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Statewide Biomedical and Clinical Research Collaborative Awards Granted

Researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine-Knoxville; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Office of Research understand the challenges affecting the health and wellness of Tennesseans. Read more


Celebrating Excellence: UTGSM's 2024 Welcome Dinner and Faculty Awards

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) recently hosted its 2024 Welcome Dinner and Faculty Awards, a cherished tradition that celebrates excellence and achievement in medical education, research, and service. The event, held on June 22, 2024, at the Bridgewater Place in Knoxville, TN, was a momentous occasion, bringing together new residents, fellows, and esteemed faculty members to honor their unwavering commitment to advancing medical education and research. Read more


2024 UTGSM Employees Recognized for Excellence

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine celebrated the exceptional achievements of its employees with the 18th Annual Employee Excellence Awards program. Nominations were solicited from colleagues and supervisors, acknowledging employees' remarkable contributions in four distinct categories: outstanding job performance, leadership, courtesy and customer service, and community service. This year's winners are Patty Hamilton (Performance), Melinda Klar (Leadership), Kristi Roe (Courtesy and Customer Service) and Abagail Pujol (Community Service). Read more


University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and The University of Tennessee Medical Center Pioneer Revolutionary Radionuclide Therapies in Cancer Treatment

In a groundbreaking stride toward advancing cancer treatment, the Molecular Imaging and Translational Research Program (MITRP) at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) and The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) are at the forefront of pioneering Radionuclide Therapies. Under the guidance of Dr. Dustin Osborne, PhD, DABSNM, Professor, and Director of the MITRP, Dr. Yitong Fu, MD, Nuclear Medicine Section Chief, and Brett Hines, RT(R), CNMT, Manager of Nuclear Medicine, these novel therapies represent a transformative approach in the fight against cancer.Read more


UTGSM Celebrates Match Day 2024

On March 15, 2024, twelve Knoxville designated University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine fourth-year medical students gathered with eager anticipation to partake in the time-honored tradition of "Match Day." Held at Maple Hall in downtown Knoxville, this year's students opened their "Match Day" letters at exactly 12:00 PM EST while celebrating with friends and family. Issued by the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), these letters revealed the specialty programs and locations where each student will begin their residency training after graduation from medical school.Read more


The Role of the Institutional Review Board at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine

Research involving human subjects is a cornerstone of scientific advancement, but it must be conducted ethically and with the utmost respect for the rights and welfare of participants. At the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM), oversight is provided by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), an integral part of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) research infrastructure. Comprised of representatives from UTGSM, UT Medical Center, and the community, the IRB ensures compliance with federal regulations and ethical standards, safeguarding the welfare of participants.Read more


Janet Purkey, MD Named a 2024 Remarkable Women Finalist

Dr. Janet Purkey, an Associate Professor and Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine at UTGSM, has been named a 2024 Remarkable Women Finalist, a testament to her extraordinary dedication and contributions. Beyond her role in medicine, Dr. Purkey is the co-founder of the East Knox Free Medical Clinic, where she tirelessly serves those in need, regardless of their ability to pay.Read more


Celebrating a Legacy of Knowledge and Compassion: The Preston Medical Library

The Preston Medical Library, nestled within the heart of the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), commemorates its enduring history that spans back to 1966. This year will mark a decade since its 2014 relocation to a 10,500 square foot area in the hospital's main lobby. As it celebrates its ten-year relocation anniversary, the library continues its unwavering service to the medical community and the public. It stands as a beacon of knowledge, offering a wealth of resources, innovative services, and compassionate support. Read more


New Amyloid Imaging Study at UTGSM Paves the Way in Diagnosis and Therapy

In a significant stride toward improving the challenges faced by patients with systemic amyloidosis, the Amyloidosis and Cancer Theranostics Program (ACTP) at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM), under the direction of Jonathan Wall, PhD, University Distinguished Professor and Assistant Dean of Research embarked on their latest groundbreaking research. The ACTP team initiated the first-in-human study of a novel diagnostic imaging agent for the detection of cardiac amyloidosis at the UT Medical Center, ushering in a new era in amyloid imaging research.Read more


Tina M. Dudney, MD Named Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical and Dental Education & Designated Institutional Official at UTGSM

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tina M. Dudney, MD as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical and Dental Education and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) effective October 15, 2023. Dr. Dudney has served as the Interim Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical and Dental Education and DIO since January 1, 2023, succeeding William P. Metheny, PhD, who retired after a 37-year career in medical education. Read more


UTGSM Completes Third 'Advancing Access to Careers in Medicine Scholars Program'

This summer, the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine completed its third Advancing Access to Careers in Medicine Scholars Program (AACMSP). Led by Dr. Deidra Mountain, PhD, Director of the Undergraduate Research Experience, the initiative aimed to broaden opportunities for first-generation college students and those from diverse backgrounds, fostering greater access to careers in medicine and/or translational sciences. Through the program, participants gained valuable insights into the ongoing research endeavors at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. Read more


