University of Tennessee College of Medicine

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University of Tennessee
College of Medicine
UTHSC logo.svg
Established 1911; 103 years ago (1911)
Type Public
Dean Steve J. Schwab, M.D.
Academic staff 945 Total
745 full-time
200 part-time
Students 671
Location Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Campus Urban
Website http://www.uthsc.edu/medicine/

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is one of six graduate schools of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in downtown Memphis. The oldest public medical school in Tennessee, the UT College of Medicine is a LCME-accredited member of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and awards graduates of the four-year program Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees. The college's primary focus is to provide practicing health professionals for the state of Tennessee.

History[edit]

The history of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine involves several institutional mergers. The Nashville Medical College was founded in 1876 and acquired by the University of Tennessee three years later. The Nashville Medical College moved to Memphis in 1911 and merged with the College of Physicians and Surgeons to become the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Following a number of mergers with the biological science, nursing, and dental departments, the then-named University of Tennessee Medical Units was renamed the University of Tennessee Health Science Center during the tenure of Dr. Edmund Pellegrino.

Today, the Humphrey's General Education Building (GEB) stands on the corner of Madison Avenue and Dunlap street, where Lindsley Hall formerly housed the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The oldest surviving building (built in 1926) of the current UTHSC campus is the Wittenborg Anatomy Building, named after Dr. August H. Wittenborg.[1]

In 2012, Steve Schwab announced UTHSC aims to develop more clinical experiences for students in internal medicine, surgery, surgical sub-specialties (e.g., Anesthesiology and Radiology), family medicine, emergency medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology at UTHSC affiliate hospitals in 2013.[2] A partnership with Saint Thomas Health subsequently expanded from one Internal Medicine Residency Program, established in 1982, to include affiliate programs in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine.

Facilities[edit]

The University of Tennessee Medical Center Heart Lung Vascular Institute in Knoxville, TN

The College of Medicine is affiliated with a number of teaching hospitals in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center forms the backbone of the Memphis Medical District and is closely affiliated with several medical units:

The Chattanooga campus of the College of Medicine is closely affiliated with Erlanger Health System. In Knoxville, the University of Tennessee Medical Center is home to the UT Graduate School of Medicine, the largest of the nine (AAMC) Graduate Regional Medical Centers in the Southeast United States.[3]

Nashville UTHSC affiliates include Saint Thomas West, Saint Thomas Midtown and Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospitals.[4] Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital is the home of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. An Emergency Medicine Residency Program and a Family Medicine Residency Program are both based at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

UT medical students spend their first two years in Memphis completing basic science coursework prior to taking the USMLE Step 1. Students then perform clinical rotations at these facilities on the Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville campuses for third and fourth year clerkships.[5]

Research[edit]

The UTHSC Cancer Research Building, located on the corner of Madison Ave and S Mannassas St in Memphis, TN
  • The UTHSC Level III Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL-3) is one of 13 nationally funded RBL-3 complexes that investigate infectious diseases and pathogens. Funded in 2003 by a $18 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory anchors the UT-Baptist Research Park in downtown Memphis.[7]
  • The Cancer Research Building (CRB) houses research laboratories which investigate molecular bases of disease, cancer therapeutics, metastasis mechanisms, cancer genetics, viral gene therapy and other fields. Constructed in 2007, the $25.2 million CRB represents the interdisciplinary nature of cancer research conducted by College of Medicine and other UTHSC faculty.[8]
  • The College of Medicine affords many medical students research opportunities through the NIH-sponsored Medical Student Research Fellowship (MSRF). This allows medical students to pursue research in the basic and clinical sciences under preceptors during the summer after their first year.
  • The Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Family Medicine Residency Program and Internal Medicine Residency Program at UTHSC affiliate hospitals incorporate clinical research education and training into each curriculum. The Saint Thomas Health Research Institute (STRI) supports research in the Nashville area.[9] Research projects in individual locations place an emphasis on community collaboration that benefits local patient populations.[10]

Residency Programs[edit]

The College of Medicine offers several Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education residency programs located at four fully integrated statewide campuses:

Highlights[edit]

  • The College of Medicine is affiliated with three of the six level 1 trauma centers in Tennessee: Erlanger Health Systems in Chattanooga, Regional Medical Center of Memphis, and UT Medical Center in Knoxville.
  • The College of Medicine has graduated several notable alumni, including astronaut Margaret Rhea Seddon, Tennessee congressman Phil Roe, and current Director of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center, Alvin Powers, among others.
  • Peter C. Doherty, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is an adjunct faculty member for the College of Medicine's pediatric department.
  • Francis M. Fesmire, Clinical Research Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the College of Medicine in Chattanooga, received the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research on unorthodox treatment of intractable hiccups.[13]
  • Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs underwent a complete liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital. James D. Eason, M.D., an alumnus and professor of Transplant Surgery at the College of Medicine successfully performed the surgery in 2009.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hershel P. Wall, MD. "A brief history of the UT College of Medicine". Retrieved October 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ UTHSC Alumni and Friends. "Training Program partnership expands". UTHSCALUMNI.COM. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "UTCOM Fact Sheet". Uthsc.edu. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ "UTHSC Nashville". UTHSC College of Medicine Nashville Residency. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Office of the Executive Dean". Uthsc.edu. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "UTHSC Research Centers Info". Uthsc.edu. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Report on UTHSC RBL-3". Uthsc.edu. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ "CRB fact sheet". Uthsc.edu. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Research". UTHSC Nashville Internal medicine. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Research". UTHSC Nashville Family Medicine. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "UTGSM Viewbook". Gsm.utmck.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  12. ^ "UTHSC Nashville". UT College of Medicine Nashville Residency. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Hecht, Francis; "Ig Nobel prizes hail 'digital rectal massage'", New Scientist, 6 October 2006. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  14. ^ "UTHSC report of Steve Job's liver transplant". Retrieved October 10, 2010. 

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