This Student Handbook provides students and the UTHSC campus community with information about the opportunities, rights, and responsibilities of students at this institution. Policies affecting all students are described (or provided as links) in this handbook. UTHSC academic issues/policies specific to individual colleges can be found in the UTHSC Bulletin. Students are encouraged to read both the CenterScope and the UTHSC Bulletin in order to find information regarding our campus and its programs. The information in both documents should be used as a directory and explanation of services and agencies, and as a resource for obtaining answers to dilemmas and questions. These documents are not contracts and the administration reserves the right to amend and correct the contents whenever necessary and appropriate. Students will be advised when changes are made to the posted documents.
Steve J. Schwab, M.D.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is a statewide institution with a home campus in Memphis, additional locations in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville, plus more than 115 clinical and educational sites across Tennessee. Our institution comprises six fully accredited health science colleges - Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy - which are linked for maximum educational and clinical impact at our major locations. These colleges are the primary source of health care professional training for the state of Tennessee.
You are joining our campus community at an exciting time, when significant progress is being made to expand our institution on several fronts. Including:
- Brand new $36.7 million Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Similuation (CHIPS)
- Expansion in Nashville for the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy
- Independent SACSCOC accreditation as a stand-alone University
- Extension of our relationships with partner hospitals
The new Interprofessional Simulation and Center for Patient Safety will increase training opportunities for all students and benefit you substantially as members of focused, efficient health care teams. UTHSC also works in partnership with these Memphis Core Teaching Hospitals: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare; Regional One Health; Baptist Memorial Health Care; Memphis VA Medical Center; West Cancer Center, and, St. Francis Hospital.
We are committed to transforming health care in Tennessee and beyond. It is a pleasure for all of us to welcome you to UTHSC. Our accomplished faculty and staff look forward to providing the support, guidance, insight and rigorous learning experiences that will equip you for a successful and rewarding career in health care.
With best regards,
Steve J. Schwab, MD