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From the Dean

Years ago the most popular way to build a College of Medicine (COM) was to follow a formula of investing in the "ABCs" of medicine. This included A for anatomy, B for biochemistry, C for cell biology, and so on. Such an approach emphasizes the comprehensiveness of medical training and required us to cover a wide spectrum in order to "fit" the formula.

At the UT College of Medicine we have re-examined that approach and asked, "What is the purpose of the medical school from a community perspective? To what degree is the community enriched by the presence of the school? How can we re-engineer the connection between the school and community and, purposefully, increase the positive outcomes of that connection?" In addressing these questions, we concluded that our COM has no desire to be "the school up on the hill," distant and enigmatic. Rather, we want to be embedded in the community.

According to this re-imagined view, the purpose of the medical school is to train health care personnel (for sure), but goes far beyond that goal. For example, when we recruit someone who has new skills not already present in our city, we are "adding value" via that practitioner for our community. When we bring clinical trials that would ordinarily only be available in Boston or San Francisco, that allows our citizenry advanced care and to receive "tomorrow's medicine today." We extend economic impact through spending from research grants, which results in thousands of jobs and salaries that have a cascading, positive effect on our community. The development of new educational initiatives, such as a mini-medical school, is another example of added value. Certainly, meeting the health needs of the underserved is an unquestionable measure of our ability to contribute to our community in a meaningful manner.

In short, we are still providing the "ABCs" to our students, but we are also working to better connect our trainees, faculty, college to the community in which they and we live.

David M. Stern, MD
Executive Dean COM

College of Medicine News

New Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Option

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has donated $250,000 to create the Dr. Ed Reed Scholarship Fund at the College of Medicine. The scholarship fund is named in special memory of Dr. Ed Reed, who died at age 92 last fall. Learn more about this scholarship to support enhanced diversity »

Save the Date: Alumni Weekend, Aug. 15-17

This year's Medicine Alumni Weekend has moved from its traditional late September/early October date. This will allow for more interaction with students. The event will feature alumni awards, continuing medical education, networking opportunities and more! Make plans to attend your reunion »

Student research poster session

Students delve into research process

Students presented their findings in February at the fifth medical student research poster session at UTHSC. The event allows student to gather evidence through research and build relationships with researchers. Read about one student's project on congestive heart failure »

Campus News

UTHSC Budget Update

From Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD: "I am pleased to report that Governor Haslam signed the state's budget into law last week. Within this budget is a very strong UTHSC appropriation." View Chancellor Schwab's full update »

Jack L. Wilson, PhD, Endowment

Jack Wilson

On June 30, after 45 years of teaching at UTHSC, Jack L. Wilson, PhD, will retire, leaving behind the generous legacy of a gift for future students and faculty — a pledge for $25,000 to start a multi-purpose endowment in his name. Make a gift to support the endowment »

Save the Date: Golden Grad Homecoming

Join us October 2-4, 2013, in Memphis as we honor graduates of 1963 from all six colleges. Previous Golden Graduate honorees are invited as well. Visit our website or call (901) 448-5516 for more information.

College News
College of Dentistry

» DELTA DENTAL DONATES $1 MILLION

Delta Dental's $1 million commitment will be used to replace outdated equipment in the Delta Dental of Tennessee Dental Simulation Center on the UTHSC campus.

» UT DENTAL SCHOOL OFFERS GOOD PRICES

UT Dental offers reduced-cost specialty, emergency, even routine dental care to people who are uninsured or under insured.

College of Pharmacy

» COLLEGE RECEIVES $20,000 SCHOLARSHIP FROM DRUG STORE FOUNDATION

After being selected through the Pharmacy Partners Scholarship Program, the College of Pharmacy was recently awarded a $20,000 scholarship from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.

» DANE BRADSHAW TO SPEAK AT BIG ORANGE BREAKFAST

Please join us Tuesday, July 16, at the Big Orange Breakfast, featuring former UT basketball player and author Dane Bradshaw, during the Tennessee Pharmacist Association annual convention.

College of Medicine

» PRIMARY CARE HER PRIMARY LOVE

"I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for the BSN program," says Emily Mewborn, who graduates in May with her DNP degree. After graduation she hopes to work in family practice to fulfill her love of nursing in a primary care setting.

» COLLEGE OFFERING NEW NURSE PRACTITIONER OPTION

Recently, Laura Talbot, dean of the College of Nursing, announced the opening of a new advanced training option — the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner — in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the College of Nursing.

College of Graduate Health Sciences

» PROFESSOR AWARDED $27,000 FROM AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Getting through medical school or training as a research scientist takes a serious monetary toll. An award to Lisa K. Jennings, PhD, is designed to ease that financial burden and spur students to pursue careers related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

» WEB USED TO RECRUIT PARTICIPANTS FOR CLINICAL PAIN TRIALS

Researchers are suggesting new ways to use existing Internet tools to recruit more study participants for clinical pain trials and to increase the likelihood they will remain throughout the study period.

 
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