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School of Medicine Alumni Newsletter

Fall 2010

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.

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At Gleaners, Dr. Alton Cobb picks up food donations and brings them back to the Gleaners clearing house where it's distributed. Cobb mans the command center where he keeps track of food coming in and going out.
At Gleaners, Dr. Alton Cobb picks up food donations and brings them back to the Gleaners clearing house where it's distributed. Cobb mans the command center where he keeps track of food coming in and going out.

Dr. Alton Cobb: Hungry to Help

Somehow it doesn't seem extraordinary that Dr. Alton Cobb feeds people in retirement much as he did when he was the state's chief health officer for 20 years.

How to make a better doctor piece-by-piece post-Flexner

Change is coming in medical education. It's been said that medical school curricula change at "glacial speed." If true, the glacier is about to hit global warming.

What a Medical Student Looks Like 100 Years Later

Lois Montague is a very serious young woman keenly focused on making the most of medical school. The fourth-year student took a break from a summer elective in gross anatomy to discuss her life as a medical student and her aspirations for the future.

New strategies earn HIGHER marks for students on USMLE

UMMC medical students have surpassed the national average on licensing exam scores even though many of them entered medical school with an MCAT below the national average.

The legacy of Robert and Margaret Shands

When medical students receive the Robert E. and Margaret W. Shands Memorial Scholarship, they become part of Mississippi's medical history and the legacy of an extraordinary medical couple.

Evers Honored for Contributions to UMMC

Jan Magee Evers and her late husband, Dr. Carl G. Evers, have a history with UMMC that goes back more than 50 years. In the decades since, the couple has provided more than service and health care at the Medical Center. They have left a legacy of charitable giving that continues to grow.

Saving Memory Lane

Ora Elizabeth Bookout had asthma as a child and was home-schooled until she reached high school. The superintendent had a low estimation of her education and didn't want to enroll her. But she showed them all. She graduated as the valedictorian.

Research spotlight: The Jackson Heart Study at 10 years

Scientists and clinicians from across the country gathered in Jackson in September to celebrate theĀ 10th anniversary of the Jackson Heart Study and to help shape the future of the study.

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.