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Town hall meeting video now available

Dr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, conducted a town hall meeting for School of Medicine faculty last Wednesday, April 17.

During the meeting, Dr. Keeton provided a brief update on several topics and took questions from the audience.

To view a video recording of the meeting, click here.

Pharmacy students receive patches

Pharmacy classmates Brent Sutherland and Ann Elizabeth Miller show off the patch they received during the 2013 Patch Ceremony April 18 in the School of Pharmacy's Wells Auditorium.

The patches symbolize the point when pharmacy students on advanced pharmacy rotations become part of the medical team at the center of patient care.

Braves game highlights appreciation events

A variety of activities are scheduled as part of the Medical Center's Employee Appreciation Week.

The celebration will commence with "UMMC Night" at Trustmark Park May 2 when the Mississippi Braves host the Tennessee Smokies. A section of the grandstand will be reserved for Medical Center employees.

Those who purchase tickets before Friday, April 26, will automatically be entered into a drawing for four skybox seats to the game. T-shirts to wear to the game are available for $10 each at Meds and Threads or at the UMMC Bookstore. To pre-order tickets, visit Nursing Services in room H122, Batson Administration in room W019 or the Circles Concierge Service Desk in the University Hospital lobby.

Other events will include guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, and "We Are UMMC" video previews. UMMC employees are encouraged to enter the "Trading Spaces" contest in which administrators and directors will swap their on-campus parking spaces for a week with winning employees who park at Veterans Memorial Stadium. To enter, visit the Circles Concierge Service Desk or send an email referencing "Trading Spaces" and including a valid employee number, extension number, department and shift to Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30.

Otolaryngology faculty welcome Allen

Allem_meaganMeagan Allen, a local speech-language pathologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in otolaryngology.

After receiving the B.S. in speech-language pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2008, Allen earned the M.S. in speech-language pathology at the Mississippi University for Women in 2010.

She has served as a speech-language pathologist for Mid-South Rehabilitation Services from 2010-11 and for Trinity Rehabilitation Inc. from 2011-13. 

deShazo converses at Old Capitol Museum

Dr. Richard deShazo presents "The Origin and Effects of the Obesity Epidemic in the State of Mississippi" during the April 18 "Coffee and Conversation" event at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.

Free screenings boost oral cancer awareness

Dr. Shelley Taylor of the Division of Oral Oncology performs an oral cancer exam last year.

She and her colleagues will repeat the effort today and tomorrow when the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology and the Division of Oral Oncology help raise awareness by offering free oral screenings from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Department of Oral Surgery on the second floor of the School of Dentistry and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Oral Oncology Clinic at the UMMC Cancer Institute at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The free screenings highlight the importance of diagnosing oral, head and neck cancers early. The screenings also offer free referral to the ACT Center Tobacco Cessation Program, which provides counseling and FDA-approved medications to help Mississippians quit tobacco.

To make a screening appointment, call 5-1181.

Kumar joins pediatrics faculty

Kumar_PraveenDr. Praveen Kumar joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pediatrics on April 1.

After receiving the M.B.B.S. in 1980, the D.C.H. in 1982 and the M.D. in 1984 from Punjab University, India, Kumar had fellowship training in the Division of Neonatology at the Children's Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University, Detroit, from 1991-94.

Before joining Batson Children's Hospital as chief of the Division of Newborn Medicine, he was an attending neonatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, from 1998-2013.

Kumar joined the faculty of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, in 1998 as an assistant professor of medicine and rose through the ranks, becoming an associate professor of pediatrics there in 2004 and a professor of pediatrics there in 2010.

He is the author or co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, more than 50 abstracts and more than 20 editorials and book chapters.

Kumar has been a strong advocate for infants, their families and physicians and has served in leadership roles at both regional and national levels. As chairperson of the Illinois chapter of the AAP Fetus and Newborn Committee for seven years, he has worked with the IDPH, the March of Dimes and others on issues related to perinatal care.

He was an executive committee member of the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of Illinois, a statewide collaborative that strives to improve pregnancy outcomes in Illinois. He also was a member of IDPH's Genetic and Metabolic Advisory Committee.

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kumar is an active member of several professional organizations and serves as a reviewer for numerous journals, including Pediatrics, Experimental Neurology and the Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He is a member of the Perinatal Section and Section on Epidemiology of the AAP and a past member of the AAP PREP Advisory Group.

He is a current member of the AAP Committee on Fetus and the Newborn and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Steering Committee. As a member of these two committees, he has worked closely on the sixth edition of the Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation and the seventh edition of Guidelines of Perinatal Care.

In 2011, he served on the Workgroup on Screening for Critical Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease for the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Diseases in Newborns and Children (SACHDNC), which developed the strategies for implementing screening for critical congenital heart disease. He is a current member of the SPR Member Engagement Committee and chairs the SPR Fellows Research Awards Selection Committee. 

