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CenterView: June 07, 2016

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Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, presents the Waller S. Leathers Award for the medical student with the highest academic average for four years to Amanda Daggett of Jackson.
Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, presents the Waller S. Leathers Award for the medical student with the highest academic average for four years to Amanda Daggett of Jackson.

UMMC confers record number of degrees four years running

The University of Mississippi Medical Center for the fourth year is breaking its record for degrees conferred to health-care and science professionals.

The Class of 2016 is 950 strong. In 2013, the record was 677. That jumped to 847 in 2014, and in 2015, 863 graduates received degrees.

The graduates of the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, Nursing, and Health Related Professions are beginning their careers with the aim of improving health and the quality of life for people across Mississippi and the nation. They were recognized during UMMC's 60th Commencement May 27 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

Alumna turned assistant professor brings home TEACH Prize

In two short years as assistant professor of periodontics and preventive sciences in the School of Dentistry, Dr. Jennifer Bain has made a name for herself as an educator. Her innovative teaching style and dedication to the future of health-care providers in Mississippi have earned her the 2016 Regions Bank TEACH Prize.

#UMMCGrad16: 'Can’t Block This' grad from success

Many students' college and graduate school experiences are worlds apart. Ask John Henry Dasinger: the Division I swimmer returned to Mississippi and found his niche in UMMC’s physiology department as one of its top student-researchers. Yet he still finds time to enjoy life outside the lab.

#UMMCGrad16: PT graduate bridges culture, generation gap

When she left her native China 15 years ago to become a researcher at UMMC, Shuying Lin had no plans to leave the laboratory. But that changed at age 40, when she realized some dreams deserve chasing. Lin will begin work soon as a physical therapist after earning her degree through SHRP, all the while working part-time and meeting the demands of being a wife and mother.

#UMMCGrad16: Nursing graduate moves forward with a purpose

Living in a poor, rural Delta town was never going to hold back School of Nursing graduate Kahari Scott. Early on, he had set his mind on not becoming a statistic and not settling for the status quo. Now he is on his way to a career in pediatric emergency medicine as a nurse at Atlanta's Hughes Spalding Hospital.

#UMMCGrad16: Med school grad’s heritage, achievements food for thought

As an Arab-American, Hattiesburg native Sarah Ali did not receive a traditional Mississippi upbringing; but in spite of this difference – or because of it – she has always connected with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, even while setting herself apart.

#UMMCGrad16: Lyles, Clifton to be vocal pharmacy advocates

Pharmacy graduates Cody Clifton of Walnut and Lauren Lyles of Jackson will have differing career paths after graduation, but they will both continue to voice their professional opinions on public policy to improve health-care outcomes. They say their studies at the University of Mississippi have prepared them to be advocates for patients and the public.

#UMMCGrad16: Third time’s the charm for SOD graduate

When faced with his daughter’s diagnosis of Down syndrome at her birth, School of Dentistry graduate Brannon Myrick knew things would change for him and his family. What he didn’t know was that it would be for the better. Now he has a third career – and true calling in life – that would never have happened without her birth.

AirCare 3 increases critical care access for north Mississippi

Abby Williams had never been sick a day in her life.

But when the 11-year-old from Mathiston began having seizures last August, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Abby had the growth removed in November at the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Batson Children's Hospital.

On Dec. 8, “we were at home, doing well, and she started seizing again,” said Melinda Williams, Abby's mom. “My friend who is a nurse in Eupora said to call UMMC in Jackson.”

She and husband Ken rushed Abby to North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora at about 10 p.m. “The doctor met us at the door,” she said.