Synergy Science: Intercampus collaboration strengthens discovery enterprise

Synergy Science: Intercampus collaboration strengthens discovery enterprise

One hundred sixty-seven miles of road separate the University of Mississippi campuses in Oxford and Jackson. Despite the distance, scientists at both institutions are paving paths to new discoveries through research collaborations.

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Dermatology residents 'knock out' plans for patient harm prevention

Dr. Stephanie Jacks remembers the day when a medication error could have meant illness or even death for a tiny patient with hemangiomas, or reddish growths on the skin known as “strawberry marks.”

“I treat a lot of babies with hemangiomas with a medication called Propranolol, and it is usually used as a heart medication,” she said. “People started using it for hemangiomas, but because it's a heart medication, it can affect blood pressure and heart rate.”

A nurse drew up the medication and was about to give the patient the wrong oral dose. “We caught it in time, but it was an eye-opening moment,” said Jacks, clinical director of pediatric dermatology and assistant professor of pediatrics and dermatology.

“We thought, 'We should be checking this every time.' ”

Making a mental note isn't enough when it comes to preventing patient harm. Instead, Department of Dermatology chair Dr. Robert Brodell and his faculty are partnering with their dermatology residents to be a part of the solution.

For the last three years, residents have formulated and put into action their own quality assessment and quality improvement plans to address problems ranging from hand hygiene to dangerous drug interactions. They hold themselves and the dermatology team accountable for adhering to them.

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Dermatology residents 'knock out' plans for patient harm prevention

State health officer, UMMC alum reaps prominent AMA award

State health officer, UMMC alum reaps prominent AMA award

Dr. Mary Currier, State Health Officer for Mississippi and a 1983 graduate of the UMMC School of Medicine, has received the American Medical Association's highest honor for elected officials and government employees.

Presented at a Feb. 23 recognition dinner in Washington, D.C., the Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service went to Currier, a former UMMC faculty member, for her efforts to advance public health.

“I appreciate the relationship UMMC has with the Mississippi State Department of Health, and Mary's leadership for our state,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

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LED conversion enlightens UMMC campus

A new energy management initiative is literally shining a new light on efficiency and safety at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Funded by the Bureau of Buildings for $820,000 as an Energy Conservation Measure (ECM), the ongoing project is converting outdated T-12 and T-8 fluorescent lights, which consume more energy and produce non-directional light, to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights, which require less energy and provide directional lighting, in select areas of the Jackson campus.

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LED conversion enlightens UMMC campus

Neonatologist, audiologist, neurobiologist join faculty

Neonatologist, audiologist, neurobiologist join faculty

The Medical Center is proud to announce the following additions to its faculty and leadership staff:

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