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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.

Services announced for Dr. Mark Friedell

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Mark Friedell, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Mark Lowry Friedell, M.D., F.A.C.S., died late Sunday, July 10.

Dr. Friedell came to the UMKC School of Medicine in 2012, where he had served as professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Beloit College and his medical degree from the University of Bologna in Italy, followed by a residency at University of Massachusetts Medical Center and fellowship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Prior to joining UMKC, he was a clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of Central Florida, academic chair of surgical education for Orlando Regional Healthcare/Orlando Health and program director of general surgery for Orlando Health.

A celebration of life will be held 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 17 at Orlando County Club, Orlando, Forida. In lieu of flowers, donations are request to: Level 1 Trauma Center, Orlando Regional Medical Center, give.orlandohealth.com/ORMC, in memory of Dr. Friedell.

School announces new leadership in Radiology department

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Dr. Jeffery Kunin, Dr. Kelli Andresen

The School of Medicine has announced new leadership in the Department of Radiology. Jeffrey Kunin, M.D., has been appointed interim chair of the department. Kelli Andresen, M.D., will serve as the department’s residency program director. These positions were previously held by Lisa Lowe, M.D., who resigned after serving in the Radiology department since 2007. Both appointments are effective immediately.

Kunin is a clinical associate professor of radiology and chairman of the Saint Luke’s Hospital Department of Radiology. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas-Medical Branch and completed his residency in radiology at the Medical College of Virginia and Henry Ford Hospital. He completed a fellowship in magnetic resonance imaging at the University of Michigan. His special interests include thoracic imaging, quality improvement, and radiology operations.

Under Dr. Kunin’s leadership, the Department of Radiology will continue its important role in the School of Medicine’s education and research programs, said School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D.

Andresen, a clinical associate professor at Saint Luke’s Hospital, received her medical degree from the University of Iowa School of Medicine. She completed her radiology residency at the May Clinic and a fellowship in abdominal imaging at the University of Iowa. She has served as associate director of the Radiology residency since 2011 and was honored as Educator of the Year by radiology residents in 2015.

 

Faculty member appointed to ACGME review board

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Paul Dowling, M.D.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has appointed Paul Dowling, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and long-time director of allergy and immunology training, to serve on its Review Committee for Allergy and Immunology.

Dowling has served as a member of the School of Medicine faculty since 1998. He is a long-time member of the school’s Graduate Medical Education Committee.

A graduate of Albany Medical College, Dowling completed his pediatrics residency at Hurley Medical Center, Michigan State University. He specializes in allergic rhinitis, asthma, and food and drug allergies.

“This is a significant six-year appointment,” said Christine Sullivan, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., associate dean for Graduate Medical Education. “I fully expect that Dr. Dowling’s appointment to this committee will enhance his program and the work of the GMEC at the School of Medicine, as well as his specialty on a national level.”

The ACGME oversees accreditation of about 9,600 residency and fellowship programs at nearly 700 institutions throughout the United States. Accreditation assures programs and sponsoring institutions meet quality standards for their particular specialty or subspecialty practice.

Faculty member selected to advisory council on new drug effectiveness

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Reem Mustafa, M.D., M.P.H.

Reem Mustafa, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine and docent, has been selected to the Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC). She is one of 14 inaugural members of the independent, non-profit research organization that will analyze and report on the effectiveness and value of new drugs and medical services.

The council is made up of clinicians, clinical research methodologists and public representatives. It is one of three public bodies convened by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). The Midwest group will debate ICER reports on new drugs, while considering public comment on the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of drugs that are under review.

Members of the council are experts in a broad range of disciplines such as medical ethics, outcomes research, methodology, technology assessment, patient advocacy and engagement, and clinical practice.

“The inaugural members of the Midwest CEPAC are a distinguished group of individuals, and we are proud to have them take on this critical public role,” said Steven Pearson, M.D., M.Sc., ICER president. “Patients, clinicians, insurers, and policymakers can all benefit from independent, clear judgments of what we know about which drugs work best for which patients.”

Mustafa serves as director of quality improvement and patient safety education for the internal medicine residency program, and chief of nephrology at the School of Medicine. A faculty member since 2012, her medical interests include shared decision making considering patients’ values and preferences based on the best available evidence.  Her research interests include the application of principles of evidence-based medicine in clinical decision-making and guidelines development.