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.


    • Everyday Ob/Gyn practices face complex ethical issues

      Physicians in obstetrics and gynecology continually face complex, evolving ethical questions, and they need thoughtful processes and diverse support to make their best decisions. That was the message of Susan M. Mou, M.D., an associate professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and …
    • Purple Unit settles into new home at Saint Luke’s

      Students on the Purple docent unit at Saint Luke’s Hospital have a new place to call home. School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., and Saint Luke’s Hospital CEO Jani Johnson, RN, MSN, shared the honor of the official ribbon cutting on Monday, Sept. 12, …
    • School of Medicine faculty recognized for outstanding achievements

      School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., applauded faculty who recently received promotions and tenure during a reception on Sept. 8, saying it is their hard work and efforts that make the medical school what it is today. He said that serving as a faculty …
    • UMKC Vision researchers receive National Eye Institute funding for novel glaucoma therapy

      Researchers at the UMKC School of Medicine Vision Research Center have received nearly $1 million in funding to develop a novel drug that would protect the vision of glaucoma patients. The five-year, $970,325 project funded by the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of …
    • In Memoriam

      It is with heavy heart that we must share with you that long-time School of Medicine photographer Bob Steckmest died unexpectedly early this morning after battling chronic heart disease. Bob joined the School of Medicine in 1999 as chief photographer in the Office of Educational …
    • Cheng appointed director of SOM’s Research, Statistical Consult Service

      The School of Medicine has announced the appointment of An-Lin Cheng, Ph.D., as director of the Research and Statistical Consult Service in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics. A tenured faculty member in the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies for the past …
    • Returning and new students express excitement for the semester’s start

      For three days, cars lined the streets around the University of Missouri-Kansas City Volker and Health Sciences campuses as 1,500 students moved into apartments and residence halls. All in preparation for the 2016-17 academic year, which starts Aug. 22. Nearly 750 returning, transfer and graduate …
    • InDOCtrination Ceremony welcomes Class of 2022

      Sarthak Garg learned quickly that medical school can be a humbling experience. A second-year student at the UMKC School of Medicine, Garg said he was proud as he left the school’s InDOCtrination Ceremony a year ago. “I felt that I had done a lot in …
    • UMKC ambulance adds new experience to EMS training

      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 …
    • UMKC School of Medicine Paramedic Program receives full five-year accreditation

      The UMKC School of Medicine Paramedic Program recently received a glowing report and full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for its curriculum and training of future paramedics. “Accreditation is verification that we’ve been compared to the standard for …
    • Summer Scholars prepares high school students for success

      For one month each summer, minority and disadvantaged students from Kansas City area high schools immerse themselves in activities at the UMKC School of Medicine to improve their chances of success as a college student and jump-start a potential career in health care. The School …
    • White Coat marks next step for Year 3 students

      It is one of the most recognized and respected symbols of a physician. Nearly 130 students from UMKC School of Medicine received their white coats with joy and excitement during the school’s annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 7 at the university’s White Recital Hall. …
    • Hickman to chair national meeting on Prevention Teaching and Research

      Timothy Hickman, M.D. ’80, M.Ed., M.P.H., associate teaching professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, has been selected to serve as program chair for the 2017 Association for Prevention Teaching and Research national meeting. He was elected to the board of directors of the national association …
    • Med students offer education on heart health at Camp Cardiac

      Day camp at the UMKC School of Medicine is more than fun and games. Following a one-hour crash course on normal heart physiology, a group of local high school students are testing their newly gained knowledge in a rousing game of Jeopardy. That’s followed by …
    • Med school grad leading the charge as environmental health advocate

      When Mark Mitchell, M.D., ’81, saw young children struggling with the effects of asthma, he set out to make a difference. For much of the past 15 years, Mitchell has been active in educating communities, primarily low-income areas, on the effects of the environment on …
    • School of Medicine announces Department of Surgery appointments

      The UMKC School of Medicine has announced recent appointments in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Glenn Talboy, a long-time member of our faculty, will serve as the next Chair of the Department of Surgery (beginning in mid-August) and as Program Director for the surgery residency (effective …
    • Services announced for Dr. Mark Friedell

      Mark Lowry Friedell, M.D., F.A.C.S., died late Sunday, July 10. Dr. Friedell came to the UMKC School of Medicine in 2012, where he had served as professor and chair of the Department of Surgery. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Beloit College and his medical …
    • School announces new leadership in Radiology department

      The School of Medicine has announced new leadership in the Department of Radiology. Jeffrey Kunin, M.D., has been appointed interim chair of the department. Kelli Andresen, M.D., will serve as the department’s residency program director. These positions were previously held by Lisa Lowe, M.D., who resigned …
    • Student affairs faculty, staff lead development sessions at national conference

      UMKC School of Medicine faculty and staff from the Department of Student Affairs participated in discussions and presentations at an Association of American Medical Colleges national conference on student affairs in St. Louis. The June conference of the organization’s Group on Student Affairs also brought together …
    • Student group sponsors annual health fair

      After Rmaah Memon took part in a student-sponsored community health fair a year ago, she couldn’t wait to do it again. Nearly 30 medical students joined community volunteers for the Indian Association of Kansas City Health Fair on June 25 at Blue Valley Southwest High …