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Capitol event launches Children's Collaborative

Dr. David Elkin, professor of psychiatry and executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Youth, formally announces the Children's Collaborative April 8 at the Mississippi State Capitol.

Funded by a $5 million grant from Medicaid, the initiative, a partnership between UMMC and Mississippi Children's Home Services, will make behavioral and mental health care more accessible for Mississippi children.

To learn more about the program, visit

Students cut their teeth at impressions event

Dental student Kefei Duan, standing, helps explain the School of Dentistry's application process to Tylere Nunnery during the SOD chapter of the Student National Dental Association's annual Impressions Day event March 28.

The program, which introduces underrepresented pre-dental students to careers in dentistry, included a tour of the School of Dentistry and informational sessions. The pre-dental students participated in mock interviews, DAT study strategies and financial aid planning and heard from Dr. Gary Reeves, dean of the School of Dentistry, and private practice speakers.

Most of the participants received their first hands-on experience in preparing and restoring teeth in a special exercise facilitated by the SOD students during the event.

Budding scientists display ongoing research

Hart Berry, a first-year pharmacy resident at UMMC, discusses her research findings with Dr. Lianbin Xiang, assistant professor of allergy and immunology, during the Department of Medicine's 2014 Research Day April 8.

Berry and dozens of medical students, residents, faculty and staff participated in the event filled with oral presentations, poster presentations and awards. Topics for research projects ranged from obesity-prevention methods for schoolchildren to infectious disease detection and left ventricular thrombus imaging to dialysis catheter removal.

Longtime cytopathologist earns SHRP honor

Richard Bowlin, supervisor of business and clinical operations, pathology lab support services, proudly displays his 2014 SHRP Alumni of the Year Award during the School of Health Related Professions Continuing Education and Alumni Meeting April 11 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

A member of the Cytotechnology Class of 1979, Bowlin was joined by his family during the SHRP Alumni Luncheon: mother Bettye Bowlin, front row left, sister Roselynn Middleton, front row right, and wife Denise Bowlin.

Bowlin, who recently received his 35-year UMMC service pin, received the award for his outstanding contributions in leadership, service and education.

The alumni meeting included presentations by Mary Catherine Ulmer, Medicaid Program coordinator, and Dr. Ralph Didlake, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and a tour of the SHRP Collaboratory. SHRP Classes of 1989 and 1999 in C.T., D.H., E.M.T., H.I.I.M., M.L.S., P.T., O.T. and R.T. also were recognized.                

Create a poster, take a pledge, make your mark

Handwashing artInfection Control invites all Medical Center clinical and nonclinical departments, units and floors to participate in a poster contest as part of a hand hygiene event scheduled from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in the main hallway of University Hospital and the first-floor walkway of Batson Children's Hospital.

Posters should include the theme of the event, "Commit to Hand Hygiene," and should be no more than 22 x 28 inches in size. A pizza party will be awarded to the group that submits the winning poster. The deadline for entry is 8 a.m. April 30.

Participants in the Commit to Hand Hygiene campaign will have the opportunity to "make their mark" on a wall-sized "contract" by dipping their hand in paint, placing their palms on the paper and signing their name to the "hand hygiene pledge." Refreshments and giveaways also will be included.

The event will culminate with a special presentation by Infection Control representatives at 11 a.m. in the University Hospital location and at noon at the Batson Children's Hospital location.

For more information about the poster contest or the Commit to Hand Hygiene campaign, call 4-2188.          

House officer garners literature review prize

Vinjirayer_AnitaDr. Anita Vinjirayer, house officer in the Department of Anesthesiology, received a second place award for her presentation-literature review at the Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Residents' Research Conference April 6 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The annual meeting devoted to presentations by resident physicians from anesthesiology programs based in the Southeast allows resident-physicians to speak publicly about their research interests and activities. The presentations are co-developed under faculty supervision.

Cancer programs earn accreditation renewal

Cancer Institute logoThe American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer has renewed accreditation for the Medical Center's cancer programs.

The CoC accreditation, continuous since 1971, was renewed for three years.

