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.


    • 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., who served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President George H. W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Lecture in Minority Health on Feb. 27 at …
    • Research office opens online submissions for Student Research Summit

      Students from the School of Medicine will again join students from the Schools of Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biological Sciences, Engineering and Arts & Science at Pierson Hall on April 2 for the annual Health Sciences Student Research Summit. This is the fourth year with each …
    • Community and Family Medicine residency ranked among top programs

      The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine has been named one of the nation’s top residency training programs. Doximity, in collaboration with U.S. News and World Report,  announced the first-ever regional residency program rankings. The UMKC School of Medicine’s Community and Family Medicine residency …
    • In Memoriam: Dr. Stephen Hamburger

      Stephen Hamburger, M.D., who served as chairman of the UMKC School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine from 1982 to 1999, died on Jan. 4 in Chicago. He was 68. During his tenure as chair, the department doubled in size, tripled its research endeavors, including …
    • Nominees sought for annual diversity awards

      The School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships is seeking nominations for its annual Excellence in Diversity and Health Equity in Medicine awards by Jan 30. The honor recognizes an individual or organization for demonstrating a sustained and impactful contribution to diversity, inclusion, …
    • NY Times article looks at School of Medicine alumnus’ research on gun violence and the mentally ill

      An article exploring mental health and gun violence written by School of Medicine alumnus Jonathan Metzl, M.D., ’90, and published in the Dec. 12 issue of the American Journal of Public Health is also the focus of a recent New York Times story. Metzl is …
    • Eight from School of Medicine participate in mid-year commencement

      Eight students from the School of Medicine took part in UMKC’s mid-year commencement ceremony on Dec. 19 at Swinney Recreation Center. Seven students received their M.D. They were Chiazotam Ekekezie, Ehren Ekhause, Eric Roychowdhury, Vedica Sharma, Rana Singh, Ryan Stokes and Gretchen Woodfork . Greyson …
    • TV documentary features SOM pediatrics faculty, patients

      School of Medicine alumnus, Corey Iqbal, M.D., ’03, chief of fetal surgery, is one of the physicians highlighted in a television documentary series, Inside Pediatrics, that tells the stories of patients, their families and the health care professionals who take care of them at Children’s …
    • School of Medicine represented in NIH-sponsored student research program

      Dilreet Rai, MS 5, conducted a three-month research study in mice that confirmed that diabetes plays a part in accelerating the build up of plaque in arteries. Her work was part of the Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes program sponsored by the National Institutes …
    • UMKC Alumni Association to recognize two School of Medicine graduates

      Two School of Medicine graduates will be honored at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Alumni Association’s awards luncheon next spring. Nicholas Comninellis, M.D. ’82, M.P.H., clinical assistant professor of community and family medicine, will receive the Alumnus of the Year award, the highest alumni award …
    • Mid-year commencement set for Dec. 19

      Twenty-two students receiving their degrees or graduate certificates from School of Medicine programs are eligible to take part in UMKC’s mid-year commencement ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Swinney Recreation Center. Those anticipated to receive their degrees in December or who have …
    • Gaddis presents lectures at emergency medicine conference in Mexico

      Gary Gaddis, M.D., Missouri Endowed Chair for Emergency Medicine, gave two lectures at the Fifth World Congress of Emergency Medicine conducted Nov. 19-22 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Gaddis spoke on how to recognize and treat drug related problems in the emergency room and gave another …
    • Faculty, alumni featured on ‘Best Doctors Kansas City’ list

      More than 130 School of Medicine faculty members and alumni have been identified by their peers as the top physicians in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The Kansas City Business Journal publishes a “Best Doctors Kansas City” list. The list is excerpted from the “Best Doctors in …
    • School of Medicine mourns loss of first graduate

      Jerald A. Burton, M.D., a member of the UMKC School of Medicine’s first graduating class died on Monday, Nov. 17, following a brief illness. Burton held the distinction as the first graduate of the School of Medicine. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, …
    • Leader in endocrinology research delivers 2014 Dodge Lectureship

      Lynette Nieman, M.D., a renowned National Institutes of Health researcher in the field of endocrinology, presented the 2014 Mark Dodge, M.D., Lectureship at the School of Medicine on Nov. 13. Nieman is senior investigator in the program in reproductive and adult endocrinology at the Eunice …
    • Saturday Academy opens doors to area students

      A steady stream of Kansas City area middle school and high school students flows into the UMKC School of Medicine each fall for a program that can help pave their way to potential careers in health care. Kenneth Beene serves as the coordinator for the …
    • Faculty members publish commentary in New England Journal of Medicine

      Two University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine professors have published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine critical of proposed new guidelines for disclosing risks to research study participants. The federal Office for Human Research Protections recently issued draft guidance on disclosing …
    • Gaddis keeps busy teaching, speaking schedule

      Gary Gaddis, M.D., Missouri Endowed Chair for Emergency Medicine, gave two lectures at the Fifth World Congress of Emergency Medicine conducted Nov. 19-22 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He also traveled to Daejeon, South Korea, where he gave two talks on Oct. 15 at the Pan-Pacific …
    • Health sciences schools bring interprofessional education in focus

      UMKC will take center stage at the Kauffman Foundation Center on Dec. 2 with a seminar on how its health sciences schools are working together to promote and implement interprofessional education. Former School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, M.D., and School of Pharmacy Dean Russ …