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    Pittman receives 2016 Golden Stethoscope Award

    Pittman Moore
    Pittman Moore

    Dr. Shannon Pittman Moore received the Golden Stethoscope Award from the graduating class of 2016 for her outstanding teaching and support during their residency.

    Family Medicine honors at Resident Certificate Ceremony June 2016


     John M Miller





    John M Miller


    Dr. Anuj Marya received the Daniel Mark Pogue, MD, Humanitarian Award, presented each year to a third-year resident for demonstrating compassion, generosity, a positive attitude and humility and for exhibiting dedication to service and a commitment to elevating the values of humanism and professionalism in the field of medicine.

    Dr. John Miller II received the George Lally Bevill Memorial Fellowship Fund Award, presented to a third-year resident for showing outstanding characteristics in the dedication to and practice of the arts and sciences of medicine and who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, maturity and a strong concern for the welfare of others. 

    Dr. Sweni Gandhi and Dr. Tabitha Manero received the Gary W. Jefcoats Award, presented each year to two second-year residents for exemplifying outstanding teaching characteristics in the areas of medical student, resident and patient educations. 

    Dr. Hannah Ray received the W.R. Gillis Award, presented each year to a first-year resident for best performance in the areas of clinical competence, fulfillment of responsibilities and academic achievement.

    Dr. John Miller II received the Hardy B. Woodbridge Memorial Award, presented each year to recognize the third-year resident who has demonstrated superior academic achievement throughout the residency.

    Residents recognized in the 2015-2016 Carl G. Evers, M.D. Society report

    The Carl G. Evers, M.D. Society was established at our institution as an honorary and service organization.  The Society is composed of medical students, each elected by the members of his or her class.  This organization seeks to improve medical education at UMMC by opening channels of communication between the student population and those responsible for curriculum modification, including, the Curriculum Committee and the Dean of the School of Medicine.  Their primary responsibility is to evaluate course work required in the preclinical and clinical years of medical school, and this year's report contained overwhelmingly positive feedback.  As part of the report, the students are asked to comment on the residents in each department.

    The following residents were recognized for their enthusiasm, dedication, patient interactions, feedback and great teaching:

    Kristie Alvarez
    Albert Arthur
    Mike Bookhardt
    Liana Campbell
    Chance Davis
    Omar Dominique 
    Jonathan Flowers
    Ardarian Gilliam-Pierre
    Chloe Kilman
    Matt Meece
    David Pierre
    Hannah Ray
    Julie Rivero
    Katie Royals
    Lija Thomas

    Dr. Diane Beebe, Professor and Chair of the Family Medicine Department, gives kudos to Dr. David Norris, Director of Student Programs, who has worked very hard to adapt and restructure our third year Family Medicine Clerkship experience. To the residents, she says “Thank you sincerely to each one of you for taking the time with the students, for teaching them and supporting them. I know your days are busy and the work is much and time is often short, but your commitment to your patients shows by your example, and your time with the students helps ensure a great future for our specialty and profession!”

    2016-2017 Chief Residents elected

    Dr. Jonathan Buchanan and Dr. Sweni Gandhi were recently elected Chief Residents for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Congratulations!
                                    Buchanan  Gandhi
                                            Buchanan                Gandhi


    Dr. Chance Davis receives Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

    Davis and Pittman
    Davis and Pittman

    Dr. William A. "Chance" Davis was recently selected as one of six residents chosen by our UMMC third year medical students to receive the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.  This award honors residents who have demonstrated an enthusiastic commitment to teaching and who serve as role models for the compassionate treatment of patients and families, students, and colleagues.  His award includes membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society and a monetary gift, and was presented on June 7, 2016 during our Student Clinician Ceremony, which celebrates the transition of our second year students from the preclinical to clinical years and highlights the role of humanism in medicine.  He will also be included in a poster which will be displayed in the School of Medicine and in the UMMC hospital lobby.  When you see Chance, give him a kudos! Pictured with Dr. Davis is Residency Director Dr. Shannon Pittman.


