Don’t fall prey to slips and trips

Don’t fall prey to slips and trips

Darlene Bryant did everything right - and she still fell down.

It had been raining the day she took the shuttle bus to campus. “I had my umbrella, and I was getting off the bus. I was holding onto the rail. I had on flat shoes. I wasn't on my phone,” remembered Bryant, the Medical Center's director of risk management.

“I got to the second step, and next thing I know, I'm on the street,” Bryant said. “I landed first with my back against the steps of the bus. The driver on the bus ran down to me, and the people on the street were standing around, asking if they could help me.

“I wanted to make sure I could breathe. It had knocked the breath out of me,” Bryant said. “I got up and walked to the office.”

She became what people would rather not be: a safety statistic. In 2015, the Medical Center recorded 117 employee slips, trips and falls “all committed in the act of walking,” said Donnie Denton, supervisor and senior safety officer in Environmental Health and Safety.

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The renal cost of tobacco

The list of smoking-associated conditions continues to grow, according to UMMC researchers.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association on May 25, found that African-Americans who currently smoke cigarettes had an 83 percent higher incidence of rapid renal function (RRF) decline than never-smokers.

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The renal cost of tobacco

Pre-Mat should issue spoiler alert for new dental, medical students

Pre-Mat should issue spoiler alert for new dental, medical students

If getting through medical school or dental school is like a mystery that must be solved, then Kandice Bailey and Brian McDonnieal have already discovered a great big clue.

Several clues, in fact. Bailey, a future M.D., and McDonnieal, a future D.M.D., are among the 20 or so students taking advantage of UMMC's Pre-Matriculation program this summer - six weeks of preparatory courses designed to drain some of the suspense from their first year in professional school.

Once they officially matriculate, in August, their investigations into the secrets of biochemistry, histology and Gross Anatomy will be less like whodunits and more like been-there-done-that.

That is the plan, at least, and it seems to be working.

“It's already benefitted me,” McDonnieal said as his first week in Pre-Mat wound up earlier this month. “It was a deal I wasn't going to pass up.

“Already, I believe I'm exponentially more prepared than I would have been without it.  And it's only been 4 ½ days.”

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Retirement ceremony, Mayo experts' talks top week's slate

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

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Retirement ceremony, Mayo experts' talks top week's slate

CV caregivers, respiratory therapist, SHRP students, SOD alumna garner kudos

CV caregivers, respiratory therapist, SHRP students, SOD alumna garner kudos

UMMC cardiovascular caregivers earn Mission: Lifeline recognition; respiratory therapist captures leadership award; radiologic sciences, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear medicine technology students achieve a perfect score; and a School of Dentistry alum is listed as the area's top dentist by a local publication.

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