Argentina 'door to Olympics' for UMMC couple

Argentina 'door to Olympics' for UMMC couple

Like most competitors, they came away without medals.

But swimming for Argentina's national team in the Olympics is a life milestone for Dr. Luis Juncos, UMMC professor of nephrology, and his wife Valentina Juncos, an Epic senior analyst.

Luis Juncos was a member of Argentina's delegation in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles; Valentina Juncos, at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Both were championship swimmers in South America and their home country.

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SPARK ignites autism research

When Laura Beth Johnston's son Fraiser was diagnosed with autism in December 2014, she said it was a “daunting diagnosis.”

“There is no 'how-to manual' for raising a child with autism,” Johnston said.

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SPARK ignites autism research

Entering medical students urged to wear their hearts on their coats

Entering medical students urged to wear their hearts on their coats

An audience of several hundred met in a theater Thursday night to watch a cast of dozens dressed in plain white coats recite a speech from ancient Greece.

The spectators couldn't have been more moved.

“I am proud, but I'm a little sad, too; I don't know why,” said one - Gayle Christian of Gulfport, mother of Ana Gayle Christian, a “cast member” who raised her hand, spoke a few words and, presto, became a newly-minted medical student that night in the Belhaven Center for the Arts.

Ana Gayle's mom, along with her father Peter and cousin Claire Kelly, drove to Jackson from the Gulf Coast to see Ana Gayle participate in the 2016 White Coat Ceremony for the School of Medicine's Class of 2020.

During this annual rite, virtually every one of the 145 newly-enrolled students were present to slip on the short white coat representing their trainee status, receive their gold Humanism in Medicine pins, and repeat, as one, a Covenant for Medical Education, as well as the Greek-inspired Hippocratic Oath, wherein they pledged to “be loyal to the profession of medicine” and “exercise my art solely for the cure of my patients.”

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MIND Matters, Cancer Institute director candidate's presentations highlight week's agenda

A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

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MIND Matters, Cancer Institute director candidate's presentations highlight week's agenda
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