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Simulation exposes students to poverty issues

Playing the role of an 85-year-old woman who lives alone, Hilary Sartain, School of Dentistry student, "buys" groceries from Rondah Marks, chief marketing officer, during a poverty simulation exercise for students Sept. 5.

Sartain was one of approximately 100 UMMC students who participated in the simulation, which provides a glimpse of some of the challenges their future patients may face and how those challenges could affect their health-care options and decisions.

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities organized and hosted the simulation, which was sponsored by a grant from Entergy Mississippi.

Transplant unit pours heart into sole collecting

Employees in the Division of Hematology's Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, from left, Dana Delaski, Romy Aguilar, Rhea Adams, Wendy Arinder, Cindy Butler, Susan Johnson, Jennifer Rowse and Deborah Lucas, help kick off the unit's Soles for Survivors Shoe Drive to benefit the Bone Marrow Transplant and National Marrow Donation Program.

The unit's goal is to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes of any size or condition throughout September. The nonprofit Funds2Orgs will buy the shoes, refurbish them and supply them to needy people in impoverished countries around the globe.

Shoes can be dropped off at boxes located throughout the Medical Center campus. For more information, call 601-984-5615.

ORHD K-Award to bolster disparities research

The Office of Rural Health and Health Disparities and the Office of Research has established the National Institutes of Health K-Award Writer Series at UMMC to provide support for a scientist committed to research who is in need of both advanced research training and educational experience.

The goal of the ORHD is to eliminate health disparities through prevention. The writer series is geared toward early-career faculty interested in rural health and/or health disparities.

For more information about the K-Award Writer Series, call Elizabeth Bell at 5-9000 or email her at

UMMC alum assumes MAFP presidency

Dowell_WadeDr. William Wade Dowell of Indianola, a School of Medicine alum, was elected 2013 president of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians in July.

As previous president-elect of the MAFP, which boasts more than 1,000 members, Dowell succeeded outgoing president Dr. Susan A. Chiarito of Vicksburg.

A diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, Dowell practices at the Indianola Family Medical Group. His expertise covers the gamut of family medicine, including operative obstetrics.

A member of the Mississippi State Medical Association and the Delta Medical Society, Dowell has a special interest in sports medicine and has served as a team physician for the University of Mississippi, Mississippi Delta Community College and Indianola Academy.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Yvette Galloway, program administrator, Physical Facilities

* Joanne Haynes, inpatient nurse, 7 East

* Tracy Smith, physical therapist, Batson Children's Hospital

* Terri Zarich, ambulatory nurse, Batson Primary Clinic

15 Years

* Dr. Sean Abram, assistant professor of nursing

* Mildred Barrett, patient services coordinator, Rural Health Clinics

* Sonya Thornhill, clinical trials coordinator, Cancer Research and Registry

10 Years

* Shanicia Grayson, customer service representative, Ambulatory Operations Administration

* Terrie Marbury, medical laboratory technician, Biochemical Genetics

* Dr. Ray Melton, instructor in surgery

5 Years

* Victor Blackwell, electrician, Building Maintenance

* Tonie Johnson, access management manager, Scheduling

* Rondah Marks, chief marketing officer, Marketing

* Dr. Solomon Musani, assistant professor of medicine

* Laura Patton, nurse, Newborn ICU

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 on Monday, Sept. 9.

The MAP meetings are scheduled from 1-1:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall, and from 3-3:30 p.m. at the Central Billing Office.

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

Ito to give pharmacology presentation

Dr. Osamu Ito, associate professor of internal medicine and rehabilitation science at the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, will present "Renoprotective Effects of Exercise Training: Role of Nitric Oxide, Oxidative Stress and 20-HETE," at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in classroom 6A.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. For more information, call Pam Banks at 4-1690.

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

Patriotism to show during quarterly blood drive

September Blood Drive ArtBlood donors will have the opportunity to show their true colors when Mississippi Blood Services personnel visit the Medical Center Sept. 16-20 for the second of four quarterly "Road to Life" Blood Drives.

The theme for the drive is "Red, White and You! Donate Blood." All donors will receive an MBS "Red, White and You!" T-shirt. Identification is required to donate blood.

Times, dates and places for the drive include:

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in the donor coach at the University Hospital entrance;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the student lounge in the School of Dentistry building;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the MBS donor coach at the Batson Children's Hospital;

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the community room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the MBS donor coach at the University Hospital entrance.

For more information about the Road to Life Blood Drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an email at

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.

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; those who register by Wednesday, Sept. 18, can receive a $25 discount.

For more information or to register, call Pam Hargett at (601) 613-5836.

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