Here are this week’s Accolades, a roundup of some of the honors and accomplishments of College of Medicine and UAMS faculty, staff, residents, fellows and students I’ve heard about recently!
Dr. Theresa Wyrick, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, will help lead efforts to support the advancement of women in the field as 2021 Co-Chair of the Academic Orthopaedic Consortium (AOC) Women’s Leadership Forum. This important leadership post reflects Dr. Wyrick’s personal commitment, as with her department’s efforts, to make diversity “not just a checkbox, but a mission.” Kudos to Dr. Wyrick for her outstanding work at UAMS and at the national level.
Congratulations to our graduating seniors who matched into military residency training programs. Having completed my own residency training in superb military facilities, and having retired after 26 years of service in the Army and Air Force, I am thrilled for these aspiring physicians. Our thanks to each of you for your commitment to serve!
Jackson Arnold – Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii
Billy Christy – Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia
Matthew Cordell – Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia, General Surgery
Evan Laman – Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Maryland
Joel McGowan – Naval Medical Center San Diego, Emergency Medicine
Nicole Mercier – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center, Ohio, Pediatrics
Alex Rivas – William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso
Catherine Nicole Thomas – Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Family Medicine
In the Spotlight
Dr. Jason Mizell, Associate Professor of Surgery, received a well-earned shout-out in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning for his pioneering work in financial education for aspiring physicians. Financial consultant and author Sarah Catherine Gutierrez lauded Dr. Mizell in a column, “Physician, heal thyself – with solid financial know-how.” Ms. Gutierrez, who teaches a session in Dr. Mizell’s award-winning course, explains how and why it has expanded into an extremely popular four-year honors track that has served as a model for financial education courses at medical schools around the country.
Above & Beyond
The rollouts of COVID-19 vaccinations for UAMS and Arkansas Children’s team members have been monumental efforts. I want to take a moment to thank the many team members who have been involved in these operations on both campuses. Special thanks to three faculty physicians who have been instrumental at UAMS – Dr. Michelle Krause, Dr. Robert Hopkins and Dr. Keyur Vyas. Likewise, many thanks to Dr. Jessica Snowden for providing medical and scientific input and leading messaging efforts at Arkansas Children’s. Your expertise, hard work and dedication have helped to ensure the success of these crucial efforts. Thanks to all of you, better days are on the horizon.