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Students turn interprofessional education into a competition

UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton presented prizes to the winners of the first Interprofessional Education and Collaboration Healthcare Reasoning Competition: Diana Jun, medicine; Isioma Amayo, medicine; Hanna Miller, nursing; Ashley Ragan, pharmacy; Gift Maliton, pharmacy; Asad Helal, medicine.

Interprofessional education at UMKC’s health sciences schools has spawned an interprofessional competition.

Nearly 50 students from the schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy worked together as members of nine interprofessional teams putting their combined skills to the test in the first Interprofessional Education and Collaboration Healthcare Reasoning Competition.

UMKC health sciences students took part in the first IPEC Healthcare Reasoning Competition at the School of Medicine.

The daylong, case-based simulation competition took place in conjunction with the fifth-annual Interprofessional Education Faculty Symposium at the School of Medicine. It was the brainchild of a smaller group of seven students from different disciplines who formed a UMKC IPE Student Interest Group to promote interprofessional education.

“This started with the IPE interest group,” said Stefanie Ellison, M.D., IPE coordinator for the School of Medicine. “Seven or eight student were really interested in this. It was their energy that made it happen and everything fell in place.”

Members of the student interest group includeMorgan Beard,Vincent Cascone, Maggie Kirwin,  Grant Randall, Alie Reinbold,  Mitchell Solano, and Robert Weidling.

Weidling said the group developed the competition after taking part in a similar event at Creighton University. The team spent the next eight months working on the structure of the competition. Ellison and Emily Hillman, M.D., assistant program director and clerkship director for emergency medicine, and faculty sponsor for the school’s Sim Wars team, provided faculty guidance.

“The most important goal of our event was to help students understand the importance of interprofessional teamwork,” Weidling said. “We wanted students to be put into a position where they were forced to augment their weaknesses with the strengths of the other interprofessional students, such as relying on pharmacy students to employ complex pharmacological treatment plans, medicine students to produce a robust differential diagnosis, and nursing students to craft care plans.”

For the competition. At least two different schools were represented on each team of five to six students. Each team was given a case with pertinent patient history and vital statistics, then given 90 minutes to prepare a treatment plan using their personal skills and other resources, such as Internet access. After 90-minute, teams gave 10-minute presentations to an interprofessional panel of judges made up of faculty from the health sciences schools. Each presentation offered the team’s treatment plan for the patient and how the team worked together to develop the plan.

The top four teams from the first round of competition were then given a new, unique case to prepare without using any outside resources.

Teams were evaluated on skills such as collaboration, demonstration of medical knowledge, ability to manage health-care decision and using their individual roles and responsibilities, and use of evidence-based medicine.

Ellison said the winning teams maximized their roles.

“Their knowledge and the skill sets of each team member allowed them to best take care of the patient,” she said. “That’s how we function every day.”

Weidling said the students enjoyed the event and that group is already planning for the next competition with hopes of creating a regional event for health sciences school throughout the midwest.

“The most common comment I heard was that all of the interprofessional team members felt valued and left with a greater appreciation of what each of our varying medical disciplines do,” Weidling said.

The top four winning teams selected by the judges were:

First Place: Isioma Amayo, medicine; Assadulah (Asad) Helal, medicine; Diana Jun, medicine; Rattanaporn (Gift) Malitong, pharmacy; Hanna Miller, nursing; Ashley (Kate) Ragan, pharmacy.

Second Place: Ma Chu, pharmacy; Jordann Dhuse, medicine; Mallory Matter, nursing; Tjeoma Onyema, pharmacy; Minh Vuong-Dac, medicine.

Third Place: Kristine Brungardt, nursing;Hayley Byers, nursing; Tom Green, medicine; Angela Kaucher, pharmacy; Alex Poppen, pharmacy.

Fourth Place: Jess Belyew, nursing; Bowers, nursing; Matt Buswell, dentistry; Emily Herndon, nursing; Amber Reinert, pharmacy.

Med student Briggs joins surgical team on Dominican Republic mission

View of the ocean from the roof of Hospital el Buen Samaritano in La Ramona, Dominican Republic, where UMKC School of Medicine student Kayla Briggs is part of a surgical mission team. The smokestack in the distance is a sugar refinery.
Kayla Briggs

Kayla Briggs, a sixth-year student at UMKC School of Medicine, is part of a 11-person group that left Saturday for the Dominican Republic on an eight-day medical mission trip.

