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Fair showcases UMMC's residency programs

Giles Langston, center, M2, tries his hand at intubating a simulator with the assistance of Dr. Jay McDonald, left, house officer in anesthesiology, and Dr. Moeen Panni, professor and chair of anesthesiology, during the fifth annual School of Medicine Residency Fair Oct. 10 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The event gave medical students an opportunity to investigate 53 different residency programs at the Medical Center.

Flu “blitz” seeks to vaccinate all UMMC staff

Get Flu ShotThe Office of Student/Employee Health will offer free seasonal flu vaccinations for Medical Center faculty and staff during its annual "Flu Blitz" on Friday, Oct. 25.

The vaccinations will be available from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Clinical Science hallway, in the University Hospital lobby hallway, in the hallway between the Batson Children's Hospital and the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Children, and in the Rowland Medical Library hallway.

In addition, flu vaccinations will be offered at various UMMC locations:

•  from 8 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Oct, 17, at the Central Billing Office in Clinton;

•  from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Grand Rounds Conference Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center;

•  from 12:30-3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, on the fourth floor of the Lakeland Medical Building;

•  from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Pathfinders UMMC Health Fair in the Clinical Science hallway;

•  from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union;

•  from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 28-Nov. 8, in the School of Medicine hallway; and

•  from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 28-Nov. 8, in the Office of Student/Employee Health (the clinic will be open until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and on Thursday, Nov. 7).

All Medical Center employees are encouraged to receive the flu vaccine. After the "blitz," all employees may receive the vaccination in the Office of Student/Employee Health on the Medical Center's main campus while supplies last. For more information, call Jane Free at 4-1185.

Ceremony honors UMMC's top researchers

Medical Center faculty who have obtained significant extramural funding for their distinctive research programs display the medallions they received during the annual Excellence in Research Awards Ceremony and Reception Oct. 11 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.
Honored faculty include, seated from left, Dr. Michael Lehman, bronze; Dr. Robert McGuire, bronze; Dr. Andrew Smith, bronze; Dr. Azeddine Atfi, silver; and Dr. Merry Lindsey, silver; standing from left, Dr. Luis Martinez, silver; Dr. Radhika Pochampally, silver; Dr. Kounosuke Watabe, silver; Dr. Jian-Xiong Chen, gold; Dr. Michael Garrett, gold; Dr. Alan Jones, gold; Dr. Babbette LaMarca, gold; and Dr. Yin-Yuan Mo, gold. (Enlarge photo)
Faculty not available for the photo include Dr. Christopher Anderson, bronze; Dr. Ching-Jygh Chen, bronze; and the late Dr. Xiao-Ming Ou, silver.

IHL commissioner speaks at faculty meeting

Dr. James Keeton, left, vice chancellor for heath affairs, visits with Dr. Hank Bounds, State Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) Commissioner of Higher Education, before the Medical Center's fall faculty meeting Oct. 9 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Keeton, Bounds and Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones each spoke at the event, which updated faculty on the state of the Medical Center during the next fiscal year.

Twenty-year faculty receive chairs at meeting

Dr. Louann Woodward, back row, left, associate vice chancellor for health affairs, Dr. James Keeton, back row, second from left, vice chancellor for health affairs, and Dr. Dan Jones, back row, right, University of Mississippi chancellor, present chairs to Medical Center faculty with 20 years of service to the institution during the Fall Faculty Meeting Oct. 9 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Faculty receiving chairs include, front row from left, Dr. Rodney Baker, pharmacology and toxicology; Dr. Magolia Castilla, pediatrics; Dr. Charles Gaymes, pediatrics; and Dr. Andrew Grady, animal lab facilities; and back row from left, Dr. Charles Moore, medicine; Dr. Ian Paul, psychiatry; Dr. Laura Schenk, nursing; Dr. Mary Smith, pediatrics; and Dr. Melanie Wilson, microbiology. (Enlarge Photo)

Physiology chair receives KSU alumni award

Dr John HallDr. John E. Hall, professor and chair of physiology and biophysics, was recently elected to the Kent State University College of Education, Health and Human Services Hall of Fame and received the KSU Distinguished Alumni Award.

Hall, director of the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research, was honored the weekend of Oct. 5-6 at Kent State, where he earned his bachelor's degree.

The award is the highest honor bestowed upon former students who graduated within the last 50 years from a program in the college. It recognizes an alumnus who has made significant contributions to society, whose accomplishments and careers have brought honor and distinction to Kent State University and who has advanced the field of education, health and human services. 

Mosley gives first Draper psychiatry lecture

Dr.Tom Mosley, right, professor of medicine and director of the MIND Center, receives congratulations from Dr. Grayson Norquist, left, chair of psychiatry, and Dr. Edgar Draper, former professor and chair of psychiatry, after Mosley presented the inaugural Edgar Draper, M.D. Psychiatry Support Fund Lecture Oct. 4 in Classroom 7A.

Draper set up the Psychiatry Support Fund which will support the annual lecture and an award for the department’s most outstanding resident.

Mosley spoke on “Brain Aging: Insights from Population-based Studies at UMMC.”

Physiology faculty welcome Hosick

Hosick_PeterDr. Peter A. Hosick, a registered clinical exercise physiologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology and biophysics.

