Where students come first
AT THE UMKC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, we take good care of our students. Everything we do — teaching, program development, research, recruiting, fundraising, marketing, and more — is aimed at providing the best learning environment for our students. They are our nation’s future health care professionals and biomedical scientists, and many will be leaders in their fields and will play critical roles in the well-being of people from every walk of life. It’s a job we take seriously.
Alumni know that completing one of our academic programs is no easy task. But School of Medicine faculty members are, and always have been, committed to our students, ensuring that they have opportunities to achieve their full potential.
This commitment to students includes academic support, advising, degree planning, financial literacy, scholarships, a wellness program, co-curricular activities, lecture series, volunteer and outreach programs, leadership opportunities and special events, just to name a few. These comprehensive resources are designed not only to help our students succeed in our rigorous programs, but to be the best they can be.
By educating outstanding health care professionals, our medical school plays an important role in the health of our communities. In this issue of UMKC Medicine, you can read about alumni and faculty who are working to make a real difference in peoples’ lives and their neighborhoods. We feature experts in environmental health and their work to gauge and combat the health effects of environmental hazards. The magazine also explores important formative experiences during residency in the development of primary care physicians and the work that is being done to prepare high-quality health care professionals for areas where they are needed most. And, this issue includes our 2016 Annual Report, which recognizes our many supporters for their generous contributions that advance the school’s mission.
It is so wonderful to work with students — their passion for learning is energizing, their desire to make a difference is uplifting, and their excitement for the future is inspiring. What a privilege it is to serve as Dean of a school that plays such an important role in their lives.
Steven L. Kanter, M.D.
Dean, School of Medicine