The team consists of physicians, nurses, paramedics, an interpreter and Briggs.

Visit the UMKC School of Medicine’s PRN news page regularly to read Kayla Briggs’ daily blog beginning March 18 as she takes part in an eight-day surgical mission trip to the Dominican Republic.

Working from the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Ramona, Dominican Republic, the group plans to spend the first two days in clinics meeting patients and assessing needs before spending the remainder of its time performing surgical procedures.

“We will have two operating rooms, one for general surgery and one for urology,” Briggs said.

The team will be performing elective procedures such as repairing hernias, removing gallbladders and excising masses all in hopes of preventing patients from encountering more serious complications in the future.

Briggs will serve as the first assistant in the operating room once the surgery procedures begin. She has already completed seven months of surgical rotations at UMKC. On March 17, which was Match Day, Briggs learned that she will begin a surgical residency at the University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California, this summer.

“I’ve done medical mission trips before but never a surgery trip, so I’m really excited about this trip,” she said.

The mission is a collaborative effort with the Dominican Republic Medical Fellowship.

Other members of the mission team include:

  • Glenn Talboy, M.D., Chair and Program Director of the UMKC Department of Surgery
  • Edna Talboy, interpreter
  • Teisha Shiozaki, M.D., chief resident, UMKC general surgery
  • Patrick Murphy, M.D., section chief, Children’s Mercy Department of Urology
  • John Gatti, M.D., director of minimally invasive urology, Children’s Mercy Department of Urology
  • Louise Davis, CRNA and mission trip coordinator
  • Reidun Fuemmler, CRNA
  • Scott Davis, CRNA
  • Vahe Ender, paramedic
  • Matt Libby, paramedic

DAY ONE, SATURDAY, MARCH 18
Kayla Briggs

Today was quite the day – we had to be at the KCI airport at 4:30 am. After a relatively short layover in Chicago, we headed to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic is a hot tourist destination and the airport shows it. The terminals are modeled after tropical huts with straw roofs.

Our bunks, complete with Peanuts sheets.

Navigating customs was surprisingly easy. After picking up our five duffels and several rolling bags of surgical supplies, we headed to the exit where our bags were scanned once more. Our surgical instruments looked like weapons in the scanner and we were held for nearly 30 minutes trying to explain who we are and what we’re doing here. After lots of talking (shoutout to Edna Talboy for being an incredible translator), we were released.

We rented our cars (a van and sedan) and were on our way to La Romana – about a two hour drive. The highway system is what you see in the U.S. and was easy to navigate. Once in the city and at our mission, we unloaded our personal belongings.

The mission has separate bunks for women and men with a common room. All our sheets and linens are provided.

All meals are cooked by the ladies at the Mission. They take great care of us!

After a great dinner of roasted chicken, rice, and beans, we headed off to Jumbo. The only way I can describe it is a mix of Walmart, Target, H.E.B., and a department store … except much shinier. They have EVERYTHING – food, clothes, electronics, appliances, outdoor supplies, you name it. It was fun to browse the aisles and see what brands are similar and what’s different.

After picking up some snacks, we headed back to the mission to meet Matt and Vahe, the two paramedics joining our group from Boston. We then walked to the local restaurant and had ceviche, calamari, and bruschetta. Needless to say, we all slept like rocks after a long day of travel.

 


DAY TWO, SUNDAY, MARCH 19
Kayla Briggs
The Mission Team: (left to right) me (Kayla Briggs, MS6); Reidun Fuemmler, CRNA; Vahe Ender, paramedic; Edna Talboy, translator and surgeon wrangler; Dr. Glenn Talboy, general surgeon; Matt Libby, paramedic; Dr. Teisha Shiozaki, general surgery chief resident; Dr. Pat Murphy, pediatric urologist; Louise Davis, CRNA and mission trip coordinator; Scott Davis, CRNA; Dr. John Gatti, pediatric urologist.

Because it’s the weekend, we slept in a bit. Breakfast was served at 8 a.m. and was a hearty offering of pancakes, bacon, sausage, and fresh pineapple and papaya.

