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Kansas City’s leading health-care institutions team up to create UMKC Health Sciences District

UMKC’s health sciences community and surrounding hospitals are part of a newly created UMKC Health Sciences District announced Friday, May 19.

With a collaboration unlike any other in the nation, many of Kansas City’s leading health-care institutions announced today that they have agreed to align more closely to form the UMKC Health Sciences District. The newly created district combines the unique expertise and services of 10 partners to spur research and community outreach in service of the Kansas City region and beyond.

The UMKC Health Sciences District includes:

The UMKC Health Sciences District is unlike any other in the nation. It is one of 18 areas in the country that have public schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and nursing in one location along with a children’s hospital and an adult, acute-care hospital. But by including a health department, the medical examiner and a mental health center that bring together agencies of the city, county and state, the UMKC Health Sciences District is one of a kind.

Drawing on these institutions’ efforts, the UMKC Health Sciences District has the potential to enhance collaboration on research and grant requests; combine efforts on community outreach; improve faculty recruitment; coordinate area parking, safety and transportation; and create shared opportunities in health and wellness for more than 16,000 health professionals, faculty members and students.

“We have all worked together already for a long time, and worked very well together, but today we are opening a new chapter,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “Today, we will sign an agreement designed to stimulate economic growth and job creation, attract new talent to Kansas City, create shared opportunities in health and wellness, and improve opportunities for recruiting and neighborhood outreach.”

“Better functioning health-care teams provide better patient care. Interprofessional education means educating future physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and other health-care professionals to work effectively as members of those teams so that patients get the best and safest care possible,” said Steven L. Kanter, M.D., Dean of the UMKC School of Medicine. Kanter will serve as the first executive director of a newly-formed Health Sciences District Board.

“The UMKC Health Sciences District is the perfect environment for students, scientists and health-care professionals to work and learn together as they deliver top-quality, personalized health care,” Kanter said.

“This District is a collaboration among dedicated organizations determined to improve the health and wellness of people in Kansas City—and across the United States,” said Charlie Shields, President and Chief Executive Officer of Truman Medical Centers and University Health. “We believe that as the UMKC Health Sciences District, we will be able to stimulate collaboration in research, advance interprofessional education and foster communication. Those are the steps necessary to developing the kind of innovations that will shape the health care of the future.”

“Children’s Mercy is proud to be a part of this one-of-a-kind District, celebrating the collective spirit of innovation, research and discovery that drives our collaborative quest for answers, new treatments and cures,” said Randall L. O’Donnell, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Mercy. “And while today’s announcement focuses on the organizations within the boundaries of this District, the resulting impact of our work together will benefit every corner of our city and touch families throughout the region and the nation.”

The UMKC Health Sciences District will be governed by a board composed of approximately 20 members, including two from each institution. The board will also appoint a chair for a two-year period beginning July 1, 2018. The chair will rotate among the following participants in the following order: UMKC, TMC and CMH. The first chair, who will serve a two-year term, will be the UMKC Chancellor. The executive director of the District will serve a three-year term.

The District is about two miles in circumference and will be bound on the north by 20th Street; south by 25th Street; west by Oak Street; and east by U.S. 71 South.

Applications due April 1 for Sarah Morrison research awards

The Office of Research Administration is taking applications for the next round of Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. The next application deadline is April. 1.

Sarah Morrison awards are given twice a year to help students learn the value and application of research in the study and practice of medicine. Funding from the Sarah Morrison awards supports the student’s and their mentor’s research.

Students may be involved in and learn about a wide variety of research activities based on their interests in basic sciences or  clinical medicine. Students may develop their own hypothesis and work plan, or work on an established research project with their mentor. Recipients are expected to present their results at the SOM student research event or a similar venue as recommended by the Director of Student Research.

Project proposals are screened by a School of Medicine review committee. Visit the Sarah Morrison Student Research Award online for complete information, including a downloadable application form.

Family Medicine Residency announces 2017-18 chief residents

Dr. Byle, Dr. Munger

The UMKC School of Medicine Community and Family Residency Program has announced that Chadwick Byle, M.D., and Kevin Munger, D.O., M.S., will take on leadership roles as the program’s chief residents for 2017-18.

