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OT students teach backpack awareness

Kayla Willoughby, first-year occupational therapy student, coaches third-graders in a backpack relay race at Poindexter Elementary School Sept. 18 in Jackson.

In recognition of a national school backpack awareness campaign sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association, the School of Health Related Professions' first-year OT class visited four different schools in the Jackson metropolitan area to teach students tips on packing and wearing backpacks safely to avoid injuries.

In addition to Willoughby, OT students who visited Poindexter included Ariel Dawkins, Ashley Harlan, Calland Manning, Caitlin Adams, Beverly Cole and Ebony Fears.

Flu vaccination campaign continues this week

Keeton FluThe Employee/Student Health Department will continue a flu vaccine campaign through Wednesday, Oct. 8, at various locations throughout the Medical Center.

All Medical Center employees must complete a HealthStream assessment to receive the flu vaccine. (Locate HealthStream on the UMMC intranet under Hot Spots.)  Students do not have to complete the assessment. Bring your UMMC ID badge.

The vaccine will be available:

* from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sept. 24-28, in Student/Employee Health (room N136);

* from 8 a.m.-noon Monday, Oct. 1, in the second- and third-floor conference rooms at the Central Billing Office in Clinton;

* from 8-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Grant's Ferry Clinic; and

* from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Mirror Lake Clinic.

* from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the Student Union

For more information, e-mail Elham Ghonim at

Exercise lets UMMC students train one another

Whitney Williams, dental hygiene student, gets hands-on while demonstrating proper oral care to OT student Chantz Smith and nursing students Randall Bane and Francesca Ventura during an interprofessional student training exercise Sept. 13 at the School of Dentistry.

Students from the School of Nursing and occupational therapy and dental hygiene students from the School of Health Related Professions spent the morning teaching each other some skills they had learned so far in their professional training, such as blood-pressure checks, oral hygiene and wheelchair transfers.

The training session was organized through the collaboration of Dr. Jan Cooper, associate professor of nursing and director of the Clinical Simulation Center, Dr. Amy Sullivan, associate professor of dental hygiene and admission chair, and Dr. Peter Giroux, associate professor of occupational therapy.

Campus Police releases August crime stats

HandcuffsCampus Police reported 18 larceny thefts, one motor vehicle theft and two arrests in August.

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


Dr. Paul Parker honored at reception

Dr. Paul Parker, center, former division director and professor of pediatric gastroenterology, and his wife, Kerry, second from left, say goodbye to faculty and friends during Parker's retirement celebration Sept. 20 in the Department of Pediatrics library. Bestowing good wishes to the parkers are, from left, Dr. Sharon McDonald, assistant professor of pediatrics, hematology and oncology, Dr. Magolia Castilla, associate professor of pediatrics in emergency medicine, and Dr. Jeff Crout, associate professor of pediatrics.

Parker spent more than forty years of his career at UMMC, leaving for only two years to complete a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

15 Years

* Katie Bryant, associate director of purchasing

* Cecelia Hall, nurse manager, Surgery

* Lisa Moses, accounting clerk, Parking

* Sherry Reel, assistant director of payroll, Payroll Office

10 Years

* Stacy Hart, inpatient nurse, Emergency Department

* Dwight Johnson, food preparation specialist, Food and Nutrition Services

* Stanley Martin, nurse, Interventional Radiology Services

* Diane Miller, occupational therapy assistant, Pavilion Occupational Therapy

5 Years

* Lindsay Avent, instructor in psychiatry

* Shauntina Chambliss, insurance verification specialist, Internal Access

* Dr. Kiran Chandtashekar, postdoctoral research fellow, Nephrology

* Kimberly Holmes, RN, Wiser Hospital Labor and Delivery Surgery

* Jacqueline Nichols, physician scheduling coordinator, Pre-Anesthesia Testing

* Amy Smith, nurse practitioner, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

* Antonio Thomas, environmental services technician, Environmental Services

* Annie Travis, administrative assistant, Neurology

* Arlin Victory, patient care technician, 2 North

Lima to present cardiology lecture

LimaDr. Joao A. C. Lima, professor of medicine and director of cardiovascular imaging in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, at Johns Hopkins University, will present "ACRIN 4701 RESCUE: Randomized Evaluation of Patients with Stable Angina Comparing Utilization of Diagnostic Examinations," at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in room SO11-30 (radiology classroom).

Lima also will present a lecture for the Department of Cardiac Medicine at noon on Sept. 26 in the Heart Station.

For more information or to attend the presentation, call Rebecca Lee at 4-2667 or e-mail her at   

Friends seeks votes for $50k online contest

FOCH_realFriends of Children's Hospital is one of five charitable organizations competing for a $50,000 prize in an online contest from Horne, LLP.

Individuals can vote for Friends by visiting the contest website at by Wednesday, Sept. 26, and selecting the "VOTE" tab at the top of the screen. Upon entering a valid local ZIP code, Friends will be among five charities from which individuals may choose.

Individuals may vote as many times as they like. For more information, call Melanie Schade at 4-5273.

Jordan to present Hearin Distinguished Lecture

JordanDr. V. Craig Jordan, scientific director of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Vincent T. Lombardi Chair of Translational Cancer Research and vice chairman of oncology at the Georgetown University Medical School, will present the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "The Treatment and Prevention of Breast Cancer by Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulation: Something from Nothing," from noon-12:50 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited, and lunch will be available on a first-come basis from the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, e-mail Margie West at    

UMMC to take part in 2012 HeartWalk

Heartwalk_deshazoThe Medical Center will participate in the American Heart Association's Metro Jackson Area Heart Walk scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Mississippi state capitol.

Dr. Richard deShazo, Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, is UMMC's champion and is recruiting team captains to participate and to recruit other UMMC faculty, staff and students to take part in the walk.

Captains can register their teams at UMMC's overall goal is $50,000.  

Compliance training to be available online

The Medical Center employees' mandatory annual compliance training will be available online on HealthStream from Oct. 1-Nov. 30.

No make-up sessions will be offered. Those who fail to complete the training on time will be subject to disciplinary action.

To access the training, visit the UMMC Intranet and select "HealthStream" under the "General Information" tab.

For more information, call the Office of Integrity and Compliance at 5-3944. 


Mukhopadhyay to give research presentation

MukhopadhyayDr. Debabrata Mukhopadhyay, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and associate director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, will present "Anti-angiogenesis Therapy: Past, Present and Future" at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in room G-151 on the first floor of the Arthur Guyton Research Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call 5-6802.  

Diabetes walk teams seek participants

sugar dog smallSeveral teams from the Medical Center are seeking participants in the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi's "Mississippi Walk for Diabetes" scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7, in Jackson.

The foundation provides a wide range of services and programs to more than 372,000 Mississippians who have diabetes, including many patients and families served by the Medical Center.

For more information or to volunteer to participate in the walk, call Celeste Eason at 5-4700.    

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