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New medical residency students welcomed at Memorial

New medical residency students welcomed at Memorial

New medical residency students welcomed at Memorial
Dr. Shazzanne Pennant talks to WLOX News

Memorial Hospital welcomes ten new family medical residency students.

During today’s meet and greet, residents met staff and were welcomed on behalf of the hospital. The residents will be working in Memorial clinics and hospitals for the next three years.

As physicians, the residency transitions them to become independent doctors.

They will be supervised and trained to give the best care to Gulf Coast patients. Memorial Hospital DIO Dr. Gretchen Holmes said, “We wanted to give the hospital an opportunity to meet them and say hi before they get started and we put them to work. I’m sure they’re very nervous. This is nerve-wrecking. Before they were here, they were medical students and then they graduated and now they’re physicians. So, now there’s a lot more responsibility and they have a lot to learn.”

Residents will also learn the ins and outs of operating within a health system.

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2022 Match Day Meet & Greet

2022 Match Day Meet & Greet

2022 Match Day Meet & Greet

As we begin to close out the very first year of our Graduate Medical Education Program, we are excited to announce our second round of GME residents that we announced on Match Day, a tradition of GME programs across the country:

  • Omar Arshad
  • Sheetal Chopra
  • Dylan Cooper
  • Jonathan Hamilton
  • Pirooz Hassanzadeh
  • Benson Lukose
  • Elizabeth Muriuki
  • Aneri Patel
  • Eugide Othepa
  • Travis Webster
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4500 Thirteenth Street
PO Box 1810
Gulfport, MS 39501

Memorial welcomes group to residency

Memorial welcomes group to residency

Memorial welcomes group to residency
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Memorial Hospital at Gulfport welcomes a host of new medical school grads to train in its residency program as it enters its second year after accreditation.

As the first-years will help guide the newcomers, the two groups got together over zoom this afternoon to get to know each other.

Each group has about ten new physicians and the program is the only one of its kind on the Gulf Coast.

Program Director Jimmy Dimitriades says the Gulf Coast has a great need for more doctors as our seaside community grows and more lifelong residents age. “At one point we’ll have 30 family medicine residents with 10 graduating each year. A good number of those will stay in the area. You know, when people learn to love a community, they tend to stay pretty close — and some will spread their wings and go to other areas. And so, there’s always an increasing need for primary care.”

These residents will fill gaps in Coast healthcare in some of our underserved areas.

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Family Medicine
228-867-4968

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4500 Thirteenth Street
PO Box 1810
Gulfport, MS 39501

Memorial Health System offering residency program for medical students

Memorial Health System offering residency program for medical students

Memorial Health System offering residency program for medical students
Designated Institutional Official Dr. Gretchen Holmes talks to WLOX

Memorial Health System’s graduate Medical Education Department started their residency program last year to provide a strong foundation through a dynamic and safe learning environment for medical students. Designated Institutional Official Dr. Gretchen Holmes tells us how they put their mission into action.

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Family Medicine
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Gulfport, MS 39501

Monday’s COVID-19 conversation with Dr. Shazzanne Pennant

Monday’s COVID-19 conversation with Dr. Shazzanne Pennant

Monday’s COVID-19 conversation with Dr. Shazzanne Pennant
Dr. Shazzanne Pennant talks to WLOX News

Dr. Shazzanne Pennant from Memorial Hospital joins us now with the latest on COVID-19 in South Mississippi.

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PO Box 1810
Gulfport, MS 39501

Memorial family medicine residents attend Primary Care Day at the Capitol

Memorial family medicine residents attend Primary Care Day at the Capitol

Memorial family medicine residents attend Primary Care Day at the Capitol

Dr. Michael Samel and Dr. Thinn Zaw represented Memorial GME Family Medicine during the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Primary Care Day at the Mississippi State Capitol on February 9, 2022.

Family physicians from throughout the state participated in a morning of activities, meeting with legislators to increase awareness of issues affecting family medicine. After being introduced in the House and Senate galleries, MAFP members then gathered for lunch to hear Senator Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula speak about state issues.

“It was a pleasure to meet with our state representatives and senators at the Capitol and be recognized alongside residents from all over the state. I look forward to solidifying relationships with these residents, collaborating with them to help advocate for the health and well-being of all Mississippians, and providing feedback as to how to attract medical trainees to our state,” said Dr. Samel.

Dr. Zaw shared her thoughts on the experience as well, stating “It was a great honor to be able to represent Gulfport at the Capitol. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet with the state legislators, to increase physicians’ presence in the Capitol, and to meet our fellow Family Medicine residents in Mississippi.”

Related organizations that joined include:

  • Pediatrician members of the American Academy of Pediatrics Mississippi Chapter
  • The MAFP Foundation was there to support a Smoke-Free Mississippi along with special guest Miss Mississippi Holly Brand. Brand travels the state on behalf of MAFP Foundation teaching 4th and 5th graders about the dangers of tobacco use.
  • Doctors from the MS Rural Physician Scholarship Program were there showcasing the program, funded by the Mississippi Legislature since 2007.
  • The Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce was on hand to promote their work on the state’s physician workforce development needs. Since its creation in 2012, OMPW has increased the number of first-year residency spots in Mississippi – outside of UMMC – from 12 to 115. OMPW has grown the number of Mississippi residency training sites from 4 to 13 with two more in development.

Dr. Samel also shared, “As for policymaking, right now there are no state senators or representatives that are physicians. It’s important for us to keep in touch with our congress members and act to advise them on what we need from the state government in order to support a high standard of care for our patients.”

Thank you for representing Memorial!

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Family Medicine
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Internal Medicine
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4500 Thirteenth Street
PO Box 1810
Gulfport, MS 39501

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