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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 seeks nominations for annual awards

The School of Medicine is accepting nominations for three upcoming faculty, staff and student awards in the areas of diversity and health equity, mentoring and medical education research.

The Excellence in Diversity and Health Equity in Medicine Awards recognizes 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:

  • Recruiting and/or retaining a diverse student or faculty body;
  • Facilitating an inclusive environment for success of all;
  • Working to promote health equity and the elimination of health disparities;
  • Strengthening efforts to develop or implement cultural competency strategies that improve health-care delivery.

Nomination materials should be sent to the attention of Cynthia Ginn in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at ginnc@umkc.edu.

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.

The second annual Louise E. Arnold, Ph.D., Excellence in Medical Education Research Award will be given to a tenure track or nontenure track faculty member who has contributed to innovation and scholarship related to medical education at UMKC School of Medicine for a minimum of five years.

Nominations for the mentoring and medical education research awards should be sent to Dr. Rebecca R. Pauly, M.D., chair, selection committee, at paulyr@umkc.edu.

Winners of the awards will be announced on Sept. 7 during the annual Faculty Promotion and Awards reception at 4 p.m. in Theater B.

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.


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.

Two from Med School receive UMKC Faculty, Staff Awards

Sandra Smith

Two people from the UMKC School of Medicine were honored with awards on April 25 during the Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony at Pierson Auditorium.

Sandra Smith, course coordinator for the School of Medicine Council on Curriculum, was  chosen as the winner of this year’s UMKC Staff Council Dedication Award. Darla McCarthy, Ph.D., associate teaching professor and assistant dean for curriculum, received the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award.

Smith joined the School of Medicine in 2012, working with the school’s Council on Curriculum.

Darla McCarthy, Ph.D.

She has served as chair of the UMKC Staff Council’s outreach committee each of the past four years. Smith says she has seen the benefits of participating on the staff council,  such as understanding the dynamics that affect university staff and the university community overall.

“Staff council committee members have the opportunity to advocate and assist with making a better work environment for all of the UMKC staff members,” Smith said. “This has helped me to appreciate and value UMKC as a staff member. To promote UMKC in the Kansas City metro area, and create service or sponsored drive opportunities for staff members to take an active part in our local community, is always rewarding.”

The award for dedication recognizes extraordinary contributions of a staff council and staff committee member to the staff council’s goals of making UMKC a workplace of choice for all staff.

The Pierson Award is given annually to outstanding teachers in the Bloch School and the Schools of Dentistry, Law and Medicine.

McCarthy joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2012 as a member of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences. She teaches human biochemistry and lectures in the Human Structure Function series and in the Physician Assistant program.

McCarthy was recently appointed associate dean and serves as a Council on Curriculum liaison to the Year 1-2 advising staff. She also directs the school’s USMLE Step 1 readiness assessment program.

Longtime soccer coach joins School of Medicine as advancement director

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.

Goodson seeks reform in compensation for primary care physicians

John Goodson, M.D., second from left, with family, delivered the annual William Goodson, M.D., Lectureship at the UMKC School of Medicine.

Primary care specialties are facing an uphill battle for survival, said John Goodson, M.D., a primary care advocate.

John Goodson, M.D.
John Goodson, M.D.

Goodson, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and primary care internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, delivered the UMKC School of Medicine’s annual William H. Goodson, Jr., M.D., Lectureship on Oct. 28. John Goodson is the son of William Goodson, who practiced internal medicine in the Kansas City area for more than 45 years.

“I’m really dedicated to the care of my patients,” Goodson said. “That’s what keeps me going in life. The balance of my life is patient care and I will do all that I can to save primary care. That’s why I have become an advocate.”

In 2015, John Goodson established the Cognitive Care Alliance to encourage improved compensation for generalist physicians and to help ensure a highly talented primary care work force for the nation’s future. The alliance has since grown to a force of nearly 109,000 physicians covering the spectrum of primary care specialties, Goodson said.

