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History of medicine, ICD-10 coding among this week's hot topics

Published on Monday, March 9, 2015

Published on March 09, 2015

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

Tuesday, March 10 

Psychiatrist to explore functionally parallel variations


Dr. Eric J. Vallender, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, will give the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences seminar, "Functionally Parallel Genetic Variation: Causes and Consequences," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, in classroom 6A (N617).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.


Physicians: Brush up on your ICD-10 coding skills

In conjunction with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Mississippi State Medical Association and UMMC's Healthy Linkages Program will offer a free ICD-10 training opportunity for physicians and practice managers, "Road to 10: A Small Physician Practice's Route to ICD-10," from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The session will offer background and strategies on ICD-10 implementation.

For more information, email Dr. Michael Jones at


Wednesday, March 11

Physiologist: diabetic cardiomyopathy isn't all about fat


Dr. Romain Harmancey, assistant professor of physiology, will give the Physiology Seminar, "Diabetic Cardiomyopathy: More Than a Matter of Fat," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

Refreshments will be offered on a first-come basis. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.




Thursday-Saturday, March 12-14

UMMC to be well represented at national history conference

Medical Center leadership will be well represented at the 17th annual Southern Association for the History of Medicine Meeting, a national conference on history in medicine, scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, March 12-14, at the Jackson Marriott downtown.

Dr. James Keeton, former vice chancellor for health affairs, is scheduled to open the conference, while Dr. Doug Bacon, professor of anesthesiology, will give the keynote address, Dr. Mark Mitchell, professor of surgery, will give the plenary address, and Dr. Claude Brunson, professor of anesthesiology, and Dr. Rick deShazo, professor of medicine, will serve as moderators.

The conference is cosponsored by UMMC, the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Mississippi State Medical Association. For more information, visit



On the horizon

Rush pharmacologist to relate meth abuse, Parkinson's


Dr. T. Celeste Napier, professor of pharmacology and director of the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction at Rush University, will present "Methamphetamine Abuse and Vulnerability for Parkinson's Disease" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in room 6A (N617).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.   


Take a break, donate during UMMC's quarterly blood drive

Medical Center faculty, staff and students will be invited to "Take a Break and Donate" when Mississippi Blood Services personnel visit the Medical Center March 30-April 3 for the quarterly UMMC Blood Drive.

The message for the drive is "Every Two Seconds, Someone Needs Blood." All donors will receive an MBS T-shirt with that message. Identification is required to donate blood.

Times, dates and places for the drive include:

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, March 30, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Bailey Avenue entrance to the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 2, near the Batson Children's Hospital entrance;

* 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the School of Dentistry lounge; and

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 3, near the University Hospital entrance.

Be sure to look for the MBS donor coach when making a donation. For more information about the blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an email at

Scientific method to be on full display during Research Day

Dr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research, will provide the keynote address, "Reconsidering the Scientific Method in the Information Age," during the Department of Medicine's annual Research Day event scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

MSRP oral presentations will kick off the day from 8-9:30 a.m. in conference room A, with a poster session and continental breakfast from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the gymnasium.

Summer's presentation and lunch will take place from noon-1 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony, which will wrap up at 1:30 p.m. in conference rooms A-D.

For more information about Research Day, call Marsha Manuel at 5-1956.