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Mengel to discuss medical doc guidelines

Dr. Marvin Mengel, an internal medicine physician in Geneva, Fla., will present "Observation Vs. Inpatient" from noon-1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in room 5A.

The medical documentation guidelines presentation is sponsored by the Office of Integrity and Compliance.

For more information or to register, email Nikki Smith at

Bai to present microbiology seminar

BaiDr. Fengwei Bai, assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, will present the microbiology seminar, "Host Immune Response to West Nile Virus" at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in room 5A.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available at 4 p.m. in room N547.

For more information, call Angeline Green at 4-1700.

Ramsey to speak during employee week

Marshall RamseyMarshall Ramsey, an editorial cartoonist, humorist and author, will be the featured speaker at an Employee Appreciation Week event at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, in classroom R-153 (lower amphitheatre).

Ramsey's cartoons have been a fixture of the Clarion-Ledger's editorial page for years. A melanoma survivor, he often speaks on the importance of taking precautions against skin cancer.

For more information, call Connie Suber at 4-4136.

Nelson Order recognizes excellent teachers

Dr. Norman C. Nelson, vice chancellor emeritus for health affairs, seated center, and Dr. Rob Rockhold, standing at left, visit with the 2013 Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence awardees last week in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Named for the Medical Center's vice chancellor emeritus for health affairs, the order is the institution's means of recognizing outstanding educators among the UMMC faculty.

The 2013 order includes, seated from left, Dr. Michael Ryan, Dr. Ayman Asfour, Dr. John Smith, Dr. Steve Pollock, Dr. William Dolph Woodall and Angie Garner, and standing from left, Dr. Christy Morgan, Sherry West, Dr. Ken Ball, Dr. Alexandra Brown, Dr. David Brown, Dr. Jerry Sheppard, Dr. Kimberly Simpson, Dr. Barbara Boss, Dr. Tina Martin, Dr. Molly Moore, Josie Bidwell, Dr. Lauren Bloodworth and Dr. Kayla Stover.  (Enlarge Image)

Not pictured are Dr. Eva Bengten and Dr. Jimmy Stewart. 

Simpson wins first Regions Bank TEACH Prize

Alon Bee, right, city president of Regions Bank Metro Jackson, and Dr. Jimmy Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, present Dr. Kimberly Simpson, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, the first Regions Bank TEACH Prize and plaque during The Nelson Order 2013 induction May 1. The TEACH Prize, which includes a $10,000 cash award, recognizes a faculty member who most exemplifies the values of student engagement, intellectual challenge and dedication to the craft of education that drive UMMC's educational mission.

SON celebrates seven decades of fashion

Several School of Nursing students and one SON staff member model nursing uniforms from throughout the years during the school's annual Oglevee Luncheon April 25 in the Normal C. Nelson Student Union.

The models and their uniforms include, front row from left, Amy Robertson, 1990s; Haley Burks, 1970s; Katie Herrington, 1950s; and Tori White, late-1960s; and back row from left, Kara McDowell, 1980s; Angela Hilliard, early-1960s; Kristin Hinton, mid-1960s; Kayla Childress, 1980s; and Paul Munn, 2000s. (Enlarge Image)

Wall display memorializes donor heroes

Mike and Elizabeth Wroten of Terry pause to reflect at the Wall of Heroes in the University Hospital atrium.

The Wrotens' son, Chase, was the first to be featured on the wall following the Medical Center's "Donate Life" celebration April 20.

AAMC Southern Group elects Clark vice chair

Clark, Jerry REALDr. Jerry Clark, chief student affairs officer, has been elected vice chair for the Association of American Medical Colleges' Southern Group on Student Affairs.

Elected in April, Clark will serve four years with the group as the position progresses to chair-elect, chair and past chair.

The Southern GSA includes academic health science centers and teaching hospitals in 14 southern states and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Steve Case, associate dean of admissions in the School of Medicine, recently chaired the GSA's Committee on Admissions.

The AAMC represents the interests of all 141 U.S. and 17 Canadian accredited medical schools, including approximately 75,000 medical students and 110,000 resident physicians.

SOD names Kolodney Friend of the Year

Dr. Gary Reeves, dean of the School of Dentistry, and Dr. Valerie Harper, president of the Dental Alumni Chapter, present Dr. Harold Kolodney as the School of Dentistry's 2013 Dental Friend of the Year during the school's annual alumni dinner April 19.

Kolodney, professor of dentistry, Division of Oral Oncology, Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology, is president of the Mississippi Dental Association.

ACP chapter elects Woodliff governor

WoodliffDr. Dan Woodliff, associate professor of medicine, has been named governor of the Mississippi chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Woodliff served as governor-elect for one year before taking leadership of the local chapter of the ACP, the national organization of internal medicine physicians (internists).

Elected by state ACP members, Woodliff began his four-year term during the ACP's annual scientific meeting April 11-13 in San Francisco.

As governor, Woodliff will put into place national ACP projects and initiatives at the chapter level and will help organize meetings and activities in Mississippi.              

The ACP is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the country. ACP members include approximately 133,000 internists, related subspecialists and medical students. 

Students display research at SHRP event

Senior dental hygiene students Julie Tran, left, and Christy Hewitt present the poster for their research project on early childhood cavities during the School of Health Related Profession's Research Day event April 26.

