Saturday Academy Application

The Saturday Academy application deadline was Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Students will be notified by Monday, November 19, 2018 . If you have any questions, please contact Allan Davis, or 816-235-5434.

Thank you for your interest in the program,

Allan Davis, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Diversity Programs and Recruitment UMKC School of Medicine
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Saturday Academy



Alert: Saturday Academy Cancelled for January 19th.

Due to the projected weather conditions, we will not be having Saturday Academy on January 19th. It is possible that road conditions will not be safe for travel. Please do not come into the School of Medicine for tutoring or instructional sessions. Stay safe and we will reconvene on Saturday, January 26th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Allan Davis at (816) 235-5434 or by email at

What is Saturday Academy?

Saturday Academy is designed to help students interested in health careers strengthen their math and science skills. Through this enrichment program, students will recognize and develop skills that enable them to excel in mathematics, science, reading and test taking.

This free educational program is open to motivated middle and high school students in the Kansas City area.

The curriculum includes the following subject areas:

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Test Taking Skills

Saturday Academy is offered concurrently with the school year. The sessions run each Saturday from 10 am to 12:30 pm. This year, we will start orientation and our first session at 9:30 AM on December 1, 2018. To be considered for the 2018–2019 program, please submit an application and supporting materials by Friday, November 9, 2018. The application process and forms can be found on this page below.

Health Career Exploration

Saturday Academy provides an outlet for students to interact with health care professionals from various specialties. Professionals from medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, allied health and mental health provide networking opportunities for students to gain resources that will assist them in preparing for a career in health care.


Saturday Academy participants are provided free tutoring sessions in math and science every Saturday. This tutoring is provided by UMKC medical students.

Mentorship Opportunities

Relationships with mentors are designed to build a support system in the field of health care and are an avenue for middle and high school students to gain a network of UMKC medical and nursing students. This affiliation will supply students with the tools necessary to accomplish their goals.

Parent Support Group

Saturday Academy also offers a parent support group that will meet periodically throughout the year to discuss the progress of their students, their concerns and strategies for motivating their students for success. There is also a college coach who will assist parents on topics such as college readiness, academic resume building and how to apply for scholarships.

History of Saturday Academy

Saturday Academy was a core program of the Greater Kansas City Health Professions Pipeway Initiative (GKC-HPPI), which originated as an outgrowth of the Association of American Medical College’s “Project 3000 by 2000” initiative to address a continuing under representation of minority students in medical schools.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded this initiative from 1998 to 2003 with matching funds coming from a local foundation. When the funding expired in 2003, the UMKC School of Medicine committed to providing the resources to continue the Saturday Academy program.

Saturday Academy is geared toward students belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in scientific careers including African-Americans, Native Americans and Latino students. However, the program is open to any student who is motivated and interested in attending.

Eligibility and Application Process

Students interested in Saturday Academy must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a student in grades 6 – 12
  • Must be motivated with an interest in math, science or health care careers
  • Must be able to provide own transportation to and from the UMKC School of Medicine

More information regarding the program, as well as any required applications or documents, will be posted by the end of October.

Before You Apply:

To learn more and determine whether the Saturday Academy program is the right fit, read this important information:

Saturday Academy Program Common Questions

Application Requirements:
Please note: 2018 Application Session closed Nov. 9, 2018

In order to apply, students must complete the following steps:

STEP 1: Complete the Saturday Academy application form.

STEP 2: Submit a signed Parent/Guardian Consent and Commitment Statement

Please click here to download the Parent/Guardian Consent and Commitment Statements PDFs, complete, sign and return. Statements can be scanned and emailed to or mailed to:

UMKC School of Medicine
Office of Admissions, M1-103
Attn: Saturday Academy
2411 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64108

STEP 3: Submit one recommendation from a teacher, counselor, administrator, community member, advisor, mentor, etc.

Please click here to download the Saturday Academy Recommendation Form.

A portion of the form should be completed by the student and then submitted to the person providing the reference. Once the reference is complete, the recommender should print, sign and mail to:

UMKC School of Medicine
Office of Admissions, M1-103
Attn: Saturday Academy
2411 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64108

The signed reference form may also be scanned and emailed to the program coordinator, Dr. Allan Davis, at Letters of recommendation will be accepted in place of the form.

STEP 4: Submit high school transcripts (grades 10 – 12) or most recent grade card (grades 6 – 9)

Transcripts and/or grade cards should be sent to:

UMKC School of Medicine
Office of Admissions, M1-103
Attn: Saturday Academy
2411 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64108

All interested students should apply; however, Saturday Academy does require an ongoing commitment on the part of students and parents, so please carefully consider your decision to apply. For questions about Saturday Academy, please contact Dr. Allan Davis in the UMKC School of Medicine Office of Admissions at or 816-235-5434.