Medical Students Participate in GSM Research Projects Thanks to Dr. I. Reid Collmann's Legacy Scholarship

Medical students at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine participated in research projects funded by the I. Reid Collmann, M.D. Medical Student Education Fund, which provides students with an opportunity similar to former Dean Collmann's own student research experience. Dr. Collmann believed that hands-on experience with research and its impact on patient care helped to lay a good foundation for future medical careers. Read more


Dr. Pam Peterson Mobley Named 2023 Outstanding Alumna of the Year by the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

Dr. Pam Peterson Mobley, an esteemed an alumna of the UTGSM Department of Anesthesiology residency program, has been named the 2023 Outstanding Alumna of the Year by the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine. This prestigious award recognizes her remarkable volunteer work in the Bahamas in 2019. Dr. Mobley's journey began with a childhood aspiration to become a doctor, inspired by her mother's diabetic condition. Her early training in medical response led to her saving her mother's life at just 5 years old.Read more


Robert M. Craft, MD Named Fifth Dean of the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine and University Health System, Inc. has named Robert M. Craft, MD as the fifth Dean of the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) effective August 1, 2023. Dr. Craft will also serve as Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC). Dr. Craft has served as Interim Dean since October 3, 2022, and in that role has led the development of a strategic plan for growth of undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education and scholarly activity that is fully integrated across the UTMC organization and within UTHSC.Read more


Stuart E. Van Meter, MD Named Chair of Pathology

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) has named, Stuart E. Van Meter, MD, as Chair of the Department of Pathology effective August 1, 2023. Dr. Van Meter took on the role of Interim Chair on November 1, 2022, succeeding Dr. Lisa Duncan, who had been serving as Chair since 2011.Read more


K. Paige Johnson, MD Named Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) has named K. Paige Kessler Johnson, MD, as the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) effective August 1, 2023. Dr. Johnson had previously been named Interim Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education on January 1, 2023.Read more


Celebrating Excellence: UTGSM's 2023 Welcome Dinner and Faculty Awards

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) recently held its 2023 Welcome Dinner and Faculty Awards, marking an evening of celebration, recognition, and appreciation. Hosted by the Office of the Dean, the reception took place on June 22, 2023, at the elegant Bridgewater Place in Knoxville, TN. The gathering brought together the new residents and fellows joining UTGSM, along with esteemed faculty members, to commemorate their collective dedication to medical education and research.Read more


2023 UTGSM Employees Recognized for Excellence

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine celebrated the exceptional achievements of its employees with the 17th Annual Employee Excellence Awards program. Nominees were put forward by their peers and supervisors, highlighting their outstanding contributions in four categories: outstanding job performance, leadership, courtesy and customer service, and community service. This year's winners are Ginger Hildebrand (Performance), Jennifer Ferris (Leadership), Cindy Langley (Courtesy and Customer Service) and Cameron Watson (Community Service). Read more


Becker Family Donates $178K to UTGSM

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) recently received a generous donation from the estate of Patricia Becker, a former resident of Knoxville who passed away on March 14, 2022. Patricia Becker’s nephew, Michael Becker, informed the UTGSM that his aunt had chosen to leave a portion of her estate to the UTGSM for research purposes. The gift amount totaled $178,087.91, and her heirs, Michael Becker, Janet Becker Hardin, and Laura Miller, requested that at least 50% of the gift be used to support the Women in Science initiative, with the remainder supporting the Physical Activity and Metabolism Laboratory (PAM) at the UTGSM. Read more


Patrick O. McConville, MD Named Chair of Anesthesiology

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) has announced Patrick O. McConville, MD, Associate Professor, as the new Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology effective April 1, 2023. Dr. McConville had previously been named Interim Chair of the department on October 17, 2022. Read more


UTGSM Celebrates Match Day 2023

Seven Knoxville designated University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine fourth-year medical students gathered with members of the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) Dean's staff on March 17, 2023, to celebrate "Match Day." This year the students open their "Match Day" letters at exactly 12:00 pm EST while celebrating with family and friends at Maple Hall. Issued by the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), these letters revealed the specialty programs and locations where each student will begin their residency training after graduation from medical school. Read more


K. Paige Johnson, MD Wins Golden Apple Award for Overall Outstanding Clerkship Director

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has announced that K. Paige Johnson, MD, has been named the winner of the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Overall Outstanding Clerkship Director at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM). Dr. Johnson was selected for this honor by the students, which makes this recognition even more special. Read more


UTGSM Alum Honored by National Football League

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) alumni, Dr. Valerie Sams, was honored at a pre-Super Bowl event for her role in helping to save Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin. Dr. Sams, who completed her residency in General Surgery at UTGSM from 2008 to 2013, is currently serving as a trauma surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and is also the Director of the Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Read more


University Family Physicians Clinic Awarded Recognition by the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Program

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine is proud to announce its University Family Physicians (UFP) Clinic has been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home Program. NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations.Read more


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