In the Spotlight
Dr. Carlson Announces the Kelly L. Krahwinkel Endowed Chair for OMFS
Eric Carlson, DMD, MD, recently introduced the Kelly L. Krahwinkel Endowed Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The endowment will support the department's initiative in oral/head and neck cancer diagnosis and surgical treatment, providing enhanced clinical integration in the UT Cancer Institute as well as supporting the department's academic mission in education and research.
Internal Medicine Residency Program Provides Model for Performance Improvement
In light of ACGME's renewed focus on resident performance improvement efforts, "Residency Program Alert," a newsletter published by HCPro, Inc, featured the Internal Medicine Residency and its Monday Morning Quarterback meeting program as a model for other residency programs to follow. The meetings were initiated by Medicine faculty Mark Rasnake, MD, and Daphne Norwood, MD, in fall 2010 as a way for residents to identify issues related to safety and quality and recommend a plan of action to the department.
Imaging Trial for Novel Liver Cancer Treatment Shows Promising Results
Radiology faculty are leading an investigation to improve imaging options available to patients who have undergone Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT), the latest treatment option available at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for those with inoperable hepatic tumors.
Medical Student Evolves Through Narrative Medicine
Katie Phillips, a fourth-year medical student at UT Health Science Center, expected the Narrative Medicine elective to teach her how to focus on learning the patients' stories to help her become a "stronger" doctor. What she did not foresee was how the rotation would also bring healing to her. Read more on her experience as the first student to complete the rotation.
Family Medicine Supports Community through Food and Clothing Pantries and Fundraisers
The Department of Family Medicine recently established a Community Outreach Committee to oversee new food and clothing pantries and determine families that may best benefit from these donations. The committee is also organizing activities to support local causes such as The American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women,” March of Dimes, Alzheimer’s Tennessee and the American Diabetes Association.
Physicians Take Medical Training to Ghana
For four weeks, UT Graduate School of Medicine physicians in Family Medicine and Surgery provided medical care and medical training in northern Ghana, located in West Africa. David Stockton, MD, MPH; Gregory Blake, MD; Jonathan Laymance, MD; Michael Martin, MD; and Hobart Akin, MD, participated in the medical mission.
Anesthesiology Resident Benefits Patient Care Through Gift
Matt Pittman, MD, Anesthesiology Resident, recently won and donated a MacGrath® MAC video laryngoscope to the Department of Anesthesiology, valued at approximately $5,000. He said he chose to donate the laryngoscope because he wants patients to be able to benefit from the technology, which he said is potentially life-saving.
Dr. Matthew Mancini Inaugurated as KAM President
Matthew Mancini, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, is serving as 2012 president to the Knoxville Academy of Medicine. He was inaugurated at a dinner honoring the KAM Executive Committee in February. Dr. Mancini completed his General Surgery residency at the UT Graduate School of Medicine in 1999 and joined faculty following graduation.
Researchers Earn Doctorate Degrees
Dustin Osborne, Assistant Professor, Radiology, has earned his PhD in Nuclear Engineering. Jonathan Phipps also graduated with his PhD, performing research under the guidance of Jonathan Wall, PhD. Tatiana Perevozchikova, who was working as a Graduate Student under the direction of Valerie Berthelier, PhD, received her doctorate in January.
Martha Earl Participates in Medical Library Leadership Fellows Program
Martha Earl, MSLS, AHIP, Assistant Professor, Preston Medical Library, is participating in a one-year fellowship program to develop medical library leaders, jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. She was one of five selected for the tenth fellowship class.
New Vascular Nursing Chapter Benefits Community and Selects Rawn as President
Susan Rawn, BSN, CCRP, RN, Research Coordinator in the Department of Surgery, was elected as President of the newly-formed East Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN). The East Tennessee Chapter, the first local chapter of SVN, will focus on volunteer efforts in community education events.
New GSM Faculty and Staff
From the Dean's Office
New Initiatives Support the Community
Dr. James Neutens, Dean, recognizes the grand opening of the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation as well as the establishment of the Kelly L. Krahwinkel Endowed Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He also commends faculty and staff for their leadership in the community, including Martha Earl, Dr. Ronald Lands, Dr. Matthew Mancini, Susan Rawn and the Department of Family Medicine's Community Outreach Committee.
UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation Opens to the Community
The UT Graduate School of Medicine held a grand opening event in its new medical simulation center, inviting faculty, staff and the community to tour the facility and participate in simulations. Complete with lifelike adult and newborn mannequins that mimic humans, simulated operating, intensive care and endovascular suites and a host of other advanced training devices for medical and dental procedures, the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation is equipped to help clinicians improve their skills and decision making capabilities.
Advance Digest Spotlights GSM Research News
The second issue of Advance, a new research digest, 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.
Resident and Fellow Research Day Coming May 23, Submit Abstracts by April 15
The UT Graduate School of Medicine and Academy of Scholars Committee will hold Resident and Fellow Research Day on Wednesday, May 23. Residents and fellows are invited to submit abstracts via The Pulse, due April 15.
Resident Business Course Concludes April 19 with 'Billing and Collections'
The 2011-2012 Business Course for Residents series will hold its final session Thursday, April 19, at noon in Morrison's Conference Center, hosted by Christy Bailey with University Physician's Association who will discuss billing and collections. Recently, the course welcomed Michael Stahl, PhD, Director of the Physician Executive MBA Program and Distinguished Professor of Management in the College of Business at UT Knoxville.
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CME Course Focuses on Using Concept of Lean
Lean for Healthcare is a multi-day course offered March 26-30, August 6-10 and November 5-9, at the Haslam Business Building on the UTK campus. This course uses the concept of lean processes traditionally practiced in the manufacturing industry but applied now to improving efficiencies and eliminating waste in healthcare. Each Lean for Healthcare course is approved for 34.5 AMA and AGD credits.
Hematology Conference Hosts Some of Nation's Best
The UT Graduate School of Medicine presented the Eighth Annual Hematology Conference: An Update on Selected ASH Topics, on January 21, 2012, and leading discussions were Thomas Habermann, MD, Mayo Clinic; Michael Keating, MB, BS, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Craig Kitchens, MD, University of Florida; and Rami Komrokji, MD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Wahid Hanna, MD, professor, UT Graduate School of Medicine, directed the educational activity.
Diabetes Conference Focuses on Trends and Treatments
Attendees at the Eighth Annual Diabetes Conference in March learned from regional and national experts in the fields of endocrinology, podiatry, family medicine, pharmacy, obstetrics/gynecology, health literacy and more, who focused their presentations on trends and treatments of diabetes mellitus.
The Scope is an electronic newsletter published by the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. The Scope's mission is to establish communication by recognizing contributions by all Graduate School of Medicine faculty, staff, residents and fellows to encourage a feeling of community and pride within our institution.