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In the next issue of CenterView on newsstands this week:

* Fourth-year med students’ futures revealed at Match Day ceremony 

* DaTscan helps UMMC physicians properly diagnose Parkinson’s disease

* CMIO brings experience, professionalism to EPIC system implementation

Match Day results reveal excitement

Fourth-year medical student Hayes Baker reacts to the news that she has matched with the internal medicine residency program at the University of Virginia while Dr. LouAnn Woodward, right, associate vice chancellor for health affairs and vice dean of the School of Medicine, and Dr. Loretta Jackson-Williams, associate dean for the School of Medicine, look on during the School of Medicine's Match Day ceremony March 16 at Belhaven University's Center for the Arts. Of the 107 Class of 2102 members, 46 matched in primary care specialties and 45 learned they will be staying in Mississippi for residency training. More Match Day coverage can be found in the current issue of CenterView, on newsstands this week. 


Third quarterly blood drive slated March 26-30

 logo_blooddriveMississippi Blood Services personnel will visit the Medical Center March 26-30 for the third of UMMC's quarterly blood drives in 2011-12. All donors will receive an MBS T-shirt, and one donor will win a campus parking space for one month. Identification is required to donate blood.

Times, dates and places for the drive include: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, March 26, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine and at the University Hospital entrance; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the main entrance to the Central Billing Office in Clinton; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Batson Children's Hospital entrance; from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the University Hospital entrance.

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

UMMC showcases AHA-funded projects

Dr. David Stec, associate professor of physiology and biophysics, demonstrates several of the instruments he uses in obesity research for American Heart Association staff and volunteers, from left, Eve Elias, Pam Tazik (UMMC director of research and sponsored programs), Carmen Keys, Kim Shows and Eliane Stevens. During a March 20 visit to the Medical Center's main campus, AHA staff and volunteers from Gulfport, Hattiesburg and Jackson listened to presentations about various AHA-funded projects and visited labs in the Guyton Research Center.


St. Paddy's City Sweep nets $9k for BCH

Shanda Walenta, a nurse in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, collects donations along the Mal's St. Paddy's Parade route March 17 in downtown Jackson. More than 60 volunteers helped with City Sweep 2012, which collected more than $9,000 to benefit the Batson Children's Hospital.

AOA initiates 11 from SOM Class of 2012

Eleven members of the School of Medicine's Class of 2012 are inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary during a March 20 ceremony at the Fairview Inn in Jackson. The new inductees include, front row from left, Macey Delcambre, Brandy Hood, Sana Bhatti, Shae Bell and Lyssa Taylor; middle row from left, Patrick Boler, Lisa Keeling, Kelly Shoemake and Josh Hughes; and back row from left, John Russell McPherson and Kirk Russ.

Puskarich joins emergency medicine faculty

 puskarich_michaelDr. Michael A. Puskarich has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of emergency medicine.

After receiving his B.S. in chemistry summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2003, Puskarich earned his M.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2007. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine from 2007-10, serving as chief resident from 2009-10, and continued with fellowship training in emergency medicine research from 2010-11 at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.

 A clinical instructor at Carolinas Medical Center since 2010, Puskarich is a member of several professional societies, including the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He has co-authored eight articles in peer-reviewed publications and two book chapters. He is a co-investigator on two funded research projects on L-carnitine administration in early sepsis.

Participants needed for CPS3 study

All Medical Center faculty, staff, students and their family members are invited to participate in a nationwide study by UMMC and the American Cancer Society that will help researchers learn more about the many factors that can cause and prevent cancer.

At least 1,000 people from the Jackson area are needed to enroll in the Cancer Prevention Study 3, or CPS-3. Volunteers must be 30-65 years old and must never have had cancer. Study participants will read and sign a consent form; complete a survey packet on lifestyle, behavioral and other health information; have a waist measurement taken; and give a small blood sample.

In-person enrollment, which will take about an hour, is scheduled from Tuesday-Friday, March 27-30, at various locations on and off campus. ACS will send periodic follow-up surveys every few weeks and annual newsletters with study updates and results.

