Congratulations to the many trainees and faculty who presented or presided at the Southern Regional Meeting and Southern Society of General Internal Medicine meetings last month in New Orleans, Louisiana.

My husband asked after breakfast, “Why do you have to work today? Weren’t you on call last week?”  I was going to help out at the Jackson Free Clinic. Being at the JFC doesn’t feel like work. If you have ever been there, you know what I mean. 

Dr. Michael Hall, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Director of Cardiovascular Diseases, has been appointed Interim Chair of Medicine effective March 1, 2022.

Dr. Gabriel Hernandez is a University Heart interventional cardiologist who specializes in advanced heart failure and transplant and serves as an associate program director for the cardiology fellowship program.

One of the consequences of the internet is that news travels fast. These days, we learn within seconds about mass shootings, wildfires spurring out of control, airplane crashes, or hurricanes waiting to make landfall.

If you are over 30 years old, you likely recall vividly what you were doing you when our country was hit with one of the most horrific tragedies we had ever seen.

Congratulations to these faculty chosen for induction into the UMMC School of Medicine Alumni Hall of Fame!
Bernard Dreiling, MD
Bryan Barksdale, MD
Kenneth Bennett, MD
Joe Files, MD

Congratulations to the 2021 Department of Medicine Award Winners!
Mentoring Award: Dr. Marion Wofford
Master Clinician: Dr. Douglas Wolfe
Outstanding Service: Dr. Brett Jeter
Outstanding Service (Staff Member):
Sandy Sartin
Educator of the Year: Dr. Prakhar Vijayvargiya

The recent graduation ceremonies for our medical students were certainly different this year.  The usual cheering and other outbursts were muffled by masks worn at some graduation exercises, while sporadic loud yells (or shouts) of excitement pierced through the masks at other ceremonies.  Some attendees screamed, clapped, and whistled –– despite instructions to maintain a solemn demeanor until the designated time. 

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