News and Events

White Coat Ceremony

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 4:00pm
Student Alumni Center Dining Hall
Memphis, TN

Professional Attire

With a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the University of Tennessee Physician Assistant program will host its inaugural White Coat Ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony is a “rite of passage” for health science center students that encourages a psychological contract in which they accept the obligations inherited in the practice of medicine towards professionalism and empathy.  This event emphasizes the importance of the foundation and the mission of the institution: education, research, patient care and service.

Dr. Dawn M. Morton-Rias, PA-C2014 Keynote Speaker - Dr. Dawn M. Morton-Rias, PA-C
President and CEO for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

For information about the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, visit their website. 

Dr. Kent Lee Proposal Accepted by the AAMC

Dr. Kent A. Lee Photo

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is pleased to announce that our medical director, Dr. Kent A. Lee, has received notice from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) that his submission for the Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) Call for Proposals for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine has been accepted. He has been invited to submit a full length manuscript for inclusion in Academic Medicine. The GDI recognizes that embracing faculty diversity as a core aspect of the education, service and research missions positions Academic Health Centers to serve as leaders in advancing health equity.

The AAMC GDI requested articles that: (1) examine the implementation and outcomes of institutional policies that address faculty diversity recruitment, retention and advancement; (2) illustrate the development and use of novel metrics for monitoring change in faculty diversity and inclusion; (3) describe theory- and evidence- based faculty diversity and inclusion programs and their outcomes; (4) present research that examines the factors that facilitate or hinder achieving faculty diversity; and (5) demonstrate through research and/or program intervention how faculty diversity and inclusion contribute to institutional mission attainment.

Johnna Tanner, Dept. Chair of the Physician Assistant Program, states that Dr. Lee has long been an advocate for increasing faculty and student diversity. He has shown an extraordinary commitment to increasing diversity and it is fitting that his knowledge and expertise in this area is being recognized at the National level

PA Faculty Member Amy Allen Receives Grant

Amy Allen PhotoIn February 2014, Professor Amy Allen received a grant from the Physician Assistant Education Association to collaborate with Dr. Cassandra Holder Ballard, Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene. This grant will support the provision of oral health education to the PA students.

 The grant supports an initiative to educate PA students about oral health using the online Smiles for Life Curriculum as well as bringing in Dental Hygiene and Dental School faculty to lecture on oral health topics. A community service project is included as a provision of the grant that will allow PA students to collaborate with DH students and gain hands on experience applying fluoride varnish to the teeth of underserved children in the Memphis area.

The grant was provided by PAEA whose mission is to ensure quality PA education through the development and distribution of educational services and products specifically geared toward meeting the emerging needs of PA programs, the PA profession, and the health care industry.   For information about PAEA visit the PAEA website.

Mr. Allman Goes to Washington (January 17, 2014)

Professor Matthew Allman in Washington, DC

On January 16, 2014, Professor Matthew Allman, a member of the national Physician Assistant Education Association Government Relations Committee, visited with members of the US House and Senate to discuss current issues in health care as they relate to the education of Physician Assistants. The Government Relations Committee (GRC) is charged with ensuring that the Association’s advocacy efforts effectively address PA education issues on the national level. The committee’s major functions are to: contribute to and monitor the Association’s legislative agenda and advocacy strategy, promote greater interaction by faculty and students with federal policymakers, advocate for greater inclusion of PAs in federal programs, advocate for increased amounts of public funding for PA education programs, and build new strategic partnerships with other associations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies related to PAEA’s advocacy agenda. Professor Allman shared this photo in Washington DC as he raced back and forth between the House and Senate buildings. He is hopeful that PA Program Title XII funding will be positively effected by the committees efforts today.

PA Program Welcomes Inaugural Class! (January 6, 2014)

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This simple phrase was uttered over 2600 years ago by Lao-Tzu a Chinese philosopher. This week a new journey was initiated as 26 students began their studies as the inaugural class of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Physician Assistant Studies program.

As the only Physician Assistant program in the state that is associated with a public university the mission of the program at UTHSC is to prepare a diverse group of highly skilled Physician Assistant practitioners who are dedicated to improving access and providing high quality care. With that eye to diversity this inaugural class has set the bar high. The class is evenly balanced with 13 males and 13 females which surpasses the national average of 75% percent female students. The class is also considerably above national averages with regards to ethnicity/race.

With a diverse and experienced faculty, the UTHSC PA program is poised to answer the challenging health care needs that the region is facing. By providing these students with a state of the art learning environment and unique clinical opportunities coupled with a tuition that is significantly lower than any other program in the state, UTHSC’s physician assistant students will be more than ready to provide outstanding care to Tennessee’s residents.

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Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Program

66 North Pauline, Ste. 116
Memphis TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-8000

Admission Manager
Admin Coordinator II
Chandra Johnson, BS, MS – Candidate
cjohn101@uthsc.edu