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Reunion event welcomes back UMMC alums

Dr. Kimble Love, president of the School of Medicine Class of 1963, second from left, and his classmate, Dr. Albert Breland, reminisce about their experience as medical students students at UMMC to the delight of Dr. Lyssa Weatherly, second from right, second-year resident, and Diantha Williamson, third-year medical student, during the Medical Class Reunion Welcome Back Luncheon Aug. 23 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

GDI taps UMMC’s multicultural affairs leader

Taylor_JasmineDr. Jasmine Taylor, associate vice chancellor for multicultural affairs, has been selected as a Southern Representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges' Group on Diversity and Inclusion. Taylor's term will begin in November at the AAMC's 2013 Annual Meeting, "Learn, Serve, Lead."

According to the AAMC, the GDI unites "expertise, experience and innovation to inform and guide the advancement of diversity and inclusion throughout academic medicine."

GDI representatives are elected every two years by their peers. As the southern regional representative, Taylor will serve as a liaison between the GDI Steering Committee and her southern constituency. Her main responsibility will be maintaining an effective line of communication between the two groups.

Library, VC’s office profit from good IDEAs

IDEA logoThe International Interior Design Association presented regional International Design Excellence Awards to two design projects undertaken for the Medical Center by the architectural and engineering firm Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons. The renovations to the Rowland Medical Library and the Vice Chancellor's Office received the honors at the association's annual 2013 IDEA Gala Aug. 17 at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans.

The awards celebrate outstanding examples of designed interior spaces, recognize the work of peer interior designers and promote public awareness of design excellence, elevating the interior design profession.

The library project was completed in 2011 and the vice chancellor suite renovation in 2012.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Dr. John Henson, associate professor of dentistry

* Mary McElroy, executive assistant, Public Affairs

* Margie Snapka, teacher, Batson Children's Hospital Education

* Barbara Westerfield, director, Student Services and Records

20 Years

* Dr. Mithra Baliga, professor of pathology

* Dr. Peter Giroux, professor of occupational therapy

* Gerry McAlpin, project manager, Physiology and Biophysics

* Dr. Shirley Schlessinger, professor of medicine

* Jerry Weems, inpatient nurse, Surgical Suite

* Myra White, operations manager, Office of Planning

15 Years

* Sandra Mattix, manager of real property and space management, Physical Facilities

* Dr. Scott Phillips, associate professor of dentistry

* Linda Strong, pharmacist, Pharmacy

10 Years

* Dr. Lir-Wan Fan, assistant professor of pediatric neonatology

* Dr. Mario Sims, associate professor of medicine

5 Years

* Lasonya Bournes, nurse, Orthopedic Surgery

* Rachel Byrd, inpatient nurse, 3 South

* Sherry Denny, administrative assistant, Facilities

* Dr. Ralph Didlake, professor of surgery

* Janet Henderson, business operations manager, Patient Financial Services

* Leslie Ishee, nurse manager, Telehealth Services Administration

* Dr. Xiu Liu, associate professor of psychiatry

* Alyse Marr, interpreter and translator, Patient Affairs

* Chasity McCree, surgical tech, Labor and Delivery Surgery

* Billie McElroy, ophthalmic surgical technician, Lakeland Ophthalmology

* Sondra Redmont, operations director, Center for Biostatistics

* Dr. E. J. Seidmon, professor of urology surgery

* Courtney Smith, marketing specialist, Office of Nursing Excellence

Cook, Giesecke to conduct MAP meetings

Cook_GiesekeKevin Cook, CEO of UHHS, and Guy Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will host a series of Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) Meetings for hospital and clinic employees in August.

Meeting times, dates and locations include:

* 1:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in room CW106;

* 10:15-10:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in room S123;

* 2-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in room CW308;

* 1-1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall; and

* 3-3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Central Billing Office.

For more information, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104. 

Mengel to discuss clinical documentation

Dr. Marvin Mengel, an Orlando, Fla.-based diabetes, metabolism and endocrinology expert, will give two presentations on Thursday, Sept. 5.

The first, a Medical Documentation Guidelines-2013 presentation, "New Rules from Medicare - How It Will Change the Way You Practice," is scheduled from noon-1:30 p.m. in classroom 4A. All Medical Center faculty are invited.

Mengel's second discussion on clinical documentation is for Batson Children's Hospital physicians at 4 p.m. in room S123. All physicians and nurse practitioners are invited.

The presentation will include a discussion about the Clinical Documentation Improvement Program, the role of clinical documentation specialists and strategies for improving clinical documentation in preparation for the implementation of ICD-10.

The presentations are sponsored by the Office of Integrity and Compliance. For more information or to register, email Nikki Smith at

Drake to present neurobiology seminar

Drake_RichardDr. Richard L. Drake, director of anatomy and professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, will present "Anatomy Education: The Future is Now" from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640. 

Tanabe to speak during sickle cell seminar

Tanabe_PaulaDr. Paula Tanabe of the Duke University School of Nursing will give a presentation during the 2013 Sickle Cell Seminar, scheduled from 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Among other speakers, Tanabe will discuss the importance of using evidence-based practice when caring for adults and children in the emergency department. Nurses, nurse practitioners and other interested health-care professionals are invited.

For more information or a copy of the brochure, visit

Pyter to give neurobiology presentation

Pyter_LeahDr. Leah Pyter, visiting research assistant professor in the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will present "Cancer-induced Changes in Brain Behavior and Immunity" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in room G151 of the Guyton Building.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.

Wynn to conduct drugs in dentistry course

WynnDr. Richard L. Wynn, professor of pharmacology at the Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore, will present a course, "Drugs in Dentistry, Including Herbals and Natural Products," from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Dentists, hygienists and members of the dental team are invited. The course will present the most recent reports describing conventional drugs, herbal supplements and nutraceuticals impacting dental and dental hygiene practice.

For more information, email Joan Bounds at, visit the continuing education website or access course information at

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