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.


    • Physician assistants joining med school commencement celebration

      Graduation day at the UMKC School of Medicine is getting even bigger this year. Fourteen members of the inaugural class of the Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant program will join the commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. on May 23 at Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium …
    • Expert in gynecologic oncology to receive 2016 Take Wing award

      A career in obstetrics and gynecology did not particularly resonate with Jason Wright, M.D. ’99, as he was starting his clinical clerkships at the UMKC School of Medicine. Then he got to his Ob/Gyn rotation. “It was a complete surprise to me. I really enjoyed …
    • Former NASA physician/astronaut discusses protocols for patient safety

      James P. Bagian, M.D., P.E., a physician who developed a program to protect patients from hospital-based harm and a former NASA astronaut who flew two space shuttle missions, presented the keynote address on May 13 at the third annual Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality and Patient …
    • UMKC student researchers find health hazards associated with marijuana use

      For generations, marijuana has been the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. It is considered to have so few adverse effects that Colorado, Oregon and Washington have legalized marijuana, and more states are considering decriminalization. However, results of a study by two …
    • Hassanzadeh receives AOA research fellowship award

      Comron Hassanzadeh plans to pursue a career in radiation oncology. Next fall, he’ll start applying for a residency position that will propel him in that direction. In the meantime, the fifth-year student is taking time away his UMKC classes to collaborate on a research study. Hassanzadeh is …
    • Med student receives UMKC Pride Award

      Brooks Kimmis, a fourth-year medical student, was selected as this year’s recipient of the UMKC Pride Award for LGBTQIA Student of the Year. The award acknowledges members of the UMKC community who have contributed to the betterment of the university’s LGBTQIA community through education, support, programming or …
    • AOA Honor Medical Society welcomes 2016 class of inductees

      The School of Medicine added 21 new members to its Missouri Delta Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society on May 5 during a celebration at Diastole. Acceptance into AOA recognizes excellence in academic scholarship and the highest ideals of professionalism in medicine. …
    • Student research announces Sarah Morrison award winners

      Four students have been selected by the Office of Student Research to receive the April 2016 Sarah Morrison Student Research Award. They are medical students Kayla Briggs, Ahsan Hussain, Hima Veeramacheneni, and bioinformatics student Gustavo Vilchez Lagos. Awards of up to $1,500 each are presented …
    • Irish storyteller, physician presents inaugural Noback-Burton Lecture

      Physician and author Patrick Taylor, M.D., discussed his career in medicine and as a writer during the School of Medicine’s first Noback-Burton Lecture on April 28. The new lectureship was endowed by James Riscoe, M.D. ’75, a member of the school’s third graduating class. Riscoe said …
    • UMKC honors Moormeier with Pierson teaching award

      Jill Moormeier, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Medicine, was the School of Medicine’s recipient of the 2016 Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award during UMKC’s faculty and staff awards celebration on April 26 in Pierson Auditorium. She was appointed department chair in 2013 …
    • Qureshi elected to emergency medicine association student council

      Moiz Qureshi, a fifth-year medical student, has been elected vice president of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident & Student Association’s Medical Student Council. Elected terms to the association’s national board of directors and medical student council begin in mid-May. The positions are one-year terms. Moiz said he hopes …
    • School of Medicine Alumni Award winner stresses importance of immunization

      A School of Medicine alumna who leads an organization of 64,000 pediatricians reiterated the safety and effectiveness of immunization at a panel discussion at UMKC. Karen Remley, M.D. ’80, MBA, M.P.H., received the School of Medicine’s Alumni Achievement Award at a luncheon on April 21. …
    • Students present posters at annual Experimental Biology symposium

      Four students from the School of Medicine produced posters presented in San Diego at the 2016 Experimental Biology, a multidisciplinary meeting of more than 14,000 scientists from across the world. The annual assembly attracts academic researchers from the fields of anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, …
    • Dr. Kelly honored by national organization of anesthesiologist assistants

      James Kelly, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology, received an award for exceptional contributions to the anesthesiologists assistants profession during a national meeting of the American Academy of Anesthesiologists Assistants. Melanie Guthrie, C.A.A., M.S.A., director of the School of Medicine’s master of science in anesthesia program, …
    • SOM students present 34 posters at 2016 Student Research Summit

      Danielle Cunningham realized early in medical school her desire to care for cancer patients, children in particular. So when the fourth-year medical student began exploring the identifying features of astroblastoma, a rare form of brain tumor found predominantly in children, it became more than just …
    • School of Medicine’s role in developing leaders discussed

      The UMKC School of Medicine marked its 45th anniversary celebrating the school’s rich tradition of developing leaders. School of Medicine faculty members presented the preliminary findings of a research project at an April 8 event titled “A Tradition of Leadership.” The research project is a …
    • Researchers incorporate motion analysis technology into health care

      Two robotic-looking figures seen in front of a black background appear to be doing a pantomime routine. In reality, it’s a motion-capture video of two medical clinicians performing a simulated intubation of a patient. The technology widely used to analyze athletes’ movements is now making …
    • Med students helping younger generation get Fit for Life

        It doesn’t take long for medical students working in the outpatient clinics of Truman Medical Center to see the consequences of unhealthy lifestyles. Poor nutrition and obesity are far too common culprits. That’s why Kayla Briggs, a fifth-year student, and her student community service …
    • School announces new associate dean of women’s health

      The School of Medicine has announced the appointment of Gary Sutkin, M.D., as the associate dean of women’s health and the Victor and Caroline Schutte Chair in Women’s Health. Sutkin will begin work July 18 at Truman Medical Centers. Sutkin is a gynecologist, surgeon and researcher who …
    • Robie receives 2016 Women’s Council award

      Sixth-year medical student Loreley Robie was recently honored as one of the recipients of the 2016 UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund awards. The awards are given to UMKC women students in post-baccalaureate approved programs. They are used to assist students in completing requirements for graduation and first …