Goodson said three issues are key to maintaining a strong primary care workforce: training medical students who enter primary care specialties; practice reform, including such things as infrastructure, support, team building and health information technology; and, ultimately, attaining parity of compensation for primary care physicians.

“The healthcare economy is not a free economy by any stretch of the imagination,” Goodson said. “We spend $3 trillion on health care. It’s a huge jobs program and there are many problems. Our job is to ensure that our work is appropriately compensated within this gigantic environment.”

While the complexity of the primary care specialties has increased, he noted that interest in primary care has decreased throughout the years. Goodson said he isn’t sure anyone has the perfect answer, but that the problem is understandable when one compares the compensation for primary care physicians to other specialists who earn much higher salaries.

He called for changes in the way service codes used for billing and reimbursement are defined and valued. Goodson said the playing field is tilted with too few primary care specialists included on the panel of health care professionals that determine those service codes and their values.

“We need to defend the cognitive capabilities of our professions,” Goodson said.

This was the 30th year of the annual lectureship. A group of family, patients, colleagues and friends established the William H. Goodson, Jr., M.D., Lectureship in 1987 to honor his many contributions to the field of medicine in the community. Each year, noted speakers offer scholarly perspectives and information related to internal medicine to current and future practitioners.

Student affairs faculty, staff lead development sessions at national conference

UMKC-SOM-LogoUMKC School of Medicine faculty and staff from the Department of Student Affairs participated in discussions and presentations at an Association of American Medical Colleges national conference on student affairs in St. Louis.

The June conference of the organization’s Group on Student Affairs also brought together representatives of Careers in Medicine and the Organization of Student Representatives.

Three members of the School of Medicine led sessions. Brenda Rogers, M.D., associate dean for student affairs, and Tim Hickman, M.D., led a presentation on Improving Difficult Conversations and Managing Conflict Methods for Success. Robin Patterson, the School of Medicine’s Financial Literacy Coordinator, gave a presentation on Building your Financial Literacy Program: Two Schools of Thought.

The AAMC’s Group on Student Affairs represents medical schools interests and medical students in the areas of admissions, student affairs, financial aid, diversity affairs, and student records.

School of Medicine research administration announces staff changes

Courtney Drerup

Courtney Drerup has joined the School of Medicine as the grants support specialist in the Office of Research Administration. She replaces Patricia Weary, who retired in May.

Drerup will help coordinate the annual Health Sciences Student Research Summit for School of Medicine students. She will also maintain research records for students’ and residents’ projects, provide grant support assistance for managing award expenditures, and provide monthly financial reports.

A graduate of Columbia College, Drerup has experience in the travel industry and has also worked in South Korea.

The research office also welcomes Laurie Ray as its new work-study student. Ray is currently enrolled in the UMKC School of Biological Sciences. She takes the place of former work-study student, Jessica Olson, who graduated from the School of Nursing and Health Studies last May and is now a graduate nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Ray will provide administrative support, help maintain the School of Medicine Central Lab and equipment and also prepare dry ice for laboratory shipments.

Student Affairs welcomes two new staff members

Megan Malcom
Stan Vierbrock

The School of Medicine recently welcomed two new staff members to the Office of Student Affairs. Megan Malcom is the new education team coordinator in the years 1 and 2 office. Stan Vierbrock joined the staff as the learning resource specialist.

Malcom has served as an academic advisor in the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences for the past three years. Originally from Iowa, she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Northern Iowa. Malcom moved to the Kansas City area just more than four years ago when she joined UMKC as the administrative assistant in the College of Arts & Sciences advising office. 

Vierbrock comes to the School of Medicine after serving as the director of learning enhancement at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Prior to that, he was at UMKC in the Institute for Professional Preparation where he worked with medical students from across the country in preparation for the medical board examinations. Vierbrock received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his master’s degree in public administration from UMKC.