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Prominent School of Medicine figures inducted to new Hospital Hill Run Hall of Fame

Members of Team Dimond represented the School of Medicine and founder E. Grey Dimond, M.D., at the 2017 Hospital Hill Run’s UMKC School of Medicine 5K race.

Two prominent figures from the UMKC School of Medicine were introduced into the new Hospital Hill Run Hall of Fame on June 1 during a VIP reception just prior to race weekend.

The inaugural class of inductees includes the two founding fathers of the Hospital Hill Run, UMKC School of Medicine founder E. Grey Dimond, M.D., and retired faculty member Ralph Hall, M.D.  Mark Curp, a local two-time Hospital Hill Run winner who held U.S. and world records in the half marathon from 1985 to 1990, was also part of the inaugural Hall of Fame class.

During the past 44 years, the race has grown from a single, 6.8-mile race with fewer than 100 runners to an annual event that boasts thousands of athletes competing in three different distances. Annually, it includes the UMKC School of Medicine 5K on Friday night, followed by a 10K and a half marathon on Saturday morning. Runner’s World magazine has touted the Hospital Hill Run as one of the top 25 road races in the United States.

The 2017 races were held June 2 and 3 with each beginning and ending on Grand Boulevard directly in front of Crown Center.

Fourth-year UMKC School of Medicine student Jordann Dhuse won the women’s 5K event.

Jordann Dhuse, a fourth-year student at the UMKC School of Medicine, won the women’s division of the School of Medicine 5K event in 23-minutes, 11-seconds, more than 40 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in the women’s race.

More than 1,800 people took part in this year’s half-marathon, 10K and 5K events. Complete race results are available on the Hospital Hill Run website. Visit the UMKC School of Medicine Facebook page for more photos from the 5K race.

Dimond (1918-2013) was a devoted physician who dedicated his life to the practice of medicine, medical education and physical fitness. He scheduled a symposium of physical fitness to be held in May 1974 with the intent to combine the symposium with a running event. Dimond approached Hall, a UMKC faculty member and an endrocrinologist at Saint Luke’s Hospital, with the idea and together they created the Hospital Hill Run. For many years, Dimond experienced a great surge of happiness standing on the southwest corner of 25th and Holmes, cheering on thousands of runners as they competed in the event.

Hall was a runner in high school and college but had never managed a running event. He used his running network to secure a race organizer. For the first few years, Hall managed the medical tent to ensure that all runners would receive proper care if needed. In addition, he worked with various physicians to incorporate medical education courses before moving from Kansas City.


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.

Discount available for 2017 Hospital Hill Run registration

Racers packed the starting line for the UMKC School of Medicine 5K Run to kick off the 2016 Hospital Hill Run.

The UMKC School of Medicine is the 5K sponsor of the 2017 Hospital Hill Run – one of the most storied races in Missouri history. Originally created by SOM Founder Grey E. Dimond, the race attracts thousands to participate or volunteer in the family friendly UMKC School of Medicine 5K, as well as the 5K rerun, 10K or half marathon.

As the named sponsor of the UMKC School of Medicine 5K on Friday, June 2, at 7 p.m. – where strollers are welcome and families of all sizes are encouraged to take part – all UMKC staff, faculty, students and alumni may register at a discounted rate.

Participating UMKC staff and faculty also may earn points toward their wellness incentive programs by racing or volunteering. When registering for the Friday night or Saturday morning race events, use the code DISCUMKC for 20 percent savings.

Registration: http://www.hospitalhillrun.com/register/athlete-registration/

Volunteer information: http://www.hospitalhillrun.com/volunteer-2/volunteer/

Hospital Hill Run website: http://www.hospitalhillrun.com/

In addition to improving your health and wellness, your participation in the Hospital Hill Run supports many local charities.

There are many ways to get involved in this year’s Hospital Hill Run. Volunteers are needed for all events: to help unwrap medals; pack post-race food packets; sort, stack, and pass out t-shirts; distribute bibs; set up and staff aid stations; cheer and steer participants on course; award medals; give wet towels, food, and hydration at the finish line; and race clean up.

Volunteers recognized for service at Sojourner Clinic

Student volunteers were recognized for their service at the Sojourner Clinic on May 5 during a banquet at Diastole.

The work of almost 250 student volunteers was recognized at the Sojourner Clinic’s annual year-end banquet on May 5 at Diastole.

Each Sunday since October 2004, students from the UMKC School of Medicine have volunteered the afternoon to care for the homeless and underprivileged living in the downtown area of Kansas City.

