CenterView: February 09, 2015
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After two name revisions, four venue changes, dozens of award presentations and well more than $700,000 raised, the Taste of the U will celebrate its silver anniversary – and final event – Feb. 21 at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.
All first-year medical students have been certified as health screeners as part of UMMC’s Community Health Advocate program, created to promote healthy lifestyles around the state, especially to those with poor access to information about health care. The goal is to train every Medical Center student as a screener. Last week, a group of M1s conducted health checks for dozens of men and women at Galloway United Methodist Church’s Grace Place soup kitchen.
UMMC’s new vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine could be chosen as early as this month. The two finalists – Dr. LouAnn Woodward and Dr. Stephen Spann – told administrators, faculty and staff at town hall meetings last week what makes them qualified to take on the role, and shared their vision for bringing Mississippi’s health and health care to a higher level.
For years, students and faculty have relied on software created by Blackboard Inc. for their communication and classroom needs. That will change for everyone by May, when the Medical Center converts to Canvas, a similar system administrators believe is easier to use. Hundreds of nursing students enrolled in an online program here are taking the lead.
Too often, children needing specialized medical care in North Mississippi have traveled to Memphis, Birmingham or other locales outside the state for treatment. But by locating subspecialty pediatricians in a new clinic in Tupelo through a partnership with North Mississippi Medical Center, Children’s of Mississippi is keeping those kids and families close to home.
A group of second-year medical students has created a School of Medicine scholarship in memory of their fellow student and friend, Pricilla Andrea Li of Clarksdale.
Not too many things get by Virginia Covington, educational administrator in the School of Medicine’s Office of Student Affairs.