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Sequel to Marston Symposium set, registration announced

Published on Thursday, March 26, 2015

By: Gary Pettus at 601-815-9266 or

Published in News Stories on March 26, 2015

Online registration begins March 27 for the 2nd Robert Q. Marston Symposium on Race and Medicine, whose focus is improving communication and cultural awareness among physicians of different races. 

The symposium is scheduled for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday June 5 in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. Beginning Friday, March 27, registration opens at, where more information will be posted as it becomes available. 

The ultimate goal of the conference is to find ways to resolve the state's health disparities. Hosted by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi, it will include a light breakfast and lunch. 

It's free for Medical Center physicians not seeking AMA credit, $10 for non-UMMC physicians or $45 for physicians seeking AMA credit. 

Attendance at last year's conference is not a prerequisite, said Dr. Rick deShazo, Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor and professor of medicine and pediatrics. 

"But we do hope to build on what we learned from that meeting," he said. 

The 2014 session, the first of its kind in Mississippi, drew more than 150 UMMC faculty and community physicians, state health officials, medical students and community members. 

It explored the relationship between UMMC and the state's civil rights movement, the history of Mississippi's black physicians and health disparities between races.

For more information, contact Lynn Conerly at 4-1308 or