Hospital el Buen Samaritano

After breakfast, we headed off to Hospital el Buen Samaritano. It’s a private hospital that is funded by the Village Presbyterian Church. The operating rooms have the basics – anesthesia machines, overhead lights, and one even has a C-arm for taking X-rays during orthopedic cases.

We spent the morning organizing the plethora of supplies – laparoscopic equipment, suture, instruments, suction tubing, drapes, sterile water, sterile towels, liter boluses, etc. After dividing the two operating rooms (one for adults, one for children), we headed to Jumbo again to shop. Then it was time for lunch.

Unloading medical supplies.

After a busy morning, garlicky noodles with chili and a short siesta was just what we needed. Our afternoon was spent seeing all the patients that had been identified in the bateys (rural areas where the sugar workers live) by the promotoras (health promoter) as needing surgery.

On the adult side, 21 patients were scheduled for pre-operative evaluation. Patients were asked about their past medical history, any prior surgeries, and if they’d ever had trouble with anesthesia. Twelve were scheduled on the adult side with three more that will be coming tomorrow for evaluation (transportation can be an issue for some).

I was reminded time and time again just how rusty my Spanish is. Without Alex and Edna, our amazing translators, it would be impossible to provide safe and smooth patient care. After refueling with a dinner of roasted pork, potatoes, broccoli, and carrots, we indulged in coconut pie and passion fruit cheesecake from a local bakery. We then fell into our nightly routine: a walk to Jumbo followed by relaxation at the restaurant. Tomorrow, we start operating at 8 a.m.!


DAY THREE, MONDAY, MARCH 20
Kayla Briggs

Breakfast is served at 7 a.m. on the days we’re working. Oatmeal and fresh fruit energized us for the day ahead.

Dr. Shiozaki (right) and me operating. Reidun is behind us administering anesthesia.

We arrived at the hospital just after 7:30 and patients showed up shortly thereafter. On the agenda for the adult room was a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removing the gallbladder), lipoma excision, and fibrous adenoma excision. The pediatric room performed three hernia repairs, one case involving the removal of a child’s extra digits (called polydactyly), and a ganglion cyst excision.

It felt great to be back in the OR! After the first two cases, we took a break outside in the courtyard to eat a lunch of ham and cheese sandwiches and rice. There’s nothing like enjoying a real sugar sweetened Fanta underneath the warm Dominican sun.

We finished operating at around 4 p.m. After monitoring our last patients for post-operative complications, we instructed them all to return to clinic on Friday for wound checks.

Flat Lyla amongst a bed full of gifts.

Lyla Graham, a 12-year old from back home, had family and friends donate gifts for the children in lieu of receiving birthday presents for herself. We toted around a drawing of Lyla that we lovingly named ‘Flat Lyla’ (in the tradition of Flat Stanley) and snapped a few photos of the children with their gifts. These were not only a great tool for distracting purposes, but were also the sweetest parting gift before sending the children home.

Muchas gracias, Lyla!

We experienced our first tropical rainstorm (what seemed like a torrential downpour) of the trip during our evening siesta time. Dinner was fantastic – roasted chicken, rice, beans with lentils, roasted carrots, and fresh cherry lime juice. Dessert was just as good – a massive chocolate layer cake filled with dulce de leche.

Tomorrow is our busy day. Can’t wait to update you all on how it goes!


DAY FOUR, TUESDAY, MARCH 21
Kayla Briggs
Dr. Talboy and me excising a lipoma.

WOW – what a day!

Teisha said something the other day that resonated with me. When she’s not busy, she has a tendency to be lazy. When she is busy, she is more energized. I found myself relating to that and I think most surgeons would agree – downtime or a lighter schedule is nice, but being busy makes you feel productive and useful.

Working on a massive lipoma that was hidden under a patient’s deltoid (shoulder) muscle. Couldn’t have done it without Dr. Talboy’s help!

Today was our busy (and productive) day.

The pediatric room performed three cases (all inguinal hernias). We did six cases on the adult general surgery side: one laparoscopic cholecystectomy, two lipoma excisions, two inguinal hernia repairs, and one add on hydrocele repair. We did our best to stay on a tight schedule. I got to help a lot with our first lipoma excision (on the back of the patient’s neck) and got to perform a significant portion of the lipoma excision on our next patient’s arm (with the expert assistance of Dr. Talboy, of course!).