    UMMC FMIG awarded first place in AAFP Tar Wars Challenge

    Medical student Jesse Morrison presents Tar Wars to Cathedral School group in Natchez
    Medical student Jesse Morrison presents Tar Wars to Cathedral School group in Natchez

    UMMC FMIG was recently awarded first place by the American Academy of Family Physicians as part of the Tar Wars Challenge for FMIGs.  The Academy recognizes FMIGs as part of the Challenge for their outstanding community service efforts to educate children about the harmful effects of tobacco use. Other FMIGs who received awards are the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield (second place) and the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle (third place).

    The FMIG at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine encourages the promotion of the Tar Wars program to its students each academic year. In fact, all medical students at the school will participate in presenting Tar Wars at least once during their medical school career.

    Tar Wars presentations by the school's medical students reached more than 3,400 fourth- and fifth-grade students during the past school year , and the program has already been presented to more than 2,000 students this year.

    Andrew Brown, a fourth-year medical student and a Tar Wars presenter, told AAFP News he really enjoyed the children's enthusiasm and participation in the anti-tobacco campaign. "They seemed to really understand how harmful these habits are, and I could feel the impact that Tar Wars is making," he said. "We are grateful for the opportunity to present this material. "Through the Tar Wars program, (our school) is able to reach thousands of Mississippi children and positively influence both their individual futures and the future of our state.

    Congratulations to Dr. David Norris

    Dr. Norris
    Dr. Norris

    Dr. David Norris has received approval from the UMMC Curriculum Committee for two elective courses that he proposed and for which he will serve as Course Director this coming year (2016-2017).  The courses are M3 Elective in Medical Ethics 632 and Advanced Medical Practice 662.  

    Buchanan elected to MSMA


    Dr. Jonathan Buchanan, a second-year resident with Family Medicine, was elected as the resident committee member to the MSMA Council on Medical Education for 2015-2016 at the recent Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) Annual Session of the House of Delegates held at the Hilton-County Line in Jackson.   


    Dr. Judy Gearhart retires after 32 years of service

    Dr. Judith Gore Gearhart
    Dr. Judith Gore Gearhart

     Dr. Judy Gearhart, professor in the Family Medicine Department, retired after 32 years of service to the institution.  Dr. Gearhart is also the founding director of the Clinical Skills Assessment Center, and UMC presented her with a Citation at the June 15, 2015 reception honoring her dedication and insight in moving this important aspect of medical training from the edges of medical education to part of the foundation. 

    UMC will also rename the center after Dr. Gearhart; however, the new name has not been determined at this time. 

    Family Medicine nurses receive recognition at 2015 Excellence in Nursing Awards Program

    Mrs. Alie Rayborn
    Mrs. Alie Rayborn

    Congratulations to Mrs. Alie Rayborn, LPN at Lakeland Family Medicine Medical Center, who received the Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year award at the UMMC 2015 Excellence in Nursing Awards ceremony on May 6. Since 2009 when Alie joined the Family Medicine Department, she has cared for patients, mentored students, taught residents and supported faculty with her outstanding clinical nursing skills and her amazing interpersonal relationships. Because of her strong nursing and excellent teaching skills, she serves as the clinic's main new nurse trainer. Her support of our clinical and teaching missions is unwavering and she is always a part of a solution as we improve. Alie is a living example of a nurse who takes pride in her profession and makes a difference every day by example.  

    Kimberly Clark
    Kimberly Clark


    Congratulations to Kimberly Clark, RN at Lakeland Family Medicine Center, who was nominated in the category "Outpatient Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year" at the 2015 Excellence in Nursing Awards on May 6.

    Family Medicine receives $250,000 Faculty Development Funding from UMMC Graduate

    Dr. Diane K. Beebe, Professor and Chair, UMMC Family Medicine Dept., and Dr. Edwin E. Flournoy
    Dr. Diane K. Beebe, Professor and Chair, UMMC Family Medicine Dept., and Dr. Edwin E. Flournoy

    Dr. Edwin Flournoy forged his professional reputation in Georgia, but, thanks to a recent donation, his name will live on in his home state of Mississippi as well.  A $250,000 gift in his name has established an endowed fund for the Department of Family Medicine at University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), where Flournoy graduated from the School of Medicine in 1960. 

    A longtime resident of Albany, Ga., Flournoy serves on the board of the donor organization: the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) Educational Foundation, which had never provided a grant outside its home state before.  

     "This was a special situation," said Robin Eubanks, executive director of the Atlanta-based foundation.  When we decided to give endowments in honor of our board members, Dr. Flournoy said he wanted his to go there in Jackson, where he was raised, went to elementary school, high school, college and medical school."   

