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Medical students become physicians-in-training

First-year School of Medicine student Jessica Jenkins, front, receives a Humanism in Medicine pin from Dr. Jasmine Taylor, associate vice chancellor for multicultural affairs, while Daniel Kelly, far left, is "coated" by Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs, during the Class of 2017 White Coat Ceremony Aug. 8 at the Belhaven Performing Arts Center.
Each new medical student received a pin and a white coat bearing the student's name and the medical school's escutcheon symbolizing that the owner is a physician-in-training. The students then recited the Oath of Hippocrates.

AAMC group selects Pipitone for subcommittee

Pipitone_KathieKathy Pipitone, director of faculty services in the School of Medicine, was selected July 27 for a position on the Professional Development and Program Subcommittee of the Association of American Medical Colleges' Group on Faculty Affairs.

Pipitone will serve for one year as the subcommittee's professional staff representative.

The subcommittee is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the programs of the GFA, including an annual professional development conference and programming for the AAMC's annual meeting. 

Local restaurants 'treat' BCH supporters

Brenda Adams, a Dairy Queen employee, helps 2013 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Mississippi Champion John Matthew Davis Jr. make a blizzard during the restaurant's eighth annual Miracle Treat Day Aug. 8.

Participating DQ locations nationwide donated $1 or more from every Blizzard sold on Miracle Treat Day to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, including the Batson Children's Hospital. 

During the last 29 years, DQ has contributed approximately $96 million to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Last year's Miracle Treat Day raised more than $12,000 for the Batson Children's Hospital.

National histocompatibility society taps Lewis

Lewis_RobertThe American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics has selected Dr. Robert E. Lewis, professor of pathology, to receive the 2013 ASHI Distinguished Service Award.

Lewis will receive the award at the society's Symposium III: Awards and Business Meeting Nov. 20 in Chicago, Ill.

"This is a great honor for Dr. Lewis, for the department, and UMMC," said Dr. Janice Lage, professor and chair of pathology. "Dr. Lewis has worked tirelessly for ASHI and was instrumental in launching and maintaining their journal, Human Immunology."

The ASHI Distinguished Service Award honors a colleague who has contributed significantly to serving the ASHI.    

Family Day attracts inquisitive parents

Lindsey Westbrook, center, a fourth-year medical student, describes the many simulated-trauma functions of "patient" Stan, a talking mannequin, for James Schober, left, of  Diamondhead, and Lynn Lackey of Madison, parents of entering medical students Lauren Schober and Laurel Lackey, respectively, during an Aug. 9 Family Day tour of the Simulation Center.
Family Day gave parents and other relatives a glimpse of what medical school will be like for their students for the next four years.

Microbiology grad student earns USDA funding

Taylor_erinErin Taylor, a fourth-year microbiology graduate student, received a $60,000 pre-doctoral scholarship in July from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The year-and-a-half scholarship funds Taylor's stipend, supplies and travel related to her research into catfish immune systems.

"They want to promote research into the diseases and health of channel catfish," Taylor said.

Working with her mentors, Dr. Eva Bengten, professor of microbiology, and Dr. Melanie Wilson, professor of microbiology, Taylor investigates the channel catfish's cytotoxic T-cell response to immune-system threats.

The research could lead to better-designed vaccines to protect farm-raised catfish, one of Mississippi's major agricultural products.

Five-year strategic plan now available online

UMMC_ovalThe Medical Center's five-year strategic plan is now available on the UMMC Intranet.

To access the document, scroll over the "Welcome" entry on the left-hand tool bar and select "UMMC's 5-year Strategic Plan" or visit No printed copies of the plan will be distributed.

For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or email her at

Campus Police release crime statistics

HandcuffsCampus Police reported four larceny thefts, one motor vehicle theft and two simple assaults in July.

