People of the U: Lucy Varela-QuinteroPublished on Wednesday, September 16, 2020By: Ruth CumminsEditor's Note: Front and Center is part of an ongoing series featuring UMMC's faculty, staff and students. See more Front and Center features.Lucy Varela-Quintero is a great match for her job as project manager II in the University of Mississippi School of Medicine’s Office of Medical Education.In fact, one of her biggest endeavors is organizing and managing Match Day, an annual spring event during which fourth-year medical students discover where they will perform their residencies following May graduation. “I also do the match reports, which include information on where the students are going and specialty information,” Varela-Quintero said.A University of Mississippi Medical Center employee for more than nine years, Varela-Quintero has worked in the Office of Medical Education for about five years. She assists Dr. Loretta Jackson-Williams, the SOM’s vice dean for medical education, in a variety of projects impacting the preparation of students for the next chapter in their medical education.“One of my major projects is gathering medical student performance evaluation letters,” Varela-Quintero said. “Students use the letters to apply for residencies. It’s a performance evaluation that includes information on the students from their pre-clinical years through their third year.”Varela-Quintero also maintains an educational dashboard rich in student statistics that include match rates, STEP test scores, and undergraduate and SOM grade point averages. “I’m also responsible for a graduation questionnaire,” she said. “Students receive it during their fourth year. It asks them about their experiences while in medical school. I put it into a graph format, and it carries a lot of weight because it helps us to see strengths and weaknesses.”One of Varela-Quintero’s most enjoyable responsibilities is working with students inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which recognizes medical students, residents and faculty who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as role models, mentors and leaders in medicine.“I have a lot of contact with our students, and that’s why I really like Gold Humanism,” Varela-Quintero said. “I love interacting with the students. Today, the Gold Humanism students made treats for the M1s taking their gross anatomy test. They were able to tell the students good luck, and that they would do well on their test.”“Lucy has continued to be an innovative project manager,” Jackson-Williams said. “A lot of the wonderful activities by the Gold Humanism Honor Society are attributed to her insights regarding inclusion of overlooked individuals.”When she’s not at the U, Varela-Quintero said, she enjoys spending time with family. She and her husband, both natives of Mexico, have two children, both college students. “I’m always running around with my kids,” she said. “I love taking trips with my girlfriends and my husband, and I enjoy attending church, going to Bible study and taking walks.” Varela-Quintero works collaboratively with diverse groups and is a strong advocate for patients and students, Jackson-Williams said.“She works well with everyone and brings her unique perspective to all of her other projects,” Jackson-Williams said. “She consistently demonstrates leadership in expanding diversity and inclusion in our workplace.”Every institution is rich with personal stories. We want to know ours.Do you know a student, staff, volunteer or faculty member at the University of Mississippi Medical Center whose story would make an interesting feature or deserves to be recognized?Know someone who you think more people should know about because of his or her commitment to his or her job and/or the people he or she works with or for? Who has a fascinating hobby? Who participates in a remarkable group? Who has accomplished something amazing?We want to learn more about each individual who makes up our extraordinary UMMC Family, and we want to share what makes each person unique and special in the Front and Center section of our dynamic new UMMC Intranet.To nominate someone to be considered for a Front and Center feature, just complete and submit this short form. If that person is picked for a feature, a member of the Communications and Marketing staff will contact him or her to learn more about his or her personal story.Soon, the rest of the Medical Center will know why your nominee is an outstanding reminder of what makes this place so special – the Front and Center.