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    UMMC pediatrics residency director

    Dr. Jeffrey Crout
    Dr. Jeffrey Crout

    Jackson native Dr. Jeffrey Crout has recently been named residency director of pediatrics at UMMC. With degrees in chemistry and history from Millsaps, he completed his medical training and served as chief resident of pediatrics at UMMC. After several years in private practice in Clinton, he returned to UMMC where he’s won teaching and clinical awards every year, including UMMC Clinical Professor of the Year in 2007.

    "I chose Pediatrics as my career because, simply stated, nothing I have found in the field of medicine is better than trying to make a sick child feel better. Children have an inherent nobility regardless of their age, socioeconomic status or state of health. Children are resilient and hardy people who make coming to work on busy days worthwhile."

    Two outstanding young pediatricians

    Dr. Melody Byram
    Dr. Melody Byram

    Initially trained as a nurse practitioner, Dr. Melody Byram attended UMMC as a National health Service Corp Scholar and spent nine weeks in Nigeria as a third-year medical student. Her missionary zeal carried over to her first position as the sole pediatrician in the three county area surrounding the Sebastopol Community Health Center. Now in private practice in Union (population 2,000), she muses.

    “Life can be good out here. It’s real old-fashioned medicine.”

     

    Mr. Michael Artigues
    Mr. Michael Artigues

    While earning a degree in biomedical engineering, Dr. Michael Artigues thought he’d be an orthopedist. During his third year at UMMC, he found many aspects of pediatrics (the approachable staff, endearing patients and diagnostic challenges) very attractive and something he’d enjoy the rest of his career. He now practices in McComb, Ms.

    "Being in rural Mississippi allows me to serve a broader spectrum of patients, particularly economically depressed populations for whom quality medical care is not taken for granted. Nearly 13 years, six children and hundreds of baseball/softball/soccer games later, I can honestly say we made the right choice."