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Phi Kappa Phi honorary inducts 31 students

Stephanie Brewer, left, School of Health Related Professions radiologic sciences student, receives her Phi Kappa Phi medallion from Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs, during the honor society's 2012-13 induction ceremony Nov. 27 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. Thirty-one students from the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Dentistry, the School of Health Related Professions and the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences were inducted into the society.

Stringer picked to lead otolaryngology groups

StringerDr. Scott Stringer, chairman of the otolaryngology and communicative sciences, assumed the presidency of the Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology (AADO) on Nov. 4.

Across the United States and Canada, the AADO represents and promotes the shared interests of academic institutions’ departments of otolaryngology, a specialty concerned with the ear, nose and throat (ENT). The organization’s past president-elect, Stringer will now serve a two-year term as president.

Stringer also was chosen president-elect of the Society of University Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons (SUO-HNS) at the organization’s annual meeting in November. The SUO-HNS represents all faculty members in university otolaryngology programs nationwide. Its tasks include providing guidelines for resident education and blueprints for teaching medical students.

Stringer will ascend to the presidency in 2013.

APTA student board honors Holmes

Clarence Holmes, second from right, second-year physical therapy student, was elected treasurer of the American Physical Therapy Association Student Assembly Board of Directors during the National Student Conclave Nov. 3 in Washington, D.C.

A native of Cleveland, Holmes also serves as his class president and vice president of the SHRP Student Government.

As the first SHRP student elected to the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors, Holmes will manage the board's budget and be responsible for the multicultural and international affairs project committee during his one-year term.

Also attending the conclave in Washington were PT students, from left, Jessica Lemon, Randy Young, Dionna Thompson, Sheetal Patel, Renee Ruello and Marlee West.

UMMC announces December blood drive

ms blood dec 2012Mississippi Blood Services personnel will visit the Medical Center Dec. 3-7 for UMMC's quarterly blood drive. All donors will receive an MBS T-shirt. Identification is required to donate blood.

Times, dates and places for the drive include:

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine and at the University Hospital entrance;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the School of Dentistry lounge;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Batson Children's Hospital entrance;

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Bailey Avenue entrance to the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center;

* 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the University Hospital entrance; and

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the second-floor conference center at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

For more information about UMMC's blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an e-mail at

Tirmizi joins internal medicine faculty

TirmiziDr. Amir Tirmizi, a hospital physician with board certifications in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine.

After his medical school graduation from King Edward Medical University, Pakistan, in 1995, Tirmizi had an internship in the Department of Medicine at Mayo Hospital, Pakistan, from 1995-96, residency training in internal medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, from 2001-02, and residency training in internal medicine at North Shore Medical Center/Massachusetts General Hospital Partners, Salem, from 2002-04.

Tirmizi served as a primary care physician in internal medicine with MidMichigan Physicians Group and as medical director of MidMichigan Hospice in Midland, Michigan. Most recently, he has served as a hospitalist physician in the Department of Medicine at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Hospital Medicine, the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Chest Physicians and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Tirmizi authored an article in the Internal Journal of Cardop;pgu last April and has served as abstract reviewer for the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of Chest Physicians, and Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care. Tirmizi also has poster presentations in international medical conferences, such as ATS 2012, Chest 2012 and SCCM 2013.

Adult ER corridor to close for renovation

const signAs part of the Adult Emergency Renovation Project, a portion of the corridor adjacent to the adult ER will be closed for construction beginning Monday, Dec. 3.

Detour signs will be posted in the area to help pedestrians find an alternative route around the construction site. The corridor is expected to be closed for approximately two weeks. (download pdf of map)

For more information, call the Construction Department at 4-1410. 

Radiation oncology faculty welcome Hu

Dr. Yida Hu, a medical physicist in radiation oncology with an interest in clinical techniques for radiation therapy dosimetry and IGRT, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiation oncology.

After receiving the BS in mechanical-electronic engineering in 2000 and the PhD in mechanical-electronic engineering in 2006 from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Hu did medical physics research training in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania from 2007-10. Hu completed his clinical residency training with the CAMPEP accreditation in the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, in 2012.