The first case – the laparoscopic cholecystectomy – was not without a few hiccups. The power in the Dominican Republic is not as reliable as in the States. Just as we were achieving our critical view the power went off – taking away our “eyes” by cutting power to our camera and light cord. In the room next to us, an OB/GYN was performing a c-section. After three minutes of wondering when the backup generator was going to kick in, the lights flickered back on. We heard a newborn’s cries shortly thereafter, and finished the remaining cases without further incident.

Just one of our amazing meals!

Our meals were fantastic. Breakfast was scrambled eggs and fresh croissants. Lunch was empanadas and rice delivered to the hospital. Dinner was roasted chicken, pasta, potato salad, fried plantains, tres leches cake, and banana pineapple juice. I don’t think any of us will come back from this trip any slimmer.

Today, we broke from tradition and drove to Plaza Lama instead of walking to Jumbo. Different selection, similar massive super store idea.

Our schedule is all downhill from here! We have two lipoma excisions and one inguinal hernia repair tomorrow. I’m excited for the lipomas – they’re satisfying.

Kayla


DAY FIVE, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
Kayla Briggs
Teisha teaching a U. Mass nursing practitioner student how to suture.

Today was an eventful day. We started off with a breakfast of French toast and bacon before heading off to the hospital. Our first case went off without a hitch – an uncomplicated bilateral inguinal hernia repair. Our second case was a slightly more complicated. After a few tense moments, we successfully repaired a patient’s hydrocele and hernia. He was admitted to the hospital and we will check on him tomorrow morning.

We followed with a simple forehead lipoma excision. While in the recovery room, the patient and his mother took a look at our work in the mirror and returned to shake our hands numerous times. They were so thankful to have such a simple but visible problem resolved. It was a great reminder of why we do this.

During our cases, two c-sections were performed in the OR next to us. We had so much fun fawning over the babies; they were so cute.

¡La playa bonita! Beach Day!

After a quick lunch of braised chicken and rice, we finished up all the cases (including three inguinal hernia repairs on the pediatric side) by 1 p.m. We all looked at each other knowingly and said, “Beach day? Beach day.”

We returned to Casa Pastoral to grab our swimsuits and sunblock before heading to a public beach in Bayahibe, a 30-minute drive from La Romana. The scene was picturesque. A bright sunny day, sandy beach, beautiful water, happy voices of people from all over the world carrying in the wind, and plenty of Lay’s limón potato chips (our favorite!). The waves were so tranquil, perfect for jumping in without being too rough. I haven’t been on a beach since my fourth year in the program and I had forgotten how much I missed the ocean.

Dinner was (once again) delicious. Braised pork, rice and beans, and carrots with cabbage. Dessert was a super rich, super tasty carrot cake. After dinner, we walked to the central square in La Romana and went to Trigo de Oro, a French bakery and restaurant. At about 8:30 p.m., yawns were circling the table and we decided it was time for bed.

Tomorrow is a quick day – two lipoma excisions. Dinner will be at a pizza parlor on the river. Can’t believe tomorrow is our last day of operating!


DAY SIX, THURSDAY, MARCH 23
Kayla Briggs
Dr. Patrick Murphy, Dr. Glenn Talboy, Kayla Briggs, and Dr. John Gatti.

¡Hola mis amigos!

The name of the game is to front-load cases at the beginning of the week to make room for any add-ons. Today was a lighter day; we were scheduled for two cases in the adult room and three in the pediatric room.

First, we checked in on the patients we admitted to the hospital yesterday. They were doing well and were discharged later in the day. Our first case was a neck mass excision that we initially thought was a lipoma. After removal, we discovered that it was actually an infected cyst. The second was a foot mass that turned out to be a ganglion cyst.

Our pre-op and post-op room is the same three-bed space. Because the cases are elective procedures on healthy patients, once the patient is alert, can eat and drink, and is able to walk, he or she can go home. For cases like the foot mass, you want to ensure the patient isn’t in pain and won’t move during the case. Our awesome CRNAs came up with the idea to lightly sedate the patient and administer an ankle block in the hopes of numbing up their foot. Not only did this work like a charm (the patient snored as we were cutting out the large mass) but will also provide extended pain relief.

