Faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, University Departments Get Congratulations

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25 October 2021

Bibb solicited for the national service GWIMS

Dr. Kimberly Bibb, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, has been appointed as an individual member of the Steering Committee of the Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Group of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Bibb, who practices in the Department of Family Medicine, is the past chair of the GWIMS section of UMMC, which advances the full and successful participation and inclusion of female faculty and learners in academic medicine.

The local supports the mission of the Association of American Medical Colleges to improve the health of all by serving as a national forum to promote policies, practices and programs that promote the successful participation and inclusion of women.

Bibb’s “strong passion for advocacy and policy change will be a huge asset to GWIMS,” the national organization said in a statement. “She looks forward to working with her fellow committee members to develop more programs for women in academic medicine at the local and national levels.

Bibb will be recognized at the GWIMS National Virtual Conference November 8-10.

UMMC Lifestyle Medicine Joins ACML Health Systems Council

The Lifestyle Medicine program at UMMC has been invited to become a founding member of the Health Systems Council of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

The Council is a collaborative health systems learning community that integrates lifestyle medicine programs into their organizations and is committed to strengthening their efforts by adopting the most effective strategies to promote health. Board members share their findings with fellow member health systems that focus on integrating lifestyle medicine into patient care, employee health and their communities at large.

As a member of the board, the medical centre’s preventive medicine department, headed by chairman Dr Josh Mann, will network with other health systems that offer lifestyle medicine services to learn their best. practice.

The Lifestyle Medicine program at UMMC began when Mann joined the department in 2015, and with the help of Dr Josie Bidwell, nurse practitioner and associate professor, developed clinical operations with Bidwell becoming clinical director. The department has launched a Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program led by Assistant Professor Dr. Abigail Gamble. The program added medical nutrition therapy services, led by longtime assistant professor and dietitian Dr. Elena Dent.

The department has consolidated its relationship with the ACML with the integration of a residency program in lifestyle medicine for residents in preventive medicine. Chief Resident Dr. Vipina Nair has helped the department continue its efforts through an ECHO Lifestyle Series in partnership with Mississippi State University.

Lifestyle Medicine partners with the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior through a collaboration with the Center for Integrative Health, led by Associate Professor Dr Danny Burgess, as well as with other departments at UMMC.

“The future is bright for preventive medicine as the department plans to expand the diabetes prevention program, focus on exploring new lifestyle programs and value-based models of care, and to put Mississippi on the map as a leader in lifestyle medicine, ”Dent said.

UMMC pharmacist recognized by Pharmacist Moms Group

A pharmacist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center received a national honor from the Pharmacist Moms Group.

Dr. Seena Haines, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, is the recipient of the Non-Traditional Pharmacy Award from the Pharmacist Moms Group in conjunction with Women Pharmacists Day observed on October 12. The day honors women who have had a significant impact on the pharmacy industry.

Haines is also the senior faculty member in the medical center’s wellness office and a champion of wellness and resilience.

In the United States, more than half of pharmacists are women who today, more than ever, must juggle their professional and family responsibilities, “said Suzanne Soliman, pharmacist and founder of the Pharmacist Moms Group, in a statement.

“Over the past 18 months, healthcare providers, including pharmacists, have had to risk their lives treating patients,” Soliman said. “COVID-19 has created a new set of realities none of us could have imagined, and with the new variants, pharmacists continue to help save lives by immunizing the entire country. “

The group also honored one female pharmacist in each of the health system pharmacy, independent pharmacy and community pharmacy categories.


This press release was produced by the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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