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.


    • Student Affairs welcomes two new staff members

      The School of Medicine recently welcomed two new staff members to the Office of Student Affairs. Megan Malcom is the new education team coordinator in the years 1 and 2 office. Stan Vierbrock joined the staff as the learning resource specialist. Malcom has served as an academic advisor …
    • Psychiatry association selects Munro for leadership award

      Stuart Munro, M.D., who served as chair of psychiatry at the School of Medicine from 2003 to 2013, has been selected as the 2016 winner of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry Leadership Award. The award recognizes outstanding service to the field of …
    • National pathology organization recognizes School of Medicine faculty member

      The American Society for Investigative Pathology recently recognized Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research and professor of pathology, for his service to the organization with a lifetime emeritus certificate of membership. The society is a community of researchers studying the mechanisms of disease …
    • School of Medicine researcher published in New England Journal of Medicine

      Daniel F. Pauly, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, biomedical and health informatics, and chief of cardiology, is co-author of a research article published in the Jan. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The article examined peripartum cardiomyopathy — deterioration of heart function for women in …
    • Wofford to serve on national council for physician assistant programs

      Annie Wofford, admissions coordinator for School of Medicine graduate programs, was recently selected to serve on the national Physician Assistant Education Association’s Recruitment and Admissions Council. The group provides oversight of the association’s central application service. It also serves as an admissions resource for PA …
    • UMKC hosts meeting of Missouri medical students

      UMKC School of Medicine hosted for the first time the Missouri 1st Year Medical Student Conference, an annual meeting of students who attend the six medical schools in Missouri. The conference took place Saturday, Jan. 16, and attracted nearly 100 students from the state’s allopathic …
    • Gold Humanism Honor Society welcomes 2016 class

      The School of Medicine chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society welcomed the 2016 class of students, residents and faculty members on Jan. 23 during its annual induction ceremony at Diastole. This is the 13th consecutive year that the UMKC chapter has recognized senior medical …
    • Visiting Professor speaker focuses on curricular changes in medical education

      All across the country, medical schools are experiencing the same thing, according to John Mahoney, M.D., M.S., associate dean for medical education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. National organizations such as the American Medical Association and other outside forces are converging to …
    • Dean’s Visiting Professor series will debut on Jan. 15

      Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., has established a new Visiting Professor program that will bring to UMKC School of Medicine renowned speakers from around the country who will explore important issues in academic medicine and health care. The first speaker in the new Dean’s Visiting Professor …
    • School of Medicine awards degrees, graduate certificates to 14 students

      Five students recently received their medical degrees and nine received advanced degrees or graduate certificates from the School of Medicine. December graduates who received their Doctorate of Medicine are Adam Ali, Morgan Eidson, John McElveen Jr., Shahar Safavi and Brian Weber. Receiving a Master of …
    • Symposium places focus on interprofessional education

      Faculty from the UMKC Health Sciences Campus at Hospital Hill recently attended the Fourth Annual Interprofessional Education Symposium: Building a Bridge Between Education and Practice in the Bloch Executive Hall Auditorium. The UMKC Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies, and Pharmacy continue to …
    • Walker to chair case-based review course for national radiology conference

      The American Roentgen Ray Society has honored Chris Walker, M.D., assistant professor of radiology. He will serve as the thoracic imaging section chair for the organization’s case-based review course at next spring’s 2016 national meeting in Los Angeles. The course provides diagnostic imaging cases in …
    • Hans wins American College of Physicians student research award

      Amneet Hans, a sixth-year medical student, received the first prize for her student research poster presentation at the 2015 Kansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians meeting in Wichita. Hans received the award for her poster, “Septic Shock Secondary to a Urinary Tract Infection …
    • Students present research abstract at national conference

      Two School of Medicine students were recognized for their research. Matt Hendrix and Chelsea Shapland co-authored an abstract that was selected for presentation at the 2015 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research conference. The event took place this past October in Seattle. Hendrix, a …
    • Faculty appointments will enhance student research

      The Dean’s Office has announced the appointments of three faculty members to key positions at the School of Medicine. Lawrence Dall, M.D., professor of internal medicine and docent, and Michael Wacker, Ph.D., associate teaching professor of physiology, will each serve as assistant dean for student …
    • Cunningham receives student scholarship in interventional radiology

      Fourth-year medical student Danielle Cunningham recently received a student travel scholarship to attend the next Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting. The award provides funding for selected medical students to take part in sessions of the organization’s upcoming meetings in April 2016 in Vancouver, …
    • Researcher studies obstacles in HIV care continuum

      A UMKC School of Medicine researcher is working to understand why people diagnosed with HIV may not stick with their treatment. An estimated 1.2 million Americans live with HIV infection. The disease is treated with antiretroviral therapy, a combination of medicines that reduces the amount …
    • Student research office announces Sarah Morrison Awards

      The Office of Student Research has selected seven students to receive the October 2015 Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. The recipients are Danielle Cunningham, Tarana Gill, Ravali Gummi, Brooks Kimmis, Megan Lilley, Omar Qayum and Nidhi Reddy. Awards of up to $1,500 are given to …
    • American Heart Association honors Spertus with lifetime achievement award

      The American Heart Association honored John Spertus, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and Daniel J. Lauer, M.D., Chair in Metabolism and Vascular Disease Research, with the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 10. The award was given at the association’s 2015 Scientific Sessions in Orlando, …
    • School of Medicine fellows receive research awards

      Two maternal-fetal medicine fellows received high honors from the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for their research activity at the School of Medicine. Shilpa Babbar, M.D., a third-year fellow, received the organization’s President’s Certificate of Merit for her research project, “Acute Fetal Behavioral Response …