     The Edwin E. Flournoy, M.D. Endowed Family Medicine Fund for Faculty Development can be used to fund, among other things, workshops, training sessions, retreats and the recruitment of visiting professors or other experts to teach faculty members.    

     "I'm very happy I can do this in Mississippi," Flournoy said during a recent luncheon at UMMC. "I very much honor the education I received here."  

     The fund will grow and endure as it accepts more gifts, which are fully tax-deductible when made through the University of Mississippi Foundation. Endowed funds are held permanently, with the annual income directed to the designated area.  

     "We are thrilled to honor a graduate who has been a forefather in establishing family medicine residencies," said Dr. Diane Beebe, chair of the Department of Family Medicine.  "Faculty members who come to residency programs were trained as doctors, not as teachers; so faculty development is never-ending and needs a lot of support.  Its importance in accreditation is stronger than ever. To be able to support it in perpetuity is really a gift," she said.   

     Flournoy's personal connection to UMMC is broad and deep. His wife Beth, a Meridian native, had their first child at UMMC in Jackson, the city where they met as students at Millsaps College.  Flournoy ended up in Georgia because of his military commitment to the U.S. Air Force, which eventually landed him in Albany, in a poor, rural area of the state lacking physicians. He practiced there from 1965 until his retirement in 2007.   

     "Dr. Flournoy was instrumental in starting the family medicine program in Albany, helping populate southwest Georgia with family physicians," Beebe said. "That is no small accomplishment."  

     Flournoy was one of five physicians who established the GAFP Educational Foundation, now a grant-giving institution.  

     "It has quite a legacy of supporting education," Beebe said.  

     Although he has retired, Flournoy continues to work part-time at a Veterans Administration clinic in Albany.  "It gives me a warm feeling to still be able to practice the art of medicine today," he said.   

     The Edwin E. Flournoy, M.D. Endowed Family Medicine Fund for Faculty Development is open to accept gifts from individuals and organizations. Those interested in contributing can send a check with the fund's name written in the memo line to the University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, Miss. 38677; or visit online   

    UMMC Family Medicine residency graduate honored as Family Physician of the Year by MAFP

    Dr. Lucius Lampton of Magnolia, was honored as the MAFP Family Physician of the Year during the Annual Meeting. The award is presented annually to the physician contributing the most to the development of Family Medicine in the state. It is known as the John B. Howell Memorial Award and was established in memory of Dr. Howell, a pioneer in the practice of Family Medicine and long-time delegate to the AAFP.

    Lampton was awarded his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1993 and stayed on to complete his Family Medicine residency. He is licensed to practice in Mississippi, Louisiana and Ontario, Canada.

    Lampton practices at the Magnolia Clinic and serves as chief of staff and medical director of Beacham Memorial Hospital. A past president of the MAFP, Lampton has been actively involved in the academy over the years and is currently an alternate AAFP delegate.   

    Lampton's dedication to Family Medicine can be seen in his involvement in the establishment of the nationally recognized MS Rural Physicians Scholarship Program, and he continues to serve on the legislative commission which is charged with its oversight. In 2006, he was appointed to the MS State Board of Health by Governor Barbour and was promptly elected chair.

    Lampton is married to the former Louise Lyell of Jackson and they have two sons, Crawford and Garland.

    Pfizer/AAFP visiting professorship

    The Department of Family Medicine proudly hosted William K. Mygdal, EdD as a visiting professor May 19-21, 2010. The Department was one of only seven grant awardees in the nation.

    Dr. Mygdal is the former director of the Family Practice Faculty Development Center of Texas and former faculty member at the Waco Family Practice Residency. He is a past president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and was the recipient of the Society's Excellence in Education award. He also served on the Academic Council for the AAFP National Institute for Program Director Development.

    Dr. Mygdal has published and presented widely in the area of faculty development and consulted with numerous departments and residency programs.

    During the three days, faculty, residents and fellows participated in sessions related to:

    • The One-Minute Preceptor Teaching Model
    • The Patient-Centered Interview Model
    • Building a Clinical Teaching Team
    • Appreciative Inquiry Skills
    • Conflict Resolution Skills
    • Negotiation Skills
    • Time Management