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School of Medicine Alumni Newsletter

Spring 2012

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) alumni publications are published biannually by the Division of Public Affairs. The publications highlight education, clinical practice, alumni, and research for the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Health Related Professions.

Ideas for stories are welcome and may be submitted by email to Tom Fortner.


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Dr. Shirley Chen, assistant professor of neurology, consults with health-care providers at Covington County Hospital in Collins via the Telestroke videoconferencing connection.
Dr. Shirley Chen, assistant professor of neurology, consults with health-care providers at Covington County Hospital in Collins via the Telestroke videoconferencing connection.

Growing Menu of Telehealth Services Reaching Across the State

When it comes to treating a patient who is suffering from a possible stroke, not only is time of the essence but, more importantly, “time is brain.”

Friday Night Lights

From August through November, Friday nights in Mississippi are all about football. Encompassing far more than just the young athletes on the gridiron, high school football is part of the state’s cultural fabric, interweaving related traditions of cheerleaders, marching bands, booster clubs and homecoming kings and queens. But in addition to engaging football players and fans in a healthy spirit of competition, the game itself takes a physical toll on those teenagers who take the field.

Dr. Kelly Segars has built a wonderful life

Dr. Kelly Segars still remembers the first time he set eyes on a pair of skin-tight blue jeans. It was 1955, he was living in Nashville and the blue jeans belonged to country singer Audrey Williams, first wife of Hank Williams.

UMMC study: Resident duty-hour restrictions curb surgical experience

Restrictions on the number of hours medical residents can work have left surgery trainees participating in fewer procedures and getting less experience in key roles, according to a study at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

UMMC’s international man of adventure is all that and more

He trains for 100-mile runs… and calls it a hobby. He’s becoming a fellow after 50… just to see what it feels like. He’s been on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan… but calls teaching his greatest adventure.

UMMC's chief academic officer calls it a career

Dr. Helen Turner stepped out of the elevator Feb. 14 and was surprised to find a full house of admiring faculty, staff and even her own family members waiting in the lobby outside her office, that of the Medical Center’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Class Notes

Let your classmates know what you've been doing since graduation or the last class reunion. Be sure to include the name you used in school, the year you graduated, and if possible, a digital photo of yourself.

Conerly remembered for ‘transformative’ leadership, overseeing remarkable growth at UMMC

Many people may have walked the hallway from the Rowland Medical Library in the Verner Holmes Learning Resource Center to the research wing without noticing the housekeeping employee who waxed the floors.