The UMKC School of Medicine is serving as a Gold Sponsor of the 2018 Kansas City Marathon, and race organizers are excited to offer a 15 percent discount on race registration fees to all faculty, staff, students and residents. This year’s event will take place on Oct. 20 with four race distances to chose from — 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon.
The discount code can be used for any of the KC Marathon’s race distances. The event is open to walkers as well as runners.
To get the discount, simply copy and paste or enter 15OFF2018KCM in the “Got a discount code?” box near the end of the online registration process at www.kcmarathon.org. Please note that this discount code is case sensitive. It must be entered exactly as it appears.
Why should you participate in the Kansas City Marathon on October 20?
This is Kansas City’s largest and most exciting race. It gives runners a tour of the city’s most beautiful landmarks and interesting neighborhoods, including the World War I Memorial, the Country Club Plaza, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Waldo, Westport, 18th & Vine and more.
The race has distance options for all fitness levels with a 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon.
There are fireworks to kick off the race and a huge after party with live music, free food and free beer!
All runners will receive a participant shirt, a large finisher’s medal, free downloadable race photos and more.
After you conquer the Kansas City hills, you’ll be rewarded with a lightning-fast downhill finish that includes a breathtaking view of the Kansas City skyline!
Still not sure? Click here to check out their 2017 recap video to learn what the Kansas City Marathon is all about.
The School of Medicine welcomed Rishi Sharma, M.D., M.H.S.A., to the faculty as the new docent for the Blue 1 unit on July 1.
In addition to his role as assistant professor of internal medicine at the School of Medicine, he will also serve as a research associate in cardiovascular and renal research at the Kansas City VA Medical Center.
Before joining the School of Medicine, Sharma served two years as a hospitalist at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. He has also served as a hospitalist and director of cardiopulmonary services at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kansas.
Sharma brings a research background, having served as a research assistant at the Midwest Biomedical Research Foundation in Kansas City.
He came to the United States after earning his medical degree from the Guwahati Medical College in India. He received a master’s in health services administration at the Kansas University Medical Center, then completed his internal medicine residency at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York. There, he was recognized as Intern of the Year.
In addition, Sharma served as chief resident at Nassau University, and as an instructor for Introduction to Clinical Medicine at the State University of New York-Stony Brook.
The author of many research posters, presentations and journal articles, Sharma is also a member of many health care societies including the American Heart Association, Doctors for America and the American College of Health Care Executives.
The School of Medicine is accepting nominations until Aug. 1 for four faculty, staff and student awards. These will recognize achievements in diversity and health equity, mentoring, medical education research and teaching.
The Excellence in Diversity and Health Equity in Medicine Awards recognize an individual or organization that has demonstrated sustained and impactful contribution to diversity, inclusion and cultural competency or health equity. The award is given to a student or student organization, and to faculty, staff, resident and/or organization/department.
Nominees should be those who have made consistent contributions to diversity, inclusion, cultural competency or health equity through one or more of the following:
o Recruiting or retaining a diverse student or faculty body;
o Fostering an inclusive environment for success of all;
o Working to promote health equity and the elimination of health disparities;
o Strengthening efforts to develop or implement cultural competency strategies that improve health-care delivery.
Nomination materials should be sent to the attention of Dr. Nate Thomas, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Betty M. Drees, M.D., Excellence in Mentoring Awards are presented each year. The Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award is for a faculty member with the rank of professor. The Excellence in Mentoring Award goes to a faculty member who is either an associate or assistant professor.
The awards recognize the significant contributions mentors make to enhance and develop the careers of our faculty and trainees. Characteristics of successful mentoring include generosity, listening, objectivity, and constructive feedback regarding career and professional/personal development.
Nominations for the mentoring, medical education research and teaching awards should be sent to Dr. Rebecca R. Pauly, chair, selection committee, at email@example.com.
Winners of the awards will be announced on Sept. 13th during the annual Faculty Promotion and Awards reception at 4 p.m. in Theater B.
