File: 2023 Pediatrics chief residents Elizabeth Adeyemi, India Hemphill, and Breanna Belle Lao standing to the right of the Children's of Mississippi marquee in from of Sanderson Tower.

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Message from the Chief Residents

Welcome to the University of Mississippi Medical Center Pediatrics Residency Program! We are the Chief Residents for the 2023-2024 academic year and are so excited that you have chosen to learn more about our program.

As recent graduates, we have had the distinct perspective of getting to train and grow here at UMMC as residents and now serve as attendings alongside some of our mentors and teaching giants. Serving the children of Mississippi is something we truly love. As the only Children’s hospital in the state, we are a safety net for the sickest patients in our state, and occasionally our neighboring states. We are able to develop a solid foundation in general pediatrics through our inpatient and outpatient experiences. Our state-of-the-art Level 1 trauma center and Level 4 NICU allow unparalleled exposure to complex pathology and illnesses. Both the quality of training and the clinical experience our residents receive prepare us to graduate fully prepared for independent practice.

We three are certainly thankful for the residency experience and the work family that we have through UMMC. Ask any of our residents, and they will tell you that the people of UMMC are what drew them in and have kept them going strong. Not only our residents, but also our leadership create the inviting, family atmosphere that makes our program so special. We can continue confidently into our career paths thanks to the support and mentorship we have had along the way. They call Jackson "The City with Soul" – and that is evident from our hospital, our people, our restaurants, our events, and our service to each other. The people of Jackson care deeply for our city, our state, and our people.

Our residency program is an extension of that sentiment, and we are excited that you are considering our program for your training in Pediatrics. We are certainly thankful that we did! We look forward to meeting you and wish you all the best!

Elizabeth, Breanna, and India

Portrait of Elizabeth Adeyemi 

Elizabeth Adeyemi

Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA

Undergraduate: Spelman College

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Future Plans: Fellowship

Portrait of Breanna Belle Lao

Breanna Belle Lao

Hometown: Escondido, CA

Undergraduate: Pepperdine University

Medical School: University of Queensland Ochsner Medical Program

Future Plans: General Pediatrics/Fellowship

Portrait of India Hemphill

India Hemphill

Hometown: Florence, MS

Undergraduate: Mississippi State University

Medical School: University of Mississippi Medical School

Future Plans: Private Practice Pediatrics