Sarah LaGrece has been selected as the new manager of the School of Medicine’s Medical Education Media Center. She will also serve as a senior operations technician at the Clinical Training Facility.
A graduate of UMKC, LaGrece will oversee the media center that serves as the School of Medicine’s instructional resource lab with anatomical models, and audiovisual and computer-based learning materials.
The media center will be open from noon to 5 p.m. during the week. Students can contact LaGrece to make arrangements to use the facility outside of the normally staffed hours. School administration is exploring options to provide additional staffing to expand these daily hours, she said.
In the meantime, LaGrece will be working on taking inventory, updating and repairing the models, and updating the computer software available for students, residents and faculty.
Her morning hours will be spent in the Clinical Training Facility, assisting with administrative duties, simulations with the facility’s mannequins, and helping with the standardized patient program.
A life-long resident of Kansas City, LaGrece graduated from Bishop Miege High School before attending UMKC and earning her bachelor’s degree in communications.
“I was thinking about being a teacher before I went into communications, so education was something I was always interested in,” LaGrece said. “So this seemed to mesh well with my interests.”
UMKC School of Medicine faculty presented important work on the Docent System of Medical Education, the long-term success of its graduates, and other topics to an international audience of medical educators at the 2016 annual meeting of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) at the end of August in Barcelona, Spain. AMEE’s annual conference draws more than 3,000 delegates each year and AMEE selects presentations through a competitive, peer-reviewed process.
Paul Cuddy, Pharm.D., senior associate dean, Stefanie Ellison, M.D., associate dean for curriculum, Gary Sutkin, M.D., associate dean for women’s health, and Steven L. Kanter, M.D., dean, led workshops, gave oral presentations, and presented posters to share the School of Medicine’s successes and challenges with peers from other medical schools spanning six of the world’s seven continents.
Cuddy and Kanter led a workshop on the school’s Docent System and how apprenticeship learning is enhanced by peer mentoring and longitudinal clinical experiences. In a separate session, Cuddy gave an oral presentation on learning communities and how the School of Medicine’s strong longitudinal clinical experiences provide a springboard for medical students to achieve leadership roles in medicine and science. Louise Arnold, Ph.D., past director of medical education and research, Jennifer Quaintance, Ph.D. director of medical education support services, Susan Hathaway, Ph.D., and Kanter were co-authors of the presentation.
Ellison presented a peer-reviewed poster on the development and implementation of the Core Entrustable Professional Activities in the school’s six-year dual-degree program. Emily Haury, M.D., docent, and Quaintance were co-authors of the poster presentation.