For more information or to enroll into CPS-3, visit


Thigpen's leadership lauded by medical society

Dr. Tate Thigpen, right, professor of medicine in the Division of Oncology, visits with Dr. Patrick Loehrer Sr., who presented the 2012 Robert D. and Alma W. Moreton Oncology Lectureship March 20 and was keynote speaker at the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Initiation Banquet. Thigpen was also recognized for his 27 years of “Loyal and Dedicated Leadership as Councilor of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.”

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Tonya Leamond, nurse manager in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Vonda Simpson, administrative assistant in Continuing Health Professional Education

15 Years

* Jon Dawkins, inpatient nurse in the CCH-CICU

* Deborah Hayes, administrative assistant in the School of Dentistry

* Rosalind Williams, utilization review nurse for University Physicians

10 Years

* Tiffany Bates, health information systems audit manager in Compliance

* Lakeisha Campbell, assistant manager of materials safety in Materials Management

* Shirley Davenport, nurse in the Wiser Hospital 

* Jesus Monico, instructor in pathology

* Cheryl Moss, education administrator in the School of Medicine

* William Pierce, health information management systems analyst in the Graduate School

* Beatrice Richardson, project manager in Patient Financial Services 

* Sherry Sills, ambulatory nurse in Orthopedic Surgery

* Christopher Skinner, captain in Campus Police

* Jacqueline Smith, unit secretary in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Sara Watts, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

5 Years

* Dr. Kevin Freeman, instructor in psychiatry

* Heather King, nurse practitioner in the School of Medicine

* Shanida Smith, insurance verification specialist in Internal Access

* Toni Thompson, inpatient nurse in University Hospital

* Detress Whisenton, coder for University Physicians 


Akingbemi to present Cancer Institute seminar

AkingbemiDr. Benson T. Akingbemi, associate professor of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology at Auburn University, will present the Cancer Institute Seminar, "Endocrine Disruptors, Metabolic Syndromes and Endocrine Function of the Testis," at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in room G-151 on the first floor of the Guyton Library. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call 5-6802.


JFC campaign to support facilities expansion

The Jackson Free Clinic, a 501(c)(3) medical clinic staffed by Medical Center students that offers free medical care to the underserved and uninsured population of the metro Jackson area, is launching a $300,000 expansion of its current facilities. The planned expansion and renovation will allow the clinic to use all of its available medical space at 925 Martin Luther King Drive and double the services it offers to the community. Clinic staff provide examinations, medications, lab work, diagnostic services and health education for uninsured and elderly patients. To make a tax-free donation, visit and select "Donate." Checks should be made out to the Jackson Free Clinic. For more information about the campaign, call (601) 529-4177.

UMMC to simulcast TEDMED conference

TEDMED 2012, a national medical technology and health-care conference that invites conversation on personal and public health, will be simulcast live Tuesday-Friday, April 10-13, in classroom 5A in the research wing of the old University Hospital.

Presenters will include global leaders from science, research, technology, academia, business, government and the arts. Among those scheduled to speak are Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross; Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society; Todd Park, U.S. chief technology officer for the White House; Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many others.

Sessions are scheduled throughout the day beginning at 4 p.m. April 10, with the final session scheduled for 10:15 a.m. April 13. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited to attend any of the sessions at no charge. A complete schedule has not been published but will be publicized to the campus when it becomes available.  

To register for the conference, send an e-mail to Dorothy Singleton at For more information about the conference, visit

Kollef to speak at Dept. of Medicine event

 kollef_marinDr. Marin Kollef, a critical-care medicine, pulmonology and internal medicine practitioner in St. Louis, will present the keynote address at the Department of Medicine's 2012 Research Day event, "Using Nosocomial Pneumonia as a Platform for Clinical Research," at noon on Thursday, April 12, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre). All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information about the Department of Medicine's event, visit

Sub-council seeks spirited videos

film_reel The Medical Center's Events and Recognition Sub-council is seeking videos from all employees that display how UMMC's 2012 Hospital Week theme, “Catch the UMMC Spirit,” applies to their respective departments.

Videos may include skits, music, monologues or any similar formats that best display a department's accomplishments, why employees enjoy what they do or what makes departmental members into such a great team.

Videos must be e-mailed to by Friday, April 13. The sub-council will review all videos before selecting a sample to show during the hospital week event.

For more information or to obtain a list of recording guidelines for the project, call Professional and Nursing Recruitment at 5-7004.

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