A new research digest, Advance, spotlights research programs at the UT Graduate School of Medicine and explains how the work of the institution’s researchers impacts healthcare in Tennessee and beyond.
The second issue of Advance includes features on efforts to ensure healthier babies and moms; a new peptide, p5, developed at the Graduate School of Medicine that visualizes plaque in the brain; and breakthroughs in Huntington’s disease and Type 2 diabetes. Also featured are regenerative medicine; dental forensics; clinical trials; and other research news.
January 31, 2012
A live dental implant procedure was broadcast from the General Dentistry operatory at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine into Wood Auditorium on the University of Tennessee Medical Center campus as a continuing education course for dental professionals. The East Tennessee 10th Annual Kenneth R. Walker, DDS Memorial Lecture, presented by the Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry and directed by O. Lee Wilson, DMD, Chair and Associate Professor, Dentistry, gave participants the novel experience of seeing a live, minimally invasive implant procedure while also being able to ask questions during the procedure to the clinicians, David Little, DDS, clinical adjunct professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, and Joe Thornton, DDS, specialist in removable and implant prosthetics in Snellville, Georgia.
While some components were pre-arranged, Dr. Little performed the implant procedure on one of his patients, and she walked away with her permanent overdentures, placed by Dr. Thornton. For the broadcast, Andrew Young, DDS, Instructor, Dentistry, operated the camera using a remote control with a joystick so that the audience could see angles inside the patient's mouth.
Following the procedure, which took less than three hours, the patient joined Dr. Little and Dr. Thornton in Wood Auditorium to meet participants and answer questions.
Dr. Wilson said feedback from the event was positive and he anticipates using similar technology for resident training.
January 31, 2012
The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine is celebrating the official opening of its UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, and the community is invited to join the celebration. This is an important milestone in the history of the institution as the Center for Advanced Medical Simulation is establishing a regional presence in simulation training.
Please join co-directors Dr. Leonard Hines and Dr. Paul Huffstutter at the Open House on Thursday, February 16, between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The main entrance to the Center is accessible from the G-2 red level of the parking structure of Buildings C and D. Light refreshments will be served.
The UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation will be an asset for physicians, nurses, therapists, physician assistants, EMTs, dentists and other practicing professionals who learn skills they put into practice immediately for the benefit of patient care and safety. The Center also offers education programs for residents, fellows and students and welcomes students from area institutions through unique partnerships that further medical education in the region.
January 25, 2012
Hu A. Blake, MD, Professor and Chair of Surgery from 1967-1982, passed away following a battle with cancer. Dr. Blake is remembered for establishing one of the most successful open-heart surgery programs at the hospital, performing the first coronary artery bypass graft in 1968. In 1975, 127 open heart cases were performed under his leadership. Dr. Blake also published multiple articles in medical and scientific journals, led numerous conferences, and was a member and officer to multiple professional organizations and societies. Dr. Blake received his cardiac training in the Army, spending 23 years in the Army Medical Corps and retiring in 1967 as a full colonel.
January 25, 2012
Rajiv Dhand, MD, FCCP, FACP, FAARC, a noted expert in pulmonary and critical care medicine, has been appointed Chair of Medicine. As Chair, he oversees patient care, research and educational activities of the department, which encompasses 16 medical specialties and is comprised of more than 100 faculty physicians, research scientists, residents and fellows, who serve patients through inpatient and outpatient services.
Most recently, Dr. Dhand was Professor of Medicine and Director of the Pulmonary, Critical Care and Environmental Medicine Fellowship program at the University of Missouri. Prior to that, he served at the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, and at the Postgraduate Institute in Chandigarh, India.
Dr. Dhand is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. He completed three fellowships in the specialties after residency training in India and completed a research associate position at Virginia Mason Research Center and University of Washington, Seattle. He has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American Association of Respiratory Care and elected to America's Top Physicians.
As an educator, Dr. Dhand has developed curriculum, written and edited textbook chapters, and taught in a variety of forums. A leader in the field of pulmonary medicine, he has been invited to speak at more than 50 national and international conferences, and his expertise in aerosol delivery devices is internationally recognized.
Dr. Dhand who joined the Graduate School of Medicine January 1, plans to expand the opportunities for fellowship education and encourage more research through additional clinical trials. He follows Dr. Timothy Panella, who served as Chair since 2001 and will continue in the Department as Associate Professor.
January 23, 2012
Larry Kilgore, MD, and Jaclyn van Nes, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty, will lead a community event, "Cervical Cancer and HPV Vaccination: What Every Parent Should Know," from 6-7 p.m., January 24, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The discussion will include the role of the human papilomavirus (HPV) in cervical cancer and the role of HPV vaccines in lowering the risk for cervical cancer as well as other ways to diagnose and treat cervical cancer.
The program is free, but registration is required by calling 865-305-8577. Complimentary parking is available in Parking Garage H and participants should enter through the Heart Hospital. A light dinner will be served.
January 18, 2012
Faculty, staff, residents and fellows at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine closed out the year 2011 with many notable accomplishments, including a dental procedure broadcast in-house as a continuing education activity, a research grant, and several professional certificaitons. GSM has also started off the new year with several advancements including new chairs in Pathology and Medicine as well as providing a narrative medicine curriculum. Read more about accomplishments at GSM in the January 2012 issue of The Scope.
January 17, 2012
The Eighth Annual Diabetes Regional Conference is scheduled for March 10, UT Conference Center, Knoxville. Register today for this popular conference.
This year, conference presentations will focus on taking a practical approach to trends and treatments of diabetes mellitus and will be offered by regional and national experts in the fields of endocrinology, podiatry, family medicine, pharmacy, obstetrics/gynecology, health literacy and more.
The conference is presented for medical professionals in family medicine and internal medicine as well as pharmacists and other healthcare professionals involved in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. It is approved for AMA, AAPA, AAFP, ACPE credits, as well as CEUs.
The Eighth Annual Diabetes Regional Conference is presented by the UT Graduate School of Medicine and Department of Family Medicine and is directed by Donald Keeble, MD. This conference annually reaches capacity. Register today.
January 4, 2012
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