The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is a critical health care partner in the Memphis community, the Mid-South region and beyond. We educate the state's health care workforce, primarily right here in Memphis. We are integral to patient care through our partnerships with the Memphis medical community. Plus, we are playing and will continue to play a significant role in the city's future as a major center for biotechnology and biomedical research.
Leader in Education
The Health Science Center is central to educating our state's health care workforce. As the state's flagship academic health science facility, we are one of the largest academic health science entities in the country. In our 98-year history, we have educated nearly 40,000 health care professionals.
We have educated 75 percent of the state's dentists, 40 percent of its pharmacists, 40 percent of the physicians and the lion's share of the nursing faculty working in the state today. About 80 percent of our Allied Health Sciences graduates stay in Tennessee to begin their careers as physical or occupational therapists, dental hygienists, medical technologists or health information specialists.
Currently almost 2,700 students are enrolled in our six colleges. Most of them are in Memphis, studying Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The UT Health Science Center literally covers the state with two other major campuses in Knoxville and Chattanooga. Plus, UTHSC has more than 100 clinical centers and teaching sites located throughout Tennessee, touching thousands of Tennesseans across the state and the region every day.
Partner in Patient Care
The UT Health Science Center plays a key role in Memphis as a partner in patient care. UT medical students and residents work in every hospital in Memphis -- St. Jude, Methodist, The Regional Medical Center, Le Bonheur, Baptist, the VA, and St. Francis. Our medical students and residents, as well as nursing and pharmacy students, work and are trained in these hospitals under direction of experienced attending physicians and health care professionals. Most of these experienced physicians and other health care professionals are faculty members at the Health Science Center.
Our faculty members are the Semmes-Murphey Neurosurgical Clinic and the Campbell Orthopedic Clinic. The same is true of UT Medical Group... the more than 350 clinicians with UTMG are faculty members in our College of Medicine, the largest physician group in the region.
About 200 of the physicians and scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have appointments on the UTHSC faculty. We share several important divisions in Pediatrics, including hematology/oncology, neurology, neurosurgery, pulmonology, and infectious diseases.
Methodist University Hospital (MUH) is becoming the specialty hospital for our College of Medicine faculty. MUH, in partnership with UT, operates the only abdominal transplant program in the Mid-South. Our UT transplant surgeons performed 250 kidney, liver and pancreas transplants in 2008 and is one of the top 10 abdominal transplant programs in the country.
The UTHSC trauma program at The Regional Medical Center is nationally recognized. In fact, our faculty staff three Level 1 trauma centers at hospitals across the state... in addition to The Regional Medical Center, we staff level 1 trauma centers at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville and the Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga.
The Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center at The Regional Medical Center is among the top five in the country in terms of numbers of patients seen. In total three statewide trauma centers that our physicians staff treat nearly 12,000 cases a year. Our trauma physicians have generated more research during the past decade than any other trauma center in the country.