The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine is the largest department in the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM). The UTGSM is the Knoxville campus of the University Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC). The Department is comprised of 15 Divisions and 114 full time, part time, and volunteer faculty.  The primary focus of the department is the training of medical residents. We also provide clinical training for third and fourth year medical students, who are primarily enrolled at the UTHSC Memphis campus.  We currently offer fellowship training in cardiology and pulmonary medicine.  All of our training programs are fully accredited by ACGME.

Training Facilities

Clinical training is provided mainly at the nationally ranked University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) and affiliated clinics located in Knoxville.  Our trainees and faculty are committed to providing exceptional patient care in a collegial environment, and several divisions are nationally recognized for their excellence.  We have the twin advantages of being an academic training program without being a large one, where each trainee is well known and recognized for their achievements.  We offer several unique programs that encourage our trainees to be critical thinkers; and that prepare them for the ever changing needs of healthcare, both in the current milieu and also for the future.  In addition to our experienced faculty, we have outstanding support from ancillary staff in both the hospital and ambulatory clinic settings.  We have a robust basic science research program, are rapidly expanding our clinical research, and have ongoing collaborations with other research institutions in and around Knoxville.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Medicine is to help physicians in training acquire the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to become competent, compassionate physicians who possess a lifetime love of medicine, learning, and teaching; to provide an organization for the delivery of excellent medical care from both the generalists and specialists in the field of Internal Medicine; and to provide an invigorating environment for basic and clinical research. Our enthusiastic and experienced clinical and research faculty are dedicated to the fulfillment of this mission.

The "In Touch" Newsletter

In Touch is produced by the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine's Department of Medicine. The mission of the newsletter is to build pride in the Department of Medicine by communicating the accessible, collaborative and human aspects of the department while highlighting pertinent achievements and activities.

In Touch is published each quarter and features faculty and resident news, upcoming events, and awards and accomplishments. As an institute of learning and discovery, the newsletter highlights how the Department of Medicine contributes to a global body of medical knowledge through various scholarly activities. Read the latest edition of the In Touch newsletter.


Resident Feature by Megan M. Hoffman, MD

As a Religious Sister of Mercy, I made four promises to God. The first three of these vows are common to all those in a religious community, namely poverty, chastity, and obedience. The fourth vow, unique to my Community, is that of service to the poor, sick, and ignorant. In 1831, in Dublin, Ireland, Catherine McAuley founded a community of religious women known as the Religious Sisters of Mercy, to perpetuate her service to the poor. She began by taking up poor young girls from the street and teaching them a trade so that they would not succumb to a life of prostitution. Today, the Community carries on this legacy of mercy by educating themselves to a high degree so that they may in turn help others to lift themselves out of their situation of need. As a Religious Sister of Mercy and a resident physician at UT, I find myself challenged daily to form my mind intellectually and my soul spiritually. The key to living them both peacefully has been to realize that they must be fully integrated, and I must never tire of living not for myself but for others. Through a rigorous schedule of daily prayer and study, I hope to improve the service I offer those in need.

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