Byle received his medical degree from the University of Missorui-Columbia. Munger is a graduate of the Des Moines University College of of Osteopathic Medicine.

As chief residents, Byle and Munger will serve as liaisons between program residents and faculty, representing the interests and serving as spokesmen for residents. They also serve as a role model, providing oversight and educational leadership.

Kansas City YMCA executive to deliver annual Shannon Lecture

Dr. Bascom

Daphne Bascom, M.D.,  will be the keynote speaker for the School of Medicine’s 12th annual Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Lecture in Minority Health at noon on Friday in Theater A. Bascom is the senior vice-president of community integrated health for the Greater Kansas City YMCA.

With more than 10 years’ experience as a physician executive, Bascom is an expert in clinical integration, performance improvement, and the design and deployment of health information technology systems.

Before joining the YMCA, she was vice president and chief medical officer for physician alignment at Cerner Corporation. There, she provided strategic consulting services to health-care executives on how to use health information technology to improve quality, safety, operations and the fiscal health of their organizations.

Bascom also served at Cerner as chief medical officer for worldwide consulting and chief medical information officer and was recognized as Healthcare Executive of the Year. Before working at Cerner, she was the chief clinical systems officer for the Cleveland Clinic Health System in Cleveland, Ohio.

She is a board-certified specialist in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery and has fellowship training in microvascular surgery of the head and neck. Dr. Bascom is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed her residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She earned her Ph.D. in physiological sciences at the University of Oxford Laboratory of Physiology in the United Kingdom.

Research Summit posters, abstracts due March 17

Student Research Summit LogoSchool of Medicine students participating in the annual Health Sciences Research Summit are reminded that March 17 is the final deadline for abstract and poster submissions. This year’s research summit is April 26 at UMKC Student Union.

Students must submit  their abstracts through the Health Sciences Student Research Summit online portal. Posters must be submitted by email to the School of Medicine’s Office of Research Administration at somresearch@umkc.edu.

A School of Medicine poster template and complete poster guidelines are available online through the Office of Research Administration. Students may have their poster layouts reviewed by John Foxworth, Pharm. D., by contacting him at FoxworthJ@umkc.edu prior to submitting their poster to the research office.

Students can also sign up for a time to practice their presentations with Dr. Timothy Hickman prior to the research summit by sending an email to the research office at somresearch@umkc.edu.

Students from the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biological Sciences, Engineering and Arts & Science will take part in this year’s research summit from 3-5 p.m. in Room 401 of the Student Union. This is the sixth year that each of the schools are participating in the program at one venue on the Volker Campus.

The summit provides the UMKC health sciences students the opportunity to display posters that highlight their research and fosters collaboration across disciplines and schools that are generating economic, health, education and quality-of-life benefits for the Kansas City community.

The School of Medicine sponsors individual awards for medical students and its graduate students. Thirty-two students from the School of Medicine’s M.D. and Allied Health programs presented 34 posters at last year’s research summit.

School of Medicine announces new curriculum council chair

Dr. Ellison, Dr. Pirani

The School of Medicine announced the appointment of Nurry Pirani, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, as the next associate dean for curriculum and chair of the curriculum council. Her appointment began February 13, 2017.

Stefanie Ellison, M.D., professor of emergency medicine, has completed a seven-year term as associate dean and curriculum chair. Ellison will remain a part of the leadership team and continue to develop interprofessional education and other learning initiatives.

Pirani joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2011 as a docent. She has served as the clinical vice chair of the curriculum council since 2014 and as chair of the clerkship director’s subcommittee since 2014. She also has served as chair of the clinical competency committee and as associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency program.

As chair of the curriculum council, Pirani will see that the medical school curriculum complies with all LCME accreditation standards, integrate council policies and procedures, and coordinate the overall structure and goals of the council.

Ellison has served as associate dean of curriculum and curriculum council chair since January of 2010. Under her guidance, the School of Medicine’s Experience-Based Curriculum Guide was rewritten, bringing the general competency objectives up to date and aligning them with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s established competencies.  She also has been one of the organizers for the UMKC health sciences schools’ interprofessional education program.

