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.


    • Faculty member appointed to ACGME review board

      The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has appointed Paul Dowling, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and long-time director of allergy and immunology training, to serve on its Review Committee for Allergy and Immunology. Dowling has served as a member of the School of …
    • Medical students receive orthopaedic surgery research awards

      Two UMKC medical students have won new research awards for students interested in orthopaedic surgery. Corey Wells, a fifth-year B.A./M.D. student, is the first recipient of the University Orthopaedics Trauma Research Opportunity and Scholar Award. The award is given to an outstanding UMKC medical student …
    • Faculty member selected to advisory council on new drug effectiveness

      Reem Mustafa, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine and docent, has been selected to the Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC). She is one of 14 inaugural members of the independent, non-profit research organization that will analyze and report on the effectiveness and value of new …
    • Koulen appointed to serve on NIH review group

      Peter Koulen, Ph.D., a renowned vision and neuroscience researcher at the UMKC School of Medicine, has been appointed to serve as a member of one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientific review groups. Koulen is professor of ophthalmology and basic medical science and the …
    • School of Medicine research administration announces staff changes

      Courtney Drerup has joined the School of Medicine as the grants support specialist in the Office of Research Administration. She replaces Patricia Weary, who retired in May. Drerup will help coordinate the annual Health Sciences Student Research Summit for School of Medicine students. She will also maintain …
    • Student group conducting drive for children’s books

      Nearly one-third of all kindergartners in the United States begin school without the basic language skills necessary to learn to read. The Medical Humanities Interest Group at the School of Medicine is doing its part to help change that with a book drive through July 10. …
    • School of Medicine Hospital Hill Run 5K draws a crowd

      The annual UMKC School of Medicine Hospital Hill Run 5K drew a crowd of more than 1,500 participants to Crown Center on June 3 as a kickoff to the 2016 Hospital Hill Run 10K and half marathon races. This was the third year in a row the 5K run has taken …
    • Med school announces new course directors for Fundamentals of Medical Practice

      The School of Medicine has announced the addition of two new faculty members who will serve as course directors for the Fundamentals of Medical Practice course. Marc Taormina, M.D., is a Kansas City native and board certified gastroenterologist who is a 1977 UMKC School of Medicine alum. …
    • Two from med school honored with Vice Chancellor’s awards

      Loreley Robie and Chelsea Light were selected from the School of Medicine as UMKC Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipients for the winter semester. Robie received her medical degree last month. Light is a May graduate of the school’s physician assistant program. The Vice Chancellor for Student …
    • Medical students present cardiology research in Mexico City

      Two medical students traveled to Mexico City to present research at the World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health. Fifth-year B.A./M.D. students Himachandana Atluri and Amit Nanda are co-presidents of the Cardiology Interest Group. They worked with Akshit Sharma, M.D., an internal medicine resident at UMKC …
    • University of Pittsburgh scientist, educator appointed associate dean of research

      The School of Medicine has announced the appointment of A. Paula Monaghan-Nichols, Ph.D., as the new associate dean of research. She will serve as a professor in the school’s Department of Basic Medical Science. Dr. Nichols is an expert in the fields of genetics and …
    • Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies announce joint research appointment

      The UMKC School of Medicine and School of Nursing and Health Studies are pleased to announce the joint appointment of Mark Nichols, Ph.D. Dr. Nichols will serve as the associate dean of research for the School of Nursing and Health Studies and will serve as an …
    • Medical student named NIH Medical Research Scholar

      Medical student Sachin Nair was accepted into a yearlong research enrichment program at the National Institutes of Health. The NIH Medical Research Scholars Program enables medical, dental and veterinary students to participate in basic, clinical or translational research on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, …
    • Physician assistants joining med school commencement celebration

      Graduation day at the UMKC School of Medicine is getting even bigger this year. Fourteen members of the inaugural class of the Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant program will join the commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. on May 23 at Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium …
    • Expert in gynecologic oncology to receive 2016 Take Wing award

      A career in obstetrics and gynecology did not particularly resonate with Jason Wright, M.D. ’99, as he was starting his clinical clerkships at the UMKC School of Medicine. Then he got to his Ob/Gyn rotation. “It was a complete surprise to me. I really enjoyed …
    • Former NASA physician/astronaut discusses protocols for patient safety

      James P. Bagian, M.D., P.E., a physician who developed a program to protect patients from hospital-based harm and a former NASA astronaut who flew two space shuttle missions, presented the keynote address on May 13 at the third annual Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality and Patient …
    • UMKC student researchers find health hazards associated with marijuana use

      For generations, marijuana has been the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. It is considered to have so few adverse effects that Colorado, Oregon and Washington have legalized marijuana, and more states are considering decriminalization. However, results of a study by two …
    • Hassanzadeh receives AOA research fellowship award

      Comron Hassanzadeh plans to pursue a career in radiation oncology. Next fall, he’ll start applying for a residency position that will propel him in that direction. In the meantime, the fifth-year student is taking time away his UMKC classes to collaborate on a research study. Hassanzadeh is …
    • Med student receives UMKC Pride Award

      Brooks Kimmis, a fourth-year medical student, was selected as this year’s recipient of the UMKC Pride Award for LGBTQIA Student of the Year. The award acknowledges members of the UMKC community who have contributed to the betterment of the university’s LGBTQIA community through education, support, programming or …
    • AOA Honor Medical Society welcomes 2016 class of inductees

      The School of Medicine added 21 new members to its Missouri Delta Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society on May 5 during a celebration at Diastole. Acceptance into AOA recognizes excellence in academic scholarship and the highest ideals of professionalism in medicine. …