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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Graduates 648
Health Care Professionals:
Kimberly Lancaster Earns Doctor of Physical Therapy from the
College of Allied Health Sciences
Memphis, Tenn. – On Friday, May 28, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) graduated 648 health care professionals. Kimberly Lancaster of Houston, Miss., was one of 178 graduates from the College of Allied Health Sciences. With more than 9,000 alumni, the College of Allied Health Sciences is the largest provider of allied health professionals in Tennessee and offers 15 professional degree programs.
The ceremony was held at FedEx Forum in downtown Memphis. Steve J. Schwab, MD, interim chancellor of UT Health Science Center, presided over the ceremony. Jan Simek, interim president of the University of Tennessee, conferred the degrees.
Kimberly Lancaster, daughter of John W. and Kaye Lancaster, graduated with honors from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and will be employed by Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle in Columbus, Miss. While at UTHSC, Kimberly served as class officer for three years as the honor council representative.
Harry Jacobson, MD, former Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and former CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System, delivered the commencement address to the graduates and their families. His remarks were titled, “Health Care is a Team Sport.” Dr. Jacobson, a nephrologist and health care entrepreneur, retired from Vanderbilt in 2009 after more than 12 years as CEO.
The 648 graduates were from all six of the UT Health Science Center’s colleges.
n 178 from the College of Allied Health Sciences;
n 73 from the College of Dentistry;
n 43 from the College of Graduate Health Sciences;
n 143 from the College of Medicine;
n 36 from the College of Nursing; and
n 175 from the College of Pharmacy.
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training opportunities, the main campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC has additional colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy plus an Allied Health Sciences unit in Knoxville, as well as a College of Medicine campus in Chattanooga. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.
This study quantifies the economic impact of the UTHSC on the economy of the state of Tennessee for FY2010.
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