Tennessee Interdisciplinary Health Policy Program Overview
TDMH’s Division of Clinical Leadership participates with the University of Tennessee in an educational program for law, medical, and pharmacy students. The program was developed and implemented in 2000.
The University of Tennessee’s Deans of Law School, Medical School and Pharmacy School allow their students to rotate as a team through various state agencies and receive educational credits.
The goal is to encourage the various disciplines to learn to work together as a team to improve health care in Tennessee and to learn how health care policy is established in the state. Agencies sponsoring students include the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (lead agency), the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, and the Tennessee Department of Correction; the Health Related Boards; and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Students focus on issues such as licensure, legislative health policy-making, youth violence, malpractice, narcotics abuse, anti-trust activities, civil rights, TennCare fraud investigations, child custody and abuse.
Law, Medical, and Pharmacy Student Healthcare Policy Fellowship Rotation
Qualifications for the Rotation of University of Tennessee Student
Law students must be in an approved law school program and have a special interest in learning healthcare law. Medical and Pharmacy students must be in an accredited
College of Medicine or College of Pharmacy and have a special interest in the interdisciplinary team approach to improve the public arena of healthcare in Tennessee.
Goals for the Rotation include:
For more information on this program, contact D. Todd Bess, PharmD, Assistant Dean University of Tennessee Memphis Center of Health Research Services College of Pharmacy for Middle Tennessee at (615) 532-3401; Jason Carter, PharmD, Chief of Pharmacy, TDMH; or Howard L. Burley, Jr., MD, Medical Director, TDMH at (615) 532-6564.