Today, the Sojourner Health Clinic continues to provide free health care for some of the city’s most vulnerable patients. Those volunteers have grown to include students from UMKC’s pharmacy, physician assistant, dental and dental hygiene programs. In the past year, students from Rockhurst College’s occupational therapy program have joined the effort.

Executive director of Sojourner, Peter Lazarz, said volunteers devoted more than 1,500 hours of service to treating patients in the past year.

The event also brings together faculty volunteers, financial supporters and community partners in celebration of the services provided to about 250 patients throughout the school year.

Several students were recognized for their individual dedication and service in the past year.

2017 Sojourner Clinic Awards
  • Top Year 1 Volunteer: Shruti Kumar
  • Top Year 2 Volunteer: Michele Yang
  • Top Year 3 Volunteer: Tong Cheng
  • Top Year 4 Volunteer: Bhavana Jasti
  • Top Year 5 Volunteer: Margaret Kirwin
  • Top Year 6 Volunteer: Eri Joyo
  • Top Physician Assistant Volunteer: Daniel Beck
  • Brook Nelson Award for Leadership: Priyesha Bijlani
  • Ellen Beck Award for Dedication: Eshwar Kishore
  • Angela Barnett Award for Humanism: Raga Kilaru
  • Dan Purdom Award for Commitment: Adithi Reddy

APAMSA members participate in health fair for refugee community

APAMSA members took part in a one-day, free health for the refugee community on March 11.

On March 11, School of Medicine members of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association took part in a free health fair for foreign refugees. The event was open to the public and was the first health fair conducted by the UMKC students directed toward refugees.

More than 40 students assisted the Jewish Vocation Service with the program. It offered free blood glucose screenings, blood pressure checks, cholesterol/lipid panels and translator services.

“The majority of the people who came were in the refugee community programs with the JVS,” explained Sarthak Garg, a member of APAMSA.

The health fair drew more than 100 people from the community, Garg said.

Students reach out to community with free health fairs

Members of the School of Medicine’s Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association recently organized and conducted two free community health fairs.

UMKC School of Medicine members of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association reached out to underserved populations of the community with two free health fairs.

Students conducted glucose and blood pressure screenings, and cholesterol and lipid profiles at an Oct. 15 health fair for the local Vietnamese community at the KIPP Endeavor Academy Charter School. The second health fair was Oct. 29 for the Indian community at the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center.

Nearly 30 medical student volunteers as well as  UMKC pharmacy students and local physicians participated at each event, said APAMSA member Sarthak Garg.

“The majority of the people that show up are elderly and don’t go to the doctor as often,” Garg said. “This is, for a lot of people, the main time that they’re getting those screenings.”

Students and volunteers from the local Vietnamese and Indian communities also served as translators between the patients and those conducting the screenings.

The student volunteers were largely made up of first and second-year medical students. Second and third-year students are generally paired with a first-year student to act as a mentor during the screening sessions.

“This lets them see what’s going on and gives them some hands-on activity without them struggling,” Garg said. “They have someone to guide them.”

APAMSA is one of the largest student groups at the School of Medicine with more than 100 members. Three student coordinators work together as organizers for each event along with the organization’s 16-member board of directors.

The APAMSA health fairs have become annual events. Garg said the younger students participating get experience working with patients before they start their clinic and docent rotations.

“It’s not hard,” he said. “It’s something that gives them the understanding that everything is not just about school stuff, it’s also about getting out there in the community. And it starts building that confidence.”


Summer Scholars prepares high school students for success

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The School of Medicine recently completed the 36th year of its Summer Scholars program.

For one month each summer, minority and disadvantaged students from Kansas City area high schools immerse themselves in activities at the UMKC School of Medicine to improve their chances of success as a college student and jump-start a potential career in health care.

The School of Medicine recognized the 2016 class of 49 Summer Scholars during its annual awards dinner and program at Pierson Auditorium.

Participants in the program that takes place each July receive daily instruction in academic areas such as chemistry, and language arts and study anatomy and physiology in the school’s cadaver lab. Classroom experiences range from medical terminology and understanding health disparities to ACT and standardized test taking. Summer Scholars also experience different medical services such as emergency and outpatient medicine, rehabilitation and nursing services as well as surgery.

Darius Jackson, coordinator of diversity programs and recruitment said this year’s program also utilized some of medical school’s student interest groups to lead some of the teaching sessions. For example, the Family Medicine Interest Group, the school’s surgical society and members of the Student National Medical Association led workshops in areas such as casting and suturing.

Summer Scholars is for students entering their junior or senior year of high school. Those students who participate prior to their junior year and return for a second year of the program take part in the Advanced Summer Scholars.

