Initiated in 1992, Base Pair is a successful biomedical research mentorship program that pairs faculty from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) with high school students and educators from the largest public school district in Mississippi, the Jackson Public School District (JPSD). This biomedical research mentorship program allows each student to experience the scientific field in a "hands-on" manner under the guidance and supervision of a qualified instructor who is a researcher at UMMC. Teacher professional development and science curriculum enhancement activities complement the student participation to create a highly coordinated impetus for science education reform.
The Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce (OMPW) was established by House Bill 317 that was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant on April 24, 2012. The bill, introduced by Rep. Sam Mims, created an office within the University of Mississippi Medical Center for the purpose of overseeing the physician workforce development and needs, both in numbers and distribution, for Mississippi. Initiated by the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians, the introduction of such legislation was supported by the Mississippi State Medical Association and UMMC.
In 2013, the Mississippi Legislature authorized the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program (MRDSP), creating a unique longitudinal program that identifies rural college students who aspire to return to their roots to practice general dentistry. Academic enrichment, faculty and dentist mentoring plus solid dental school financial support through the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program will enable capable young Mississippians to provide adequate dental care in rural areas of Mississippi.
In 2007, the Mississippi Legislature authorized the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP), creating a unique longitudinal program that identifies rural college students who aspire to return to their roots to practice medicine. Academic enrichment, faculty and physician mentoring plus solid medical school financial support through the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program will enable capable young Mississippians to address the challenge of Mississippi's health care crisis. Students can apply for the program as undergraduates or as admitted medical students.
The vision for Science Teaching Excites Medical Interest (STEMI) is to create a network of high school science educators across Mississippi who will improve the health of our citizens by advancing Next Generation educational standards. Funded by the National Institutes of Health - Office of the Director Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program (2016-2021), STEMI partners with eight school districts, the UMMC Clinical Anatomy and Telehealth programs as well as school nurses to engage Mississippi high school teachers in an online community of learners focused on pedagogical innovation.