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.


    • UMKC study finds beta blockers can increase risk of death in noncardiac surgery

      A University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine research study has found that unless they have serious cardiac issues, patients should question the need for a beta blocker before an upcoming major surgery. The controversial practice of administering pre-surgery beta blockers to patients having noncardiac …
    • Patient safety expert discusses effort to reduce medical errors

      The Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System stated that up to 98,000 Americans die each year in hospitals because of preventable mistakes — or as Michael Handler, M.D. ’84, put it, “the equivalent of a jumbo jet crash every one …
    • School of Medicine celebrates Class of 2015

      In his first commencement address to graduating students of the School of Medicine on May 20, Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., welcomed the Class of 2015 to the medical profession and encouraged each one not to sell themselves short. As the keynote speaker, the first-year dean …
    • SOM researcher receives NIH grant to continue study of depression

      John Wang, M.D., Ph.D., endowed chair and professor of anesthesiology, received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health to continue his ongoing research that could one day lead to novel pharmacotherapies and the treatments of some symptoms …
    • School of Medicine honors Timothy Buie, M.D., with 2015 Take Wing Award

      Timothy Buie, M.D. ’84, had some help from family when deciding his career choice. His father, for instance, was a physician in Kansas City and mentored a number of medical students. “I really think I’m a physician because my dad was a good physician and …
    • Sarah Morrison award recipients announced for April

      Two students have been selected by the Office of Research Administration to receive  Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards for April 2015. Recipients for April are Gaurav Anand, MS 3, who will be mentored by Peter Koulen, Ph.D., professor of Basic Medical Science and Felix andCarmen …
    • Litzau selected for Vice Chancellor’s award

      Megan Litzau, MS 6, has been selected from the School of Medicine as a UMKC Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipient. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management takes nominations from each academic unit to recognize graduating students who have excelled in academic achievement, leadership …
    • University recognizes School of Medicine alumnus, staff member

      A School of Medicine alumnus and a staff member have each been selected as 2015 recipients of the UMKC Pride Award. The award acknowledges members of the UMKC community for their contribution to the university’s LGBTQIA community through education, support, programming, or activism and to …
    • SOM welcomes new AOA members

      The School of Medicine welcomed the newest members into the Missouri Delta chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society during the organization’s annual banquet on May 8 at Diastole. The society recognizes both high educational achievement and gifted teaching, and encourages the development …
    • SOM’s Litzau earns national honor in emergency medicine

      Megan Litzau, MS 6, has been selected as a winner of the 2015 American College of Emergency Physicians National Outstanding Medical Student Award. The award recognizes a medical student who intends to pursue emergency medicine careers and has displayed outstanding patient care and involvement in …
    • SOM graduate Mark Steele, M.D., appointed Chief Operating Officer for Truman Medical Centers

      Truman Medical Centers President and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Shields has named Mark T. Steele, M.D. ’80, chief operating officer, responsible for the clinical and business operations of TMC. Steele will continue to serve as TMC chief medical officer. He also serves as UMKC School …
    • MSA program students gather national honors

      Students from the School of Medicine’s Master of Sciences in Anesthesia program brought home two major awards from the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants annual conference, April 10-14 in Orlando, Florida. The program, for the second year in a row, brought home the organization’s  AAAA …
    • Responder discusses effort to control Ebola outbreak in Liberia

      An expert in disaster management and science who responded to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia said the disease had essentially been eradicated there. Thomas Kirsch, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response and an associate professor of emergency medicine at Johns …
    • Hoffman takes part in Google competition

      Mark Hoffman, director of the Center for Health Insights, was one of 10 national finalists who competed in Medstro’s Google Wearables in Healthcare Challenge before judges on April 23 at Google’s Cambridge, Massachusetts headquarters. “For me, this is about the opportunity to do some work at …
    • Sports medicine fellowship director travels with U.S. ski team to Norway

      Meg Gibson, M.D., director of the Sports Medicine fellowship program at the UMKC School of Medicine, served as the team physician for the United States at the World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships in Norway. The competition took place in March at a ski resort near …
    • School announces 2015 faculty, student diversity awards

      A faculty member who has devoted a large portion of his clinical career to serving low income adults living with or at risk of HIV and AIDs and a student organization reaching out to serve impoverished citizens, underprivileged children and those at risk for Hepatitis …
    • Students participate in 2015 Health Sciences Research Summit

        Megan Litzau, MS 6, presented two posters at the 2015 Student Research Summit on April 2. Each represented something of a milestone for the budding physician with interests in research and academic medicine. Research drew Litzau’s interest during her second year of medical school …
    • Physician Assistant program conducts first White Coat Ceremony

      Fourteen physician assistant students who are preparing to begin their clinical rotations participated in the School of Medicine’s first Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony on April 11 at the UMKC Student Union Theater. The ceremony takes place at the beginning of the …
    • Alumnus explores the qualities of mercy in humanities lecture

      Daniel Hall-Flavin, M.D. ’79, says he was struck by the concept of mercy as a young medical student just getting started at the School of Medicine. The notion of compassion toward others continued to develop further throughout his medical school career by following the lead …
    • Center for Health Insights director leads medical wearables challenge

      Mark Hoffman, director of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Center for Health Insights, is a leader in the Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge. Voting ends Saturday, March 28, and requires a short registration on Medstro, a social network for physicians, medical students, researchers and the …