Resident Spotlight: Dr. Jade Anyumba-Mitema

Learn more about PGY-3 Dr. Jadeline Anyumba-Mitema. She was born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya and is set to graduate from Internal Medicine residency in late June. Here, she reflects on her residency training at UMMC.

Why did you choose UMMC for residency?

My husband and I relocated to Mississippi in 2016, after he completed his fellowship training. I volunteered at the Jackson Free Clinic and had the opportunity to meet students, residents and faculty at UMMC. They impressed me with this initiative of serving the underserved. I was equally impressed by the residents , faculty and UMMC facilities during my residency interview. I chose UMMC for residency because of the great camaraderie, and it was also a perfect opportunity to be close to my family.

Tell us about a memorable experience from training.

There have been so many but the most humbling have been during my rotation in oncology. I took care of a sweet young lady who discovered she had advanced cancer after the birth of her children. I was humbled by her strength and the support of her family. It was sad to lose her at a tender age with newborns. I was honored to have been part of her difficult journey which she took with grace. It was a difficult and sad loss for us all, and I learned a lot about palliative care, the importance of effective communication, and the value of teamwork as she shuttled between our service and the ICU.

What advice would you like to leave for the incoming interns?

Don’t sweat it; internship is an opportunity to learn… no one expects you to know everything, so just enjoy learning and don’t be afraid to ask questions. We have all been there and if I can do it anyone else can; believe in yourself! It gets better and easier with time. Read around your patients, your patient is your text book…..and it’s an interesting book.

What are you doing after graduation and where would you like to be in 5 years?

After graduation , I will be joining the Baptist Hospitalist Group in Jackson MS. In the future I hope to be involved in academic medicine.

What are some small things that make your day better?

Waking up in the morning to find my beautiful daughters excited to see me. Their morning hugs are the sweetest.

A message from my dear supportive husband, he is one of a kind and I am lucky to have him.

Lastly a morning cup of tea with milk…

What profession would you have chosen if you weren’t a physician?

I probably would be involved in real estate or interior decorating. Whenever I see a building that’s run down, I see potential to make it better. I love watching home renovations shows like “Love it or list it” and “The Deed” to help me get ideas.

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