Pro Re Nata

Pro Re Nata

P.R.N. (“as circumstances require”) highlights current and upcoming events, trends, awards, and news for faculty/staff, students, residents, including various spotlights of departments, people, and other happenings within the School of Medicine. P.R.N. began its existence as a printed monthly publication. It has since transitioned to an online publication, providing a forum for more up-to-date information you need to be in the know about the School of Medicine.


    • Healthy for Life program offering free flu shots

      Faculty, staff and their dependents enrolled in the UM Health Care plan have two more opportunities to receive free flu shots as part of the Healthy for Life program. Those getting the flu shot must bring their insurance card and a completed Flu Consent Form. …
    • Medical Humanities Interest Group hosts benefit for Children’s Miracle Network

      The School of Medicine’s Medical Humanities Interest Group partnered with other campus organizations to hold a dance marathon that raised $5,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Roo Boo Dance Marathon took place Saturday, Oct. 25, at Swinney Recreation Center. The six-hour event featured live music, …
    • Leader in breast cancer research delivers annual Goodson Lecture

      Katrina Armstrong, M.D., a world-renowned researcher and leader in breast cancer screening programs, said that while advanced therapy has reduced the breast cancer mortality rate in the United States more study is necessary to identify possible ways help prevent the disease. Armstrong, physician-in-chief and chair …
    • Dean’s office taking nominations for Pierson Teaching Award

      The School of Medicine is seeking nominations for the University’s 2014 Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award. The UMKC Alumni Association annually presents the award to an outstanding faculty member from the schools of Business and Public Administration, Dentistry, Law and Medicine. The award reflects …
    • SOM research chosen for presentation at national meeting

      The American College of Chest Physicians selected two research projects from the School of Medicine for presentation at the CHEST 2014 meeting on Oct. 25-30 in Austin, Texas. Darwish Naji, M.D., chief resident in the Department of Medicine, is the lead author of “Cardiac Damage …
    • Wellness program event focuses on work-life balance

        Striking just the right balance between work, particularly the demanding role of a health care professional, and the home and family life can be a challenge for anyone. A panel of female faculty members from the School of Medicine shared their experience on how …
    • KC Philanthropist James B. Nutter gives School of Medicine $750,000

      The University of Missouri-Kansas City has announced a $750,000 gift from James B. Nutter to the School of Medicine to establish a professorship in diabetes and endocrine studies. Nutter, founder and chairman of James B. Nutter & Co., called the School of Medicine “one of …
    • Diversity Council sponsors screening on cancer research documentary

      The School of Medicine Diversity Council will co-sponsor a special screening of a BBC documentary on HeLa cells used in cancer research at noon on Oct. 29 in Theater A. The documentary, “The Way of All Flesh,” produced by Adam Curtis focuses on Henrietta Lacks, …
    • Hospital Hill student housing a cause for celebration

      As apartment buildings go, this one was always intended to be more than just a roof, a view and an in-unit washer and dryer. High expectations surrounded the construction of the first Hospital Hill Campus student housing project by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The …
    • Steven Kanter, M.D., takes the reins as new dean

      The School of Medicine welcomed Steven L. Kanter, M.D., former vice dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, to his new role as the School’s ninth dean on Oct. 1. Kanter is a neurosurgeon, a career physician-educator, and brings a strong foundation in …
    • Two from School of Medicine present at international colloquium on lung, airway fibrosis

      Researchers from the School of Medicine made two presentations to more than 340 scientists from throughout the world at a t colloquium on lung and airway fibrosis on Sept. 20-24 in Canada. Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and director of student research, and …
    • Annual Dr. Robert D. Conn Heart Conference set for Dec. 11-12

      The 44th Annual Presentation of the Dr. Robert D. Conn Heart Conference will be December 11-12, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. This conference will focus on improving the quality of care for patients with Cardiovascular Disease using evidence-based medicine and a multidisciplinary approach to patient …
    • Reception recognizes Dean Drees for 13 years of service

      Faculty, staff and students from the School of Medicine and across the Hospital Hill campus recognized Dean Betty M. Drees, M.D, F.A.C.P., as a friend, a mentor and a valued colleague and celebrated her accomplishments during 13 years as Dean of the School of Medicine …
    • Adverse pregnancy outcomes increase in violent communities

      Residing in a violence-prone community brings with it a 20-25 percent greater risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes than living in a less violent community. That is the conclusion of a recently published study led by Felix A. Okah, a pediatrician at the School of Medicine …
    • Women have played a leading role in School of Medicine’s history

      From the beginning more than 40 years ago, women have played major role in the history of the UMKC School of Medicine, said the School’s Dean, Betty Drees, M.D., on Sept. 18 as the speaker at the annual Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Outstanding Women in …
    • School of Medicine remembers Dr. Marjorie Sirridge

      Friends, former faculty and alumni recognized former School of Medicine Dean Marjorie Sirridge, M.D., and celebrated her life, lifestyle and memories during a ceremony on Sept. 18 immediately following the School’s annual Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Outstanding Women in Medicine Lectureship. Sirridge, who joined the …
    • Students place second in regional SimWars competition

      They may have come up a single point short of winning the championship, but a group of UMKC School of Medicine students made quite an impression in the annual SimWars competition Sept. 6 at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Great Plains Region Research Forum …
    • School of Medicine welcomes Liza Wilson, Pharm.D., to faculty

      The School of Medicine is pleased to welcome Liza Wilson, Pharm.D., as a teaching assistant professor. She will take active roles in the self-paced pharmacology curriculum, the two-month Medicine 9408 course required of all 4th year students, and she will teach in the Physician Assistant …
    • School of Medicine lactation room available for nursing mothers

      A lactation room for nursing mothers has been created on the second floor of the School of Medicine to serve faculty, staff, residents and students. This initiative was part of a cooperative effort between the Office of the Dean and the School of Medicine’s Staff …
    • School of Medicine welcomes 114 first-year students

      The School of Medicine introduced and welcomed a class of 114 first-year students on Aug. 22 while friends and family watched the Year 1 InDOCtrination Ceremony at the UMKC Student Union. The annual event marks the beginning of the students’ six-year journey through the medical …