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GHHS students lift patients’ spirits with Valentine’s Day visit

Members of the School of Medicine’s Gold Humanism Honor Society delivered roses and Valentine’s Day cards to patients at Truman Medical Center. See more photos on our Facebook page.

A Valentine’s Day visit from a group of nearly a dozen UMKC School of Medicine students brought smiles, and often tears, to patients at Truman Medical Center on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The fifth and sixth-year medical students are members of the school’s Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). They and their faculty advisor, Carol Stanford, M.D., professor of medicine a School of Medicine docent, spent a portion of their morning presenting roses and Valentine’s cards to throughout the hospital.

“This is one of the few times of the year where we stop what we’re doing and just take some time to appreciate the patients,” said sixth-year med student Ami Purohit, a member of the GHHS.

For a number of years now, Stanford and her honor society students have delivered roses and cards to patients on Valentine’s Day as part of the GHHS Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care.

Deven Bhatia, president of UMKC’s GHHS chapter, said the organization purchased 250 roses. Earlier in the week, the students invited others throughout the med school to join them in creating more than 200 hand-made Valentine’s cards.

This was Purohit’s second year to join Stanford and her GHHS classmates on their Valentine’s Day rounds. She said she found the experience rewarding.

“A lot of times our patients are sick and they may or may not have family members coming to see them,” she said. “When you give them their rose and Valentine’s card, I think they feel that the love is mutual and we are here to take care of them. We want to treat them like people and not just a patient room number. They appreciate that.”

Many patients responded with more than smiles. They broke down in tears as members of the group delivered a rose, a card and encouraging words, “Get well soon.”

“They were crying,” Purohit said. “You can see how touched they feel when we hand them a rose and a card. That’s what has made this tradition last. I think it’s going to be around for a long time, just knowing the impact it has on our patients.”

Last year, the School of Medicine received the Gold Humanism Honor Society’s Distinguished Chapter of the Year award. The honor recognizes the chapter’s impact, leadership, service activities and humanistic learning environment.

Stanford said the chapter received the award for its program excellence, which included a national “Thank A Resident Day” that started just two years ago at UMKC.

The GHHS has 150 chapters in medical schools and nearly a dozen residency programs throughout the United States.

Local Wall of Respect coming to UMKC campuses

The Wall of Respect, a 12-foot yurt representing the diversity of cultures in Kansas City, is coming to the UMKC Health Sciences campus Feb. 4-8.

Fifty-one years ago, a group of Chicago artists created a community mural called the Wall of Respect that revitalized the neighborhood in the city’s South Side. Last year, in the same spirit, Kansas City’s Jewish Community Center created its own Wall of Respect to celebrate the diversity of cultures in the community.

That project, a 12-foot yurt decorated by local artists, will be on display in the third-floor atrium of the UMKC Health Sciences Building for one week beginning Feb. 4. The following week, Feb. 11-15, the yurt will be set up at UMKC’s Student Union.

Wall of RespectA yurt is a circular tent typically made of felt or animal skins mounted on a collapsible frame. The local Wall of Respect project was decorated by artists representing the African American, Jewish, Asian American, Latinx/Hispanic and Native American cultures that enhance the diversity of Kansas City. Murals are painted inside and outside the yurt as well as on the roof.

Tamica Lige is chair of the Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council that is bringing Kansas City’s Wall of Respect to the university’s two campuses. The council is made up of representatives of the UMKC schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies, and Pharmacy, Children’s Mercy, Saint Luke’s Health System and Truman Medical Center.

“This is a good way for us to be involved with not only spreading the message of diversity, but also an appreciation of the arts,” Lige said. “It’s exciting that we can bring this community piece that represents diversity and inclusion in Kansas City to our campuses.”

Lige said cutout handprints will be available for visitors to decorate and hang inside the yurt to share their own ideas and stories of culture.

Jill Maidhof, director of the Jewish Community Center, will lead a walking tour and give a presentation on the yurt at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Health Sciences Building.

The yurt display is coming to UMKC as a leadup to the Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council’s annual Harmony Gala event on Feb. 16. The annual dance event is a scholarship fundraiser for underrepresented minority students at the health sciences schools. Registration is still available online at umkcalumni.com/harmonygala.

