From the Chairman
Dr. David L. Maness
Our mission in the Department of Family Medicine is to improve the health of Tennesseans through patient care, Family Medicine education and training, scholarly activity and research. We are very proud of our dedicated faculty, outstanding residents, talented staff, and the patients for which we care.
At UTHSC Department of Family Medicine we have a great team and a complex panel of underserved patients that need and appreciate our clinical expertise and high quality service. These patients provide a great teaching base for our students, residents and fellows. Our faculty providers are passionate about their specialty and have expertise in all areas of family medicine to include operative obstetrics. They are great teachers and provide our learners the highest quality training experience.
As health care transforms, there is an even greater need for high caliber family medicine doctors to serve the patients across Tennessee in a safe, high quality and cost efficient manner that is patient-centered and compassionate. As we prepare for the future, we are in the process of reviewing our policies, practices and procedures, staffing types and levels, technology requirements, utilization of space and the best way of implementing team-based care. Based on the current environment, a “clinic without walls” is probably the best way to accomplish these goals.
In addition to providing patients with excellent care, we have a suite of education and training products that will challenge the most talented students, residents and fellows. The department consists of two unopposed residency programs, one located in Memphis (St. Francis) and a second in Jackson, and includes a rural-based clinic located in Covington. At the UTHSC-Saint Francis Family Medicine Residency program, we offer the following fellowships: Advanced Women’s Health Care, Sports Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care, a Clinical Pharmacy residency and Emergency Medicine with plans to open an Addiction Medicine fellowship program in the summer of 2016. In Jackson, we offer an Emergency Medicine fellowship. For the future, a hospitalist fellowship is under consideration. We also serve as the Medical Director for our new Physician Assistant Training program and provide CME programs for practicing physicians.
Memphis and Jackson are great places to live and work. Tennessee offers no state income tax, very affordable housing, friendly people, plenty of schools for children or adults and an abundance of places to worship. The Casey Jones Museum and The Ballpark at Jackson (home of the Jackson Generals a Seattle Mariners AA baseball team) are two of the sites to see. There are plenty of outdoor activities. Kentucky Lake and the Tennessee River are a short drive away. Memphis, which is located on the Mississippi River, offers an abundant amount of indoor and outdoor activities. The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Children’s Museum of Memphis, Memphis Zoo, Kroc Center, Dixon Gardens and the Memphis Botanical Gardens are just some of the cultural attractions. Memphis is also home to a few sports teams to include UM Tiger basketball, Memphis Redbirds, Mississippi RiverKings, Memphis Grizzlies, and the St. Jude Golf Classic. Annually, The Memphis in May International Festival (rated as #1 festival in the South this year) is a month long affair that honors a different country each year. This event includes an assortment of activities such as the barbeque festival, Beale Street Music Festival, an international salute for the honorary country, and finale weekend. Higher education can be obtained through some of the various universities including The University of Memphis, Christian Brothers, and Rhodes College. All of which offer specialized degrees and programs in a wide variety of fields. In Memphis, which is the birthplace of blues and rock and roll, you can find a wide range of entertainment options. Each month, we have a multitude of artists performing in our various venues across the city. Graceland, the home of Elvis, is available for fans and tourists alike to visit. In addition, Shelby Farms is more than five times the size of Central Park in NYC and is a great place for biking, hiking, jogging, fishing or any number of other outdoor activities for the family. Due to Memphis’ central location and international airport, travel is easy to anywhere in the world.
For over 35 years I have had the distinct honor and privilege to be a Family Physician. I remember the first baby I delivered on June 21, 1979. HMR’s weight was 8lbs 8oz and she was 21 inches long. I couldn’t wait to leave the delivery room and call my wife. I still get that same excitement today. I am very passionate about Family Medicine and would go back and make this my specialty choice again if afforded the opportunity. We provide the best value (highest quality and lower cost) for patients, businesses and the health care system. The chance to get to know patients, their family and the community is priceless. As a Family Physician, there is so much you can do to help in all these areas. This is also a critical time in American medicine where Family Medicine should lead the way to transform our health care system.
We have the ideal setting to train highly skilled family doctors. You will find our training to be second to none and that training will allow you to practice in any of the potential settings open to family medicine. Feel free to contact me at 901-448-6028 if you have any questions about our outstanding programs.
I wish you the best in your career!
David L. Maness, D.O., MSS, FAAF
Professor and Chair
UTHSC Department of Family Medicine