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CenterView: June 23, 2015

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School of Medicine graduates Bradley Scott McCay (left) and Eric Niles McDonald (second from left) process to the Mississippi Coliseum stage.
School of Medicine graduates Bradley Scott McCay (left) and Eric Niles McDonald (second from left) process to the Mississippi Coliseum stage.

Class of 2015’s new focus: A healthier Mississippi

It was a bittersweet moment May 22 when Dr. LouAnn Woodward presided over her first commencement as UMMC’s vice chancellor for health affairs and School of Medicine dean, while Dr. Dan Jones addressed UMMC's new graduates for the final time as University of Mississippi chancellor. The Medical Center’s Commencement was also one for the record books: an all-time high 864 candidates earned degrees during the 2014-15 school year.

Medical Center's preeminent TEACHer earns singular honor

The 19 recipients of the 2015 Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence were feted at a luncheon earlier this week, but only one of the highly regarded educators received the preeminent faculty award - the Regions Bank TEACH Prize. The closely guarded secret was finally revealed, but only after the presenter, Dr. Rob Rockhold, battled the urge to ruin the surprise.

#UMMCGrad15: SOM quintet is pitch perfect

In spite of a demanding schedule of clinical rotations, seminars and exams, four School of Medicine seniors and one-third-year student made time to make music together – for fun and profit. Not only did the group win a local open mic competition, just last month the talented band also found itself performing on one of New Orleans’ most celebrated stages.

#UMMCGrad15: Steele stays SHRP

Jalyssa Steele isn’t afraid of hard work and long hours – or of tweaking her career path. The 2015 graduate of the School of Health Related Professions first trained as a surgery technician, then came to UMMC to earn her radiologic sciences degree. Later this month, she’ll begin SHRP’s degree program in nuclear medicine technology while working part-time at UMMC.

#UMMCGrad15: From drug rep to D.M.D.

Olivia Cook was enjoying a successful career when she was bitten by the dentistry bug. But changing occupations required quite a bit more than just ordering new business cards: the Tupelo native had to take classes for two years just to qualify for dental school. Read how Cook’s faith, family and fellow students helped position her to receive the D.M.D. at Commencement tomorrow.

#UMMCGrad15: SON grad gives props to Plum

School of Nursing graduate and mother Faith Sherman took inspiration from her daughter, Plum, to finish school at the top of her class and land her dream job.

#UMMCGrad15: Grad researcher nets catfish study

Dr. Erin Taylor spent five years in a catfish lab to earn her Ph.D. from the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences. During that time, she also secured a USDA grant to study one of Mississippi’s largest industries, took home the school’s top honors for her work and helped mentor a lot of other students along the way. Her postdoctoral career will take her far away – at least one building over – to start a fellowship with Dr. Michael Ryan, associate dean of the graduate school.

#UMMCGrad15: SOP's Gross sisters

It’s true that having an older sister who’s a pharmacist helped seal the career choice for twins Brittany and Whitney Gross of Carthage. The 2015 School of Pharmacy grads continue their family’s health-care tradition – their dad is a dentist – but their pharmacy residencies will bring major change. For the first time ever, Brittany and Whitney won’t be living with each other.