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.


    • Former hospital chief appointed new associate dean

      The School of Medicine announced that Samuel H. Turner, Sr., former Shawnee Mission Medical Center president and CEO, has been appointed as the new Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion starting Sept. 1. He has served as a consultant in that office since May 2014. Turner …
    • Eswaran completes summer program at MD Anderson Cancer Center

      A summer research program at one of the top-ranked cancer centers in the United States gave Sanju Eswaran, MS 4, the rare opportunity to merge her clinical interests with exploring a rare disease. Eswaran spent two and a half months in the Medical Student Program …
    • Two students to receive Missouri ACP awards

      Two UMKC School of Medicine students — Clifton Davis, MS 6, and Carlee Oaklee, MS 4 — have been selected by the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Physicians for awards recognizing their work in health care. Davis was selected as a recipient of …
    • White Coat Ceremony a milestone for Year 3 students

      The White Coat Ceremony at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine also prominently includes the colors blue, green, red, gold and purple. This rite of passage for Year 3 students in UMKC’s innovative six-year B.A./M.D. program recognizes the transition from an emphasis on …
    • SOM career fair planned for Aug. 22

      The School of Medicine’s Career Services Office will sponsor a career fair for all students from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the School of Dentistry cafeteria. The program offers students the opportunity to meet and talk with medical sepecialists and explore …
    • School recognizes 35th class of Summer Scholars

      For the past month, 48 area high school students were immersed in the Summer Scholars program at the UMKC School of Medicine that many hope will be a springboard to their future as healthcare professionals. Summer Scholars celebrated its 35th class on July 31 with …
    • Diversity Council plans scholarship event

      The Hospital Hill Diversity Council will be host to an evening of music, dining and dancing to raise scholarship funds for underrepresented students of color enrolled in the UMKC health sciences schools. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Pierson …
    • August ceremonies will kick off new academic year

      August is a time for new beginnings for students at the School of Medicine. Two upcoming programs — the White Coat Ceremony and InDOCtrination — will kick off the new academic year for students taking important steps in their medical school careers. The White Coat …
    • High school students get close-up look at medicine

      Just before 9 a.m., a fourth-floor conference room at Truman Medical Center is coming to life. Medical students, residents and nurses are gathering with Carol Stanford, M.D. ’79, a docent physician at the UMKC School of Medicine, and this morning’s attending physician. Joining the group …
    • Summer Scholars changing lives for high school students

      Each July, the School of Medicine’s Summer Scholars program provides minority and economically disadvantaged high school students with skills that prepare them for successful careers in health care. This is the 35th year of the three-week program, which opened with an orientation session on July …
    • Two School of Medicine faculty to receive Mentoring Awards

      John Foxworth, Pharm.D., professor of medicine and assistant dean for faculty development, and Vincent Barone, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, have been selected as winners of the School of Medicine’s 2015 Mentoring Awards. Foxworth will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award, an honor given …
    • School of Medicine welcomes four new docents

      The School of Medicine will begin the 2015 fall semester with four new docents. Adnan Khan, M.D., joins the Blue 8 team; Prem Parajuli, M.D., will lead the Red 8 team; Jignesh Shah, M.D., takes over the Blue 7 team; and Shanna Ripley, D.O., is …
    • UC Davis dean to deliver 2015 Sirridge Lecture

      Julie A. Freischlag, M.D., dean of the school of medicine and vice chancellor for human health sciences at the University of California-Davis, has been selected to present the annual Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Outstanding Women in Medicine lecture. Her presentation will take place at noon …
    • Collier named Red Unit education team coordinator

      Nikki Collier, a former senior support assistant in the Office of Student Affairs, has been named the education team coordinator for the Red Unit. Collier started her new role June 15. She replaced Gladys Zollar-Jones, who recently retired after a lengthy career of service at …
    • 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. …