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Commencement boasts record graduate total

Jonathan Buchanan of Carthage, left, and Luke Campbell of Starkville smile as they stand at attention after receiving their M.D.s from the University of Mississippi Medical Center during Commencement May 23 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
A record 846 students earned degrees in the health professions. To view complete coverage of UMMC's 2014 Commencement, visit

AAMC president addresses grads at ceremony

Dr. Darrell Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, addresses the School of Medicine's Class of 2014 during the school's Long Coat Ceremony May 22 at the Jackson Convention Center.

Kirch, who also had addressed the class at its Short Coat Ceremony in August 2010, said, "The white coat you put on then wouldn't have felt natural, and wouldn't feel natural until you filled it with experience."

Referring to the "powerful memories" the students had built during medical school, he added, "The people here created some of those memories.

"Someone here purchased your first Fisher-Price doctor kit. Now you're about to become the real thing."

A psychiatrist and neuroscientist, Kirch became AAMC president in July 2006 after serving in leadership and faculty positions at the Hershey Medical Center at Penn State University, the Medical College of Georgia and George Washington University. In 1993, he was recognized for his contributions to the NIMH when he received the Outstanding Service Medal of the United States Public Health Service.

Graduating nurses receive pins, recite pledge

Dr. Kim Hoover, left, dean of the School of Nursing, presents a pin to accelerated BSN student Maria Smith while Dr. Marcia Rachel, professor of nursing and associate dean for academic programs in the SON, presents a pin to accelerated BSN student Youngsin Son during the school's Class of 2014 Pinning Ceremony May 22 at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson.

After receiving their pins, the graduating nurses recited the Nightingale Pledge.

Main campus street to be shut down for repairs

road block 2Beginning in late May, the main campus road at the northwest corner of Parking Garage A will be closed for repairs for approximately 30 days.

Campus Police will lead emergency vehicles through the area if/when necessary.

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

Group offers help for breast cancer survivors

Chatting before a Breast Cancer Support Luncheon May 15 at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center are, from left, Erin Campbell, Deborah Simpson, Marna Walker and Mary Lindsey Jackson.

Jackson, a dietitian at Whole Foods, spoke at the event, describing ways to make meals more nutritious and providing recipes and details on foods that scientists have found to have cancer-fighting or immune system-boosting properties. 

Walker, who works in the School of Dentistry, and Simpson, of University Cancer Care Breast Services, were among approximately 25 women who attended the event, which was organized by Campbell and Lynne Smithhart..

The luncheon is part of the University Cancer Care Breast Services' goal of providing support and information for women and men who have survived breast cancer.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

45 Years

* Cheryl Drennan, technical supervisor, Adult Hematology Lab

30 Years

* Dr. Victoria Sopelak, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology

25 Years

* Doris Armstrong, EHR deficiency analyst, Health Information Management

20 Years

* Tonja Mingo, oncology nurse, Chemotherapy

* Diane Moore, technician, Environmental Services

* Dr. Richard Summers, professor of emergency medicine

15 Years

* Wendy Hood, nurse, Newborn Nursery

* Jodee Newell, nurse practitioner, Pediatric Palliative Medicine

* Jennifer Stephen, clinical director of pediatric emergency lab services, Batson Children's Hospital

* Tanya Tucker, nurse case manager, University Hospital Coordinated Care

* Dr. Randall Williamson, assistant professor of dentistry (Biomedical Materials Science)

* Cristy Wilson, nurse manager, Pediatric ICU

10 Years

* Kimberly Brookins, administrative assistant, Obstetrics and Gynecology

* Wendy Howell, clinical outcomes coordinator nurse, Radiology Administration

* Dr. Mary E. Pearson, instructor in medicine (Cardiology)

* Jennifer Williamson, pediatric cardiology nurse, Pediatric ICU

* Lucille Wilson, patient services coordinator, Inpatient Dialysis

5 Years

* Omonuwa Adah, inpatient nurse, Neuro Science ICU

* Sara Ammons, inpatient nurse, Newborn ICU

* Bridget Armstrong, coder, Charge Entry

* Angela Beem, inpatient nurse, 4 Children's

* Charles Brubaker, boiler operator, Power Plant

* Kelsey Cade, inpatient nurse, Neuro Science ICU

* Kayla Carr, instructor in nursing

* Carli Crapps, inpatient nurse, Surgical ICU

* Iris Dale, interpreter/translator, Patient Affairs

* Kathy Davis, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Myisha Dixon, inpatient nurse, Neuro Science ICU

* Sarah Dolan, patient access specialist, Internal Access-Admissions

* C. H. Gandy, inpatient nurse, 3 North

* Demetrius Hudson, telephone operator, Information Systems

* Alfred Kuhnert, systems administrator, Information Systems

* Dewye Lawrence, systems administrator, Information Systems

* Kimberly Lockett, shift supervisor, Batson Children's Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Chelsea McClain, nurse, Bone Marrow Unit

* Dr. Linda P. Monroe, assistant professor of medicine (Hypertension)

* Rabon Moore, inpatient nurse, Neuro Science ICU

* Briana Novick, ECMO specialist, Pediatric ECMO

* Brandi Purvis, pediatric cardiology nurse, Pediatric ICU

* Alie Rayborn, nurse, Family Medicine

* Abbey Ross, inpatient nurse, Newborn ICU

* Jamie Simonson, ambulatory nurse, School of Medicine (Hematology)

* Sharon Smith, ambulatory coder, Charge Entry

* Wendy Smith, nurse, 5 North

* Tracie Tarr, inpatient nurse, 2 Children's

* Lindsey Tatum, inpatient nurse, Neuro Science ICU

* Toy Wolfe, dietitian, University Hospital Dietitians

* Amy Wright, care coordinator nurse, Surgery (Urology)

Physiologist to discuss metabolic homeostasis

Dr. Andrew Butler, professor of pharmacological and physiological sciences at the St. Louisbutler University School of Medicine, will present "Neuroendocrine Control of Metabolic Homeostasis: New Ideas in the Translational Research Arena" from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, in room G351, the third-floor conference room in the Guyton Research Center.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.    

Harder to explain astrocyte neuroprotection

Dr. David R. Harder, professor of physiology, medicine and pediatrics, Kohler Company harder_webEndowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research, associate dean for research mentoring and director for mentoring at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, will present the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology seminar, "Mechanisms of Neuroprotection by Astrocytes: In Response to Oxidative Stress," at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 30, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Pamela Banks at 4-1690.  

Patient safety advocate to deliver seminar

Rosemary Gibson, senior advisor to the Hastings Center and an editor for JAMA Internal Gibson_webMedicine's "Less is More Perspectives" will discuss issues of quality and patient safety as part of the Faculty Scholarship Exchange Seminar series at noon on Wednesday, June 4, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. One attendee will be selected to receive a signed copy of Gibson's critically acclaimed book, "Wall of Silence." Lunch will be available to the first 75 in attendance.

For more information, email Jessica Green Overby at

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