After both rooms had completed their first two cases, we hung around and ate empanadas with a side of rice and beans for lunch. The third child never arrived so we decided to pack up our equipment.

Group selfie.

Louise, our mission coordinator, has been on this trip 21 times. Dr. Murphy has been on it many times, too. They’re experts at identifying what leftover supplies can be donated, what we should save for next year, and what we’ll need when we come back. That’s one thing I’ve loved about this trip. It’s a sustainable effort and you don’t leave feeling that without your presence, the patients are abandoned.

After packing up our supplies in the hospital, we headed back to the mission to clean up. We ate at El Chiringuito, a local pizza shop. The food was incredible – chewy pizza crust, plenty of cheese, and lots of fresh ingredients. The company was excellent, too.

Tomorrow, we will see patients back in clinic for post-op wound checks. Our afternoon will be spent at the beach with plenty of sunblock and Lay’s limón chips. Hard to believe this trip is almost over.

Match Day a time for joy, celebration at UMKC School of Medicine

Jasleen Ghuman was all smiles as she shared her Match Day letter with friends on Friday.

Jasleen Ghuman opened the white envelope in her hands, took a quick peek at the single page message inside, and exploded with screams of joy.

Ten years ago, Ghuman came to the United States from India with her mother and siblings. Her dream was to become a doctor.

Her dream took a big step toward becoming reality on Match Day, Friday, March 17. That’s when she learned that she will be headed to Northwestern University in Chicago this summer to begin a residency in internal medicine after graduating from the UMKC School of Medicine in May.

“It’s my number one choice,” Ghuman said. “I got it. I’m very, very pleased and surprised. I never thought I’d go this far. You have those moments when you aim really high and then you start to question your choice. And then it happens. I’m so excited.”

She wasn’t alone.

View the 2017 UMKC School of Medicine Match Day results and photo album

Nearly 100 students in the School of Medicine’s Class of 2017 participated in this year’s National Residency Matching Program. Before receiving their Match letters from the Education Team Coordinators, they received an encouraging buildup from School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D.

“I know what you have had to do to get to this day, and how hard you have had to work,” Kanter said. “You’ve done a magnificent job. I know how great a job you’ve done because I get to see the results just a little bit before you do, and I can tell you this is the best match this school has ever had.”

Nearly 40 percent of this year’s class matched to a primary care specialty. Internal medicine had the largest number of UMKC student matches with 21, followed by pediatrics with 10, and  family medicine with six. Twenty-three students will remain in Missouri for their residencies, 13 of them in the Kansas City area, including nine who matched to UMKC residencies and three who will stay in Kansas City for pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

For Bilal Alam, the news was still sinking nearly 15 minutes after opening his envelope. At Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University had just one residency position available for an interventional radiologist.

The letter told Alam that position was his.

“I’m very humbled,” Alam said. “I can’t even describe the feeling I have right now.”

Looking on, Alam’s father, Mahmood, said, “I was praying for this and it happened.”

“I’m shocked,” Alam said. “I literally can’t believe it.”

Medical students at schools across the country were sharing in the excitement at the same moment. The NRMP embargoes the public release of its list of where students have matched until 11 a.m. Central time each year.

For students like Ghuman, it is a time of dreams coming true. Living in India, the family finances weren’t available for her to attend medical school. She earned a nursing degree instead. When the family moved to the United States, she began to support herself working at a nursing home. She later worked as a certified nursing assistant at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle before taking a chance and coming to Kansas City to attend medical school.

As a crowd around her celebrated, a friend held up Ghuman’s cell phone. Her mother was on the other end, watching by Skype back home in Seattle. Half a country apart, the two celebrated together for a few moments.

“It’s been a long exciting journey,” Ghuman said. “I couldn’t have done this without the support of my family.”

