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.


    • School of Medicine announces key administrative appointments

      School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter is pleased to announce several key appointments, as the school continues to align itself for the future. The new appointments include: Paul Cuddy, Pharm.D. MBA, Vice Dean; Nurry Pirani, M.D., Associate Dean for Curriculum; Stefanie Ellison, M.D., Associate Dean …
    • Students turn interprofessional education into a competition

      Interprofessional education at UMKC’s health sciences schools has spawned an interprofessional competition. Nearly 50 students from the schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy worked together as members of nine interprofessional teams putting their combined skills to the test in the first Interprofessional Education and …
    • Med student Briggs joins surgical team on Dominican Republic mission

      Kayla Briggs, a sixth-year student at UMKC School of Medicine, is part of an 11-person group that left on March 18 for the Dominican Republic on an eight-day medical mission trip. The team consists of physicians, nurses, paramedics, an interpreter and Briggs. “We can all …
    • Match Day a time for joy, celebration at UMKC School of Medicine

      Jasleen Ghuman opened the white envelope in her hands, took a quick peek at the single page message inside, and exploded with screams of joy. Ten years ago, Ghuman came to the United States from India with her mother and siblings. Her dream was to …
    • SOM students take part in national conference on student-run free clinics

      Three fifth-year UMKC School of Medicine student members of the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic represented the organization and presented at the February meeting of the Society for Student Run Free Clinics National Conference in Anaheim, California. Mrigank Gupta, Ravali Gummi, and Ahsan Hussain presented …
    • Comics used to express culture of med school and students

      At the Penn State College of Medicine, Michael Green, M.D., a physician and bioethicist at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, uses the medium of comics to help medical students share their experiences of medical school. Each year, Green, who is also the …
    • Benefits of student research are worth the challenge, visiting professor says

      Donald B. DeFranco, Ph.D., believes involving medical students in research has substantial benefits from developing analytical thinking skills to improving oral and written communication. DeFranco, a University of Pittsburgh research leader, shared his thoughts March 9 as part of the Dean’s Visiting Professor lecture series. In …
    • Applications due April 1 for Sarah Morrison research awards

      The Office of Research Administration is taking applications for the next round of Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. The next application deadline is April. 1. Sarah Morrison awards are given twice a year to help students learn the value and application of research in the …
    • Family Medicine Residency announces 2017-18 chief residents

      The UMKC School of Medicine Community and Family Residency Program has announced that Chadwick Byle, M.D., and Kevin Munger, D.O., M.S., will take on leadership roles as the program’s chief residents for 2017-18. Byle received his medical degree from the University of Missorui-Columbia. Munger is …
    • Community partnerships crucial to combat obesity, Shannon lecturer says

      The 2017 Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Lecture in Minority Health, given by Daphne Bascom, M.D., was filled with compelling statistics and fresh insights into the importance of community health efforts. It also reinforced an old saying: An ounce of prevention is worth a …
    • Kansas City YMCA executive to deliver annual Shannon Lecture

      Daphne Bascom, M.D.,  will be the keynote speaker for the School of Medicine’s 12th annual Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Lecture in Minority Health at noon on Friday in Theater A. Bascom is the senior vice-president of community integrated health for the Greater Kansas …
    • Research Summit posters, abstracts due March 17

      School of Medicine students participating in the annual Health Sciences Research Summit are reminded that March 17 is the final deadline for abstract and poster submissions. This year’s research summit is April 26 at UMKC Student Union. Students must submit  their abstracts through the Health …
    • School of Medicine announces new curriculum council chair

      The School of Medicine announced the appointment of Nurry Pirani, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, as the next associate dean for curriculum and chair of the curriculum council. Her appointment began February 13, 2017. Stefanie Ellison, M.D., professor of emergency medicine, has completed a seven-year …
    • New chief medical officer values KC, UMKC roots

      For Olevia Pitts, M.D. ’86, becoming Research Medical Center’s chief medical officer was a logical next step in the city she loves.  “I’ve always practiced in the Kansas City area,” Pitts said in an interview after her whirlwind first week at her new post. “And …
    • TMC legal counsel discusses ‘right to die’ in America

      More and more often, families are faced with the difficult choice of extending a loved one’s life only through the prolonged use of medical technology. Having that choice has not always been the case. Throughout much of recorded history, there was no such thing as …
    • School of Medicine welcomes 2017 inductees to Gold Humanism Honor Society

      The School of Medicine’s Gold Humanism Honor Society welcomed the 2017 class of inductees during its annual induction ceremony on Jan. 21 at Diastole. It is the 14th consecutive year that the UMKC chapter has recognized students with induction into the national organization. The 18 …
    • Vision research students receive UMKC research awards

      Two students working on research projects with the School of Medicine’s Vision Research Center have received awards to support their efforts. Ravali Gummi, a fifth-year medical student, received an award from the 2017 Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund for glaucoma research. William Dexter, a graduate …
    • School of Medicine students supported by 2017 awards from UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund

      The UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund has announced its awards for 2017, comprising 14 Outstanding Merit Awards and the financing of 74 fellowships. Four of the recipients from across the university are from the School of Medicine: Ravali Gummi, for glaucoma research; Kaitlyn Hill, …
    • His goal? Connecting alumni to UMKC

      Fred Schlichting, who spent 18 seasons with the UMKC men’s soccer team as assistant and then associate coach, has joined the School of Medicine as director of advancement. In his coaching role, he was responsible for coordinating soccer recruiting, events and day-to-day administrative operations — skills …
    • Curcuru uses national post to spread knowledge about anesthesiology

      A fifth-year student in the UMKC School of Medicine’s B.A./M.D. program, Caitlin Curcuru, is using her post as national student secretary of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) to spread knowledge about the field. “I discovered a passion for anesthesiology early on,” said Curcuru, who …