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.


The Summer Scholars application deadline was April 16, 2018, 5:00PM CST.

Students will be notified by Mid-May. If you have any questions, please contact Darius Jackson, or 816-235-1870.

Thank you for your interest in the program,

Darius Jackson, M.A.
Senior Coordinator of Diversity Programs and Recruitment UMKC School of Medicine
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

His goal? Connecting alumni to UMKC

Maria and Fred Schlichting with their daughters, Sophia and Stella.

Fred Schlichting, who spent 18 seasons with the UMKC men’s soccer team as assistant and then associate coach, has joined the School of Medicine as director of advancement. In his coaching role, he was responsible for coordinating soccer recruiting, events and day-to-day administrative operations — skills that transfer well to his School of Medicine role. Schlichting, a St. Louis native who played soccer and earned a degree in psychology at Notre Dame, talks about his new post.

 Q. Why did you make this switch?  

A. Soccer is a wonderful community, and I got to know lots of great people, but I wanted to reach out to even more people in the Kansas City area and at UMKC. I always felt that the School of Medicine was a pride of the university, and I was really impressed by the faculty and people in the dean’s office. And now I’m enjoying getting to know the alumni and looking forward to being able to serve them.

Q. What does an advancement director do? What are your goals?

A. Advancement is making people feel connected to UMKC. We want to keep people informed about our mission, and to create events where alumni and students can interact, and we can all celebrate UMKC.

In the short term, I am meeting as many people as I can to learn how the school works and how I can be of assistance. Longer term, I’d like to see increased exposure for the School of Medicine in our community and more events for alumni to stay connected. I’d like to highlight more points of pride from which we can tell our story.

Q. Do you see carryover from your soccer work in your new position?

A. One similarity I see is in the docent units. They very much are a team, and succeed with the same sort of dedication and commitment of time, effort, energy, continuity and camaraderie.

And of course we’re all under the UMKC banner: Kansas City’s university. Kansas City’s medical school. We’re all part of something bigger than ourselves. Medicine is such an incredible example of how education can serve the community at large.

Q. What do you like to do outside of work? What makes you who you are?

A. I have a really strong sense of family. I love spending time with my wife and two daughters. I enjoy staying active, running and playing soccer. And I love to read, often fiction that I can try to pull themes and life lessons from.

Professionally, I’ve always wanted to be of service to others. I have career and professional goals, certainly, but if I wasn’t somehow benefitting others, I don’t think I’d feel right just working to draw a paycheck.

Q. Any parting thoughts for alumni? How can they help?

A. I want alumni to express their needs and share their ideas, so I can create events and add to our communication in ways that meet those needs.

Curcuru uses national post to spread knowledge about anesthesiology

Caitlin Curcuru

A fifth-year student in the UMKC School of Medicine’s B.A./M.D. program, Caitlin Curcuru, is using her post as national student secretary of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) to spread knowledge about the field.

“I discovered a passion for anesthesiology early on,” said Curcuru, who became interested even before she enrolled at UMKC, while shadowing operating room physicians on a visit to the School of Medicine. “I continued shadowing throughout medical school and helped establish the Anesthesia Interest Group at UMKC and served as ASA delegate for the past two years.”

At the society’s annual meeting in October, medical students from across the country elected Curcuru as secretary of the society’s Student Governing Council. As secretary, she is using the group’s monthly newsletters to promote interest and knowledge of anesthesiology. She also is working to broaden student awareness of legislative issues and hopes to inspire others to push for positive changes locally and nationally.

“The governing council is in constant communication with each other on how to serve and encourage medical students interested in anesthesia,” Curcuru said. “One of the things we are working on is expanding the website and social media presence to maximize exposure of ASA-related news, activities and efforts to a wider medical student audience. We are also working to develop a more concrete relationship with all the anesthesia interest groups around the country and have a website section for each of these groups.”

She encourages anyone interested in getting involved in ASA or with the group’s monthly medical student newsletter to write to her at

Curcuru, from St. Louis, says she was drawn to UMKC’s accelerated program by its immediate exposure to basic medical sciences and clinical skills. Besides helping establish the school’s Anesthesia Interest Group, she is the student representative for the Council on Curriculum and event coordinator for the Association of Women Surgeons.

She also has been active in research as a Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research summer scholar at Washington University in St. Louis in June and July 2016.

I was responsible for developing an advanced protocol, in which I am the first author, that has been submitted for review,” she said. “I was able to present my findings at the ASA National Conference this past year in Chicago.”

