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 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 …
    • Vision Research Center students awarded university research grants

      Two graduate students from UMKC’s Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D. program, who conduct their research at the School of Medicine’s Vision Research Center, have received UMKC School of Graduate Studies Research Awards. Bryan Gerdes and Jacob Kraus, both working on their PhDs under the mentorship of Peter …
    • School of Medicine student competes on ‘Jeopardy!’

      Kent Buxton, a third-year student, made his debut on the game show “Jeopardy!” on Monday, March 28. The appearance fulfills a longtime dream for Buxton, who is studying to become an emergency medicine physician. “I’ve wanted to be on Jeopardy since I was in high school playing …
    • USMLE appoints SOM’s Go to management committee

      Steven Go, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine, has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the United States Medical Licensing Examination management committee. The committee plays a critical role in overseeing and managing the USMLE, a three-step exam for medical licensure …
    • Munro presents 22nd annual medical humanities lecture

      Art has long been a tool used to enhance one’s understanding of the science of medicine at the UMKC School of Medicine. Stuart Munro, M.D., adjunct professor of medical humanities and bioethics, discussed how a balance of the two makes for a more effective physician. …
    • Faculty member elected to Association for Prevention Teaching and Research leadership

      Timothy Hickman, M.D. ’80, M.Ed., M.P.H., associate teaching professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, has been elected to the board of directors of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. The group is a national association of medical and health profession institutions and …
    • Match Day brings excitement, joy to students at School of Medicine

      Tears were still streaming down Emily McGhee’s face Friday morning long after she had opened her letter from the National Residency Matching Program. This was the day she and her classmates had worked toward and now reality was setting in. McGhee will be headed to …
    • Medical student to receive research award at spine conference

      Kavelin Rumalla, a second-year B.A./M.D. student, is traveling to a spine conference sponsored by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons to accept an award. On March 17, Rumalla will receive a Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award at Spine Summit 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Rumalla’s award is based …
    • Faculty member part of national study featured in New England Journal of Medicine

      Mark Steele, M.D. ’80, professor of emergency medicine, chief medical officer and chief operating officer at Truman Medical Centers, is a co-author of a report released this month in the New England Journal of Medicine that explores the treatment of cutaneous abscesses, many of which …
    • Leader in minority health delivers 11th annual Shannon Lecture

      A leading government official for minority health in the United States said Friday that while the country has made strides toward narrowing the gap in health equality, there is still work to be done. As deputy assistant secretary for minority health and director of the …