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Faculty Scholarship

The Faculty Scholarship webpage is designed to share the news of faculty accomplishments in medical education including publications, conference presentations, and grants. The webpage may also serve as a resource for faculty looking to identify collaborators with shared research interests. Entries are accepted throughout the academic year, and the page is updated monthly.

June 2021 features:


  1. Wright, C.B., Auchus, A.P., Lerner, A.J., Ambrosius, W.T., Ay, H., Bates, J.H., Chen, J., Meschia, J., Pancholi, S., Papademetriou, V., Rastogi, A., Sweeney, M., Willard, J.J., Yee, J., Oparil, S. Effect of intensive versus standard blood pressure control on stroke subtypes. Hypertension 77:1391-1398, 2021.

    The frequency of stroke subtypes occurring in the intensive BP control versus  standard BP control arms of the SPRINT trial were not statistically different.


  1. Mason, C.L., Alexander, M.E., Morris, R.F., and Calimaran, A.L. Diagnosis of Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Prompted by “Smart” Watch. 2021 Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology Annual Meeting, May 2021.

    “Smart” watches are growing in popularity and an evolving area of interest to the medical community. Their biosensor technology and wireless data communication present opportunities for their clinical use. Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), a rare yet significant form of reversible dilated cardiomyopathy, is a leading cause of maternal death in the U.S. Anesthesiologists may encounter PPCM when caring for obstetrical patients. This report describes the first case of PPCM wherein initial suspicion was prompted by tachycardia detected via the patient’s “smart” watch. 
  1. Melton, S.C. Update of Medical Care and Pharmacologic Therapies for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2. Family Medicine Update 2021 Conference, May 21, 2021.

    The objectives of the presentation were to discuss the epidemiology of diabetes and the impact it has on Mississippi, screening guidelines and classification and diagnosis of pre-diabetes and diabetes, principles of pre diabetes and diabetes treatment, current guidelines on pharmacologic management of Type 2 Diabetes, summary of characteristics and clinical outcomes of current hypoglycemic agents available, and general recommendations for starting insulin therapy.


  1. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) ($1.82 million)

    Saver, Dustin, Principal Investigator. MAGNOLIA: Expanding Child and Family Integrated Behavioral Healthcare in Mississippi.

    The MAGNOLIA clinical training program in integrated behavioral healthcare at UMMC was awarded a competitive continuation grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for $1.82 million to support the clinical training behavioral health trainees from 2021 to 2025. MAGNOLIA provides externships at UMMC to doctoral psychology students from the clinical, school, or counseling psychology programs in Mississippi, and with the new award will expand the number of training slots and two additional tracks: an internship for professional counselor interns and a doctoral psychology resident position. The program will provide intensive training in integrated behavioral healthcare in both specialist and general (primary care, school-based) settings to provide experience and services to underserved children and families.