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.


    • School recognizes 35th class of Summer Scholars

      For the past month, 48 area high school students were immersed in the Summer Scholars program at the UMKC School of Medicine that many hope will be a springboard to their future as healthcare professionals. Summer Scholars celebrated its 35th class on July 31 with …
    • Diversity Council plans scholarship event

      The Hospital Hill Diversity Council will be host to an evening of music, dining and dancing to raise scholarship funds for underrepresented students of color enrolled in the UMKC health sciences schools. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Pierson …
    • August ceremonies will kick off new academic year

      August is a time for new beginnings for students at the School of Medicine. Two upcoming programs — the White Coat Ceremony and InDOCtrination — will kick off the new academic year for students taking important steps in their medical school careers. The White Coat …
    • High school students get close-up look at medicine

      Just before 9 a.m., a fourth-floor conference room at Truman Medical Center is coming to life. Medical students, residents and nurses are gathering with Carol Stanford, M.D. ’79, a docent physician at the UMKC School of Medicine, and this morning’s attending physician. Joining the group …
    • Summer Scholars changing lives for high school students

      Each July, the School of Medicine’s Summer Scholars program provides minority and economically disadvantaged high school students with skills that prepare them for successful careers in health care. This is the 35th year of the three-week program, which opened with an orientation session on July …
    • Two School of Medicine faculty to receive Mentoring Awards

      John Foxworth, Pharm.D., professor of medicine and assistant dean for faculty development, and Vincent Barone, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, have been selected as winners of the School of Medicine’s 2015 Mentoring Awards. Foxworth will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award, an honor given …
    • School of Medicine welcomes four new docents

      The School of Medicine will begin the 2015 fall semester with four new docents. Adnan Khan, M.D., joins the Blue 8 team; Prem Parajuli, M.D., will lead the Red 8 team; Jignesh Shah, M.D., takes over the Blue 7 team; and Shanna Ripley, D.O., is …
    • UC Davis dean to deliver 2015 Sirridge Lecture

      Julie A. Freischlag, M.D., dean of the school of medicine and vice chancellor for human health sciences at the University of California-Davis, has been selected to present the annual Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Outstanding Women in Medicine lecture. Her presentation will take place at noon …
    • Collier named Red Unit education team coordinator

      Nikki Collier, a former senior support assistant in the Office of Student Affairs, has been named the education team coordinator for the Red Unit. Collier started her new role June 15. She replaced Gladys Zollar-Jones, who recently retired after a lengthy career of service at …
    • Sojourner Clinic mini-medical school serves dual purpose

      The School of Medicine’s Sojourner Clinic conducted a mini-medical school program on June 27 with a dual purpose: to give area high school and college undergraduate students interested in medicine a brief primer into the health care field, and to raise money for the student-run …
    • APAMSA conducts annual free health fair

      A crowd of more than 200 people filed through Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas, on June 20 to take part in free health screenings conducted by the School of Medicine’s Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association. Student and faculty volunteers partnered …
    • Former docent recognized as leading reviewer for diabetes journal

      Richard Hellman, M.D., a clinical associate professor of medicine who served as a docent during the early years of the School of Medicine, was honored with a Distinguished Reviewer Award for 2014 from the American Diabetes Association journal, Diabetes Care. The publication selects 10 reviewers …
    • Residents, students get close up look at KCI emergency drill

      Several School of Medicine emergency medicine residents and faculty positioned themselves among the debris and injured people spread across the tarmac of KCI during a simulated airplane crash on June 18. Emergency responders from the Kansas City fire and police departments, emergency medical services and …
    • Sidewalk to be closed during roof repair

      The sidewalk along the east side of the UMKC School of Medicine (along Charlotte Street) will be closed beginning July 6 while roofing repairs are being conducted. In addition, there will be an intermittent loss of parking stalls as the repair crew uses the area …
    • Sirridge Office seeks creative works for Human Factor publication

      The Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics recognizes the important connection between medicine and the arts and its significant role in strengthening physician-patient relationships. The Human Factor is a publication that supports the “art” of medicine through showcasing creative works and sharing human experiences. …
    • Residency Program Directors Forum planned for June 20

      Program directors and representatives from 20 different medical specialties will be available to talk to students and discuss careers in their medical fields during the Residency Program Directors Forum from 11:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, in the School of Medicine’s theaters …
    • Graduate writes reader-friendly emergency medicine review book

      A School of Medicine graduate and instructor has written a book designed to help emergency physicians review for the exams they take to become and stay board-certified. Sajid Khan, M.D. ’05, clinical assistant professor of medicine, wrote The Ultimate Emergency Medicine Guide: The Only Book …
    • 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 …
    • 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 …