 

Research office opens online submissions for Student Research Summit

Student Research Summit LogoSchool of Medicine students planning to participate in the annual Health Sciences Research Summit on April 26 at the UMKC Student Union can now submit their abstracts through an online portal.

Abstracts and posters must be submitted to the School of Medicine’s Office of Research Administration through the online portal by March 17.

A School of Medicine poster template and complete poster guidelines are also available online through the Office of Research Administration.

School of Medicine students will again join students from the schools of Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biological Sciences, Engineering and Arts & Science at the UMKC Student Union in the research summit. This is the sixth year that each of the schools are participating in the program at one venue on the Volker Campus.

The event provides the UMKC health sciences students the opportunity to display posters that highlight their research efforts and fosters collaboration across disciplines and schools that are generating economic, health, education and quality-of-life benefits for the Kansas City community.

The School of Medicine sponsors individual awards for medical students and its graduate students. Thirty-two students from the School of Medicine’s M.D. and Allied Health programs presented 34 posters at last year’s research summit.

Longtime soccer coach joins School of Medicine as advancement director

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Fred Schlicting

Fred Schlichting, who spent 18 seasons as a coach with the UMKC men’s soccer team, has joined the School of Medicine as Director of Advancement. Schlichting brings an extensive background in event and logistics management, communications and relationship building to his new role.

Schlichting was responsible for coordinating the day-to-day administrative operations of the men’s soccer program while also serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator. He served as head coach Rick Benben’s top assistant from 1997 to 2008, before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2009 season. UMKC advanced to postseason play in 15 of Schlichting’s 18 seasons as assistant coach.

A native of St. Louis, Schlichting has also been active in youth soccer and was named the 2005 Kansas Boys Coach of the Year. Prior to joining the UMKC soccer team, Schlichting played at Notre Dame from 1991 to 1993, winning the Freshman Award in 1991. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Schlichting and his wife Maria reside in Leawood, Kansas, with their daughters Sophia and Stella.

Cheng appointed director of SOM’s Research, Statistical Consult Service

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An-Lin Cheng, Ph.D.

The School of Medicine has announced the appointment of An-Lin Cheng, Ph.D., as director of the Research and Statistical Consult Service in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics.

A tenured faculty member in the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies for the past 10 years, Cheng has also held a joint appointment at the School of Medicine in Biomedical and Health Informatics since 2011.

Her primary roles will be to lead the Research and Statistical Consult Service and collaborate with researchers on the UMKC Hospital Hill Campus. She will provide expertise and advice on proper research design and assistance to researchers in ethical and accepted methods of data analysis and interpretation.

Cheng has extensive experience handling large data sets and conducting secondary data analyses. Her primary research interests have involved the development of statistical methods for the design and analysis of data in clinical trial studies. She has collaborated with researchers from a wide range of disciplines including medicine, dentistry, nursing, biomedical engineering, environmental sciences, statistics and biostatistics.

Faculty, residents, fellows and students are invited to contact Cheng early in their research process to request support. Guidelines and an application for the Research and Statistical Consult Service can be found on the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics website at http://med.umkc.edu/dbhi/consultation/.

School of Medicine announces Department of Surgery appointments

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Dr. Talboy, Dr. Glorsky

The UMKC School of Medicine has announced recent appointments in the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Glenn Talboy, a long-time member of our faculty, will serve as the next Chair of the Department of Surgery (beginning in mid-August) and as Program Director for the surgery residency (effective immediately). While Dr. Talboy is completing his obligations at the Kansas City VA Hospital, Dr. Steven Glorsky will serve as Interim Chair of the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Talboy received his M.D. degree from Creighton University School of Medicine and completed his residency here at UMKC School of Medicine. He served as interim chair of Surgery from 2008-2011 and is a past president of the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Glorsky received his M.D. degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a fellowship in surgical critical care at the University of Texas–Houston Medical School. Dr. Glorsky is board certified in both general surgery and surgical critical care.