2017 UMKC School of Medicine
Match Facts

Primary care specialties:
Internal Medicine — 21
Pediatrics — 10
Family Medicine — 6
Medicine-Pediatrics — 2
Primary Medicine  — 1
Total — 39 = 40%

General surgery & subspecialties:
Obstetrics/Gynecology — 5
General Surgery — 4
Orthopedic Surgery — 3
Otolaryngology — 2
Oral Surgery —  2
Total — 16 = 16%

Metro Kansas City area matches:
UMKC — 9
Children’s Mercy — 3
Univ. of Kansas — 1
Total — 13 = 13%

Missouri matches:
Kansas City metro — 13
Washington Univ. — 6
Missouri-Columbia — 2
St. Louis Univ. — 2
Total — 23 = 23%

Other top states:
California — 7
Illinois — 7
New York — 6

Notable residency programs students matched into:
Mayo School of GME-Rochester
Stanford University
Harvard University
Brown University
Duke University
Emory University
Northwestern University

*includes categorical/advanced positions only

SOM students take part in national conference on student-run free clinics

Student members of the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic, Mrigank Gupta, Ravali Gummi, and Ahsan Hussain, presented a poster on the organizations effect on the Kansas City community at the Society for Student Run Free Clinics National Conference in Anaheim, California.

Three fifth-year UMKC School of Medicine student members of the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic represented the organization and presented at the February meeting of the Society for Student Run Free Clinics National Conference in Anaheim, California.

Mrigank Gupta, Ravali Gummi, and Ahsan Hussain presented a poster, “Distinctive Demographics of an Inner City Free Eye Clinic,” that discussed a research project exploring the effects of the clinic on Kansas City’s population.

“The poster that we presented was unique because it was the only poster that focused on eye care in the underserved population,” Gupta said.

Members of the society viewed posters by student organizations from medical schools throughout the country. Participants heard an inspirational talk from Rumi Abdul Cader, M.D., who started a free clinic in Los Angeles while a medical student at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Gupta said the knowledge the students gained from the conference would help them improve the efficiency of the KCFEC and its outreach to Kansas City’s uninsured population.

Comics used to express culture of med school and students

Michael Green, M.D., physician and bioethicist at Penn State College of Medicine, presented the 2017 William T. Sirridge, M.D., Lecture in Medical Humanities.

At the Penn State College of Medicine, Michael Green, M.D., a physician and bioethicist at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, uses the medium of comics to help medical students share their experiences of medical school.

Each year, Green, who is also the vice chair of the Department of Humanities, offers a seminar-style class in which students are encouraged to create their own comic book to describe their time in medical school.

Green presented the 23rd William T. Sirridge, M.D., Medical Humanities Lecture on Thursday, March 16, at the UMKC School of Medicine. He described how comics have become mainstream in today’s culture. He said today’s comic strips and entire comic books touch on almost every topic in all genres.

“So it’s not surprising then that there would be some comics that have some relevance to medical education as well,” Green said.

That has led Green to offer a four-week course in Graphic Medicine, an Intersection of Comics and Medicine. And while a large number of his students’ comics describe and depict good experiences as medical students, one serious theme has surfaced: medical students being mistreated by their superiors.

Such experiences are supported by data from the Journal of the America Medical Association, which found that nearly four out of every 10 students surveyed say they have experienced mistreatment in medical school. Only half say they report it,  out of fear of retribution.

According to Green, these numbers have remained consistent in surveys taken throughout the past five or six years. And the data is relevant, he said, because it goes on to show that those who experience mistreatment as medical students have twice the rate of burnout as other medical students.

“It is something we should care about and think about,” he said.

Dr. Beth Rosemergey named UMKC Community and Family Medicine Residency Program Director

Dr. Rosemergey

Beth Rosemergey, D.O., has been appointed director of the UMKC Community and Family Medicine Residency program. Her appointment will take effect  March 20.

The program, based at Truman Medical Center Lakewood, has trained family medicine residents for 35 years, the past 15 years under the direction of Todd Shaffer, M.D.

Rosemergey, a graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, completed her family medicine residency at UMKC. She served as the program’s chief resident before joining the faculty as an assistant professor of medicine in 1992.

Since 2014, Rosemergey has served as vice president of outpatient care, medical director of the Bess Truman Family Medical Center, and medical director of the Lakewood Pavilion. She has also served on the UMKC Honor Council and as the UMKC Faculty Council representative for TMC Lakewood.

