Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Rebecca Pace

First tell us about you and your time at UMMC. 

Thank you for asking to share my story here! I am so honored.

I have lived in Mississippi all my life. I was born in Greenville and raised in Vicksburg. I graduated from Warren Central High School before going to Mississippi State University. I didn’t declare a major until late (initially was interested in Architecture) but decided on biology/pre-med late in my sophomore year. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

I attended medial school at UMMC from 2007-2011. Early in my 3rd year, I thought I wanted to be an OBGYN, but I quickly changed my mind to internal medicine a few days into my 8 week rotation. I interviewed many places for residency but chose to do my internship and residency at UMMC because of the wonderful faculty and staff. I completed my residency in 2014. During my intern year, I had the privilege of having an endocrine elective month and immediately knew I wanted to become an endocrinologist. I accepted a position outside of the match because I knew I wanted to stay at UMMC for training and completed fellowship in 2016.

I started dating Beau in March 2009 (end of my M2 year) and we have been together since that time. We actually met on a blind date set up by some of my cousins. He proposed on December 22, 2011- the first day of my Christmas vacation of intern year. I planned a wedding as an intern/resident and we were married on March 23, 2013.  Beau was unfortunately diagnosed with brain cancer on November 1, 2012 and has been battling this disease since that time.

We had our first child, Samuel, in January 2017 and are expecting our next miracle baby in May 2020.

Where are you now and what are you doing?

After leaving UMMC in June 2016, I joined Baptist Premier Medical group in Jackson, MS. I have wonderful partners (Dr. Jana Phillips and Dr. Christina Glover) who also completed Endocrine fellowship at UMMC. I have been practicing mostly outpatient general endocrinology with some inpatient work since August of 2016. In my free time I enjoy spending lazy weekends at home with Beau, Samuel, our dogs Pippa and Doc, and our horse Molly. We also enjoy RV’ing and going to MSU sporting events.

What do you miss most about UMMC?

I miss the tight knit internal medicine division, endocrinology division, morning report, grand rounds, and the many other educational conferences.  I especially miss ESAP board review on Tuesday afternoons with Dr. Subauste.

Share a memory or more of your time here at UMMC.

Some of my favorites memories are internal medicine continuity clinic with Dr. Hicks, fellow clinics with all of the endocrine faculty, morning report/boss rounds – as nerve wracking as they were, it was a great educational time – ESAP board review every Tuesday for 2 hours with Dr. Subauste, and the yearly bowling tournament. I’ll never forget how gracious the Allergy/Immunology and Internal Medicine divisions were with my leave when my husband was diagnosed with brain cancer.

I am very grateful for my time at UMMC and I know there is nowhere better to have received my training.  Thank you for having me for 9 wonderful years. I miss you all!

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