Royal College names Martin fellow ad eundem

Dr james MartinDr. James N. Martin Jr., professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of maternal fetal medicine, has been unanimously elected to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London as a fellow ad eundem.

The award will be conferred at the organization's World Congress meeting in June.

"This award recognizes the major contributions that you have made to our specialty and the well-being of women," said Dr. Anthony Falconer, president of the Royal College.

The RCOG encourages the study, advancement and practice of obstetrics and gynecology through postgraduate medical education, training and publication of clinical guidelines and reports. Its international office works with other international organizations to lower maternal morbidity and mortality in under-resourced countries. 

Dental students receive leadership awards

Delta Dental representative Jenna Flaherty, center, presents Delta Dental Student Leadership Awards to senior dental students, from left, Lacey Harris, Mary Oveleve, Leslie Frese and John Harrison.

The awards are presented to seniors who demonstrate a desire to serve the community and will be strong leaders in dentistry and in their communities.  (Enlarge Image)

Obesity center publishes first newsletter

The inaugural newsletter of the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research is now available as a download on the MCOR website.

The first issue, intended for collaborating scientists, interested community members and supporters, details current obesity-related research activities at UMMC and progress being made since the Global Obesity Summit in Jackson in 2011.

The newsletter is available on the center's website under "Resources" at

Cumberland receives Spraberry scholarship

Audrey Spraberry Beasley, second from left, sister of the late Dr. Chris Spraberry, and Beasley's son, Charlie, present the Dr. Chris Spraberry Scholarship for Pre-Clinical Excellence to third-year dental student Lynsey Cumberland.

The scholarship is awarded to a third-year student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the pre-clinical sciences leading to the practice of general dentistry.

James Sullivan, right, a close friend of Chris Sprayberry, serves as a leader/organizer for the annual Chris Sprayberry Golf Tournament that benefits the endowed scholarship. (Enlarge Image)

Pediatrics faculty welcome Gamble

Gamble_AbigailDr. Abigail Gamble, a childhood obesity investigator, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in pediatrics. She will be working in the Office of Rural Health and Health Disparities under the direction of Dr. Bettina Beech.

After receiving a B.A. in elementary education and American studies from Rowan University in 2003, Gamble earned an M.S. in health promotion in 2007 and a Ph.D. in health and kinesiology in 2011 from the University of Mississippi. Her dissertation project was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which has since received supplemental funding from the foundation to translate the project findings to policy action aimed to increase children's in-school physical activity time and decrease childhood obesity in Mississippi.

Gamble has served with the Mississippi State Department of Health as the evaluation lead for the Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative, an initiative to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with cardiovascular disease and stroke in the Mississippi Delta Region.

The coauthor of more than 20 peer-reviewed national presentations, Gamble is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Public Health Association.

She has served as a manuscript reviewer for the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and the Journal of Rural Health. In January, she was named to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's 2012 Top 20 Most Influential Articles in Research list.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Loisteen Issac, purchasing and inventory coordinator, Property Control

15 Years

* Rachel Black, inpatient nurse, 2 MICU

* Sekina Lewis, instrument and supply technician, Newborn ICU

10 Years

* Darlenia Andrews, instructor in medicine (Surgery-Urology)

* Mary Entrekin, compliance analyst, Compliance

* Angelean Hampton, patient access specialist, Internal Access-Admissions

* Tamektricia Lawson, patient services coordinator, Lakeland Family Medicine

* Kelly Ross, nurse, 4 Children's

* Jason Smith, nurse, Emergency Department

5 Years

* Keli Ballard, nurse practitioner, Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

* Pamela Bunn, inpatient nurse, 2 North

* Hallie Chisolm, inpatient nurse, Neuroscience ICU

* Pam Chouteau, medical office assistant, Internal Medicine-Cardio Select

* Jennifer Crosby, nurse, 3 North

* Phillip Grady, executive director, UHHS Management Services and Health Care

* Sonya Hoard, respiratory therapist, Respiratory Therapy

* Caleb Hollingsworth, nurse resident, Surgical ICU

* Lourene Johnson, ambulatory nurse, Neurology Administration

* Kesha Jones, nurse, 4 Wiser Ante Partum

* Heather Richards, pediatric cardiology nurse, Pediatric ICU

* Kenisha Taylor, financial counselor, Internal Access-Financial Counseling

* Cindy Wilson, inpatient nurse, Emergency Department

DIS to offer Kronos refresher courses

KronosThe Division of Information Services will offer refresher courses for Kronos users throughout April and May.

Four sessions will be available, including Employee Self-Service, Manager Self-Service, Timekeeping and Basic Scheduling, and Using the Advanced Scheduler. Attendees should have an existing Kronos access log-in.

The sessions are scheduled on Tuesday, May 7, Tuesday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 21. Click here to access the Attendance Tracker Calendar and register for the desired session(s).

Attendees should register as soon as possible as space is limited and these courses are expected to fill quickly. For more information about the courses, call 5-9939.

Zhang to present physiology seminar

zhang3Dr. Hui Zhang, associate professor of pathology and director of the Mass Spectrometry Core Facility, Center for Biomarker Discovery and Translation, at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., will present "Structural Analysis of Glycoproteins and Glycans" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

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.

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