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.


    • 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 …
    • First Aid for med students

      UMKC’s Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan provides a helping hand for Step 1 exam Medical students across the country can thank Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan for helping them pass their U.S. Medical Licensing Exam. Vaidyanathan, a fifth-year medical student at the UMKC School of Medicine, is a contributing author to …
    • Research office opens online submissions for Student Research Summit

      School of Medicine students planning to participate in the annual Health Sciences Research Summit on April 26 at the UMKC Student Union can now submit their abstracts through an online portal. Abstracts and posters must be submitted to the School of Medicine’s Office of Research …
    • British Medical Association says Waldman book on pain diagnosis among best of 2016

      A unique textbook by Steven Waldman, M.D. ’77, has won a British Medical Association Book Award for 2016. The book, the third edition of Physical Diagnosis of Pain: An Atlas of Signs and Symptoms, was the winner in one of 20 award categories for the …
    • Weidling chosen for public health scholars program

      Robert Weidling, a fifth year medical student at the School of Medicine, has been selected to participate in a scholars program that prepares public health professionals to meet population health challenges at the community and national levels. The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program helps students develop …
    • UMKC fellow receives Ob/Gyn scientific awards at national meeting

      Gustavo Vilchez, M.D., a maternal-fetal medicine fellow in the School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received two major scientific awards from the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Vilchez received the Central Prize Award, the association’s major scientific award, for his abstract, “The …
    • School of Medicine to honor degree, graduate certificate recipients

      Eleven students from School of Medicine programs will be honored during the UMKC Mid-Year Commencement ceremony on Dec. 17 at Swinney Recreation Center. Students graduating with their M.D. degrees are Gabrielle Curry, Amit Roy, Mark Spaw and Joshua Williams. Five students receiving their Master of …
    • Students reach out to community with free health fairs

      UMKC School of Medicine members of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association reached out to underserved populations of the community with two free health fairs. Students conducted glucose and blood pressure screenings, and cholesterol and lipid profiles at an Oct. 15 health fair for …
    • The Snow Symposium: Cultural exchange with a medical twist

      Traditional Chinese medicine and its potential for helping with U.S. pain-killer addictions were among the topics explored at the 17th Edgar Snow Symposium in Beijing and Tianjin. The symposium is an academic and cultural exchange between UMKC, Kansas City and China. It takes place every …
    • UMKC SOM plays host to medical women’s association regional conference

      The UMKC School of Medicine chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association played host to its regional conference on Nov. 20. More than 80 students and faculty from six Midwest medical schools participated in the  event focusing on advancing women in medicine. The conference featured …
    • Longtime soccer coach joins School of Medicine as advancement director

      Fred Schlichting, who spent 18 seasons as a coach with the UMKC men’s soccer team, has joined the School of Medicine as Director of Advancement. Schlichting brings an extensive background in event and logistics management, communications and relationship building to his new role. Schlichting was …
    • Eight receive Sarah Morrison Student Research Award

      The School of Medicine’s Student Research Program has announced winners of the October 2016 Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. Eight students received awards to support their research efforts and help fund their presentations at conferences and scientific meetings. Seven of the recipients are B.A./M.D. students: …
    • SOM faculty honored as Children’s Mercy’s first Eminent Scholars

      Two UMKC School of Medicine faculty members have been honored by Children’s Mercy Hospital as its first Eminent Scholars, academic medicine’s highest honor. Michael Artman, M.D., chair of pediatrics, was named the Joyce C. Hall Eminent Scholar in Pediatrics. Tom Curran, Ph.D., FRS, professor of …
    • Sreepada receives Vice Chancellor’s Honor

      Sixth-year medical student Kartik Sreepada has been selected as a UMKC Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipient for the 2016 Fall semester. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management takes nominations for the honor from each academic unit to recognize graduating students who have excelled …
    • Is Devil’s Claw the Answer?

      UMKC and MU study of herbal osteoarthritis remedy receives NIH funding A collaborative group of researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), the University of Missouri (MU) in Columbia, and the International Clinical Research Institute in Overland Park, have received a $412,000 grant to …
    • UMKC, TMC and Children’s Mercy Win $930K Grant from CDC

      The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Truman Medical Centers (TMC) and Children’s Mercy have won a quality-improvement grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for diagnostic laboratory testing at TMC. The three-year grant, which will use Cerner Health Facts data, is funded up to …
    • Authority on testosterone therapy research delivers Dodge lecture

      This year’s Mark Dodge, M. D., Lectureship speaker represented excellence in patient care and a dedication to learning by sharing research findings on important questions regarding men and aging. According to Dr. Shalender Bhasin, M.B., B.S., and the 39th annual Dodge lecturer, testosterone prescription sales …
    • Goodson seeks reform in compensation for primary care physicians

      Primary care specialties are facing an uphill battle for survival, said John Goodson, M.D., a primary care advocate. Goodson, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and primary care internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, delivered the UMKC School of Medicine’s annual William H. …
    • Hasnie selected to AMA Med Student Section planning committee

      Usman Hasnie, a fourth-year medical student at the School of Medicine, was selected to a national leadership position with the American Medical Association. Hasnie was one of 15 medical students elected to a one-year term on the organization’s Committee on Long-Range Planning. The committee focuses …