M.D./Ph.D. program trains physician-scientists of tomorrow

M.D./Ph.D. program trains physician-scientists of tomorrow

(This article first appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Graduate Report, the annual publication for the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.)

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Scholarship commemorates 'great surgeon, dear friend'

Throughout her life, Dr. “Nikki” Shoemake-Patterson provided the bond that kept her medical school classmates connected, an attachment that has only strengthened since her death last June.

“Our whole class has been brought together by this tragedy,” said Dr. Jennifer J. Bryan, UMMC associate professor of family medicine.

“We grieved together, and together we hope to build a lasting memoriam to her, because we all know that could have been us.”

Bryan is among those who helped establish a scholarship fund in their classmate's name following Shoemake-Patterson's death on June 1 in Starkville as she gave birth to her second daughter, who died a week later. Shoemake-Patterson was 40.

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Scholarship commemorates 'great surgeon, dear friend'

Patient-athlete among those greeting Sanderson Farms Championship fans

Patient-athlete among those greeting Sanderson Farms Championship fans

The 2016 Sanderson Farms Championship attracted the best athletes.

People like K.J. Fields of Mount Olive.

K.J., 11, plays basketball, competes in track and field events and has even gone surfing in California, all from his wheelchair. He was at the state's only PGA TOUR event Saturday and Sunday to thank spectators for their support of Century Club Charities and Friends of Children's Hospital.

Airlifted by helicopter to Batson Children's Hospital after being hit by a car seven years ago, K.J. was among patients at this year's tournament to greet golf fans. This year has been the first for Children's of Mississippi patients and employees to welcome those who make Century Club Charities' gifts to Friends of Children's Hospital possible.

Century Club, the host of the Sanderson Farms Championship, following the 2015 tournament, donated more than $1.109 million to Friends of Children's Hospital, a nonprofit group that raises funds for Batson Children's Hospital. In August, Friends pledged $20 million over the next decade to the Children's of Mississippi capital campaign to enlarge and update pediatric care facilities at UMMC.

K.J.'s mom, DeeWanda Fields, knows UMMC well. She was born at UMMC in 1980 and sickle cell treatments there have kept her healthy. “I loved it there,” she said of the state's only children's hospital. “I went there until I was grown. I knew K.J. was going to be well taken care of.”

Her oldest son had made the all-star list in baseball on a Thursday, had kindergarten graduation Friday and then that weekend was fighting for his life after a spinal cord injury from being hit while riding a go-cart.

“My papaw (Founte McNair) was giving me CPR,” K.J. said of the time between the accident and when the ambulance arrived. “I always thank him for keeping me alive.”

Helping Children's of Mississippi is “an honor,” said Kelvin Fields, K.J.'s father. “We love everything about Batson. They saved K.J.'s life.”

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Louisville physiologist's talk, Surgery Grand Rounds highlight campus events

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

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Louisville physiologist's talk, Surgery Grand Rounds highlight campus events
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