And because Curcuru learned about that research opportunity by attending the 2015 ASA conference, she sought deeper involvement in the national organization by running in 2016 for the secretary position on the Student Governing Council.

Curcuru is just one of the School of Medicine’s student leaders holding positions with national associations. Kiki Osude, year 6, leads the International Affairs Committee of the Student National Medical Association. Tim Chow, year 4, was recently appointed chief financial officer for the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association, his second year on the national board. The previous year he was national director for membership. And Moiz Qureshi, year 6, is vice president of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident & Student Association’s Medical Student Council.


Eight receive Sarah Morrison Student Research Award

Recipients of the October 2016 Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards are (top left to bottom right) Muhammed Alikhan, Hunter Faris, Luke He, Jacob Lee, Imran Nizamuddin, Carlee Oakley, Sai Vanam, and Ara Staab.

The School of Medicine’s Student Research Program has announced winners of the October 2016 Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. Eight students received awards to support their research efforts and help fund their presentations at conferences and scientific meetings.

Seven of the recipients are B.A./M.D. students: Muhammed Alikhanm, Hunter Faris, Luke He, Jacob Lee, Imran Nizamuddin, Carlee Oakley and Sai Vanam. One recipient, Ara Staab, is a School of Medicine graduate student.

“We had many excellent proposals,” said Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research. “All of the projects selected for funding were of extremely high scientific quality.”

Sarah Morrison award recipients are reviewed by a committee of faculty judges and processed through the school’s Office of Research Administration. Awards of up to $1,500 are presented each April and October. Since 2013, 45 student research projects have received more than $61,000 of financial support from the Sarah Morrison award program.

Each School of Medicine winner at the 2016 UMKC Health Sciences Student Research Summit had received Sarah Morrison award recognition. Two received top awards for research posters at the annual Missouri chapter of the American College of Physicians annual meeting, and others have been invited to present their research at national and international scientific meetings.

Students interested in the Sarah Morrison Research awards are encouraged to apply prior to the April 1 and Oct. 1 deadlines each year. For complete application information, visit the Office of Research Administration’s student research website.

Award winners, abstract titles and faculty mentors

  • Muhammed Alikhanm, “Achieving blood pressure control through patient engagement in a safety-net hospital; feasibility study of a hypertension education program,” Rebecca Pauly
  • Hunter Faris, “Regulation of Src Family Protein Kinases in the Rat Striatum by Muscarinic Acetylcholine M4 Receptor,” John Wang
  • Luke He, “New Insight into Fructose and Retinopathy: Potential Adjunct Treatment with Metformin,” Yun Yan
  • Jacob Lee, “Sensitivity and Specificity of Abdominal Ultrasound in Diagnosing Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Preterm Infants: A Meta-Analysis,” Sherwin Chan
  • Imran Nizamuddin, “Pharmacological control of endocannabinoid signaling pathways as a strategy for neuroprotective therapy development,” Peter Koulen
  • Carlee Oakley, “The Effects of Trimethylamine-N-oxide on Cardiovascular Function,” Mike Wacker
  • Sai Vanam, “Effects of extended storage on cell biological properties, structure and function of cornea tissue,” Peter Koulen
  • Ara Staab, “Adapting the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet in urban African-American communities: a feasibility study,” Lakshmi Venkitachalam


Friends welcome students, plan meeting at Diastole

A reception presented by the Friends group in August was well attended by parents of first-year students.

Friends of the School of Medicine, a parents organization, sponsored a successful welcoming reception in August and invites parents to attend its annual board meeting Oct. 8 at Diastole.

The Friends group gives parents opportunities to support and be involved in their students’ education. It endows a scholarship and the Harry S. Jonas, M.D., Ambassador’s Award, and has financed such student amenities as a pingpong table, a massage chair and a water-bottle filling station. The group is led by Shanna Kimmis and Susan Storm, M.D. ’85 and clinical assistant professor in the Pediatrics department.

The board meeting, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., is open to all parents and will provide a chance to assess progress and plan more initiatives. (Parents who can attend are asked to RSVP by calling 816-235-5281 or emailing Call-in information for St. Louis area parents will be available soon.)

This year’s gathering also will offer a look inside Diastole and tours of the peaceful retreat center just south of campus. It was built in 1976 as the home of founder E. Grey Dimond, M.D., and his wife, Mary Clark Dimond, and converted to a non-profit center in 1980.

“We haven’t met there before,” Kimmis said, “so Dr. Storm suggested it. A lot of parents have never been through the center or had a chance to learn its history.”

Kimmis said the venue, at 2501 Holmes, was selected as a good way to involve more parents. “We’re hoping to get a good showing,” she said.