After receiving the B.S. in health and physical education magna cum laude from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2003, Hosick earned the M.S. in exercise and sports science at Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., in 2007 and the Ph.D. in human movement science-exercise physiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in physiology and biophysics at UMMC in 2013.

An active member of the American Heart Association, the American Physiological Society and the American College of Sports Medicine, Hosick has coauthored 20 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and given 18 scientific presentations throughout the Southeast.

His research interest is in the heme oxygenase enzyme system in exercise and as a potential treatment for chronic lifestyle diseases. He recently received a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health entitled "Biliverdin Reductase, the Renal Medulla, and Hypertension."

Hawkins joins medicine faculty

Hawkins_Urseline 2Dr. Urseline Hawkins, an endocrinologist and UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biology summa cum laude from Tougaloo College in 2003, Hawkins earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2008. She completed an internal medicine residency at UMMC in 2011 and an endocrinology fellowship here in 2013.

An active member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the Endocrine Society, Hawkins is coauthor of a pair of articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.

Anesthesiology faculty welcome Jain

Jain_PankajDr. Pankaj Jain, an anesthesiologist with experience in cardiovascular, obstetric and neurosurgical anesthesiology, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After earning the M.B.B.S. at the University College of Medical Sciences, India, in 2002, Jain had residency training in anesthesiology at the Maulana Azad Medical College, India, from 2003-05 and at the New York Methodist Hospital, N.Y., from 2009-13 and fellowship training in obstetric anesthesiology at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, from 2008-09.

An active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, Jain has practiced as a consultant anesthesiologist in India and served as chief resident in the Department of Anesthesiology at New York Methodist Hospital from 2012-13.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Mary Jones, business operations supervisor, School of Medicine

15 Years

* Renee Allen, inpatient nurse, 3 Children's

* Jennifer Jackson, technician, Environmental Services

* Gail Lewis, administrative assistant, University Hospital Education

* Annie McCoy, inpatient nurse, Wiser Hospital Antepartum

* Courtney Stevens, clinical outcomes coordinator, Trauma Management

* Amy Thweatt, nurse, Grants Ferry Internal Medicine

10 Years

* Linda Burciaga, accountant, Academic Information Services

* Michelle Garner, chief ambulatory nursing officer, UPA Executive

* Jeanette Harris, laundry worker, Laundry and Linen

* Erica Jenkins, sales clerk, Bookstore

* Juli Johnson, inpatient nurse, Neuroscience ICU

* Dr. Harry Precheur, professor of dentistry (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology)

* Vita Thaggard, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Symeico Young, anesthesia technician, Anesthesia

5 Years

* Glendora Alexander, nurse manager, Radiation Oncology Cancer Center

* Betty Anderson, medical technologist, Bacteriology Clinical Lab

* Lisa Carlson, sponsored program administrator, Family Medicine

* Jennifer Cook, social worker, Utilization Management

* Mary Huff, accountant, Finance

* Alice Jenkins, patient care technician, 3 Children's

* Hywatha Johnson, nurse, 4 Children's

* Nikki Jones, nurse, Neurology Administration

* Jennifer Reach, inpatient nurse, Newborn ICU

* Jerri Strickland, social worker, Utilization Management

* Karla Thompson, polysomnographic technician, Sleep Disorders Center  

Hill to present Hearin Distinguished Lecture

James O HillDr. James O. Hill, Anschutz Professor of Health and Wellness, professor of pediatrics and medicine and executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecure Series presentation, "Promoting Wellness from the Leanest to the Fattest States in the U.S.," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, email Margie West at

Alexandrov to speak at stroke symposium

AlexandrovDr. Andrei V. Alexandrov, professor and director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at the University of Alabama Hospital, will be the featured speaker at the University Comprehensive Stroke Program's 2013 Stroke Symposium from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, at Table 100 in Flowood.

Anyone interested in the care of stroke patients is invited to the one-day conference. CE credit is available to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, therapists and social workers.

Fees range from $95 to $125. For more information or to register, call Pam Hargett at (601) 613-5836.

Nivet to present health equity lecture

Nivet MarcDr. Marc Nivet, chief diversity officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, will present "Disappearing Acts: Minority Males in the Health Professions" at noon on Monday, Oct. 21, in lecture room 1A in the School of Health Related Professions.

The presentation is in conjunction with the Health Equity and Leadership Institute, a newly funded project by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to increase academic achievement and advancement of underrepresented males interested in health careers.

Lunch will be available for the first 100 in attendance. For more information, email Dr. Juanyce Taylor at

Participants sought for annual Heart Walk

Heartwalk 2013University Heart is seeking participants to serve as a team captain or to join its team as a walker in the Metro Jackson Heart Walk scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Mississippi State Capitol.

Dr. Mart McMullan, professor of surgery and senior advisor to the vice chancellor for clinical affairs, is the Heart Walk Champion. The walk supports the American Heart Association and provides direct research support to UMMC.

Registration and opening ceremonies are to begin at 8 a.m. with the walk to follow at 9:15 a.m.

T-shirts are available for $15 each and will be sold from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, in the lobby next to the Methodist Rehabilitation entrance.

For more information, email Angela Gartrell at or visit and select "Join an Existing Team" and select "UMMC."

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