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.


    • 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 …
    • Diversity Council sponsors screening on cancer research documentary

      The School of Medicine Diversity Council will co-sponsor a special screening of a BBC documentary on HeLa cells used in cancer research at noon on Oct. 29 in Theater A. The documentary, “The Way of All Flesh,” produced by Adam Curtis focuses on Henrietta Lacks, …
    • Hospital Hill student housing a cause for celebration

      As apartment buildings go, this one was always intended to be more than just a roof, a view and an in-unit washer and dryer. High expectations surrounded the construction of the first Hospital Hill Campus student housing project by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The …
    • Steven Kanter, M.D., takes the reins as new dean

      The School of Medicine welcomed Steven L. Kanter, M.D., former vice dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, to his new role as the School’s ninth dean on Oct. 1. Kanter is a neurosurgeon, a career physician-educator, and brings a strong foundation in …
    • Two from School of Medicine present at international colloquium on lung, airway fibrosis

      Researchers from the School of Medicine made two presentations to more than 340 scientists from throughout the world at a t colloquium on lung and airway fibrosis on Sept. 20-24 in Canada. Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and director of student research, and …
    • Annual Dr. Robert D. Conn Heart Conference set for Dec. 11-12

      The 44th Annual Presentation of the Dr. Robert D. Conn Heart Conference will be December 11-12, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. This conference will focus on improving the quality of care for patients with Cardiovascular Disease using evidence-based medicine and a multidisciplinary approach to patient …
    • Reception recognizes Dean Drees for 13 years of service

      Faculty, staff and students from the School of Medicine and across the Hospital Hill campus recognized Dean Betty M. Drees, M.D, F.A.C.P., as a friend, a mentor and a valued colleague and celebrated her accomplishments during 13 years as Dean of the School of Medicine …
    • Adverse pregnancy outcomes increase in violent communities

      Residing in a violence-prone community brings with it a 20-25 percent greater risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes than living in a less violent community. That is the conclusion of a recently published study led by Felix A. Okah, a pediatrician at the School of Medicine …
    • Women have played a leading role in School of Medicine’s history

      From the beginning more than 40 years ago, women have played major role in the history of the UMKC School of Medicine, said the School’s Dean, Betty Drees, M.D., on Sept. 18 as the speaker at the annual Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Outstanding Women in …
    • School of Medicine remembers Dr. Marjorie Sirridge

      Friends, former faculty and alumni recognized former School of Medicine Dean Marjorie Sirridge, M.D., and celebrated her life, lifestyle and memories during a ceremony on Sept. 18 immediately following the School’s annual Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Outstanding Women in Medicine Lectureship. Sirridge, who joined the …
    • Students place second in regional SimWars competition

      They may have come up a single point short of winning the championship, but a group of UMKC School of Medicine students made quite an impression in the annual SimWars competition Sept. 6 at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Great Plains Region Research Forum …
    • School of Medicine welcomes Liza Wilson, Pharm.D., to faculty

      The School of Medicine is pleased to welcome Liza Wilson, Pharm.D., as a teaching assistant professor. She will take active roles in the self-paced pharmacology curriculum, the two-month Medicine 9408 course required of all 4th year students, and she will teach in the Physician Assistant …
    • School of Medicine lactation room available for nursing mothers

      A lactation room for nursing mothers has been created on the second floor of the School of Medicine to serve faculty, staff, residents and students. This initiative was part of a cooperative effort between the Office of the Dean and the School of Medicine’s Staff …
    • School of Medicine welcomes 114 first-year students

      The School of Medicine introduced and welcomed a class of 114 first-year students on Aug. 22 while friends and family watched the Year 1 InDOCtrination Ceremony at the UMKC Student Union. The annual event marks the beginning of the students’ six-year journey through the medical …
    • White Coat Ceremony signals next step in med school journey

      The white coat is one of the preeminent symbols of a physician and with it comes respect and the expectation of contributing to the traditions of the medical profession. That significance wasn’t lost on the nearly 120 members of the School of Medicine’s entering Year …
    • Neuroscience Symposium set for Sept. 19 at Bartle Hall

      The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City will present the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, 2014 Neuroscience Symposium on Sept. 19 at the Bartle Hall Convention Center. The symposium is for primary care physicians, family physicians, …
    • Local study wins Best Paper Award at international meeting

      A report by School of Medicine faculty on tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) as a treatment for abscesses following perforated appendicitis received the “Best Paper Award” at the combined British Association of Pediatric Surgeons (BAPS) and International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPED) meeting July 22-26 in Edinburgh, …
    • School of Medicine recognizes 2014 class of Summer Scholars

      The School of Medicine concluded its 34th year of Summer Scholars on Aug. 8, recognizing 48 high school juniors and seniors who completed the four-week program with an awards luncheon at the UMKC Student Union. Summer Scholars is largely a classroom-based program conducted each July …
    • Physician Assistant program adds White Coat Ceremony

      Students beginning their clinical rotations in the School of Medicine’s Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant program next April will be greeted with a White Coat Ceremony thanks to a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The white coat is a mantle of the medical …
    • Career Day

      All medical students are invied to the School of Medicine Career Fair 2014 beginning at 11 a.m. on Aug. 23 at the School of Dentistry Cafeteria. Representivies from nearly 20 different medical specialties will be on hand to talk with students. Free Minsky’s pizza will …