Welcome new parents!

A reception and information session Aug. 15 started the school year off right for parents of new School of Medicine students.

The evening session, put on at the Student Union by the Friends of the School of Medicine, drew scores of parents. Susan Storm, M.D. ’85, the Friends president; Brenda Rogers, M.D. ‘’90, associate dean of student affairs; and a panel of a half-dozen current students gave them valuable information on what to expect in the next year.

Rogers said the school was dedicated to the success of all students and offered a range of services that parents and students are encouraged to use, from financial advice to tutoring and other academic support. Storm encouraged the parents to join the Friends to make connections with other parents and help with activities that support their students.

Students on the panel, which included Storm’s son and daughter, also said the Friends group had helped their parents. “It was great for my mom, especially, to have other parents to talk with,” said Caroline Olson.

The students, ranging from second-years to a sixth-year, also explained some of the benefits and workings of the docent teams and the peer mentor system. A slide show also told about how the Friends support students, and how students often serve the community through UMKC’s Service Day and the Sojourner Clinic, which mainly serves the homeless population in Kansas City.

Many parents asked about housing options for next year, when their students no longer have to live in university housing. Storm advised not worrying about housing for fall 2020 just yet, and said the Friends’ next meeting, set for Feb. 29, would focus on housing options.

Before the presentation, parents had a chance to mingle, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and buy T-shirts especially designed for them.

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Saturday Academy Application 2019

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Class of 2025 enjoys move-in day

Interim Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D. ’78, greeted many students and their families.

Excitement filled the air Thursday morning at the Oak Street Hall, and it was easy to see why. It was move-in day for the dozens of members of the UMKC School of Medicine Class of 2025, who all were taking on the challenge of earning a bachelor’s degree and their medical degree in just six years.

The program calls for extraordinary students, and they and their supportive families filled the halls and elevators.

There was Liv Lyon, from Ozark, Missouri, saying, “I love a challenge and always push myself to do what’s hardest.” In high school she did not one but two capstone projects, both involving health care improvements. One helped a hospital’s SICU set up a system to accurately track the weight of each patient every day.

And when med school’s obstacles come along, Lyon just might vault over them — even if they’re 12 feet high. She was the Missouri Class 5A pole vault champion last year, with a winning vault of 11’3″ and a personal best of 12’6″.

“I love sports, track and field especially,” she said. “Pole vaulting is my favorite.”

She credited her parents, too, for encouraging her to do her best and learn as much as possible. Her mother, a schoolteacher who stopped teaching to raise her children, is “the best mom in the world,” Lyon said. And her father, a D.O. who practices emergency medicine and is certified in family practice, made it easy to get and stay interested in pursuing medicine.

Upperclass students — veterans of move-in day — say there’s always room for more on the elevator.

UMKC’s six-year program “is just an incredible opportunity,” Lyon said.

Lyon’s roommate, Megan Costello, comes from the St. Louis area and also had plenty of move-in support. Her maternal grandparents were along for the day, as were her banker father and scientist mother.

“I know it will be a challenge, but I really love science,” she said. “The only class that sounded interesting my first year of high school was Principles of Biomedicine. And it was really interesting.”

After that, she said, she took all the science classes she could and thrived in them. A special program her senior year at Holt High School in Wentzville let her work half days at a hospital.

Costello couldn’t remember how she first heard about the UMKC program, but the more she learned, the more she was drawn to what it offered.

“I like that this program will give us clinical experience for six years instead of just two,” she said. “And I like that I’ll be able to finish medical school faster.”

The challenge of becoming a physician, and on a fast track, also attracted classmate Victor Arellano.

“I’ve been interested in this program since I heard about it my sophomore year in high school,” said Arellano, from the lake community of Stockton, Missouri. “I started job shadowing, and that just increased my interest.”

His parents, Luis and Christie Arellano, obviously were proud of how hard their son had worked to excel in school and to get into medical school. But the family is no stranger to hard work, having run Enrique’s Mexican Grill for 15 years.

“We’ve done well for several years,” Luis Arellano said, “and that’s something for a restaurant in a town of only 1,900.”

Like Arellano, his roommate, Ryan Dirksen from Springfield, had been interested in medicine for years, “since I was in grade school,” he said. That’s not surprising because as his father, now retired, was a podiatrist, and his uncle is a pediatrician.

“This is a chance to make a longtime dream a reality,” Dirksen said.

But he didn’t follow in the family footsteps without making sure that was the right path for him. He joined Medical Explorers, a shadowing program that Dirksen explored further.

Another exceptional part of move-in day was being greeted by the school’s interim dean, Mary Anne Jackson, M.D. ’78. She made a point of meeting and connecting with as many students and families as she could — and found a few she already knew.

That was the case with Dirksen’s family. His aunt and pediatrician uncle, Dr. Michael S. Hanks, were along to help with the move-in, and big smiles and hugs were exchanged when they realized who was greeting them.

“I’ve been attending Dr. Jackson’s pediatric lectures for years,” Hanks said.

Summer Scholars Information – Undergraduate

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Health Science District
STAHR Summer Scholars

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, in cooperation with the Truman Medical Center and other affiliates at the Health Science District, will offer its First Annual STAHR Summer Scholars Program. This program provides a realistic introduction to the fields of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry for current undergraduate students.

The Summer Scholars Program for 2019 will be take place over the course of six weeks. The program is designed to attract undergraduate students from groups who have been traditionally under-represented in healthcare professions, including economically disadvantaged, minority and rural students. Preference will be given to students who have expressed a specific interest in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, or other healthcare careers.

Applicants seeking to participate in the STAHR Summer Scholars program will be required to provide documentation to indicate their eligibility for participation in the program.

