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.


    • TV documentary features SOM pediatrics faculty, patients

      A new television documentary series, Inside Pediatrics, tells the stories of patients, their families and the health care professionals who take care of them at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. A number of School of Medicine faculty and alumni are featured throughout the six-part program that …
    • School of Medicine represented in NIH-sponsored student research program

      Dilreet Rai, MS 5, conducted a three-month research study in mice that confirmed that diabetes plays a part in accelerating the build up of plaque in arteries. Her work was part of the Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes program sponsored by the National Institutes …
    • UMKC Alumni Association to recognize two School of Medicine graduates

      Two School of Medicine graduates will be honored at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Alumni Association’s awards luncheon next spring. Nicholas Comninellis, M.D. ’82, M.P.H., clinical assistant professor of community and family medicine, will receive the Alumnus of the Year award, the highest alumni award …
    • Mid-year commencement set for Dec. 19

      Twenty-two students receiving their degrees or graduate certificates from School of Medicine programs are eligible to take part in UMKC’s mid-year commencement ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Swinney Recreation Center. Those anticipated to receive their degrees in December or who have …
    • Gaddis presents lectures at emergency medicine conference in Mexico

      Gary Gaddis, M.D., Missouri Endowed Chair for Emergency Medicine, gave two lectures at the Fifth World Congress of Emergency Medicine conducted Nov. 19-22 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Gaddis spoke on how to recognize and treat drug related problems in the emergency room and gave another …
    • Faculty, alumni featured on ‘Best Doctors Kansas City’ list

      More than 130 School of Medicine faculty members and alumni have been identified by their peers as the top physicians in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The Kansas City Business Journal publishes a “Best Doctors Kansas City” list. The list is excerpted from the “Best Doctors in …
    • School of Medicine mourns loss of first graduate

      Jerald A. Burton, M.D., a member of the UMKC School of Medicine’s first graduating class died on Monday, Nov. 17, following a brief illness. Burton held the distinction as the first graduate of the School of Medicine. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, …
    • Leader in endocrinology research delivers 2014 Dodge Lectureship

      Lynette Nieman, M.D., a renowned National Institutes of Health researcher in the field of endocrinology, presented the 2014 Mark Dodge, M.D., Lectureship at the School of Medicine on Nov. 13. Nieman is senior investigator in the program in reproductive and adult endocrinology at the Eunice …
    • Saturday Academy opens doors to area students

      A steady stream of Kansas City area middle school and high school students flows into the UMKC School of Medicine each fall for a program that can help pave their way to potential careers in health care. Kenneth Beene serves as the coordinator for the …
    • Faculty members publish commentary in New England Journal of Medicine

      Two University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine professors have published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine critical of proposed new guidelines for disclosing risks to research study participants. The federal Office for Human Research Protections recently issued draft guidance on disclosing …
    • Gaddis keeps busy teaching, speaking schedule

      Gary Gaddis, M.D., Missouri Endowed Chair for Emergency Medicine, gave two lectures at the Fifth World Congress of Emergency Medicine conducted Nov. 19-22 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He also traveled to Daejeon, South Korea, where he gave two talks on Oct. 15 at the Pan-Pacific …
    • Health sciences schools bring interprofessional education in focus

      UMKC will take center stage at the Kauffman Foundation Center on Dec. 2 with a seminar on how its health sciences schools are working together to promote and implement interprofessional education. Former School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, M.D., and School of Pharmacy Dean Russ …
    • Four chosen to receive Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards

      Four students, including one in the School’s Master of Science in Bioiformatics program, have been selected by the Office of Research Administration for the October 2014 Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. The latest award recipients and their faculty mentors include Shilpa Babbar, M.D., MS Bioinformatics, …
    • Healthy for Life program offering free flu shots

      Faculty, staff and their dependents enrolled in the UM Health Care plan have two more opportunities to receive free flu shots as part of the Healthy for Life program. Those getting the flu shot must bring their insurance card and a completed Flu Consent Form. …
    • Medical Humanities Interest Group hosts benefit for Children’s Miracle Network

      The School of Medicine’s Medical Humanities Interest Group partnered with other campus organizations to hold a dance marathon that raised $5,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Roo Boo Dance Marathon took place Saturday, Oct. 25, at Swinney Recreation Center. The six-hour event featured live music, …
    • Leader in breast cancer research delivers annual Goodson Lecture

      Katrina Armstrong, M.D., a world-renowned researcher and leader in breast cancer screening programs, said that while advanced therapy has reduced the breast cancer mortality rate in the United States more study is necessary to identify possible ways help prevent the disease. Armstrong, physician-in-chief and chair …
    • Dean’s office taking nominations for Pierson Teaching Award

      The School of Medicine is seeking nominations for the University’s 2014 Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award. The UMKC Alumni Association annually presents the award to an outstanding faculty member from the schools of Business and Public Administration, Dentistry, Law and Medicine. The award reflects …
    • SOM research chosen for presentation at national meeting

      The American College of Chest Physicians selected two research projects from the School of Medicine for presentation at the CHEST 2014 meeting on Oct. 25-30 in Austin, Texas. Darwish Naji, M.D., chief resident in the Department of Medicine, is the lead author of “Cardiac Damage …
    • Wellness program event focuses on work-life balance

        Striking just the right balance between work, particularly the demanding role of a health care professional, and the home and family life can be a challenge for anyone. A panel of female faculty members from the School of Medicine shared their experience on how …
    • KC Philanthropist James B. Nutter gives School of Medicine $750,000

      The University of Missouri-Kansas City has announced a $750,000 gift from James B. Nutter to the School of Medicine to establish a professorship in diabetes and endocrine studies. Nutter, founder and chairman of James B. Nutter & Co., called the School of Medicine “one of …