A good showing is what the Friends experienced for another annual event: a reception geared toward parents of Year 1 students. The Aug. 18 gathering, held at the Student Union, drew more than 200 Year 1 parents and included an informational panel discussion.

Both Kimmis and Storm participated in the discussion to provide the parents’ perspective. The medical students on the panel were Mrudula Gandham, Year 2, and Kimmis’ and Storm’s sons, Brooks Kimmis, Year 5, and Shane Storm, Year 3. Also participating were Raymond Cattaneo, M.D. ’03, assistant dean for Years 1 and 2, and Brenda Rogers, M.D. ’90, associate dean for student affairs.

Kimmis said she became involved in Friends when she was asked to help when her son was starting at the school.

“I’ve enjoyed every bit of it,” she said.



UMKC ambulance adds new experience to EMS training

EMS Ambulance
The UMKC School of Medicine’s Emergency Medical Services program purchased an ambulance for simulation and training exercise earlier this summer.

A team of paramedics worked together to carefully load the accident victim into an ambulance. The emergency medical personnel continued to monitor the patient while maintaining the necessary life support techniques as the vehicle left the scene.

The scenario is actually a training exercise for Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician students at the UMKC School of Medicine.

EMS Ambulance3The school’s EMS program purchased an ambulance in May from an emergency vehicle dealer in Toledo, Ohio, who also detailed it with UMKC’s blue and gold colors, the School of Medicine logo and program signage. The rear of the ambulance also displays the Freedom House Ambulance Service logo in honor of the first paramedics in the United States.

After getting the vehicle to Kansas City, EMS education program director Paul Ganss, MS, NRP, NCEE, CHSE, spent a few weeks having it equipped to look and perform like a real ambulance. The ambulance has also been modified to support the use of the school’s high-fidelity simulators, such as its SimMan 3G and SimMom manikins, in the field environment.

Ganss said the vehicle expands the program’s capability of creating a realistic experience and allows students in the School’s Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician training programs to practice in a unique environment.

EMS Ambulance4“We can set up calls around the area, put simulated patients out there, and the students go out and take care of them,” Ganss said. “It gives them the experience of working in that environment. Working in a moving vehicle, that is challenging and this makes it more real for the students.”

The ambulance is not used to transport actual patients, but Ganss said it is stocked with equipment that mirrors an actual in-service vehicle. Earlier this summer, members of the EMS education program took the ambulance to Hutchinson, Kansas, to participate in a state-wide field day training exercise at the Kansas State Fairgrounds. EMT students participated in a field operations night in July by responding to mock calls around the Hospital Hill campus.

UMKC’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program has expanded its training as well and uses the vehicle to allow residents to experience what takes place in caring for patients as they are transported to a hospital emergency room.

“Some EMS programs have a mockup of an ambulance to train in,” Ganss said. “What’s unique about our setup is that we’re a medical school that has a training and simulation ambulance and that we have expanded it beyond the EMS students.”

Dr. Zwerenz receives Outstanding Docent Award

rose-zwerenzThe School of Medicine recognized Rose Zwerenz, M.D., ’82, as recipient of this year’s Outstanding Years 1 and 2 Docent on Aug. 7 during the annual White Coat Ceremony for new third-year students.

An associate professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine and the school’s assistant dean for pre-doctoral education, Zwerenz has served as a docent for first and second-year students for 28 years.

Zwerenz was unable to attend the White Coat Ceremony and receive the award in person. But in prepared marks read to her students, she applauded their performance throughout their first two years of medical school and their dedication to medicine.

“In spite of sleepless nights and countless hours of intense studying, you have learned about yourself. You are learning the importance of a strong work-life balance, stress management, self care and the value of a strong network of friends and family,” Zwerenz wrote. “You have learned about others.  You have learned about the importance of good communication skills in the patient-centered environment as well as with your peers.  And, you are learning the values, the ethics, and the moral code for becoming a physician. Through all of this, you have kept your vision in sight. “

Known as “Dr. Rose” by her students, who chose her for the award, Zwerenz is a Kansas native who crossed the border to attend undergraduate and medical school at UMKC. She served her family medicine residency at Truman Medical Center Lakewood, where she was a chief resident.

She practiced the full scope of family medicine in the department’s rural office prior to returning to the main TMC Lakewood campus to develop the medical student education program for the School of Medicine.

As pre-doctoral director, she has worked with and mentored a large number of students throughout her career, sharing her enthusiasm and appreciation for family medicine with students beginning their academic careers in medicine. She has also played a significant role in the growth and maturity of the Community and Family Medicine Residency program, teaching and mentoring a majority of the program’s graduates.