Past award recipients:
Excellence in Diversity and Health Equity in Medicine Awards Individual:
2015 Jim Stanford
2016 Fariha Shafi
2017 Briana Woods-Jaeger Organization:
2015 Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
2016 Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
2017 Gender Pathways
Betty M. Drees, M.D. Excellence in Mentoring Awards Lifetime Achievement Awards:
2014 Vidya Sharma
2015 John Foxworth
2016 Agostino Molteni
2017 Julie Strickland
Excellence in Mentoring Awards:
2014 Simon Kaja
2015 Vincent Barone
2016 Pamela Nicklaus
2017 Brenda Rogers
Louise E. Arnold, Ph.D., Excellence in Medical Education Research Award 2016 Louise Arnold
2017 Stefanie Ellison
Christopher Papasian, Ph.D., Excellence in Teaching Research
2017 Christopher Papasian
From extreme heat on Friday to high winds and a menacing storm front early Saturday, the weather caused big worries just before the 2018 Hospital Hill Run, sponsored by the UMKC Health Sciences District. But after the starting horn sounded at 7:30 Saturday morning, June 2, cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60s prevailed, making it a good day for the races.
Mid-90s heat caused the usual Friday evening 5K to be pushed to 7 a.m. Saturday, when the 7.7-mile and half-marathon races also were to begin. Because of lightning and a brewing storm, that start time was delayed an additional 30 minutes. But the big storm never materialized along the race routes, and all three runs started and finished in good order at Crown Center.
This was the 45th year for the race, which drew more than 2,800 entrants for its three distances, and the first year for the UMKC Health Sciences District to be the lead sponsor of the race. Several of the dozen institutions that make up the district also provided the physicians, nurses, students and other health care professionals to staff the medical tent for runners in distress.
The cool weather helped, and just more than 30 runners ended up needing any medical help.
“We had a very light day in the medical tent,” said Margaret E. “Meg” Gibson, M.D., medical director for the Hospital Hill Run and director of the UMKC Sports Medicine Fellowship. “The cool weather definitely was a big factor. However, we still had runners coming in with hyperthermia, high temperatures, and needed immediate treatment. Most presented with fatigue, muscle cramps, needing ice.”
Gibson, who has worked the race for nine years, said 50 to 100 people needing help on race day is more typical. She and her staff were ready for much worse. The medical tent was stocked with cots, ice packs, bandages and even an iced-down tub to treat the worst cases of overheating.
“We had an excellent team of volunteers that provided excellent care,” said Gibson, who practices in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Truman Medical Center Lakewood. “The medical tent would not be a success without their help. In total, we had 16 students, nine residents and fellows from TMC Lakewood and UMKC, 13 nurses from TMC and the community, and two physical therapists from TMC and one from Children’s Mercy Hospital.”
One of the residents, Cassie From, D.O., packed as much as she could into the morning. She ran the 5K before helping staff the tent.
“I have three kids at home, so I’m used to doing more than one thing at a time, fitting things in when I can,” she said Saturday right after the 5K and before any runners came to the tent needing help. “I wasn’t going to be able to do the race Friday evening because I had to work an overnight shift. But when they moved it to this morning, I had a friend sign me up yesterday. So I worked my shift, came here and ran the race, and now I can help in the tent. This also fills a community service requirement for my residency.”
The unique UMKC Health Sciences District is made up of UMKC; its Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies, and Pharmacy; Children’s Mercy Kansas City and Truman Medical Centers; the Kansas City (Mo.) Health Department; the Missouri Department of Mental Health Center for Behavioral Medicine; Jackson County Medical Examiner; Diastole Scholars’ Center; and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.
The Hospital Hill Run was started by E. Grey Dimond, M.D. He also founded the UMKC School of Medicine, which in recent years sponsored the 5K. The UMKC Health Sciences district became the lead sponsor for all the races shortly after the district was founded a year ago.
The race weekend usually draws top runners from around the country, plus many local participants, often from fitness groups. That was the case Saturday for about 15 runners from the Sunday Runday North contingent. They met, stretched, chatted and watched the sky for a while at Crown Center before heading to the starting line.
One member of the group, Matt Kaspar, said this was his first Hospital Hill, and he chose the 7.7-mile race.
“I did a half marathon two weeks ago,” he said, “but this course is more challenging, hillier.”
Perhaps helped by the weather, the division winners in all three races turned in good times.
