On behalf of our faculty, fellows and staff, I am pleased to welcome you to the Division of Infectious Diseases at UMMC. Increasingly topics related to our field of infectious diseases (ID) are a steady presence in media and in public discourse. Stories about dropping vaccination rates spawning re-emergence of preventable illnesses, antibiotic misuse breeding multi-drug resistant organisms, hospital-acquired infections endangering patient safety, healthcare disparities preying on vulnerable patients, or mystery contagions prompting the latest global outbreak fears – all these stories should have one thing in common: a composed and compassionate ID expert driving the conversation forward toward rational solutions.
In the UMMC Division of Infectious Diseases, our faculty put themselves in those stories, but certainly not for any limelight; they step up because they truly believe it is essential to their calling. I am proud to highlight just a few of the areas where our division is stepping up to meet new challenges:
The preceding lines are just a slice of our division’s work at UMMC, in Mississippi and around the globe. Even so, there is plenty more that needs to get done, so why not come join us? We are continually growing, recruiting faculty and fellows, students and staff. Or perhaps you would like to make a donation to our ID educational fund? Regardless of why you are here, you are welcome! And remember, there is always room for more laborers in the field, especially when the harvest is upon us and the crop so precious.
Jason Parham MD, MPH