This year’s advanced program included a research component led by Michael Wacker, Ph.D., associate dean for student medical research, and fifth-year medical student Jazmine Smith. Those students studied their DNA, prepared reports and discussed their findings during presentations to their families and classmates at the awards dinner.

This was the 36th year of the program with students from 48 different high schools participating. Many Summer Scholars continue their education in a healthcare field and school officials say that recently, nearly 5 percent of those who complete the Summer Scholars program have been selected for entrance to the UMKC School of Medicine.

Med students offer education on heart health at Camp Cardiac

Medical students led a workshop on dissecting pig hearts during Camp Cardiac at the UMKC School of Medicine.
Medical students led a workshop on dissecting pig hearts during Camp Cardiac at the UMKC School of Medicine.

Day camp at the UMKC School of Medicine is more than fun and games.

Following a one-hour crash course on normal heart physiology, a group of local high school students are testing their newly gained knowledge in a rousing game of Jeopardy. That’s followed by a learning session on maintaining a healthy heart through exercise.

Then it’s time to break into small groups to work on presentations that focus on assigned heart health topics. And that’s just the morning session of Camp Cardiac, a weeklong program at the UMKC School of Medicine from June 18-22. The camp emphasizes on education and real world experiences, said fourth-year medical student Brandon Trandai.

UMKC medical students lead the program with 24 participants from area high school. Trandai, one of the student volunteers for this first UMKC Camp Cardiac, said participants receive scrubs, stethoscopes and a binder of information on each of the week’s lectures.

“Camp cardiac is aimed at providing high school students interested in medicine a starting point as they pursue their careers,” Trandai said. “Students are able to talk to individuals on the road to getting into medical school and learn from others’ experiences.”

With a focus on the care and maintenance of the human cardiovascular system, the medical students and physician experts lead individual workshops on heart health with an integrated emphasis on diet and exercise.

Each day is packed with activities such as dissecting pig hearts, CPR training, learning to take vital patient information, and conducting simple physical exams for heart and lung health.

Camp Cardiac is a national program for high school students ages 15 and older. It is offered at nearly 40 medical schools across the United States. Participants receive a graduation certificate at the completion of the program.

The idea for a UMKC Camp Cardiac began with Hunter Faris, a fourth-year student who met with the founder of Camp Cardiac Inc. With the aid of a number of students, the group worked for nearly two years on the logistics of bringing the program to the School of Medicine.  More than 30 second, third and fourth-year medical students served as counselors and guest lecturers. Members of the UMKC facility also gave guest lectures.

Carol Stanford, M.D., associate professor of medicine and docent, served as the program’s faculty advisor. Trandai said Brenda Rogers, M.D., associate dean for student affairs, also helped the students throughout the past year prepare to launch the program.


Student group sponsors annual health fair

Members of the School of Medicine’s Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association sponsored a health fair that drew nearly 200 people to Blue Valley Southwest High School in Johnson County, Kansas.

After Rmaah Memon took part in a student-sponsored community health fair a year ago, she couldn’t wait to do it again.

Nearly 30 medical students joined community volunteers for the Indian Association of Kansas City Health Fair on June 25 at Blue Valley Southwest High School. The School of Medicine’s Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association is a sponsor of the annual event.

This year, Memon took on the added role as as event co-chair with Vidhan Srivastava MS 4, Elsa George MS 3, and Priyesha Bijlani MS 3.

“I did it last year and liked it so much that I took on a bigger position with the club and did it again,” Memon said. “We have a bunch of these health fairs that we do. We focus on communities in the Kansas City area that might not otherwise have health care.”

The program is one of the organization’s largest community projects of the year. Nearly 200 people saw community physicians and volunteers from the medical school and the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and vision screenings among others.

Memon said the health fair has become a win-win effort for students and the community, providing experience for the students while making a difference in the lives of their patients.

“I’m helping people and seeing the fruits of my education,” Memon said. “It’s taking everything I’ve learned and now putting it into practice to not only help someone, but to help someone who otherwise wouldn’t be receiving care, someone who might not know that they have something like diabetes. That’s the interesting part of it all.”

Student group conducting drive for children’s books

READ KC BOOK DRIVENearly one-third of all kindergartners in the United States begin school without the basic language skills necessary to learn to read. The Medical Humanities Interest Group at the School of Medicine is doing its part to help change that with a book drive through July 10.

The student group will be collecting new and gently used children’s books to donate to area clinics and doctors’ offices. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement recommending that parents and caregivers should read to children from birth to 5 years old.

Books will be collected in a donation box on the first floor of the medical school near the elevators. Books may also be dropped off in the Humanities Department office, room M4-C03D.

For additional information, contact Reid Waldman at rawthf@mail.umkc.edu.