The first to cross the finish line in the 5K race was Zach Grover, 18, of Lee’s Summit. He won the men’s division in 17:17, followed 13 seconds later by his younger brother, Dylan Grover. Jennifer Butler, 29, of Overland Park, won the women’s division in 22:13. The race had 380 entries.
Zan Johnson, 20, of Olathe, won the men’s division of the 7.7-mile run in 45:12, and Jamie Martens, 42, of Mission, Kansas, won the women’s division in 54:53. That race had 1,004 entries.
An hour and 10 minutes (and 9 seconds) after the starting horn, the half marathon winner crossed the finish line: Austin Bogina, 24, of Arma, Kansas. The women’s division winner, Elle Meyer, 32, finished in 1:21:43. The half marathon had 1,487 entries.
Full race results, along with other information, are available online.
The School of Medicine Student Research Program has awarded 11 Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards for the Spring 2018 cycle. Recipients included 10 medical students and one graduate student.
Sarah Morrison awards of up to $2,500 are presented each year in April and October. More than 100 students have received an estimated $104,669 in financial support from the program to conduct research projects at the School of Medicine.
The deadlines for students interested in research who wish to be considered for one of the Sarah Morrison awards are March 1 and September. 1 each year. Applicants are reviewed by a committee of faculty judges and processed through the Office of Research Administration.
Spring 2018 Sarah Morrison Research Award
(Recipient / Faculty Mentor / Project title)
Taylor Carter, MS 5 / Miranda Huffman, M.D., associate professor of community and family medicine / The Need for Diversity: Narrative Review of Learning and Social Environment of Underrepresented Minority Medical Students at an U.S. Medical School
Keerthi Gondi, MS 4 / Sean Gratton, M.D., assistant professor of neurology / Prevalence, Treatment, and Outcomes of Asymptomatic Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension in a Pediatric Population
Rishabh Gupta, MS 3 / Peter Koulen, Ph.D., professor of basic medical science, Sabates Endowed Chair in Vision Research / Disease-mediated changes in Ca2+ channels during optic neuritis
Debolina Kanjilal, MS 3 / Gary Sutkin, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Endowed Chair in Women’s Health / The Pursuit of Error-Free Surgery
Shrusti Mehta, MS 3 / Paula Nichols, Ph.D., professor and chair of basic medical science / Molecular and Cellular consequences of Necrotizing Enterocolitis on neurodevelopment
Nikitha Potturi, MS 5, David Mundy, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology / Fetal Structural Cardiac Disease: Maternal & Neonatal Outcomes
Hussain Rao, MS 3, / Peter Koulen, Ph.D., professor of basic medical science, Sabates Endowed Chair in Vision Research / Pharmacological control of oxidative stress-mediated effects on endocannabinoid signaling
Alisha Shah, MS 3 / Peter Koulen Ph.D., professor of basic medical science, Sabates Endowed Chair in Vision Research / The role of MAPKs in innate immune system signaling in age-related macular degeneration pathogenesis
Garth Sherman, MS 5 / Fariha Shafi, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine / The effectiveness of BCG after local radiation therapy for Non-muscle invasive bladder cancer
Siddhant Thukral, MS 4, Paul Reicherter, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine / Serum Zonulin levels as measured during a Psoriasis Flare
Jeremy Provance, I.Ph.D. student / Kim Smolderen, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical and health informatics / Studying Amputations in the Cerner Health Facts Database: Overlap with Peripheral Artery Disease, Diabetes, and Prognostic Outcomes
The School of Medicine has announced that Stacey Algren, M.D., clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will serve as the chair of the Council on Evaluation.
Algren, a 2001 graduate of the School of Medicine, begins her new role as council chair in June, 2018. The appointment is for a seven-year term that will run through 2025.
The Council on Evaluation develops and applies policies and procedures to assess the academic and professional development of medical students as they progress through the School of Medicine. Its decisions affect the careers of our students, and the Council strives to render decisions that are consistent and in the best interests of our students and the medical program.
In 2009, Algren joined the Council on Evaluation, and most recently served as the vice-chair. She also serves as associate program director for the School of Medicine’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program and maintains a busy clinical practice at Saint Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza.
