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.


    • Sojourner Clinic mini-medical school serves dual purpose

      The School of Medicine’s Sojourner Clinic conducted a mini-medical school program on June 27 with a dual purpose: to give area high school and college undergraduate students interested in medicine a brief primer into the health care field, and to raise money for the student-run …
    • APAMSA conducts annual free health fair

      A crowd of more than 200 people filed through Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas, on June 20 to take part in free health screenings conducted by the School of Medicine’s Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association. Student and faculty volunteers partnered …
    • Former docent recognized as leading reviewer for diabetes journal

      Richard Hellman, M.D., a clinical associate professor of medicine who served as a docent during the early years of the School of Medicine, was honored with a Distinguished Reviewer Award for 2014 from the American Diabetes Association journal, Diabetes Care. The publication selects 10 reviewers …
    • Residents, students get close up look at KCI emergency drill

      Several School of Medicine emergency medicine residents and faculty positioned themselves among the debris and injured people spread across the tarmac of KCI during a simulated airplane crash on June 18. Emergency responders from the Kansas City fire and police departments, emergency medical services and …
    • Sidewalk to be closed during roof repair

      The sidewalk along the east side of the UMKC School of Medicine (along Charlotte Street) will be closed beginning July 6 while roofing repairs are being conducted. In addition, there will be an intermittent loss of parking stalls as the repair crew uses the area …
    • Sirridge Office seeks creative works for Human Factor publication

      The Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics recognizes the important connection between medicine and the arts and its significant role in strengthening physician-patient relationships. The Human Factor is a publication that supports the “art” of medicine through showcasing creative works and sharing human experiences. …
    • Residency Program Directors Forum planned for June 20

      Program directors and representatives from 20 different medical specialties will be available to talk to students and discuss careers in their medical fields during the Residency Program Directors Forum from 11:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, in the School of Medicine’s theaters …
    • Graduate writes reader-friendly emergency medicine review book

      A School of Medicine graduate and instructor has written a book designed to help emergency physicians review for the exams they take to become and stay board-certified. Sajid Khan, M.D. ’05, clinical assistant professor of medicine, wrote The Ultimate Emergency Medicine Guide: The Only Book …
    • UMKC study finds beta blockers can increase risk of death in noncardiac surgery

      A University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine research study has found that unless they have serious cardiac issues, patients should question the need for a beta blocker before an upcoming major surgery. The controversial practice of administering pre-surgery beta blockers to patients having noncardiac …
    • Patient safety expert discusses effort to reduce medical errors

      The Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, stated that up to 98,000 Americans die each year in hospitals because of preventable mistakes — or as Michael Handler, M.D. ’84, put it, “the equivalent of a jumbo jet crash …
    • School of Medicine celebrates Class of 2015

      In his first commencement address to graduating students of the School of Medicine on May 20, Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., welcomed the Class of 2015 to the medical profession and encouraged each one not to sell themselves short. As the keynote speaker, the first-year dean …
    • SOM researcher receives NIH grant to continue study of depression

      John Wang, M.D., Ph.D., endowed chair and professor of anesthesiology, received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health to continue his ongoing research that could one day lead to novel pharmacotherapies and the treatments of some symptoms …
    • School of Medicine honors Timothy Buie, M.D., with 2015 Take Wing Award

      Timothy Buie, M.D. ’84, had some help from family when deciding his career choice. His father, for instance, was a physician in Kansas City and mentored a number of medical students. “I really think I’m a physician because my dad was a good physician and …
    • Sarah Morrison award recipients announced for April

      Two students have been selected by the Office of Research Administration to receive  Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards for April 2015. Recipients for April are Gaurav Anand, MS 3, who will be mentored by Peter Koulen, Ph.D., professor of basic medical science and Felix and …
    • Litzau selected for Vice Chancellor’s award

      Megan Litzau, MS 6, has been selected from the School of Medicine as a UMKC Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipient. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management takes nominations from each academic unit to recognize graduating students who have excelled in academic achievement, leadership …
    • University recognizes School of Medicine alumnus, staff member

      A School of Medicine alumnus and a staff member have each been selected as 2015 recipients of the UMKC Pride Award. The award acknowledges members of the UMKC community for their contribution to the university’s LGBTQIA community through education, support, programming, or activism and to …
    • SOM welcomes new AOA members

      The School of Medicine welcomed the newest members into the Missouri Delta chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society during the organization’s annual banquet on May 8 at Diastole. The society recognizes both high educational achievement and gifted teaching, and encourages the development …
    • SOM’s Litzau earns national honor in emergency medicine

      Megan Litzau, MS 6, has been selected as a winner of the 2015 American College of Emergency Physicians National Outstanding Medical Student Award. The award recognizes a medical student who intends to pursue emergency medicine careers and has displayed outstanding patient care and involvement in …
    • SOM graduate Mark Steele, M.D., appointed Chief Operating Officer for Truman Medical Centers

      Truman Medical Centers President and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Shields has named Mark T. Steele, M.D. ’80, chief operating officer, responsible for the clinical and business operations of TMC. Steele will continue to serve as TMC chief medical officer. He also serves as UMKC School …
    • MSA program students gather national honors

      Students from the School of Medicine’s Master of Sciences in Anesthesia program brought home two major awards from the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants annual conference, April 10-14 in Orlando, Florida. The program, for the second year in a row, brought home the organization’s  AAAA …