Burnout chatter kindles task force action

Burnout chatter kindles task force action

Just three months into his pediatric residency 12 years ago, Dr. Brad Ingram stood in a Medical Center parking lot around 11 at night yelling at a woman with a baby.

“I had taken care of her three-month-old, who was discovered missing from the hospital,” said Ingram, now assistant professor of pediatrics, “and we had just found the mom walking the baby back home in a wagon.

“I came at her with what I call a 'howler-monkey response.' This became a turning point for me, because I knew my behavior was really unprofessional; I didn't go to medical school to be a jerk.”

Ingram was showing signs of provider burnout - an issue so prominent now in health care that there is a move afoot at the Medical Center to measure and counter a professional pitfall defined by exhaustion, cynicism and lack of effectiveness.

Ingram is part of that effort as one of 15 members of the Provider Engagement and Burnout Prevention Task Force co-chaired by Dr. Alan Jones, professor and chair of emergency medicine, and Dr. Joshua Mann, professor and chair of preventive medicine.

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#UMMCGrad17: Moore adopts full-court press towards peds career

Simone Williams, who was five-feet-seven in the fourth grade, just knew she would play pro basketball one day.

The future high school guard was as ambitious as she was quick, but there was one problem: “I never grew another inch,” she said.

Now known by her married name, Simone Moore, she has netted a career in a field where height matters much less than heart: health care.

During the May 26 commencement ceremony, the Pass Christian native will be awarded her M.D., a prelude to her residency in pediatrics, a specialty well-matched to someone who says she never quite grew up.

“It's one of the few professions where it's OK to play with your patients,” she said.

A product of the Gulf Coast settlement known to the locals as “the Pass,” Moore calls herself a “small-town country girl who likes to fish. I'm looking forward to going back there one day as a physician and give back to my hometown.”

That vision, and her decision to pivot to medicine, was inspired in part by two experiences she had as a child: watching a cousin die from cancer, and helping care for her grandfather, who was sickened by emphysema.

“It was being there with him, making sure he was OK,” she said. “It was seeing how physicians helped him.”

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#UMMCGrad17: Moore adopts full-court press towards peds career

#UMMCGrad17: Gray brothers carry on family tradition

#UMMCGrad17: Gray brothers carry on family tradition

Tyler and Zack Gray didn't intend to make radiologic sciences a family tradition. It just kind of fell into place for the brothers.

However, their decisions weren't nearly as random as the choice of careers was for their father, Dr. Mark Gray, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of radiologic sciences at the University of Mississippi School of Health Related Professions.

At age 17, Gray was sitting in high school English when the teacher asked the class, “What are you going to do with the rest of your life when you finish high school?”

“I didn't know, but the girl sitting in front of me, I asked her, and she said 'I'm going to radiologic technology school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. You should go,'” Gray said.

He took her advice, and the decision was a wise one. Gray was accepted into the program at 17, finished at 19 and was teaching as a clinical instructor in the radiologic technology program at 20. All the while he worked, Gray continued his education, receiving his doctorate in his 40s.

Tyler, 18 months older than Zack, said he never thought as a kid, “I want to be in radiologic science like my dad.” He was playing football at Ole Miss when an injury put an end to his focus on the sport.

“I started looking into the medical field and thinking about what Dad and my mom had been doing,” he said. “The more I thought about it, the more I felt like it was the right thing for me to do.” Mom, Melissa, who is now retired, worked at UMMC for 10 years as a mammography technologist.

Tyler said his dad was hesitant about this decision. “It's not that he didn't want me to go,” Tyler said. “He wanted to make sure I wasn't just following in his footsteps, that it was what I truly wanted to do.

Tyler didn't stop with the Bachelor of Science in Radiological Sciences program. He will receive his Master of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Friday's commencement. Since the program was transitioned from a baccalaureate certificate degree, he is in the first classes to receive a master's in MRI.

Zack thought at first that he wanted to be a nurse. He was taking classes at Hinds Community College when he decided it wasn't for him. He contemplated dropping school to enter the workforce, but his dad encouraged him to “pick something and go with it. It might not be what you want right now, but doors will open.”

“I knew that Dad, being who he was in the profession, opened a lot of doors for me. I saw that Tyler was enjoying [the program],” Zack said. “I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.” After summer, he will begin to work towards his master's degree in the MRI program, following in his brother's footsteps.

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Family medicine chair gets lifetime commendation, Campus Police officers named TOP COPs

A retiring family medicine chair receives a service honor from a statewide organization; three UMMC officers earn TOP COP awards and the Medical Center's stroke team garners a "Get with the Guidelines" distinction from the AHA/ASA.  

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Family medicine chair gets lifetime commendation, Campus Police officers named TOP COPs

Mid-career women workshop, Freeland Lecture on tap next week

Mid-career women workshop, Freeland Lecture on tap next week

Several interesting events are scheduled for the week of May 29-June 2 at the Medical Center.

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