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School of Medicine Alumni Newsletter

Fall 2014

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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Eight students agreed to relate some of medical school’s defining moments for them. They are, back row, from left: Toi Spates, Madiha Ahmad and Bradley Deere; second row, from left, Allison Pace, Savannah Duckworth and Jennie Thomas; front row, from left, Will Fuller and Marla Chapman.
Eight students agreed to relate some of medical school’s defining moments for them. They are, back row, from left: Toi Spates, Madiha Ahmad and Bradley Deere; second row, from left, Allison Pace, Savannah Duckworth and Jennie Thomas; front row, from left, Will Fuller and Marla Chapman.

Students remember the seminal moments that changed them

Medical school is a crucible. By the end of their first or second year, students have squeezed in more searing, emotional “firsts” than many people encounter in decades, if ever.

Homerun Project links med students, local schools

This is a story about potato chips, candy, a sock and a golf ball – and how they can make a kid into a scientist.

The leadership calculus of Keeton and Woodward

In the School of Medicine there’s a dean: Dr. James Keeton; and there’s a vice dean: Dr. LouAnn Woodward.

Olutade responds to hour of need

By the time Joyce Essien was 8, her wonderful life in Nigeria began to fall apart.

Destiny frames Mary Currier’s career

On those cold mornings in Dublin, her days began with the sound of the Volkswagen clearing its throat outside the drafty Irish duplex as her dad drove away to pursue a mystery called multiple sclerosis.

Philanthropy: Creative Giving: The art of donating boosts Medical Center

It could be a valuable coin collection, a vacation home in Florida or a retirement plan remembrance.

Philanthropy: Endowed chair celebrates Parker’s dedication

In the midst of the storm of the season, colleagues, friends and family braved the elements to stand by professor emeritus Dr. Paul Parker at the announcement of completed funding for the Paul H. Parker Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology, a position meant to enhance research and clinical care in pediatric gastroenterology.

Philanthropy: Geissler, Russell awarded chairs named for “giants”

Dr. William B. Geissler and Dr. George V. Russell were awarded separate, endowed chairs named in honor of two legendary UMMC professors during a June 11 reception in Jackson.

News Digest

A quick look at Medical Center news

Research Roundup

Catch up on the latest findings from UMMC scientists

New Faculty

Medical center welcomes new faculty