Telehealth center, M4s garner distinctionsPublished on Thursday, April 30, 2015 Published on April 30, 2015 The UMMC Center for Telehealth received a national award while the Mississippi Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society added several UMMC students to its roll. ATA taps telehealth center for President's Award Dr. Kristi A. Henderson, director, UMMC Center for TelehealthUMMC's Center for Telehealth will receive the American Telemedicine Association's President's Award for Health Delivery, Quality and Transformation during the organization's 20th annual Meeting and Trade Show, "ATA 2015," May 2-5 in Los Angeles.The award recognizes substantial contributions toward the advancement of telemedicine.The Center for Telehealth won the award, sponsored by AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc., for working to improve the availability of medical services in Mississippi.According to the ATA, since the program began in 2003, "UMMC services have helped more than half a million rural Mississippians in need.""Providing the state with improved emergency medical services and specialty health care through telemedicine technology, (the) UMMC Center for Telehealth is eliminating barriers to quality health care for Mississippians."Using online video technology, UMMC provides remote medical care, health education and public health services through telehealth. The Center for Telehealth offers telemedicine, wellness care, disaster response, workforce development, business development, research and education to people in all parts of Mississippi. Honor society selects medical students for induction Fourth-year medical students were inducted into the Mississippi Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society March 12 in a ceremony at the Fairview Inn in Jackson.A professional medical organization, AOA recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. Its values include honesty, honorable conduct, morality, virtue, unselfishness, ethical ideals, dedication to serving others and leadership.The top 25 percent of a medical school class is eligible for nomination to the society, and up to 16 percent may be elected based on leadership, character, community service and professionalism. Members may also be elected by chapters after demonstrating scholarly achievement and professional contributions and values during their careers in medicine.