Teaching and Training
Residencies and Fellowships
The CPPT impacts postdoctoral residencies and fellowships in pediatrics, clinical pharmacy, medicine/pediatrics, and the basic and clinical pharmaceutical sciences. There are 30 pediatrics, medicine-pediatrics, and pediatrics-surgery residents yearly. Additionally, there are 10 fellows in a variety of subspecialty medicine areas with varying research and practice activities within the CPPT. Usually one of these fellows derives direct stipend support from the CPPT.
In clinical pharmacy at UT/Le Bonheur, there are 2 to 4 residents per year, and 1 to 2 fellows per year. These fellows are completely dedicated to the center and usually derive a significant portion of their annual stipend from CPPT appropriations. At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, there are 3 to 5 fellows per year who directly benefit from CPPT resources. Again, 2 to 3 of these derive a significant portion of their annual stipend from Center appropriations. The other fellows are generally supported by federal grants.
These fellows are also engaged in direct patient care.
Undergraduate and Professional Education
The CPPT has additionally had undergraduate and professional students in the laboratories, and the Center faculty have been active participants in the McNair Scholars Program. Recently we have had area minority high school students complete summer programs in the laboratory.
In the past 5 years, the College of Pharmacy has rewarded 410 Pharm.D. degrees, and the College of Medicine has awarded 825 M.D. degrees.
An International Presence
CPPT faculty have regularly hosted numerous visiting investigators/educators from other academic institutions in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Success in Teaching
Center funding has enabled the University to maintain high quality fellowship programs in pediatrics, clinical pharmacy, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics, and pharmacogenomics. The Center’s world-renown faculty have developed quality professional education programs and new courses, and initiated an annual visiting professorship that has attracted outstanding investigators, such as Nobel laureate Gertrude Elion, D.Sc. The CPPT supports federal center- and network-grants such as the Pediatric Clinical Research Center, and the Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit. Finally, the highest quality pediatric patient care, and the most advanced drug therapies are offered Tennessee’s children through the Center’s faculty and through Cente discovery.