Center graduates live and provide health care services in Shelby County. This includes clinical laboratory technologists, dental assistants and hygienists, health information managers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and physicians.
The University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, is one of three statewide campuses providing excellence in medical student and postgraduate physician education. The UTCOM Chattanooga sponsors ten residency programs and nine fellowships, with 172 active residents in training. In addition, approximately 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 to support training in basic surgical and technical skills for medical students and residents, and practicing physicians.
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 Knoxville campus in fall 2007 and the college now enrolls 40-50 students annually. The three-story building equipped with state-of-the-art distance education technology is adjacent to the Health Science Centers Graduate School of Medicine. The College of Health Professions maintains its Audiology and Speech Pathology (ASP) Department in Knoxville, where students have been educated and provided clinical care services to the community for more than six decades. A $20 million, 60,000 square foot ASP building, adjacent to the UT Medical Center, will house academic and clinical components of the graduate ASP programs. The building is scheduled for completion in 2015.
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 St. 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 100- 150 medical/surgical residents training at various St. Thomas hospitals in Nashville and Murfreesboro. Eventually our Nashville residents will train in programs that include 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 from each of our Pharmacy second-year, third-year and fourth-year classes the option to complete the final three years of the 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.