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UTGSM Offers Unique Medical Programs in Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) offers programs to trainees that are one-of-a-kind in Tennessee.

LGBTQ Rotation for Medical Students

Family Medicine initiated “Care of the LGBTQ Patient” as an elective for third-year and fourth-year medical students in 2019. The two-week elective helps prepare students to more effectively treat the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning patient population.

Anthony Wilson MD, Interim Chair, Associate Professor and Course Director, said LGBTQ patients often have specialized needs related to gender transitions, preventive care, and psychological care. "Medical students have limited exposure to formal training in LGBTQ care. There has been a lot of research in this area and we need to better equip our students as they prepare for a career in medicine," Dr. Wilson said.

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Master of Science in Forensic Dentistry

In fall 2020, UTGSM Dentistry faculty launched a Master’s degree in Forensic Dentistry directed by James Lewis DMD. The program partners with the Knox County Regional Forensic Center (RFC) and the Cumberland Forest Decomposition Facility as part of the educational experience and training. The curriculum is consistent with the expanding scope of knowledge in forensic dentistry in accordance with the American Board of Forensic Odontology’s standards and guidelines. The degree provides didactic education, hands-on training and practical experience to clinically perform single, multiple and mass disaster dental identifications, assess dental age, recognize human abuse, and analyze patterned injuries. Additionally, students learn how anthropologists recover and analyze decomposed and skeletal remains in clandestine and crime scene situations. Special training involves discovery and archaeological excavation of skeletal and dental remains followed by laboratory interpretation of peri-mortem ballistic, blunt and sharp-force injury. As part of the program, students and the Division of Forensic Dentistry faculty provide comprehensive dental and anthropological services to the Knox County Medical Examiner's Office as well as to outside individuals, organizations and agencies. This degree is conferred by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry. Completion of the program prepares the student for employment in forensics and the American Board of Forensic Odontology Board Examination.

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Forensic Dentistry Fellowship

Established in 2014, the Forensic Dentistry Fellowship is a 16-month program that provides extensive classroom and morgue-based “hands-on” training and experience in forensics while permitting dentists to continue practicing in their local communities. The program meets once a month over a three-day weekend and provides approximately 425 hours of American Board of General Dentistry (AGD-certified) continuing dental education. These continuing education hours are approved by the American Board of Forensic Odontology and can be applied toward Board Eligibility Requirements. The Forensic Dentistry Fellowship includes instruction in the areas of forensic dental identification; disaster victim identification; forensic dental age assessment; human abuse recognition; bitemark recognition, analysis and comparison; jurisprudence; report writing; and, an introduction to forensic anthropology, crime scene dynamics and clandestine grave recovery. Completion of this program provides the dentist an opportunity to consult on forensic dental cases for their local communities, jurisdictions and forensic laboratories.

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Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship

The Medical Education and Simulation Fellowship Program at the University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Medical Simulation (UTCAMS) is dedicated to training physicians who aspire to become international leaders in medical education, simulation and simulation-based research. Participants may choose a one-year program, or through partnership with the UT College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, a two-year program culminating in a Master's degree in Education. Directed by Dr. Leo Lamsen, the program is one of only 16 in the country to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEI) and is located at UTCAMS, which itself is accredited by the ACS.

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Oncologic Surgical Pathology Fellowship

The Oncologic Surgical Pathology Fellowship offered by the Department of Pathology and directed by Alan Grindstaff MD is one of the newest programs available at UTGSM. The patient population at The University of Tennessee Medical Center exposes pathologists to a wide variety of oncologic surgical cases that will provide the fellow with extensive experience in lung, liver, muscle, brain, skin, genitourinary (GU), gastrointestinal (GI), renal pathology. The one-year fellowship also includes resident teaching and participation in the UT BioBank and associated research.

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Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery Fellowship

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers a one-year accredited fellowship in oral/head and neck oncologic surgery under the direction of Eric Carlson DMD MD FACS, which focuses on the surgical management of benign and malignant tumors of this anatomic region. During the program, the fellow gains significant experience in the preoperative workup and operative ablation of patients with oral/head and neck neoplasms, including squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, sarcomas of the jaws, odontogenic tumors, facial skin cancer and salivary gland tumors. Immediate and delayed reconstructive surgery techniques also are reviewed during the fellowship experience.

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Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

The Department of Surgery offers a two-year fellowship in Surgical Critical Care directed by Todd Nickloes DO MBA FACOS FACS. This area of medicine provides continuity throughout the course of care for an acutely injured or critically ill surgical patient, and the fellow is involved in all aspects of the patient's management.  In addition to one year of dedicated ICU experience, the program includes a year-long experience as an acute care surgeon while earning an MBA degree from the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business in Knoxville.

The Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) program at the University of Tennessee teaches fellows the specific application of business principles in a healthcare environment. Operational flow management/LEAN processes, financial and accounting principles, negotiation techniques/processes, and contract applications are covered during the year-long matriculation at the Haslam College of Business. UT’s PEMBA is the longest running and most highly respected physician-only MBA offered nationwide.

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Posted: May 26, 2021


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