April 5, 2018

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Faculty, staff, residents earn national, statewide accolades

UMMC staff earn quality improvement kudos

Pepper, Moore and Dunaway
Pepper and Moore

Aubrey Pepper, left, director of children’s perioperative services; Hailey Moore, right, children’s perioperative educator; and Jeff Dunaway, director of performance improvement, received a clinical innovation and quality improvement award from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses for their poster, “The Voice of Your Customer: Implementing Lean Tools in the Perioperative Setting.”

The trio presented the work at the AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo March 24-28 in New Orleans. The poster, about implementing visual management boards at Batson Children’s Hospital, was rated among the top 10 percent of presentations submitted to the conference.


Associate degree nursing body taps UMMC nurse for award


April Davidson, a neonatal flight/transport nurse for Children’s of Mississippi, received the 2018 Associate Degree Nurse in Practice Award from the Mississippi Organization of Associate Degree Nurses during the organization’s annual convention.

“I got my associate’s degree and found something that I am passionate about – taking care of newborns – and I never looked back,” said Davidson, a 23-year veteran nurse with 17 years of neonatal experience.

Starting her career in UMMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Davidson moved to transporting the state’s smallest and sickest newborns to Batson Children’s Hospital in 2008. Adjusting to working outside the Medical Center was a challenge, she said.

“At Children’s of Mississippi, we have a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips. What we provide in neonatal flight/transport is NICU-level care while the child is traveling to UMMC.

“In transport, I had to learn to trust myself to make good decisions quickly and in the best interests of the newborns.”


Residents Council shines ‘spotlight’ on award recipients

McDonald, Dolia, Berch and Campbell
McDonald, Dolia, Berch and Campbell

The Chief Residents Council has named Dr. Eric McDonald, house officer in emergency medicine, Dr. Jay Dolia, house officer in neurology, Dr. Marlaina Berch, house officer in pediatrics, and Dr. Liana Campbell, house officer in family medicine, as recipients of its resident "Spotlight Award" for the second quarter of the 2017-18 academic year.

The quarterly award recognizes residents who display leadership, dedication to service, commitment to patient-centered care and commitment to the enrichment of themselves and others through education, teaching and scholarship.

Nominations for the next quarter will be accepted in April. To nominate a resident for the award, visit https://goo.gl/forms/I4fvLQpisw1kK0Em2.



UMMC neurobiologist to chair educational affairs group

Portrait of Dr. Nicole Borges

Dr. Nicole Borges, professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, has been named chair of the Southern Group on Educational Affairs.

The SGEA’s mission is to foster excellence along the continuum of medical education by providing a forum for discussing the concerns of the medical education profession, serving as a resource and acting in an advisory capacity to the Group on Educational Affairs and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Borges has worked in medical education since 1996 and is an active medical education researcher. She is past president of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education and has served as member-at-large for the AAMC’s Central Group on Educational Affairs from 2011-14.

She served as chair of medical education scholarship, research and evaluation for the SGEA from 2015-17. In 2013, she was appointed to the AAMC Careers in Medicine Advisory Board. Borges also served as a public member on the Council on Education for the American Veterinary Medical Association.