“This is the perfect time to bring the yurt to campus, in conjunction with the Harmony Gala,” Lige said. “It’s about diversity, it’s inclusion, it’s recognizing disparities and trying to address them. It’s a way to visually represent where we want to go in representing the various cultures of our community within our schools.”

Lige said this will be the first time the yurt has visited UMKC.

“It’s exciting to have it at both campuses,” she said. “We’re looking forward to sharing it with the Volker campus. The majority of what we do is focused on students here on the health sciences campus. This gives us an opportunity to serve the greater student population of UMKC and that’s really rewarding.”

Kansas City Marathon offers UMKC School of Medicine discount

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.

Resident presentation selected for special session at 2018 Experimental Biology

Farnaz Khalafi, M.D., pathology resident, presented a research posted during a special session of the 2018 Experimental Biology conference.

Third-year pathology resident Farnaz Khalafi, M.D., presented a research poster at a special session of the 2018 Experimental Biology conference that took place in San Diego.

Khalafi’s poster was one of the top 20 posters selected from more than 200 submitted to the American Society for Investigative Pathology for presentation during a session on Next Generation Scientists: New Discoveries of Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows and Rising Stars.

She is the first-author of “Minimal effect of Aliskiren on mast cells count and renal vascular damage in acute rat model of Triolein induced pulmonary fat embolism.” Co-authors include Elizabeth Onishchenko, Mohammad Pour, Dauod Arif, Paula Monaghan, Alan Poisner and Agostino Molteni.

Six medical students from the School of Medicine are co-authors of research abstracts or posters accepted for presentation at the conference. The students include Ariana Fotouhi, Thomas Haferkamp and Taylor Lind, Elizabeth Onishchenko, Abigail Spaedy and Michael Van Dillen.

Experimental Biology is an annual invitation-only meeting of five scientific societies made up of more than 14,000 scientists who focus on anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, pharmacology, and physiology.

Video series offers training tips for the 2018 Hospital Hill Run

Organizers of the 2018 Hospital Hill Run and presenting sponsor, UMKC Health Sciences District, are providing a series of video training tips to help participants prepare for the Friday and Saturday event on June 1-2 in Kansas City.

One of the most storied road race events in Missouri, it includes a Friday night 5K run and the Saturday 5K rerun, 7.7-mile run and half-marathon.

Go to the Hospital Hill Run YouTube page each Tuesday from now until race weekend for a new video with tips from local sports medicine doctors and trainers on a wide variety of topics. These will look as topics such as running and exercising as a family, staying hydrated during and after training, and preventing running injuries.

In addition to improving your health and wellness, participation in the Hospital Hill Run supports many local charities. This year’s run will benefit the School of Medicine’s Sojourner Health Clinic, a student-run, free safety-net clinic helping the adult homeless and medically indigent in Kansas City.

Volunteers are needed at all events, from handing out race packets, to cheering on athletes, to handing out medals at the finish line. Learn how you can get involved by visiting the Hospital Hill Run web site.

All UMKC staff, faculty, students and alumni may register at a discounted rate or serve as volunteers. Participating staff and faculty can also earn points toward their wellness incentive programs. When registering for the Friday night or Saturday morning race events, use the code SOM2018DISC for 20 percent savings.

Athletes and volunteers: Take part in the 2018 Hospital Hill Run presented by UMKC Health Sciences District!

Multiple race options – 5K, 7.7 mile and half marathon – offered at discounted rates

 

Fourth-year medical student Jordann Dhuse, winner of the  women’s 5K event at the 2017 Hospital Hill Run, and running enthusiast and professor of emergency medicine Stefanie Ellison, M.D., talked to Kansas City’s 41 Action News about training for the 2018 Hospital Hill Run.

The UMKC Health Sciences District is the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Hospital Hill Run – one of the most storied races in Missouri history – on June 1-2, 2018.

Race weekend begins with a 5K run on Friday night – where strollers are welcome and families of all sizes are encouraged to take part. The next morning, runners hit the pavement in the 5K rerun, 7.7 mile and half marathon.

