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.


    • Center for Health Insights director leads medical wearables challenge

      Mark Hoffman, director of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Center for Health Insights, is a leader in the Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge. Voting ends Saturday, March 28, and requires a short registration on Medstro, a social network for physicians, medical students, researchers and the …
    • School of Medicine celebrates Match Day 2015

      Asha Nookala opened the envelope and read the words she wanted to see. “I got in Mayo!” the UMKC medical student exclaimed before embracing friends and family members. The envelope informed Nookala that she will spend four years training to be an anesthesiologist at the …
    • Children’s Mercy performs its first pediatric heart transplant

      James D. St. Louis, M.D., the Joseph Boon Gregg/Missouri Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, led the team that performed the first pediatric heart transplant at Children’s Mercy. Hannah Mountz, 15, of Kansas City, Missouri, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at age 12, a disease in …
    • SOM fellow also teaches yoga at national meeting

      Shilpa Babbar, M.D., has her own way of coping with the stress of being a second-year maternal-fetal medicine fellow in the School of Medicine program. Yoga. Babbar doesn’t just practice it herself. She’s also a registered yoga instructor and volunteered to teach yoga classes for …
    • School of Medicine selects 2015 Take Wing Award winner

      Timothy M. Buie, M.D. ’84, a renowned pediatric gastroenterologist and director of gastroenterology and nutrition at the Lurie Center for Autism at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, has been selected as the 2015 winner of the School of Medicine’s E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Take …
    • Alumnus to present Sirridge Medical Humanities Lecture

      Daniel Hall-Flavin, M.D. ’79, associate professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, will present the William T. Sirridge Medical Humanities Lecture at the School of Medicine at noon Thursday, March 26. Reached by phone at the Mayo Clinic, Hall-Flavin said he planned to speak …
    • Former U.S. health secretary presents 10th annual Shannon Lecture

      While the 21st century has produced advances in public health, medical research and therapies, there is still work to be done to improve the health of our minority population, said former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan, M.D., at the UMKC School …
    • Students organize third TEDxUMKC event

      Two School of Medicine faculty members will speak at TEDxUMKC, an event organized primarily by medical students. Independently organized, TEDx events are modeled after and operate under a license from TED, the nonprofit known for its lecture series in which speakers have 18 minutes to …
    • Faculty, alumni named ‘Kansas City’s Best Doctors’

      More than 140 UMKC School of Medicine alumni and faculty were recognized as Kansas City’s “Best Doctors” in the January issue of 435 Magazine. 435 derived its list from the “Best Doctors in America” 2015–2106 database, which is compiled and maintained by Boston-based Best Doctors …
    • UMKC’s Osude selected for leadership role with national student organization

      Nkiru Osude, MS 4, already has a head start on her upcoming role with the Student National Medical Association. Osude has spent a good portion of the past year working with the organization’s International Missions Committee to plan a medical mission trip to Haiti for …
    • Former associate dean honored as a leader in medical education learning communities

      Former associate dean of medical research Louise Arnold, Ph.D., who retired from her post at the School of Medicine more than two years ago, continues to receive accolades for her long-time role as national leader in medical education. The Learning Communities Institute, a national group …
    • Troutwine appointed administrative chief of staff

      The School of Medicine has announced the appointment of Alison Troutwine as administrative chief of staff. She will as­­sume her new role on March 1, 2015. Troutwine has served as the executive staff assistant to the dean since 2013. She succeeds Melvin Davis, the current …
    • Collaboration to analyze local health in context of national data

      The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Center for Health Insights and clinical partner Truman Medical Centers are announcing a collaboration to conduct data-driven research using Cerner Health Facts® de-identified real-world data and other capabilities. Few academic research centers in the world have access to this vast …
    • Gold Humanism members spread early Valentine’s cheer

      Armed with roses in a rainbow of colors, a large box of handmade cards and a stack of yellow buttons and stickers, nearly a dozen School of Medicine students took time on Friday, Feb. 13, to spread some early Valentine’s cheer to patients at Truman …
    • ‘Kindred spirits’ invited to Medical Humanities and Bioethics Salon

      The Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics has begun hosting salons modeled on the lively discussions of ideas that took place in Europe in previous centuries. “It’s a gathering of kindred spirits,” said Stuart Munro, M.D., professor and chair of humanities and social sciences. …
    • City’s medical school deans meet for reception, panel discussion

      Deans of the three medical schools in Kansas City met for a reception and panel discussion at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences on Feb. 11 UMKC School of Medicine Dean Steven L. Kanter, M.D., joined Bruce D. Dubin, D.O., J.D., dean of Kansas …
    • New book explores history of the UMKC School of Medicine

      A graduate and a former staff member have edited the first book-length history of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. A Proven Experiment: Looking Back at the UMKC School of Medicine tells the story of the school and Hospital Hill in a series …
    • Gold Humanism Honor Society to welcome new inductees

      The School of Medicine chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society will welcome 16 new student members into its Undergraduate Medical Education chapter and 12 resident members into a new Graduate Medical Education chapter. A ceremony to recognize all the new inductees is planned for …
    • Diversity Task Force sponsors cancer research documentary

      The Diversity Task Force will co-sponsor a special screening of a BBC documentary on  Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cancerous tumor cells were cultured more than 50 yeras ago to create cells in cancer research. The program will take place at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, …
    • Shannon Lecture to present former Secretary of Health and Human Services

      Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., a former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, will be the featured speaker at noon on Feb. 27 when the School of Medicine celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Lecture in Minority Health. Sullivan, …