"We are thrilled but not surprised that our faculty and staff meet these exacting standards," said Dr. Srinivasan Vijayakumar, Cancer Institute director.

Cancer care providers and services throughout UMMC had to meet 34 quality care standards to maintain accreditation. UMMC was rated as compliant in all areas and received commendations in three: clinical trial accrual, nursing care and public reporting of outcomes.

The report noted the Cancer Institute's digital newsletters and annual Community Report as efforts to tell the public about cancer research and advances in cancer treatment.

To view the newsletter, visit and select "Publications."

D4s reclaim softball tournament championship

The softball team made up of fourth-year dental students won its third consecutive championship in the fifth annual School of Dentistry Softball Tournament/Crawfish Boil April 5 at the City of Jackson's Grove Park.

The D4s defeated teams made up of second-year dental students and a collection of third-year and second-year dental students to take the tourney's top prize and become the first three-time champion.

The event was sponsored by School of Dentistry Alumni and Fondren Dental, Oral and Facial Surgery of Mississippi.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Cynthia Bullock, hospital inpatient coder, Coding

10 Years

* Bridgett Epps, radiologic technologist, Diagnostic Radiology

* Carey Graves, ambulatory nurse, Children's Cancer Clinic

* Dr. Kelly Hersey, assistant professor of pediatrics (neonatology)

* Ella Stokes, patient services coordinator, Holmes County Hospital

5 Years

* Angela Bates, administrative assistant, Outpatient Dialysis (Jackson Medical Mall)

* Molly Brasfield, human resources director, Academics and Research

* Terrie Butler, patient financial services representative, Internal Access

* Elizabeth Foster, project manager, Batson Children's Hospital administration

* Sandra Harris, unit secretary, Children's Cancer Clinic (Bone Marrow)

* Melinda McDougal, ambulatory nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Nelda Moore, grant and contract specialist, School of Dentistry (Biomedical Materials Science)

* Demarrio Newton, surgical tech, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Jeannie Nichols, patient services coordinator, Ancillary Scheduling

Medical Center to crack down on illegal parkers

no_parking2To provide adequate parking for patients, visitors and authorized parkers, the Division of Physical Facilities-Parking and Transportation will begin a Parking Enforcement Program on Monday, April 14.

All UMMC-owned parking facilities, including those on Lakeland Drive, at the Batson Specialty Clinic and at the Medical Towers, will be monitored on a regular basis to maintain full compliance with the UMMC parking policy. 

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students who operate a motor vehicle on campus are expected to be aware of the Medical Center's parking policy. Compliance with the parking rules and regulations is the responsibility of every person who parks a vehicle on campus. A lack of knowledge of the policy will not be accepted as a defense for violations.

The policy is available on the UMMC Intranet at on the Physical Facilities homepage.

Tehovnik to talk AVATAR-like brain interfaces

Dr. Edward J. Tehovnik of the Brain Institute at the Federal University of Rio Grande de Norte will present "Myth and Reality Behind AVATAR: Brain-machine Interfaces" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, in classroom N633 in the N&AS Conference Room.

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

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

Pastoral Services to host Good Friday worship

Pastoral DoveThe Pastoral Services Department will host a Good Friday worship service from noon-12:30 p.m. on April 18 in the Hospital Chapel. All Medical Center faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors are invited.

For more information, call Linda McComb, chaplain, at 5-2108.

Otolaryngology to offer oral cancer screenings

oral cancer screeningThe Department of Otolaryngology and the Division of Oral Oncology will offer free screenings for oral cancer from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, in the UMMC Cancer Clinic at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The screenings take approximately 10 minutes. ACT Center staff also will be on hand to promote tobacco cessation.

Appointments and walk-ins will be accepted. For more information or to make an appointment, call 4-5162.

Tulane physiologist to present Hearin Lecture

Luis Gabriel NavarDr. Luis Gabriel Navar, chair and professor of physiology and co-director of the Tulane Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence at the Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Intrarenal Renin-Angiotensin System in Hypertension," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, email Margie West at

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