All UMKC staff, faculty, students and alumni may register at a discounted rate or serve as volunteers. Participating staff and faculty can also earn points toward their wellness incentive programs. When registering for the Friday night or Saturday morning race events, use the code SOM2018DISC for 20 percent savings.

In addition to improving your health and wellness, your participation in the Hospital Hill Run supports many local charities, including the School of Medicine’s Sojourner Health Clinic, a student-run, free safety-net clinic helping the adult homeless and medically indigent in Kansas City. And volunteers are needed at all events, from handing out race packets, to cheering on athletes, to handing out medals at the finish line.

To learn how you can get involved in this year’s race, visit http://www.hospitalhillrun.com/.

School of Medicine celebrates Match Day 2018

UMKC School of Medicine sixth-year student Jacob Rash was filled with excitement as the Class of 2018 celebrated Match Day, along with thousands of medical students across the country on Friday.

An early morning rain shower couldn’t dampen the Match Day excitement throughout the UMKC School of Medicine on Friday, March 16. Students gathered with family and friends to fill all three of the school’s theaters to open letters from the National Residency Matching Program. Inside the envelopes, the learned where they will be going in a few months to begin their medical residencies.

This year’s graduating class will be disbursed throughout 31 states and the District of Columbia for residency training.

2018 UMKC School of Medicine Match List
2018 UMKC School of Medicine Match Photo Album

Internal medicine was the most frequent match with 27 residencies. Other popular matches were pediatrics and medicine-pediatrics (11), general surgery (9), psychiatry (9), family medicine (8), emergency medicine (7), anesthesiology (6) and orthopedic surgery (4).

Thirty-three of the residency matches are in the Kansas City area, mainly through UMKC and its affiliate hospitals, but also at the University of Kansas. A half-dozen are in St. Louis, and four are at University of Missouri-Columbia.

As the soon to be residents celebrated with classmates, some reflected on their time at the School of Medicine and shared their Match Day thoughts about what lies ahead.


Ahsan Hussain / Ophthalmology / New York Medical College — Valhalla, New York
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hy did you come to UMKC School of Medicine?
On interview day, when I first got here, I saw how close everyone was, the camaraderie among the docents and the students. It felt like a very comfortable environment. I’m from New York and didn’t want to be that far from home, but I felt like this would be a second family for me, and it has been.
What is your fondest memory of medical school?
Definitely hanging out with my unit. Red 2 – the best unit ever!
What did you the night before to prepare for Match Day?
I worked out. Kind of got the stress out, all the pre-game jitters. Just kind of relaxed.
Why ophthalmology?
This was the one specialty where I felt like I could make the most difference. I love taking care of people’s eyes. I think sight is the most important sense and to help someone see and maintain their vision is important.
What’s next?
Just taking the next few months to hang out with as many people as I can, soak up as much of Kansas City as I can. Knock a few things off the bucket list and enjoy this place as much as I can before I leave.

Kelly Kapp / General Surgery / UMKC School of Medicine
Why did you come to UMKC School of Medicine?
I knew I wanted to be a doctor, and I really liked that the program was accelerated. The clinical experience is really strong here. I’m very motivated by seeing immediate results, so being part of a group people motivated by patient care was important. And I liked that it’s a small class, so you get to know everyone in your docent unit and have a core group to  lean on.
What is your most fondest memory of medical school?
I really loved the Do-Ro rotation with my unit. I also had really close roommates that I met in the dorms. We’ve been friends for six years. It’s been fun to get to know them through the bad times and the good, the study sessions and the long nights. Even though they were rough nights, they were great.
What will you miss most about medical school and UMKC?
I’ll miss my class and my friends, the docents and the really strong teaching atmosphere. It’s a hard program, but it doesn’t feel as hard when you have everyone working together.
Why general surgery?
I like that there are acute problems that you can fix immediately. You go into the day with a checklist of things to do. You get those things done and you know at the end of the day, you’ve helped the patient.
What did you do the night before to prepare for Match Day?
My mom and my sister came in, and we got together and just relaxed. My roommate and I have been friends for six years. We said a quick prayer, relaxed and took deep breaths.