After receiving her medical degree in 2001, Algren completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UMKC. She successfully completed fellowship training in pelvic surgery at Emory University. She returned to Kansas City in 2007 and joined the staff at Saint Luke’s Hospital, where she is the medical director of the Women’s Care Clinic.
The School of Medicine also recognizes the conspicuous service of Sara E. Gardner, M.D., who completed a seven-year term as Council on Evaluation chair.
Shui Qing Ye, M.D., Ph.D., chair and professor of Biomedical and Health Informatics, and Daniel Heruth, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, are co-authors of a paper published in Cell and Bioscience that was selected as one the journal’s outstanding papers published in 2017.
The paper, “Epigenetic regulation of Runx2 transcription and osteoblast differentiation by nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase,” was published in the May 23, 2017 edition of Cell and Bioscience. It was chosen for the 2017 Ming K Jeang Award for Excellence in Cell & Bioscience.
Ye also serves as the William R. Brown Endowed Chair in Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the School of Medicine.
The School of Medicine has announced that Julie Banderas, Pharm.D., will serve as the inaugural chair of the Department of Graduate Health Professions in Medicine.
Banderas is particularly qualified to serve as the chair of the department. She has served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Allied Health since 2012 and before that was Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies.
She will oversee the department as it is integrated into the School of Medicine’s strategic plans and objectives to expand graduate and professional degree programs in medicine to meet the needs of the community.
The School of Medicine currently offers three graduate medical programs that include a Master of Science in Anesthesia, a Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant, and a Master of Health Professions Education.
The Department of Graduate Health Professions in Medicine will serve as academic home for all existing and future graduate medical degree programs. It will bring organization, efficiency and structure to the strategic planning and policy decisions for these programs.
Banderas has an accomplished research, teaching, and leadership record. She provided oversight in supporting two graduate programs that recently underwent successful accreditation reviews.
Therefore, it is with the enthusiastic support of the faculty that the School of Medicine looks forward to the growth of existing graduate programs and the establishment of new programs under her leadership.
Interim Chancellor Barbara A. Bichelmeyer recently recognized Jannette Berkley-Patton, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health informatics, with the University of Missouri System President’s Award on behalf of University of Missouri System President Mun Choi.
Berkley-Patton received the President’s Award for Cross Cultural Engagement. It recognizes faculty who demonstrate success in promoting cross-cultural activities or understanding through classroom or student service activities, or through direct service to global or regional efforts that relate back to the university.
“Dr. Berkley-Patton is highly regarded by the community she serves,” said Daphne Bascom, medical director and senior vice president of Community Integrated Health for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “She has established durable collaborations and relationships with churches, community clinics and other health related agencies to support cross-cultural activities in the region. As she has grown her research program she has been intentional in providing opportunities to involve her community partners in defining the goals and outcomes for each project.”
The majority of Berkley-Patton’s research funding supports her faith-based and health community partners with staff, equipment and training to improve the community’s capacity to address health. Berkley-Patton values collaborations within the community and has been a leader in researching community-based health interventions to reduce HIV, diabetes, heart disease and mental health disparities among the African-American community.
The UM System President’s Awards are presented annually to faculty members across the four campuses of the UM System who have made exceptional contributions in advancing the mission of the university. Berkley-Patton will be formally recognized by UM System President Choi during an awards celebration in June.
The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology has recognized Peter Koulen, Ph.D., director of basic research at the School of Medicine’s Vision Research Center, as a member of is 2018 Fellows Class.
Koulen received the honor and was invited to give a research presentation during the organization’s annual meetings April 29-May 3 in Hawaii.
The fellowship recognition acknowledges the accomplishments, leadership and contributions of association members. ARVO Fellows are role models and mentors for scientists pursuing careers in vision research and ophthalmology.
ARVO is a world-wide organization of nearly 12,000 researchers from more than 75 countries. It serves to promote and enhance the understanding of the visual system and the prevention, treatment and curing of its disorders. It is also a leading international forum for the advancement of basic and clinical knowledge among vision researchers.
Koulen serves as the Felix and Carmen Sabates-Missouri Endowed Chair in Vision Research. His studies focus on basic research and therapy development for chronic diseases of the eye and brain.