“I am honored to be the program director for this outstanding family medicine residency,” Rosemergey said. “I am standing on the shoulders of many wise and committed faculty in a program steeped in tradition, while charting a course for the future of family medicine.”

Shaffer, also a graduate of the UMKC family medicine program, will continue to teach residents at TMC Lakewood. He is heavily involved with several national efforts of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Applications due April 1 for Sarah Morrison research awards

The Office of Research Administration is taking applications for the next round of Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. The next application deadline is April. 1.

Sarah Morrison awards are given twice a year to help students learn the value and application of research in the study and practice of medicine. Funding from the Sarah Morrison awards supports the student’s and their mentor’s research.

Students may be involved in and learn about a wide variety of research activities based on their interests in basic sciences or  clinical medicine. Students may develop their own hypothesis and work plan, or work on an established research project with their mentor. Recipients are expected to present their results at the SOM student research event or a similar venue as recommended by the Director of Student Research.

Project proposals are screened by a School of Medicine review committee. Visit the Sarah Morrison Student Research Award online for complete information, including a downloadable application form.

Family Medicine Residency announces 2017-18 chief residents

Dr. Byle, Dr. Munger

The UMKC School of Medicine Community and Family Residency Program has announced that Chadwick Byle, M.D., and Kevin Munger, D.O., M.S., will take on leadership roles as the program’s chief residents for 2017-18.

Byle received his medical degree from the University of Missorui-Columbia. Munger is a graduate of the Des Moines University College of of Osteopathic Medicine.

As chief residents, Byle and Munger will serve as liaisons between program residents and faculty, representing the interests and serving as spokesmen for residents. They also serve as a role model, providing oversight and educational leadership.

Kansas City YMCA executive to deliver annual Shannon Lecture

Dr. Bascom

Daphne Bascom, M.D.,  will be the keynote speaker for the School of Medicine’s 12th annual Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Lecture in Minority Health at noon on Friday in Theater A. Bascom is the senior vice-president of community integrated health for the Greater Kansas City YMCA.

With more than 10 years’ experience as a physician executive, Bascom is an expert in clinical integration, performance improvement, and the design and deployment of health information technology systems.

Before joining the YMCA, she was vice president and chief medical officer for physician alignment at Cerner Corporation. There, she provided strategic consulting services to health-care executives on how to use health information technology to improve quality, safety, operations and the fiscal health of their organizations.

Bascom also served at Cerner as chief medical officer for worldwide consulting and chief medical information officer and was recognized as Healthcare Executive of the Year. Before working at Cerner, she was the chief clinical systems officer for the Cleveland Clinic Health System in Cleveland, Ohio.

She is a board-certified specialist in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery and has fellowship training in microvascular surgery of the head and neck. Dr. Bascom is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed her residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She earned her Ph.D. in physiological sciences at the University of Oxford Laboratory of Physiology in the United Kingdom.

Research Summit posters, abstracts due March 17

Student Research Summit LogoSchool of Medicine students participating in the annual Health Sciences Research Summit are reminded that March 17 is the final deadline for abstract and poster submissions. This year’s research summit is April 26 at UMKC Student Union.

Students must submit  their abstracts through the Health Sciences Student Research Summit online portal. Posters must be submitted by email to the School of Medicine’s Office of Research Administration at somresearch@umkc.edu.

A School of Medicine poster template and complete poster guidelines are available online through the Office of Research Administration. Students may have their poster layouts reviewed by John Foxworth, Pharm. D., by contacting him at FoxworthJ@umkc.edu prior to submitting their poster to the research office.

Students can also sign up for a time to practice their presentations with Dr. Timothy Hickman prior to the research summit by sending an email to the research office at somresearch@umkc.edu.

Students from the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biological Sciences, Engineering and Arts & Science will take part in this year’s research summit from 3-5 p.m. in Room 401 of the Student Union. This is the sixth year that each of the schools are participating in the program at one venue on the Volker Campus.

The summit provides the UMKC health sciences students the opportunity to display posters that highlight their research and fosters collaboration across disciplines and schools that are generating economic, health, education and quality-of-life benefits for the Kansas City community.

The School of Medicine sponsors individual awards for medical students and its graduate students. Thirty-two students from the School of Medicine’s M.D. and Allied Health programs presented 34 posters at last year’s research summit.