As an active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Hu serves as a therapeutic physicist certified by the American Board of Radiology. He has authored and coauthored 15 articles in peer-reviewed publications and more than two dozen peer-reviewed proceedings and abstracts.

Badges required to access SON building

show id badgeThe Christine L. Oglevee Building that houses the School of Nursing has installed and activated its new badge access system.

For more information, call Lisa Vaughan at 4-6271. 

UMMC staff receive service recognition

The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:

20 Years

* Toby Andrews, application coordinator/senior analyst, Information Systems

* Debra Myles, biomedical surgery equipment specialist, Clinical Engineering

* Frances Spann, business operations supervisor, University Physicians Central Billing Office

* Mary Steen, human resources specialist, Employee Relations

15 Years

* James Barron, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Gregory Bryant, operations support specialist, Information Systems

10 Years

* Dinah Adams, ambulatory nurse, Wiser Hospital Surgical Suite

* Kimberly Cavett, unit secretary, Batson Children’s Hospital Ambulatory Surgery

* Ladean Livingston, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Cassandra Ollie, unit secretary, Short Stay Procedure Area

5 Years

* Marietta Arany, researcher, Physiology and Biophysics

* Angela Davis, PICC nurse, Antimicrobial Services

Sarkar to give Cancer Institute presentation

sarkarDr. Fazlul Sarkar, professor of pathology at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and professor at the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Wayne State University, will present "Deregulation of MicroRNAs and Their Targets by Natural Agents: Translational Research" at noon on Monday, Dec. 3, in room G-151 on the first floor of the Arthur Guyton Research Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is sponsored by the UMMC Cancer Institute.

For more information, call 5-6802. 

Li to present neurobiology seminar

Dr. Jiali Li, assistant research professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers University, will present "Epigenetic Basis in Neurodegeneration of Ataxia-telangiectasia: A New Layer of Complexity" from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, in room G151 of the Guyton Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640. 

Habitat reps to host educational sessions

habitat 2012Representatives from Habitat for Humanity/Metro will host three educational sessions for anyone interested in learning more about how to apply for a Habitat home on Thursday, Dec. 13.

The sessions are scheduled for 12:15 p.m. in room 4A of the Classroom Wing, 3:15 p.m. in room 4A of the Classroom Wing, and 7:15 p.m. in room S123 of the original University hospital.

Refreshments will be available, and all Medical Center employees and non-UMMC employees are invited.

For more information, e-mail Cindy Griffin at

Borchert to give second Corbett Lectureship

BrochertDr. Mark Stephen Borchert, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology and neurology at the University of Southern California, Kent School of Medicine, Division of Ophthalmology, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, will present the second annual James J. Corbett M.D. Lectureship in Neuro-ophthalmology, "Septo-optic Dysplasia Mythology," at noon on Friday, Dec. 14, in classroom 3A.

Boxed lunches will be available to those who RSVP before Dec. 14.

To RSVP or for more information, call Sherlene Sullivan at 4-5022. 

Christmas tree sale to benefit BCH

nicktreesNick Trees is hosting a Christmas Tree sale from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 15, in Building 13 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds and in the parking lot of the old Rapid at the Reservoir location.

A portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit the Batson Children's Hospital.

For more information, call Matthew Johnson at 4-1975 or e-mail

Ross to discuss unconscious bias

Howard RossHoward Ross, founder and chief learning officer of Cook Ross, Inc., will present "Unconscious Bias - The Elephant in the Room," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The presentation will address how unconscious bias develops, how it impacts people and diversity efforts, and how it impacts the creation of successful cultural change. The seminar is presented by the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, call the Division of Multicultural Affairs at 4-1339 or visit

Reading project to discuss Fadiman book

Book TaylorThe Division of Multicultural Affairs, the School of Medicine Student Affairs Office, the School of Medicine Academic Affairs Office and the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities will sponsor a Diversity Dialogue Session, "UMMC Common Reading Project: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," at noon on Friday, Jan. 25, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The format will include an interactive discussion with experts on pertinent topics in medical ethics.

Participants should read the selected book by Anne Fadiman before the event. Lunch will be available to the first 100 in attendance.

For more information, call 4-5012 or 4-1339. 

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