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.


    • Med students offer education on heart health at Camp Cardiac

      Day camp at the UMKC School of Medicine is more than fun and games. Following a one-hour crash course on normal heart physiology, a group of local high school students are testing their newly gained knowledge in a rousing game of Jeopardy. That’s followed by …
    • Med school grad leading the charge as environmental health advocate

      When Mark Mitchell, M.D., ’81, saw young children struggling with the effects of asthma, he set out to make a difference. For much of the past 15 years, Mitchell has been active in educating communities, primarily low-income areas, on the effects of the environment on …
    • School of Medicine announces Department of Surgery appointments

      The UMKC School of Medicine has announced recent appointments in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Glenn Talboy, a long-time member of our faculty, will serve as the next Chair of the Department of Surgery (beginning in mid-August) and as Program Director for the surgery residency (effective …
    • Services announced for Dr. Mark Friedell

      Mark Lowry Friedell, M.D., F.A.C.S., died late Sunday, July 10. Dr. Friedell came to the UMKC School of Medicine in 2012, where he had served as professor and chair of the Department of Surgery. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Beloit College and his medical …
    • School announces new leadership in Radiology department

      The School of Medicine has announced new leadership in the Department of Radiology. Jeffrey Kunin, M.D., has been appointed interim chair of the department. Kelli Andresen, M.D., will serve as the department’s residency program director. These positions were previously held by Lisa Lowe, M.D., who resigned …
    • Student affairs faculty, staff lead development sessions at national conference

      UMKC School of Medicine faculty and staff from the Department of Student Affairs participated in discussions and presentations at an Association of American Medical Colleges national conference on student affairs in St. Louis. The June conference of the organization’s Group on Student Affairs also brought together …
    • Student group sponsors annual health fair

      After Rmaah Memon took part in a student-sponsored community health fair a year ago, she couldn’t wait to do it again. Nearly 30 medical students joined community volunteers for the Indian Association of Kansas City Health Fair on June 25 at Blue Valley Southwest High …
    • Physician Leadership Program: Providing business acumen to grow health care leaders into effective change makers

      When Angeline Stanislaus, M.D., became chief medical officer for adults for the Missouri Department of Mental Health in 2014, she recognized a need for further education to support her new role. After researching programs, she decided to apply to the UMKC Physician Leadership Program to …
    • Former UMKC School of Medicine residents team up on groundbreaking elbow transplant

      Orthopedic surgeon Eric Sides initially laughed off Reggie Cook’s idea. Too crazy. “I don’t understand why you can’t take my left elbow off and put it on my right side,” said the 37-year-old Cook, who lost use of his arms seven years ago after a …
    • Alumn recognized for promoting awareness of sexual violence

      Kansas City, Missouri, recognized Michael Weaver, M.D. ’77, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine and medical director of the Clinical Forensic Program at Saint Luke’s Health System, and others for their work on behalf of victims of sexual assault. The City Council passed a resolution …
    • 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 …