SON students commit to professionalism

Angela Hilliard, left, senior nursing student, and Kim Vu, accelerated nursing student, sign a roll sheet while John Sullivan, accelerated nursing student, looks on during the first Student Honor Code Ceremony April 15 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Students in the School of Nursing created the Code of Honorable and Professional Behavior as a guideline for academic, personal and professional behavior.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

30 Years

* Mary Creswell, patient services coordinator, Pavilion Clinical Lab

15 Years

* Anthony Burns, technician, Environmental Services

* Dr. Renee Wilkins, assistant professor of clinical lab sciences

10 Years

* M. S. Rand, lab manager, Laboratory Animal Facility

* Jeanette Thompson, administrative assistant, Pavilion Physical Therapy

* Jinrong Wei, researcher, Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences

* Nakisha Willis, unit secretary, Surgical Suite

5 Years

* Lashunda Davis, certified medical assistant, Pavilion Suites D and I

* Ashley Givens, unit secretary, Newborn ICU

* Angelia Lambert, EPIC training specialist, Information Systems 

DIS to offer Kronos refresher courses

KronosThe Division of Information Services will offer refresher courses for Kronos users throughout April and May.

Four sessions will be available, including Employee Self-Service, Manager Self-Service, Timekeeping and Basic Scheduling, and Using the Advanced Scheduler. Attendees should have an existing Kronos access log-in.

The sessions are scheduled on Monday, April 22, Tuesday, April 30, Wednesday, May 1, Tuesday, May 7, Tuesday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 21. Click here to access the Attendance Tracker Calendar and register for the desired session(s).

Attendees should register as soon as possible as space is limited and these courses are expected to fill quickly. For more information about the courses, call 5-9939.

Avruch to give Hearin Distinguished Lecture

AvruchDr. Joseph Avruch, professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, chief of the diabetes unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the NIH-sponsored Boston Area Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center, will present the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "mTOR, IGF2 MRNA Binding Proteins and Type 2 Diabetes," at noon on Thursday, April 25, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be provided by the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, email Margie West at

Duszak to deliver grand rounds presentation

DuszakDr. Richard Duszak, chief executive officer of the Harvey L. Neiman ACR Health Policy Institute, will give a Grand Rounds lecture, "Evolving Payment Models in Radiology: Are You Prepared for What Comes after Fee-for-Service?" at noon on Thursday, April 25, in classroom 4A.

Duszak also will give the keynote address, "Reinventing Radiology: A Vision for the Future," during the Mississippi Radiological Society's spring meeting that evening at Shapley's in Ridgeland.

For more information, call Beth Edmonds at 4-2695. 

Adult ER renovation to continue Friday

Under_constructionPhase 2 of the Adult Emergency Room renovation is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 26. This will have an effect on several paths of egress from the ER and the Critical Care MRI/CT Area.

All alternate paths of egress will have signs indicating the appropriate directions to exit the facility. The Critical Care Hospital South stairwell exit on the basement level and the MRI/CT South exit are both for emergency exit only.

All Medical Center staff should be familiar with the R.A.C.E. procedures for proper fire response and should report any hazardous conditions. For more information, call the fire safety specialist at 4-1983 or (769) 257-2752.  (Click for map of Adult ER) | (Click for map of Critical Care MRI/CT Area)

Conference to discuss peds congenital heart

Jonas RDr. Richard Jonas, chief of cardiac surgery and codirector of the Children's National Heart Institute, Children's National Medical Center, will be the keynote speaker at the Congenital Heart Conference on Saturday, April 27, at the Medical Center.

The conference, a multidisciplinary symposium on congenital heart disease, is presented by the Children's Heart Center and the Mississippi Radiological Society.

Dr. Makram Ebeid, division chief and director of the Pediatric Catheterization Lab and Hybrid Interventions, and Dr. David Wessel, chief of critical care medicine and cardiology, Children's National Medical Center, are scheduled to speak, along with three visiting experts in pediatric congenital heart disease: Dr. Nancy Ayres and Dr. Wayne J. Franklin of the Baylor College of Medicine and Dr. Kelly Han of the Children's Heart Clinic in Minneapolis, Minn.

For more information or to register, call 4-1300 or visit

Class to make IMPACT on teen drivers

Impact Teen DrivingThe Batson Child Safety and Community Outreach Program will host a Drivers IMPACT class for teenage children of Medical Center faculty and students to help them become aware of the reality of dangerous driving.

The one-day class will include a defensive driving course, a first-responder and trauma patient reenactment and a tour. Participants will have a discussion with a motor vehicle crash survivor about rehabilitation and daily limitations.

The cost is $100 per student. The class is scheduled for Saturday, April 27. Space is limited.

For more information, call Elizabeth Foster at 5-6921.

Med alumni, students to host Bulboff tourney

margieThe Alumni Office and School of Medicine students will host the 33rd annual Margie Bulboff Memorial Golf Classic for Students, Residents, Alumni and Faculty on Saturday, April 27, at the Refuge.

The four-man scramble shotgun start will begin at 1 p.m. All handicaps are welcome and teams or partners are not required.

The event will include a barbecue dinner sponsored by Trustmark National Bank. Registration cost $45 per player. Early registration is available.

To register online, visit For more information about the event, email Kurt Nelson, tournament chairman, at

Samson to present women’s health lecture

Samson_RickDr. Rick Samson, chairman and professor of pharmacological sciences and graduate programs in the biomedical sciences at St. Louis University, will present the Women's Health Research Center lecture, "Bioinformatic Peptide Discovery," from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, April 29, in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Emily Lane Colvin at 4-2103. 

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