Christopher Tomassain / Dermatology / University of Kansas School of Medicine – Kansas City, Kansas
Why did you choose the UMKC School of Medicine?
It was because of the six-year program. That and my cousins went here, so I had some family that had gone through the program and really liked it. So, I decided to pursue it.
What was your best memory of the UMKC School of Medicine?
It has to be the friends I made throughout the years. It’s not really just one memory, it’s the journey that you’re on for six years. The close connections you have with friends are what I’ll remember most.
How did you prepare for Match Day?
I just stayed at home, drank a glass of wine and tried to relax.
How will you celebrate?
I’m flying to Las Vegas after this to meet my parents. I’m from Los Angeles, so it was easier for them to go to Las Vegas than to come here.
What’s next?
In 10 years, I want to have my own practice with my sister as my physician assistant.

Caitlin Curcuru / Anesthesiology / University of Chicago Medical Center – Chicago, Illinois
Why anesthesiology as your specialty?
My mom is a nurse anesthetist, so I had some early exposure and just really fell in love with it.
What is your fondest memory of medical school?
I’m on Dr. Keeler’s unit, so I have so many great memories. He is awesome. He’s an incredible docent and mentor, and we had so much fun, especially on Do-Ro.
What will you miss most about UMKC and medical school?
I’ll miss all the friends that I’ve made over the last six years because we’ve become really close.
Did you do anything special last night to prepare for Match Day?
My family came into town, and we all went out to dinner, went to a movie and just chilled.
How do you plan to celebrate?
First, I’m going to finish this bottle of champagne (a Match Day celebration gift) and then join everyone at John’s Big Deck, so it’s going to be fun.

Minh Vuong-Dac / Family Medicine / Presby Intercommunity Hospital — Whittier, California
Why did you come to UMKC School of Medicine?
Knowing that I’d be getting clinical experience from day one and knowing that I wanted to do medicine, I felt like this was the perfect place. And Kansas City is awesome. I think the UMKC School of Medicine is one of the best programs in the country. I would do it again every time.
Why family medicine?
I like treating patients of all ages, from babies to older people, and doing procedures. So, this was a natural choice for me.
What will you remember most about medical school?
Meeting all my friends and making another family, another home here, and getting to do what I love. I’m from California. Coming from Los Angeles, I was skeptical that I’d be able to call this a second home, but I really have and have come to love this city.
What will you miss most?
I’m going to miss everything about it, the doctors, the administration. This is just such a nurturing environment. I came out of high school and everyone here has helped me grow into who I am today.
What’s next?
I realize that I would really love to be involved in academics. I’d love to be involved with this school again one day. We’ll see, but right now, I think that sounds like a good plan.

Tasha Tuong / Family Medicine / Presby Intercommunity Hospital — Whittier, California
Why did you come to the UMKC School of Medicine?
I grew up in California and my parents actually moved to Kansas City when I was 16 so they could help me get into the six-year program here. It was a family decision.
What is your fondest memory of medical school?
My most fond memory would probably have to be meeting my boyfriend, Minh.
Why Family Medicine?
I wanted a specialty that gives me a lot flexibility to do whatever I wanted. After residency, I could be a hospitalist, I could be doing sports medicine, I could be doing anything I want to.
How do you plan to celebrate?
We’re all going to go to John’s Big Deck, it’s one of our traditions at the med school.

Sean Rogers / General Surgery / Akron General Medical Center/NEOMED — Akron, Ohio
Why did you come to UMKC for medical school?
I was at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and I got an interview here at the UMKC School of Medicine. They said “yes” and I wasn’t about to turn it down.
Why general surgery?
I love the procedural aspect of it and the fact they tend to take care of sicker patients. It isn’t as much rounding, it is more doing.
What is your best memory from medical school?
They’re all surgeries, being in the operating room. The first case that I ever scrubbed in for was a whipple procedure, which is a really long procedure, eight or nine hours. I was in dress shoes because I hadn’t dressed properly for the day. I loved it. I was there uncomfortable in my dress shoes for nine hours but I was like, yeah, this is for me.
How are you going to celebrate your residency match?
I’m going to go out with my family for lunch and then I’m going to go out with my girlfriend, Isha Jain. She graduated (from the UMKC School of Medicine) last year and is in her first year of family medicine in Chicago. So, I’m going to hang out with her.

