In the Spotlight
Clinical Trials Bring New, Advanced Treatment for Emergency Condition of Aorta
Vascular surgeons are participating in Phase I clinical trials, led by Scott Stevens, MD, Professor, to evaluate new stents specifically designed for the repair of torn aortas. One clinical trial studies the repair of aortic dissections. The second trial is for the repair of aortas torn from violent impact, most commonly during car accidents.
COM Students on GSM's Medical School Task Force Provide Double Perspective
Lindsay Luttrell and Eric Tiner, UT Health Science Center College of Medicine Students who are on the Graduate School of Medicine's Task Force to explore a four-year medical school in Knoxville, discuss the pros and cons of initiating the new program.
OB/GYN Residents Broaden Skills While Serving Guatemalan Women in Need
Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Kristen Sorenson, MD, and Alumnus Lisa Buckingham, MD, joined Robert Elder, MD, Associate Professor, on a mission trip to Guatemala where the team performed 26 major gynecologic surgeries in five days.
New Laboratory Focuses on Regenerative Medicine and High School Outreach
Through the collaborative efforts of the UT Knoxville College of Engineering and the UT Graduate School of Medicine Department of Surgery, the Graduate School of Medicine has expanded the Vascular Research Laboratory with the creation of the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory. Led by Christopher Stephens, PhD, efforts also include a high school outreach program to prepare students for graduate study in medical research.
Surgery Alumnus Recounts First Weekend of Solo Trauma Attending Call
Cynthia Talley, MD, Surgery Residency and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Alumnus, describes in a letter of gratitude and thanks to Mitchell Goldman, MD, and the Department of Surgery how her training led to the success of her first weekend of solo trauma attending call.
The Life and Work of Dr. Solomon Featured in UT Achievement Magazine
The Fall 2010 Achievement, a magazine for alumni and supporters of UT, tells the story of why Alan Solomon, MD, became a medical doctor and researcher, why he made a promise to find a cure for amyloidosis, and why laying stone gives him peace in, "Hands of a Healer: Demystifying the Mysteries of Incurable Diseases, Dr. Alan Solomon Finds Beauty in the Roughest Places."
Surgery Resident Dr. Gandhi Presents ODAM Research to Melanoma Experts in Australia
Sagar Gandhi, MD, Surgery Resident, recently returned from Sydney, Australia, where he presented, "ODAM, A Novel Tight Junction Protein, Predicts Sentinel Node Metastasis in Cutaneous Melanoma," at the 7th International Melanoma Research Congress, considered one of the most comprehensive melanoma conferences available.
Pathology Society Awards Dr. Sneed for Resident Research
George Sneed, DO, Pathology Resident, recently attended the American Society for Clinical Pathology annual meeting where he received the Resident Research Symposium Award for his research, "Quantifying the Extent of Invasive Carcinoma and Margin Status in Partial Mastectomy Cases Having a Gross Lesion: Is a Defined Tissue Processing Protocol Needed?"
Faculty and Staff Honored for Long-Term Service
UT Graduate School of Medicine employees were honored recently for years of service to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for as many as 45 years of service. See who was honored for 10 or more years.
Residents and Fellows Engage in Knoxville's Medical Community
The Knoxville Academy of Medicine recently welcomed 37 residents and fellows into its membership.
Rawn Achieves Professional Research Certification
Susan Rawn, RN, BSN, Clinical Research Coordinator, Surgery, recently earned professional certification through the Society of Clinical Research Associates and is now a Certified Clinical Research Professional. Rawn has worked for the UT Graduate School of Medicine since 2009 supporting investigative projects.
Genetic Counselor Putnam Earns Board Certification
Abbey Putnam, MS, Genetic Counselor, passed the American Board of Genetic Counseling certification examination and is now a Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC). Putnam has worked for the UT Genetics Center since August 2009, seeing pediatric and adult patients.
New GSM Staff
From the Dean's Office
Reflections on UTGSM Success in 2010
The New Year provides us an opportunity to reflect on 2010. The pieces in this month's issue show our faculty, residents and staff sharing their expertise around the world from high schools and colleges to Guatemalan villages.
UTGSM Remembers Dr. George F. Schuchmann
George F. Schuchmann, MD, passed away on December 16, 2010. A "Celebration of Life" was held in Wood Auditorium on January 26, 2010, to honor the devoted physician, faculty member, and administrator.
UTGSM and Its Programs Earn Maximum Accreditations
The UT Graduate School of Medicine earned national reaccreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for a five-year period, the maximum period awarded by ACGME. Several of its residency and fellowship programs also recently received top-level accreditations.
UTMC and Community Hospitals Support Tobacco Free Campuses
As of January 1, 2011, the University of Tennessee Medical Center, in partnership with several community hospitals, is a tobacco-free campus. This policy applies to everyone on its campus, including patients, visitors, staff, physicians and their office staff, the UT Graduate School of Medicine, and vendors.
UTHSC Celebrates 100 Years; Centennial Book Available
The UT Health Science Center is celebrating its centennial anniversary year in 2011. To commemorate its historic first century, the university is planning a variety of special activities, including the release of a commemorative book, The Legacy, The Future: A Centennial Portrait of The University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Women's Health Featured in Frontiers Magazine
From advancements in the treatment of women's cancers to the great increase in the number of women in the medical field, women have been the catalyst for dramatic changes in medicine over the past decade. The December 2010 issue of Frontiers magazine features a compelling look at some of these changes.
Save the Date: Resident and Fellows' Research Days
The dates have been set for the annual UT Graduate School of Medicine and Academy of Scholars Committee Resident Research Day and Fellows' Research Day, to be held Wednesday, May 25, and Friday, May 27, respectively. Abstracts will be due Monday, April 25, via The Pulse.
Research @ Lunch Spring 2011 Meetings Set
The Research @ Lunch series hosted by the Office of Medical Education, Research and Development, led by Lorraine Wallace, PhD, and William Metheny, PhD, will continue Tuesday, February 8, with "Data Mining and IRB-Related Considerations," presented by Will Wallace. Everyone is welcome to attend. Workshops will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Morrison's Conference Center.
January Resident Business Course Examines Contracts
The 2010-2011 Business Course for Residents series will continue Thursday, February 17, when Cheryl Baxter will discuss the physician compenstaion model. Laura Lyons and Chad Schollaert with the Trust Company recently presented on, "A Roadmap for Financial Success (And How to Avoid Common Pitfalls)" and Jennifer Pearson-Taylor with London and Amburn, P.C., discussed contracts.
Continuing Medical and Dental Education
Mark your calendars today for these CMDE-certified activities.
Register Today: Diabetes Conference, March 19
Register now to attend the Seventh Annual Diabetes Regional Conference on March 19 at UT Conference Center in Knoxville. The topic, "New Treatments for Old Problems: Where Are We Going in Diabetes Mellitus," will be led by keynote speaker, Jennifer B. Marks, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Diabetes Research Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
CME Courses at UTK Focus on Lean Healthcare and Change
Two courses offered by the UT Knoxville Center for Executive Education in the UT College of Business are among the first of their kind in the country and are now certified for CME and CDE credits: Lean for Healthcare and The Challenge for Healthcare: A Roadmap to Performance Improvement in a Constantly Changing Environment.
Oral Surgeons Learn About Trauma Management
In November, oral surgeons and dental professionals attended the 2010 Dr. R. Ben Alley, DDS, Endowed Lecture to learn more about contemporary maxillofacial trauma management.