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Facebook group debuts just for People of the U

Facebook group debuts just for People of the U

If you're one of the roughly 10,000 Mississippians that list the University of Mississippi Medical Center as your employer, next time you're on Facebook, go to UMMC: People of the U. It's likely you'll see a familiar face or two.It's the...

Value Analysis promotes culture of savings, efficiency

Value Analysis promotes culture of savings, efficiency

Why should caregivers in pediatrics use adult-sized wipes on tots and babies when baby wipes are all that's needed?Why eat a non-reimbursable $272 to wake up a Medical ICU patient at 3 a.m. for “routine” lab work that always includes a chest X-ray,...

Does an 'app' a day keep the medical textbook away? Not yet

Does an 'app' a day keep the medical textbook away? Not yet

Before the dawn of smartphones - around the Year 5 B.iP. (before iPhone), or the mid-1990s - Dr. Sajani Tipnis “barely had a cell phone,” she said.“When I finally got one, it was because everyone was using them as pagers,” said Tipnis, associate...

Increased testing, awareness make ground in HIV infection battle

Increased testing, awareness make ground in HIV infection battle

Good news for Mississippi in the battle against HIV: The proportion of residents unaware they are HIV infected has decreased from 21.6 percent to 13.6 percent, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week.It's a move in...

2003 SOD graduate named Dental Alumnus of the Year

2003 SOD graduate named Dental Alumnus of the Year

As part of the 35th Annual Dental Alumni and Friends held Friday, February 10 at The Fairview Inn in Jackson, Dr. Fanasy Deming-Jefcoat was honored as the 2017 Dental Alumnus of the Year.In spite of running her own periodontics practice as well as...

Researcher’s goal: Find the best chemo for each patient

Researcher’s goal: Find the best chemo for each patient

A cancer researcher's most recent discovery ultimately may enable doctors to identify the drug or drug combination that works best against glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, before treatment begins.Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio, who holds appointments...

Mentors aid in career advancement, networking opportunities

Mentors aid in career advancement, networking opportunities

When she completed residencies at the Cleveland Clinic and Chicago's Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Vani Vijayakumar didn't have a mentor.She wishes someone had been there to teach her how to network, show her the ropes culturally,...

These RNs have nursing careers as doctors

These RNs have nursing careers as doctors

Caring for a patient without nurses is like trying to run a race without legs, or like trying to fix a car without hands.Of the 593 students seeking medical degrees here now, at least nine know that better than anyone. Here are the stories of three...

Sickle cell trait could alter diabetes test results

Sickle cell trait could alter diabetes test results

Researchers from Brown University and the Jackson Heart Study say that physicians should be aware of new findings about a blood test used to monitor diabetes. The results could mean missed chances to treat diabetes in African-Americans with a...

Dental Mission Week participants care for state’s underserved

Dental Mission Week participants care for state’s underserved

Dedicating one's life to serving others doesn't always come with a full benefits package: medical, dental, life and paid vacation. That's why Melissa Smith and her husband Joshua were thrilled to hear that free dental care would be available to...

NFL selects Manning as Man of the Year co-winner

NFL selects Manning as Man of the Year co-winner

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award going to Eli Manning Saturday has special meaning for Mississippi.The New York Giants quarterback, who with wife Abby is honorary chair of The Campaign for Children's of Mississippi and donated $1 million...

UMMC gastro, endoscopy services to get new off-campus home

UMMC gastro, endoscopy services to get new off-campus home

Gastroenterology services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are moving to more spacious and tech-savvy quarters after growing out of the clinic and procedure areas on the main Jackson campus.Patients will be seen as University...

‘Little Hats’ raise awareness of big cause: healthy hearts

‘Little Hats’ raise awareness of big cause: healthy hearts

The deep red beanie, seamlessly crocheted by hand, was slipped over little Alicia De La Cruz's curls.It was one of dozens and dozens of little red caps donated to the youngest patients at the University of Mississippi Medical Center as part of the...

Career fair ignites opportunities for nursing students

Career fair ignites opportunities for nursing students

Goal number one for the University of Mississippi School of Nursing is to train excellent nurses. Coming in a close second is helping ensure these qualified, new nurses find a good job upon graduation.Helping to make that goal a reality is the...

Volunteers help Scouts be 'Always Prepared'

Volunteers help Scouts be 'Always Prepared'

Despite their attempts, the boys could not resuscitate Annie. However, their efforts were not in vain.That's because Annie was never alive; she's a mannequin used to teach CPR. And thanks to University of Mississippi Medical Center volunteers,...

Higher cervical cancer death rates equal bigger need for screening, HPV vaccines

Higher cervical cancer death rates equal bigger need for screening, HPV vaccines

Recent findings that the death rate for cervical cancer is higher than previously reported underline the importance of early detection through screenings similar to those held last month at the Jackson Medical Mall.A free cervical cancer screening...

UMMC, partners unite to screen women for cancer

UMMC, partners unite to screen women for cancer

Forty-one women received free screening for cervical, breast and skin cancers last Saturday at the UMMC Cancer Institute clinics at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.“UMMC and its partners provided a fantastic opportunity for...

Dental students follow in families' footsteps for 'Best Job'

Dental students follow in families' footsteps for 'Best Job'

Watching second-year dental students walk across the stage to receive white coats - many of whom have family members in the profession - makes it easy to believe U.S. News and World Report is correct in placing dentistry as No. 1 on its “100 Best...

Pediatrician’s healing touch transcends miles to war-torn Syrian homeland

Pediatrician’s healing touch transcends miles to war-torn Syrian homeland

A glance at a television screen or a click online can bring nightmarish images of the Syrian civil war, many of them photos of children maimed by bombings.Being some 6,500 miles away from the fighting that began in 2011 doesn't mean Dr. Tarif...

New health risk assessment further gauges employee wellness interests

New health risk assessment further gauges employee wellness interests

University of Mississippi Medical Center employees want to see more healthy cafeteria options - raw fruits and veggies, and fix-it-yourself salads - and less fried and sugar-laden fare.They want new ways and places to exercise on campus during the...

Federal grant fuels first responder training

Federal grant fuels first responder training

If two people had back-to-back heart attacks in rural Warren County, the first emergency responders on the scene would need fast and effective communication with the nearest medical transport - and that's just for starters.That was a real-life...

New neonatal ambulance commissioned for life-saving work

New neonatal ambulance commissioned for life-saving work

As a registered nurse, Morgan Strickland of Meridian knew having medical transport available was important. But when her son Jack needed life-saving care, she realized how vital an ambulance specializing in newborn care could be.

Specialty care closer to coast families thanks to Children's of Mississippi

Specialty care closer to coast families thanks to Children's of Mississippi

Specialized medical care is closer than ever for Andrew Fillingame.The 11-year-old from Long Beach has severe refractory epilepsy, at one point suffering some 50 seizures a day. After a hemispherectomy at Batson Children's Hospital, the number of...

Ruckdeschel takes lead role in UMMC’s cancer fight

Ruckdeschel takes lead role in UMMC’s cancer fight

Dr. John C. Ruckdeschel has joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center as Cancer Institute director and Ergon Chair in Cancer Research.Ruckdeschel brings a wealth of experience to the job, Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health...

No getting ‘round it: Employee voices need to be heard

No getting ‘round it: Employee voices need to be heard

When University of Mississippi Medical Center leaders asked employees face-to-face their feelings on communication and respect on campus, they got honest feedback.Their conversations were part of Leadership Rounds, a key element of UMMC's journey...