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UMMC faculty, staff earn kudos

Published on Monday, October 4, 2021


Dermatology faculty author book on poor access to care

Portrait of Dr. Robert Brodell
Adam Byrd
Vinayak Nahar

Three members of UMMC’s Department of Dermatology have joined forces to publish a book detailing the lack of access to dermatology care experienced by many rural residents.

Dr. Robert Brodell, professor and department chair; Dr. Adam Byrd, associate professor; and Dr. Vinny Nahar, associate professor, are authors of “Dermatology in Rural Settings: Organizational, Clinical, and Socioeconomic Perspectives”. The book is one of few that considers the full range of issues related to the problem of access to dermatology care in the rural areas of the United States. Byrd practices and trains dermatology residents at UMMC’s rural satellite clinic in Louisville.


Herrington chosen as international simulation and nursing education fellow

Alaina Herrington

Dr. Alaina Herrington, director of the Judith Gore Gearhart Clinical Skills Center in the School of Medicine and a faculty member of the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, will be inducted as a fellow in the National League of Nursing’s (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education (ANEF) and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Academy (FSSH).

She will be inducted as an ANEF in September during the 2021 NLN Education Summit: Leading and Teaching Beyond Resilience in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23-25.

In January, she will be inducted as a FSSH in Los Angeles at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH).

Both honors recognize Herrington for her substantial international impact on simulation and nursing education. Her work has shaped the current art, science and practice of health care simulation, and is helping to shape its future.

Herrington is one of the first 100 FSSHs in the world and the only Mississippi FSSH. She said she is honored to be recognized for her expertise in both professional groups. “I am excited to collaborate more with other international fellows and bring additional potential research and grant partnership opportunities to UMMC.”


UMMC recognized as a top recruiting site for orthopaedic medicine study

The Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Consortium (METRC) recognized the University of Mississippi Medical Center as one of its top recruiting sites for the ongoing PREVENTion of Clot in Orthopaedic Trauma (PREVENT CLOT) study.

UMMC’s research team for the study enrolled 798 patients, in spite of a small number of staff compared to larger research teams at other participating universities, said Dr. Eldrin Bhanat, manager of clinical research for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UMMC.

The PREVENT CLOT study, with nearly 12,200 patients enrolled in the United States and Canada, is the largest orthopaedic medicine trial in the world. The study compares the safety and effectiveness of aspirin and low molecular weight heparin when used to limit clotting in patients with bone fractures.

The research team at UMMC includes Eldrin; Dr. Patrick Bergin, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and principal investigator; Heather Champion, LPN, and clinical research specialist; Sheketha McGee, researcher II; and Leslie Johnson, clinical research nurse.