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Higher ed association taps nursing faculty, D.N.P. candidate for award; UMMC faculty trio finish educator development course

Published on Thursday, February 8, 2018

MACU selects SON faculty, D.H.A. candidate for award


The Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities has nominated a School of Nursing faculty member and a doctor of nursing practice student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for its Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence Award.

Dr. Molly M. Moore, an assistant professor of nursing, and Robert Ware, director of clinical improvement at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center and a nurse practitioner who is expected to complete his D.N.P. at UMMC this year, will be recognized at the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning’s 31st annual Higher Education Appreciation Day luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Jackson Marriott Hotel.

HEADWAE honors one outstanding faculty member and one outstanding student from each participating member institution of the MACU. HEADWAE is sponsored by the Mississippi Legislature and coordinated by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in the Mississippi IHL.

A 1994 graduate of the UMMC School of Nursing, Moore earned her M.S.N. in1998 at the Mississippi University for Woman and her D.N.P. at UMMC in 2012. She has served as a nurse practitioner in the greater Jackson area for almost 20 years and has been an assistant professor of nursing at UMMC for more than eight years. She is an active member of several professional societies, including the International Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association and the Mississippi Nurses Association, and she was selected for the Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence in 2013.


Ware received his B.S.N. in 1986 and his M.H.S. in 1995 from Mississippi College and his M.S.N. from UMMC in 2014. President of the Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners from 2015-18, he is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the American Nurses Association and the Mississippi Nurses Association. Program director pf the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center’s Hospitalist Program, Ware was Mississippi College Alumnus of the Year in 1997.

Three UMMC faculty complete educator development program

Among the first to complete the medical educator development program are, from left, Rizvi, Chan, Rau and Momah.
Among the first to complete the medical educator development program are, from left, Rizvi, Chan, Rau and Momah.

Three University of Mississippi Medical Center faculty members are among the first five fellows to complete the Mississippi Statewide Medical Educator Development Program.

Created by the Office of Mississippi Physicians Workforce, UMMC’s Office of Academic Affairs and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University in response to the increased need for ongoing faculty educator development throughout the state, MS MED is available to all interested medical educators, with priority to those who are community based.

Dr. Melissa Chan, assistant professor of anesthesiology, Dr. Tobe Momah, assistant professor of family medicine, and Dr. Tanvir Rizvi, assistant professor of radiology, were among the five fellows to receive certificates in commemoration of their successful completion of the program. Dr. Nicole Borges, professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences and OMPW chief education officer, developed the curriculum for MS MED. She and Dr. Shirley Schlessinger, professor of medicine, were among the medical educators who provided guidance for the program participants.

Other members of the graduating class included Dr. Dennis Rau Jr., assistant professor of clinical sciences, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Dr. Teresa Camp-Rogers, assistant professor in the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine.


“Hospitals that provide community-based residency training programs need educators that can effectively serve as teachers, coaches, mentors and leaders at all academic levels,” said Dr. John Mitchell, OMPW director. “MS MED is designed to augment, not replace, local programmatic faculty development.

“Our goal is to create a quality statewide resource for medical educator development.”

Designed for working professionals, the 2017 curriculum included quarterly in-person learning retreats bookended with preparatory and extended learning activities; quarterly one-hour web-based learning forums that reinforced and applied learning; a self-selected medical education applied practice project; and monthly faculty-peer coaching teleconferences.

The courses enhanced participants’ skills in a variety of professional areas through real-life professional application and scholarship. Topics included educational and management leadership skills; problem-solving; communication and negotiation; organizational development; scholarly productivity; and research and evaluation.

Medical educators interested in the program may visit the OMPW website at https://www.ompw.org/ or email Borges at nborges@umc.edu for more information.