To report crime on campus, call Campus Police at 5-3072.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

35 Years

* Mary Johnson, hospital education coordinator nurse, University Hospital Education

* Curtis Teague, psychiatric technician, 7 West

30 Years

* Alonzo March, respiratory therapist, Batson Children's Hospital Respiratory Therapy

25 Years

* Glenn Hoskins, researcher, Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences

* Dr. Libby Spence, professor of clinical lab sciences

20 Years

* James Dunn Jr., accounting specialist, Accounting Department

* Paris Jacobs, health information services technician, Pediatric Neonatology

* Amba Ogletree, pharmacist, Pharmacy

15 Years

* Bruce Coleman, assistant director of internal communication, Public Affairs

* Paula Drake, intermediate business systems application coordinator, Information Systems

* Terry Gardner, technician, Environmental Services

10 Years

* Derrick Dyess, senior graphics designer, Public Affairs

* Abril Grant, endopat technician, Cardiology

* Gloria Milton, technician, Environmental Services

5 Years

* Debra Acuff-Neal, ambulatory nurse, Ambulatory Surgery

* Jennifer Burris, inpatient nurse, Newborn ICU

* Dr. Kinjal A. Desai, house officer, Neurology

* Dr. Carlos E. Drago-Ludowieg, house officer, Cardiology

* Anna Eldridge, inpatient nurse, 2 Children's

* Yulander Hobson, nurse, 5 North

* Erika Johnson, inpatient nurse, 2 Children's

* Sheretha McGruder, nurse, Cardiology Diagnostic Clinic

* Jonathan Sanders, associate IT project manager, Information Systems

* Elizabeth Sims, ambulatory nurse, Obstetrics and Gynecology

* Gwendolyn Taylor, administrative assistant, Clinical Engineering

* Sharron Taylor, inpatient nurse, Wiser Hospital Ante Partum

Agnetti to present physiology seminar

AgnettiDr. Giulio Agnetti, instructor in medicine, Division of Cardiology, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., will present "From 2D Gels to the Imaging Suite: An Unexpected Proteomic Journey" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 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.

Medical Center to host MSMA delegates

MSMA logoFor the first time in a number of years, the University of Mississippi Medical Center will host the Mississippi State Medical Association's annual Session of the House of Delegates Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17.

UMMC faculty can sign up to be one of 130 Central Medical Society delegates to vote on a slate of issues and candidates for leadership posts.

For more information or to register for the session, visit and select the "Annual Session" link at the top of the page to log in.

Enchanted evening to benefit BCH Friends

Enchanted EveningFriends of Children's Hospital will host "BankPlus Presents, Enchanted Evening" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

The event will include food, a special drawing, an auction of artwork and luxury items to benefit Friends of Children's Hospital and live music by the Party Jammers of Memphis.

Casual white attire is encouraged. Tickets cost $100 each and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, call the Friends office at 4-5273.

Libby to present physiology’s choice lecture

LibbyDr. Peter Libby, Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, at Brigham and Women's Hospital, will give the Department of Physiology and Biophysics' Students and Postdoctoral Fellows' Choice Distinguished Research Lecture, "Inflammation in Atherosclerosis: A Translational Tale," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre).

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

For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820. 

Cook, Giesecke to conduct MAP meetings

Cook_GiesekeKevin Cook, CEO of UHHS, and Guy Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will host a series of Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) Meetings for hospital and clinic employees in August.

Meeting times, dates and locations include:

* 3:30-4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in room S123;

* 1:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in room CW106;

* 10:15-10:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in room S123;

* 2-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in room CW308;

* 1-1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Jackson Medical Mall; and

* 3-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Central Billing Office.

For more information, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104. 

Wynn to offer drugs in dentistry course

WynnDr. Richard L. Wynn, professor of pharmacology at the Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore, will present a course, "Drugs in Dentistry, Including Herbals and Natural Products," from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Dentists, hygienists and members of the dental team are invited. The course will present the most recent reports describing conventional drugs, herbal supplements and nutraceuticals impacting dental and dental hygiene practice.

For more information, email Joan Bounds at, visit the continuing education website or access course information at

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