Siri Ancha / Internal Medicine / Washington University-St. Louis
Why did you come to the UMKC School of Medicine?
I’ve lived in Missouri for 13 years and wanted to stay in the area. I loved the idea of the accelerated program at UMKC. I always knew that I wanted to be a doctor, so this was the best way to go.
Why internal medicine?
I like everything, so I wanted a specialty where I could learn about everything and do everything. I don’t want to limit myself.
What will be your fondest memory of the UMKC School of Medicine?
Probably Match week, celebrating with all my friends, celebrating all of our accomplishments.

Harris Zamir / Internal Medicine / UMKC
Why did you come to the UMKC School of Medicine?
I’m from Kansas City. I knew about the school and knew that I wanted to be a doctor, so it made sense to come here and do what I wanted to do.
Why internal medicine?
My favorite part about medicine is being able to deal with chronic conditions and being able to find the right medication that works for the patient.
What is your best memory of medical school?
Today. It’s a combination of all the fond memories, even the bad memories, all coming together in one day. It’s awesome.
What will you miss most about UMKC and medical school?
This is a bittersweet time. Everyone’s happy because they’re getting the residencies they want, but also a lot of people are going away. My best friends are leaving, going to other cities, so it’s cool that they get to do what they want, but I’m going to miss them.
How did you spend the night before Match Day?
I worked in the emergency room. I had an emergency medicine shift in the evening.

Research indicates racism a factor in pre-term births, lecturer says

Dr. Collins presented at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

 

Research indicating that stress from racism contributes to low birth weights and premature births was presented Feb. 22 at Children’s Mercy Hospital by Dr. James W. Collins Jr.

Collins, medical director for the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, said pre-term birth rates in the United States had changed little in the past seven decades. The rate for African American women also has seen little change, remaining about 50 percent higher than for white women.

Collins’ presentation, titled “The Social Determinants of the Racial Disparity in Adverse Birth Outcomes: ZIP Code Eclipses Genetic Code,” reviewed several studies looking at possible causes or explanations for the persistent racial gap in low birth weights.

Those factors include age, education, income, upward economic mobility and geographic mobility, and they often correlate with rates of pre-term birth in predictable ways. For example, women living in low-income neighborhoods have more pre-term births than women in middle- or upper-income neighborhoods. But African American mothers in every type of income-bracket neighborhood still have higher rates of pre-term births than their white counterparts.

The results are much the same across the studies. Whatever factor is isolated and adjusted for, African American mothers still have higher rates of pre-term births. That leaves researchers looking for other causes, including racism and stress.

“Racism is kind of the elephant in the room,” Collins said. He presented research indicating that African American women who experienced racism more frequently and consistently in their lives were more likely to give birth prematurely.

“We are made to deal with acute stress pretty well,” Collins said. But when stress is chronic, such as from persistent racism, “you respond to acute stressors but you don’t come back down. I suspect this predisposes African American men to hypertension and African American women to pre-term birth.”

Collins said the biological mechanism for these ill affects was still unknown, but could be something that suppresses the immune system or otherwise fosters infections. But the exact mechanism doesn’t need to be known, he said, to see the problem as social rather than strictly medical, and to “go big” and “ecologic” in confronting and combating racism.

Medically, Collins said the day-to-day challenge for pediatricians is to provide comprehensive care for African American girls from before birth and to see them as potential mothers-to-be. Raising those girls for resilience, he said, while also working to change society, is work that requires everyone “to start slow and be tenacious.”

Collins closed with President John F. Kennedy’s reminder and exhortation that good and difficult work “will not be finished in the first 100 days … nor perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.” He then recited lines from Langston Hughes’ “Let America Be America Again,” with a gender switch:

O, let America be America again —
The land that never has been yet —
And yet must be — the land where every woman is free.

LaGrece joins SOM as new media center manager

Sarah LaGrece is the new manager of the School of Medicine’s Medical Education Media Center.

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.”