This year, the Program will run from June 03, 2019 – July 12, 2019. The program will consist of weekday sessions from 7:50 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program is free: no tuition is charged for program participation.

Students interested in STAHR Summer Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  • Current undergraduate student who will enter sophomore, junior or senior year in Fall 2019
  • Attend a public or private college or university in the Kansas City Metropolitan area (Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass Counties in Missouri)
  • Students must be available to attend all Summer Scholars sessions.
  • Demonstrate a background that is either economically or educationally disadvantaged (required documentation described in application)

The 2019 STAHR Summer Scholars Undergraduate application closed April 17, 2019 – 5:00 PM.

Summer Scholars Information – High School

University of Missouri-Kansas City
School of Medicine
Summer Scholars (High School)

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, in cooperation with the Truman Medical Center and other affiliates in the Health Science District, will offer its Thirty-Ninth Annual Summer Scholars Program. This program provides a realistic introduction to the field of medicine for high school junior or senior students.

The Summer Scholars Program for 2019 will be offered in two iterations: a traditional two-week experience and a new six-week experience. The latter will be part of the First Annual STAHR Summer Scholars Program. In this program, students will have an extended opportunity to explore the fields of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry.

Both versions of the program are designed to attract students from groups who have been traditionally under-represented in health care, including economically disadvantaged, minority and rural students. For the STAHR Program, students must indicate that they are from a family that is economically disadvantaged, attend a high school that is economically disadvantaged, or would be the first in their family to attend college. Preference for both programs will be given to students who have also expressed a specific interest health care careers and have taken courses that reflect that interest.

Students will have the opportunity to apply to Traditional Summer Scholars, STAHR Summer Scholars, or both. Applicants seeking to participate in the STAHR Summer Scholars program will be required to provide additional documentation to indicate their eligibility for participation in the six week program.

This year, the Program will be divided into four sections that will run from June 24, 2019 – August 2, 2019. The program will consist of weekday sessions from 7:50 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program is free: no tuition is charged for program participation.

Summer Scholar sections include:

  • STAHR Juniors and Seniors (current 10th graders and 11th graders): June 24 – August 2
  • Junior experience (current 10th graders) July 8 – July 19
  • Senior experience (current 11th graders) July 22 – August 2
  • Advanced Summer Scholars (returning students) July 15 – July 26

Students interested in Traditional Summer Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  • Current Sophomores or Juniors
  • Attend public or private high schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area (Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass Counties in Missouri).
  • Students must be available to attend all Summer Scholars sessions.

Students interested in STAHR Summer Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  • All requirements listed above
  • Demonstrate a background that is either economically or educationally disadvantaged (required documentation described in application) Click here for the 2019 Summer Scholars High School application.

The 2019 STAHR Summer Scholars High School application closed April 17, 2019 – 5:00 PM

Summer Scholars (High School)

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI- KANSAS CITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE SUMMER SCHOLARS (High School)

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, in cooperation with the Truman Medical Center and other affiliates in the Health Science District, will offer its 39th annual Summer Scholars Program. This program provides a realistic introduction to the field of medicine for high school junior or senior students.

The Summer Scholars Program for 2019 will be offered in two iterations: a traditional two-week experience and a new six-week experience. The latter will be part of the first STAHR Summer Scholars Program. In this program, students will have an extended opportunity to explore the fields of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry.

Both versions of the program are designed to attract students from groups who have been traditionally under-represented in health care, including economically disadvantaged, minority and rural students. For the STAHR Program, students must indicate that they are from a family that is economically disadvantaged, attend a high school that is economically disadvantaged, or would be the first in their family to attend college. Preference for both programs will be given to students who have also expressed a specific interest health care careers and have taken courses that reflect that interest.

Students will have the opportunity to apply to traditional Summer Scholars, STAHR Summer Scholars, or both. Applicants seeking to participate in the STAHR Summer Scholars program will be required to provide additional documentation to indicate their eligibility for participation in the six week program.

This year, the program will be divided into four sections that will run from June 24, 2019 – August 2, 2019. The program will consist of weekday sessions from 7:50 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program is free: no tuition is charged for program participation.

Summer Scholar sections include:

  • STAHR Juniors and Seniors (current 10th graders and 11th graders): June 24 – August 2
  • Junior experience (current 10th graders) July 8 – July 19
  • Senior experience (current 11th graders) July 22 – August 2
  • Advanced Summer Scholars (returning students) July 15 – July 26

Students interested in traditional Summer Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  • Current Sophomores or Juniors
  • Attend public or private high schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area (Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass Counties in Missouri).
  • Students must be available to attend all Summer Scholars sessions.

Students interested in STAHR Summer Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  • All requirements listed above
  • Demonstrate a background that is either economically or educationally disadvantaged (required documentation described in application)

Click here for the 2019 Summer Scholars High School application

Jennifer Ramsey joins School of Medicine as STAHR program coordinator

Jennifer Ramsey
Jennifer Ramsey

Jennifer Ramsey recently joined the staff at the School of Medicine as coordinator of the school’s $3.2-million Students in Training, in Academia, Health and Research (STAHR) pipeline grant program. She will support the grant leadership team and the senior program coordinator once those positions are filled.

Ramsey is a certified health education specialist. As such she brings to her role excellent skills in program support and coordination, data management, and reporting on analysis results for reports and strategic decision making.

In addition, she has worked in higher education at the UMKC School of Dentistry, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and in secondary health, math, and science education while living in Arizona.

Her office will be located between the dean suite and admissions. Her contact information is:  ramseyjm@umkc.edu and 816-235-6169.

The STAHR program is a two-pronged initiative to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds entering healthcare programs and better prepare them for success.