May 11, 2021

1. Congratulations 2021 Graduates!!!

The UT Health Science Center is very proud of our 792 new graduates!

Commencement is a ticketed event. However, you may watch our 2021 Commencement Ceremonies LIVE at

Upcoming Ceremonies:

  • May 19 at 9:00 am: College of Nursing
  • May 19 at 12:00 pm: College of Medicine
  • May 19 at 3:00 pm: College of Dentistry

2. Help Name the New IT System!

Information Technology Services will be rolling out a new, single-point-of-contact IT system this summer to bring all IT troubleshooting, services, project and implementation work, and documentation in to one space. We now need your help to select the name for the new system! 

ITS has chosen several potential names, but we need you to pick your favorite. Look for a name that resonates with you, reaches out and grabs you, and says, “this is the only place I need to go to find everything IT-related!”

Please take this super-quick survey to select the name of our new IT system!

Vote for Your Favorite Name!

3. UTHSC Advisory Board to Meet May 12

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Advisory Board will meet virtually at 1:00 pm CDT on Wednesday, May 12.

Board members will be participating electronically or by telephone. Interested individuals are encouraged to watch the meeting online. Information to access the meeting will be available at

Items on the Advisory Board agenda include:

  • Chancellor’s Report on the Spring Semester and Return to Campus
  • Review of Accelerated Programs in the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy
  • Proposed Pharmacy IMPACT Pathway program fee
  • Proposed FY 2022 Budget Review and Approval

Each UT campus across the state is served by an advisory board, as established by the UT FOCUS Act passed by the state legislature. For more information about the UTHSC Advisory Board and to read minutes from previous meetings or view webcasts, go to

Individuals with a disability who wish to attend this meeting may contact the ADA coordinator for the UTHSC Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 920 Madison Avenue, Suite 825, Memphis, 38163, telephone 901-448-7382 (V/TTY available),, to request services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by email, by telephone, or otherwise.

4. Faculty and Staff: Join the Sick Leave Bank By June 30

The Sick Leave Bank is an opportunity for eligible employees to protect their income. The Sick Leave Bank may provide paid leave to bank members who have exhausted all of their own paid leave due to a personal illness or injury.

Open enrollment for the Sick Leave Bank this year is April 1 through June 30. Enrollment forms must be submitted to the Employee Relations office within Human Resources at 910 Madison, Suite 764 by June 30.

For additional information, please see HR0382 Sick Leave Bank Policy (UT System) and UTHSC Sick Leave Bank Procedures.

5. COVID-19 Vaccinations

The UTHSC administration, along with University Health Services, encourages all students, faculty, and staff to receive their COVID-19 vaccine(s) as soon as possible. With eligibility now open to everyone 16 and older, and a solid supply of the vaccine available from several providers in the state, you have options to get vaccinated soon.


  • Visit for a list of public vaccination locations, information about the vaccines, first and second doses, and whether appointments are necessary.
  • Individuals without internet access can call 901.222.7468 (SHOT) or 615.552.1998 from 9:00 am – 6:30 pm, seven days a week. 


  • Visit the Hamilton County Health Department website for FAQs and appointment information, a vaccine data dashboard, and to schedule first or second appointments. 
  • Appointments: 423.209.5398
  • Bilingual COVID-19 hotline: 423.209.8383


You may also use the VaccineFinder website to locate COVID-19 vaccines available near you. 

We understand you may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and are unsure about getting vaccinated.

University Health Services has a well-educated staff of primary care providers who are available to answer any questions you might have about the vaccine. Please call University Health Services at 901.448.5630 to speak with one of our primary care providers from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

If you have already received a COVID-19 vaccination – THANK YOU! UTHSC continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, as our mission is to "improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community." We appreciate everyone's efforts as we work to vaccinate our communities!

Steve Schwab, MD

Louise LaFlora, MD
Interim Director, University Health Services
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