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Remember to spring forward one hour on Sunday, March 11.

Children's Hospital broadcasts miracles

Joey Sheppard of Braxton and his daughter, Taylor, 8, share a story about Mallory's cochlear implant with US 96.3 host Scott Steele while Taylor's mother, Carrie, looks on during the 11th annual Mississippi Miracles Radiothon Feb. 29 in the lobby of Batson Children's Hospital. The funds raised by three Jackson-area radio stations and four Meridian-area radio stations during the Feb. 29-March 3 event will be used to provide the most advanced level of medical care for Mississippi's children.

NSICU boasts certified neurocritical staff

Dr. Shirley Chen, assistant professor of neurology, and Dr. As'ad Ehtisham, associate professor of neurology, have received certification in neurocritical care by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. They join Dr. Hartmut Uschmann, associate professor of neurology, and Dr. Rodney O. Leacock, associate professor of neurology, as the only four certified neurocritical-care physicians in the state of Mississippi.

Universities showcase activities at Capitol

Richard Webb, third-year medical student, and Dr. Hillary Freeman, right, pharmacy resident, talk with Angela Cockerham, District 96 House representative, during Universities Day at the Mississippi State Capitol Feb. 28. Representatives of the state's public institutions of higher learning, including UMMC, set up displays highlighting various activities and interacted with legislators and Capitol staff. UMMC's booth focused on healthy living initiatives and featured Dr. Richard deShazo, Dr. Deborah Minor and approximately 20 health-professions students.

Neurology faculty welcome Abubakr

abubakr_abuhuziefaDr. Abuhuziefa Abubakr has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of neurology.

After receiving the medical degree from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, in 1982, Abubakr earned the M.R.C.P. in Ireland in 1989, the M.R.C.P. in the United Kingdom in 1990, the F.R.C.P. in Edinburgh-Scotland in 1998, the F.R.C.P.I. in Dublin, Ireland in 2005 and the F.A.A.N. in the U.S. in 2009.

After acquiring medical and teaching experience internationally, Abubakr came to the U.S. and had residency training in neurology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Services, where he served as chief resident, from 1992-95, and fellowship training in EEG/epilepsy from 1995-96 at the University of Miami.

Abubakr joined the University of South Carolina faculty as an instructor in 1996 and became an assistant professor in 1998 before joining the faculty at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in 1999 as director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Service and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Abubakr served as a professor of neurology and director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Seton Hall University, West Orange, N.J., from 2001-10 before returning to the U.K. as a neurology, epileptology and neurophysiology consultant for Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Board certified in EEG and neurophysiology and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Abubakr is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. A reviewer for the Epilepsia Journal and Epilepsy and Behavior, Abubakr is the author or coauthor of many abstracts and peer-reviewed papers in leading professional publications. Abubakr has presented at more than 80 international medical meetings.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

30 Years

*Eliza Brown, chief dental assistant in the School of Dentistry

20 Years

* Levearne Torrey, accounting manager for University Physicians

15 Years

* Kevin Aeschliman, inpatient nurse in University Hospital
* Ozie Anderson, patient services coordinator for University Physicians
* Steven Barnett, application development manager in Information Systems
* Joanna Ragan, administrative assistant in Physical Facilities

10 Years

* Virginia Gordon, executive assistant in the Budget Office
* Vidette Owens, patient access manager in Financial Counseling
* Amanda Sanford, inpatient nurse in Batson Children's Hospital

5 Years

* Angelica Carter, inpatient nurse in the MICU
* Charles Coker, financial analyst in Reimbursement
* Alesha Doty, anesthesia technician in Anesthesia
* John McGarrh, carpenter in Building Maintenance
* Jason Scott, unit secretary in the Neuroscience ICU
* Juanita Smith, nurse in University Hospital
* Terri Smith, inpatient nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit

DIS announces upgrades on campus

The Division of Information Systems has completed campus-wide implementation of Microsoft Office 2010. All Medical Center computer users should have the software installed on their computers. Exceptions include computers in the legal department and computers that have 3M/Softmed, Alaris, Apollo, the Department of Medicine Patient Database, Mosaiq or RMS installed. Individuals who do not have any of these applications and do not have Microsoft Office 2010 should call the Service Desk at 4-1145 or e-mail

The Medical Center's new mainframe computer is scheduled to be installed at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11. As a result, all computer systems on the mainframe will not be available from 2-7 a.m. that day. Affected systems include SMS Signature, SMS Invision, the EHR Portal, NetAccess, OAS Gold, CICS and IDMS. Individuals should review their downtime procedures before the upgrade. Meditech Lab and Pharmacy systems access will not be affected by the outage; however, these systems will not have an updated census until services have been restored.

Effective Thursday, March 15, open-ended daily orders for lab and radiology should no longer be written, and the order entry system will be modified to reflect this change. Individuals who continue to write recurring orders will receive a call or a page from the unit clerk with a message that the system will not allow the recurring order to be entered. Clinically important exceptions will be identified and handled on an individual basis.

For more information about the mainframe installation or daily orders, call the Service Desk at 4-1145 or e-mail

SON, Nursing Excellence to host Open House

The School of Nursing, in conjunction with the UMHC Office of Nursing Excellence, will host an open house from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in the UMHC Nurse Recruitment Office conference room. Representatives from the School of Nursing will be available to answer questions regarding the R.N.-B.S.N., R.N.-M.S.N., M.S.N., D.N.P. and Ph.D. programs. For more information, e-mail

Mitchell to present UP town hall meetings

mitchell_marcDr. Marc Mitchell, University Physicians president, and other UP leaders will present a series of town hall meetings for UP staff from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, March 9, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre), from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, March 12, in Pavilion classroom M016 and from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. The presentations will provide important updates from UP leadership. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. The March 9 presentation will be available online at For more information, call Chrita Vutera at 4-5167.

Community health advocate trainers sought

Healthy Linkages and Southern Remedy are seeking individuals to serve as trainers of community health advocates for a series of train-the-trainer programs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, Saturday, April 28, Saturday, June 23 and Saturday, July 21, in the Classroom Wing at UMMC. Community health advocates are lay persons trained to help individuals and communities adopt healthy behaviors. The goal of the training is to prevent and manage many chronic diseases that plague Mississippi. For more information about the programs or to volunteer, call Michael Jones at 5-9693 or e-mail

Akingbemi to present cancer 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.

Darnell to present Hearin Lecture

darnell_robertDr. Robert B. Darnell, Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Professor of Cancer Biology and director for science programs at Rockefeller University Hospital, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will present the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Maps of the RNA World," from noon-12:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre). All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation. For more information, call Margie West at 5-5000 or e-mail

UMMC event to promote health-care decisions

The Office of Bioethics and Humanities and the Ethics Advisory Committee will sponsor a campus event that is part of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the American Medical Association's "National Health Care Decisions Day" on Monday, April 16, in the walkway between the old and new University Hospital. Medical Center faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to complete advance directives and have them scanned into their medical records. For more information, call Susan Shands Jones at 4-1031.

Friends of RML to host used book sale

logo_rowlandFriends of the Rowland Medical Library will host a used book sale from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, April 17-18 and Friday, April 20, and from 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the second-floor foyer of the Verner Holmes Learning Resource Center. Records, framed art, paperbacks and hardback books will be available for sale, and the event will include a silent auction and a drawing. For more information, call Linda Bouchillon at 4-1290.

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