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Countdown to lunchtime

Roomier seating, more diverse dining selections and healthier items are all on the menu when UMMC's main cafeteria reopens Aug. 28 on the first floor of the old University Hospital building.

AAMC leaders discuss students' experiences

Two members of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ leadership team toured the Medical Center July 17-18 and visited with School of Medicine students.

Dr. John Prescott, top center, AAMC chief academic officer, and Dr. Joanne Conroy, top right, AAMC chief heath care officer, visit with, front row from left, Bradley Deere, M3; Renaldo Williams, M4; Julie Dhossche, M2; Jarrett Morgan, M2; Savannah Duckworth, M3; and Meagan Carpenter, M2; and top row from left, Jake Lancaster, M4; Meghan Alford, M4; and and Zack Pippin, M2. (Enlarge Photo)

The AAMC leaders spoke with the students about their experiences in medical school and their student government activities.

ADA taps Kirk for leadership diversity role

KirkDr. Pia Chatterjee Kirk, assistant professor of care planning and restorative sciences in the School of Dentistry, recently was selected to participate in the 2012-13 American Dental Association Institute for Diversity in Leadership. She is one of only 12 dentists in the nation selected for this year’s program.

Over the course of a year, Kirk and her fellow participants will attend three training sessions by faculty from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management at the ADA headquarters in Chicago. Participants also will take part in conference calls and a web forum for ongoing interaction.

The program seeks to build a lifetime network of supportive relationships among alumni as they move on to leadership roles in their profession. Kirk has been a faculty member at UMMC since 2000.

Established in 2003 by the American Dental Association, the Institute provides a diverse group of dentists with training and experience to develop new leadership paths within the profession and their communities.

Nursing event emphasizes cultural competency

School of Nursing faculty members and University of Mississippi Health Care nurses joined more than 130 Mississippi health-care professionals at the Mississippi Health Care Symposium on Cultural Competency June 21-22 at the Hinds Community College Clyde Muse Center.

Participants from UMMC include, standing from left, Dr. Jessylen Age, Dr. Kim Hoover, Tonya Moore, Janet Harris, Dr. Pat Waltman, Mary Mixon and Cheryl Hamill, and seated far right, Dr. Sharon Lobert. They are pictured with symposium officials, seated from left, Dr. Deborah Washington of Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Melanie Tervalon, a consultant from California, and Dr. Dung Ngo of the University of Texas at Tyler. (Enlarge Photo)

The symposium provided a chance for members of the nursing profession to interact with local and national leaders to explore the application of cultural competence models in practice and in education.

The course fostered and developed a personal and professional sense of “cultural humility” and competency in student preparation and clinical practice.

2012-13 Bulletin now available online

2012 bulletin coverThe 2012-13 Bulletin is now available on the UMMC Intranet by scrolling over the "Welcome" entry on the left-hand toolbar and selecting "UMC Bulletin."

The document also is available at:

The Bulletin will print to a standard 8.5x11 page size. For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or e-mail her at


UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Glen Barnes, courier in the Pavilion Clinical Lab

20 Years

* Denise Blackwell, business operations supervisor in Clinical Affairs

* Gloria Brister, technician in Environmental Services

* Nancy King, Epic application coordinator in Information Systems

* Pamela Womack, nurse educator in University Hospital Education

15 Years

* Linda Cotton, unit secretary on 5 South

* Shanta Hunter, nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Fred Shelby, refrigeration mechanic in Building Maintenance

* Sherry Townsend, inpatient nurse on 7 East

* Brenda Watt, nurse educator in the Neuroscience ICU

10 Years

* Debra Douglas, social worker at the Jackson Heart Study

* Cassandra Green, accounting specialist in the Accounting Department

* Kathie McAlexander, clinical document specialist in Integrity and Compliance

5 Years

* Elizabeth Adcock, performance improvement manager in Nursing Administration

* Lakeshia Brown, inpatient nurse in Obstetric Receiving

* Dr. Wen-Shuo Chung, postdoctoral research fellow in Physiology and Biophysics

* Dorothy Mitchell, supervisor in Environmental Services

* Tracy Owens, mental health coordinator in the School of Medicine

* Le’Keyla Parker, dental assistant in the School of Dentistry

* Dr. Zachary Robertson, house officer in Ophthalmology

* Dr. Vani Vijayakumar, professor of radiology

* Dr. Zhe Wang, postdoctoral research fellow at the Cancer Institute

Staudt to give anesthesia presentation

staudtDr. Susan Staudt of the Medical College of Wisconsin will give the Anesthesia Clinical Conference presentation, "Tricky Problems with Kids - An Update," at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914.

Bjorbaek to present physiology seminar

BjorbaekDr. Christian Bjorbaek, associate professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., will present "Hypothalamic Leptin Receptors, Neuronal Targets and Anti-diabetic Actions" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 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.

Sufka to present cancer seminar

sufkaDr. Kenneth J. Sufka, professor of psychology and pharmacology and research professor at the RIPS/NCNPR Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi, will present "Cancer Pain and Analgesia: Pre-clinical Drug Efficacy Screening Using Conditioned Place Preference," at noon on Thursday, Aug. 2, 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.

Jones, Keeton, Dzielak to address faculty

Jones_Keeton_DzielakDr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, and Dr. David Dzielak, executive director of Medicaid, are scheduled to speak at the fall faculty meeting at noon on Friday, Aug. 31, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. Jones and Keeton will provide an update for the university and the Medical Center in the next fiscal year. The event will include a recognition of faculty with 20 years of service. Boxed lunches will be available on a first-come basis. Full-time faculty who have met the 20 cumulative-year service requirement but have not received a chair may call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or e-mail her at

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