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M3s don white coats, initiate clinical training

Mikey Arceo, a third-year medical student, receives his white coat from Dr. Jerry Clark, chief student affairs officer and associate dean for student affairs, during the Jeanette Pullen Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society’s 2014 Student Clinician Ceremony June 3.

The event is an annual rite-of-passage for incoming M3s, marking the beginning of their clinical education.

Hardy Forum lecturer receives hearty welcome

Dr. Marc Mitchell, right, chair of the Department of Surgery, welcomes Dr. Kirby Bland, Fay Fletcher Kerner Professor and Chair of the University of Birmingham Department of Surgery, who gave the annual James D. Hardy Surgical Forum and the James D. Hardy Lectureship on Surgery June 4 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Kirby presented "Breast Cancer: International Template Provided by Surgeons for Bench and Translational Research" and "Preserving Surgical Academia in the Centenary of the Flexnerian Academic Health Center."

Portion of main campus road to be repaired

 road block 2Beginning June 9, the main campus road at the northwest corner of Parking Garage A will be closed for repairs. The construction is estimated to take 30 days to complete.

Entrances to and exits from Parking Garage A will not be affected.

The road closure will require adjustments to the shuttle bus routes for the red, blue and yellow lines during the construction.

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

For more information about the road closure, call the Construction Office at 4-1410; for more information about the shuttle routes, call Physical Facilities at 4-1420.  (Click for bus routes)

In memoriam

 MullenCharles R. Mullen, longtime comptroller at UMMC, died June 7. He was 71.

A native of Paducah, Ken., Mullen grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School. He earned a B.S. in accounting at Mississippi State University and a M.B.A. at Mississippi College.

While working for the Department of Defense Contract Audit Agency, a chance audit assignment led him to a job offer at the Medical Center. He would only accept an 18-month contract, but stayed for 43 years, rising through the ranks to lead the institution's accounting and reporting efforts for the last 20 years as comptroller.

While at UMMC he served on the center's Insurance Committee and Student Housing Committee. He was a member of the Mississippi Federal Credit Union's Supervisory Committee and, at his death, was the senior member of the credit union's Board of Directors, serving the board as secretary and treasurer at various times.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland, preceded by visitation at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lexington.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to First Baptist Church of Lexington or the Batson Children's Hospital.


Wayne State professor to join pharmacy faculty

 SarkarDr. David D. Allen, dean and professor and executive director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Pharmacy, has announced that Dr. Fazlul H. Sarkar, Distinguished Professor at Wayne State University and professor at Wayne State’s Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, will join the School of Pharmacy faculty this summer.

Sarkar will serve as Triplett/Behrakis Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biomolecular Sciences, research professor and associate director for translational research at the National Center for Natural Products Research, associate director for translational research at the UMMC Cancer Institute, and professor of radiation oncology at UMMC.

Sarkar has published more than 525 scholarly articles and nearly 300 abstracts. His research interests include understanding the role of NF-kB and its upstream and downstream signaling molecules in solid tumors, including the role of miRNAs and cancer stem cells, and in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of action of “natural agents” for cancer prevention and therapy.

Sarkar’s laboratory pioneered the development of Isoflavones and DIM (B-DIM) for clinical use, and his basic science research findings led to the initiation of a multiple Phase I and Phase II Clinical Trial at the Karmanos Cancer Institute.       


Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Marissa Baldwin, diagnostic sonographer, University Heart Support

20 Years

* Christi Cook, psychometrist, Psychiatry

* Kenneth Mohon, storeroom supervisor, Environmental Services

* Stephanie Russell, occupational therapist, Pavilion Occupational Therapy

15 Years

* Shonda Aldridge, respiratory therapist, University Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Natarsha Hill, patient services coordinator, Surgical Specialty Clinic, Jackson Medical Mall

* Jennifer Humphries, social worker, Heart Transplant

* Dr. John W. Pruett, assistant professor of psychiatry

* Christopher Rule, respiratory therapist, Batson Children’s Hospital Respiratory Therapy

10 Years

* Mignon Banks, inpatient nurse, 2 Wiser Labor Delivery/Surgery

* Gloria Boles, library technician, Academic Information Services

* Vickie Goodman, nurse, Newborn ICU

* Dr. Samira C. Grifoni, instructor in nephrology

* Rebecca Lea, inpatient nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital Surgical Suite

* Tonya Shoemaker, inpatient nurse, 2 MICU

* Lakeisha White, ambulatory coder, Charge Entry

* Lalainya Williamson, operating room purchasing manager, Purchasing

5 Years

* Kelly Alexander, inpatient nurse, 2 MICU

* Eddie Banks, inventory and supply technician, Patient Equipment

* Meagan Carpenter, tutor, Multicultural Affairs

* Stephan Cole, medical technologist, Serology Clinical Lab

* Karen Fisk, inpatient nurse, 4 South

* Sondra Howard, patient services coordinator, School of Medicine (Rheumatoloy)

* Courtney Johnson, respiratory therapist, University Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Lumba Johnson, administrative assistant, Psychiatry

* Aubrey Moore, plumber, Building Maintenance

* Donald Murphy, food preparation specialist, Food and Nutrition Services

* Courtney Murtagh, inpatient nurse, Wiser Hospital Labor Delivery/Surgery

* Monica Price, nurse practitioner, Bleeding Disorders Clinic

* Shonda Sandifer, inpatient nurse, 2 North

* Amy Sarrett, ambulatory nurse, Wiser Hospital Surgical Suite

* Demetrius Simmons, emergency room technician, University Hospital Emergency Department

* Latoya Sims, respiratory therapist, University Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Christina Strong, respiratory therapist, Batson Children’s Hospital

* Emily Sullivan, inpatient nurse, 2 Children’s

* Cordero Young, inventory and supply technician, Patient Equipment


Come honor and thank these UMMC retirees

 retire art 2014You are invited to a ceremony and reception honoring retiring faculty and staff with 25 years or more of service to the Medical Center.  

The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 13, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

For more information, email Laura Hodge at

To view the invitation, and the names of the honorees, click Read More.

Evers-Williams Institute to be dedicated June 13

 Keeton_BeechDr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, and Dr. Bettina M. Beech, associate vice chancellor for population health and professor of family medicine and pediatrics, invite you to celebrate the establishment of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities on Friday, June 13, at center stage of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center

The program is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the unveiling and tour to follow at 11.

For more information, call Laura Hodge at 5-3941.

Blood drive participants may enter car drawing

Blood donors will have the opportunity to enter into a contest to win a brand-new Jeep Cherokee when Mississippi Blood Services personnel visit the Medical Center June 16-20 for the Medical Center’s quarterly blood drive.

All donors participating in the drive will receive an MBS T-shirt. Proper photo identification is required to donate blood.

MBS suggests that all donors eat at least four hours before giving blood and drink plenty of fluids before and after making a donation.

Scheduled times, date and places for the drive include:

•  7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, June 16, in the MBS Coach between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

•  7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, in the MBS Coach between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

•  7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the MBS Coach between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

•  10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the MBS Coach near the Bailey Avenue entrance to the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center;

•  7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, June 19, in the MBS Coach near the Batson Children’s Hospital entrance; and

•  10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, June 20, in the MBS Coach at the University Hospital entrance.

For more information about the blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an email at

Galli lecturer to cover overdiagnosis epidemic

 HoffmanDr. Jerome R. Hoffman, professor of medicine emeritus at the UCLA School of Medicine, will present the Robert L. Galli, M.D. Lectureship in Emergency Medicine, “Overdiagnosis – A Modern Epidemic,” from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

Box lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Patrick O’Brien at 4-5582 or email him at


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