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.


    • Returning and new students express excitement for the semester’s start

      For three days, cars lined the streets around the University of Missouri-Kansas City Volker and Health Sciences campuses as 1,500 students moved into apartments and residence halls. All in preparation for the 2016-17 academic year, which starts Aug. 22. Nearly 750 returning, transfer and graduate …
    • InDOCtrination Ceremony welcomes Class of 2022

      Sarthak Garg learned quickly that medical school can be a humbling experience. A second-year student at the UMKC School of Medicine, Garg said he was proud as he left the school’s InDOCtrination Ceremony a year ago. “I felt that I had done a lot in …
    • UMKC ambulance adds new experience to EMS training

      A team of paramedics worked together to carefully load the accident victim into an ambulance. The emergency medical personnel continued to monitor the patient while maintaining the necessary life support techniques as the vehicle left the scene. The scenario is actually a training exercise for Paramedic and …
    • UMKC School of Medicine Paramedic Program receives full five-year accreditation

      The UMKC School of Medicine Paramedic Program recently received a glowing report and full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for its curriculum and training of future paramedics. “Accreditation is verification that we’ve been compared to the standard for …
    • Summer Scholars prepares high school students for success

      For one month each summer, minority and disadvantaged students from Kansas City area high schools immerse themselves in activities at the UMKC School of Medicine to improve their chances of success as a college student and jump-start a potential career in health care. The School …
    • White Coat marks next step for Year 3 students

      It is one of the most recognized and respected symbols of a physician. Nearly 130 students from UMKC School of Medicine received their white coats with joy and excitement during the school’s annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 7 at the university’s White Recital Hall. …
    • Hickman to chair national meeting on Prevention Teaching and Research

      Timothy Hickman, M.D. ’80, M.Ed., M.P.H., associate teaching professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, has been selected to serve as program chair for the 2017 Association for Prevention Teaching and Research national meeting. He was elected to the board of directors of the national association …
    • 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 …