Five School of Medicine students — three M.D. candidates and two Master of Science Bioinformatics students — were recognized at the mid-year commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Swinney Recreation Center.
Those receiving their M.D. degrees were Adil Akthar, Anush John and Mariam Nawas. Stephanie Koch received the Master of Science degrees in bioinformatics. Nivedita Ranjan also received the M.S. Bioinformatics degree but did not participate in the graduation ceremony.
First place in the School of Medicine’s pumpkin carving contest, that is.
Students from the Green 8 team unveiled this year’s winning entry, a pair of somewhat bloodshot-looking eyeballs crying for support with their name: “Eye Need Your Votes.” School of Medicine staff who cast ballots on the student entries apparently took pity on the pair of eerie orbs over the other seven entries.
At the same time, students cast their winning votes in the staff contest for “School Spirit,” crafted by members of the School’s Office of Student Affairs.
The pumpkin carving contest has become an annual event at the School of Medicine, sponsored by MSAC and the Color Officers. First prize in the student category is a pizza party for the entire color team. Staff winners receive the Gold Stapler and a pumpkin pie.
1st Place: Green 8 “Eye need your votes”
2nd Place: Green 6 “Heisenberg’s Pumpkin”
3rd Place: Year 1 “Scary-go-round”
Other student participants:
EMT’s “Harry Head Injury”
EMT’s “Pumpkin Birth”
Blue 6’s “Nightmare on Holmes Street”
Blue 8’s “Is that my baby”
Green 7’s “Shark Bait”
Other staff participants:
Med Ed Media Center’s “Jack the Roentgen”
Marketing & Communications’ “Mad Husker Fan”
UMKC Police’s “Take a Bite Out of Crime”
Med Ed Support Services/Skills Lab’s “Mess O’ Pumpkins”
Dean’s Office’s “Hall O. Ween, M.D.”
Some were armed with blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes, others with paint brushes. Thirty-two School of Medicine students joined forces with several local health organizations and the Calvary Community Outreach Network in reaching out to the community for a day of fun and health awareness at the fourth annual Kansas Fun and Fitness Day on Oct. 12 at the Calvary Community Wellness Center.
The volunteers provided a wide range of health services including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and vision screenings, information on STD awareness and dental hygiene, as well as a nutrition/fitness booth and a first aid booth. Others participated in other fun-filled activities such as face painting.
The School of Medicine’s Medical Student Advisory Council (MSAC) coordinated the event in conjunction with the Calvary Community Outreach Network. Volunteers came from the local AMA, APAMSA, KC Free Eye Clinic/Ophthalmology Interest Group, and SNMA organizations as well.
The afternoon included carnival activities, rides and games for children, and music by national recording artist Beverly Crawford in addition to the health screenings.
Denise Davis, M.D., ’81, has spent the past year looking at women physicians’ lives from a unique perspective: the vantage point of their daughters. Davis presented the 2013 Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Outstanding Women in Medicine Lectureship on Sept. 19 at the School of Medicine to UMKC faculty, staff and students, as well as other members of the community, about “Pride and Presence: Narratives of Women Physicians and their Daughters.
She has been working on the study, which explores the relationships and feelings between mother physicians and their daughters, for a year after being inspired by her invitation to deliver the lecture and her relationship with her own daughter.
“This lecture on the narratives of women physicians and their daughters was inspired by some of the paradoxes my daughter said she observed in me,” Davis said. “She said when she heard me on the phone with patients I displayed patience … she also tells me that sometimes in communicating with her, I come off as demanding and short-tempered. And yet, not only is my daughter surviving, she’s thriving. This peaked my curiosity.”
Davis, an internist, is an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, a member of the core faculty for the Center of Excellence in Primary Care, San Francisco VA Medical Center and a member of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. At UCSF, she currently serves as an attending for residents, nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner fellows in ambulatory care.
Along with medical student remediation, Davis is involved in faculty development workshops and teaches topics that range from basic communication skills, including improving doctor-patient communication, obtaining informed consent, working with angry patients and negotiating cultural differences in clinical relationships, to giving effective feedback to learners and coaching learners through remediation. Davis has received the Kaiser Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching for her work with students at UCSF School of Medicine.
She consistently received awards as one of “America’s Top Doctors” and has received many Patients’ Choice Awards during her 20 years in a successful private practice. Consumer Checkbooks rated her as one of the finest physicians in the East Bay and the J magazine readers twice voted her as one of two favorite primary care physicians in the Bay Area.
Communication is a pillar on which her career has been based. Davis has been involved with the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for 10 years. Through education, research and training, the organization helps caregivers improve the health care setting. Her love of communication led to her interviewing the sample of women physicians and their daughters for the study she presented at the Marjorie Sirridge Lecture.
“Even if this lecture had been cancelled [for any reason], it would have been worth it to me to pursue this journey of listening to other women and their daughters talk about their experiences, their strengths, their joys,” she said. “And some of the women said this interview process has led them to talk more with their daughters about the meaning of their work.”
Davis said she plans to continue interviewing and see what themes continue to emerge. “It would be great to speak with a more diverse group of women and single mothers,” she said. “I also do a lot of work with residents and would like to learn more about young women, what their thoughts are on becoming mothers and what they think would be supportive for them.”
Mary Sirridge, Ph.D., daughter of Marjorie and William Sirridge, M.D., welcomed Davis on behalf of her mother and her other family members.
“My mother has watched Dr. Davis’ career since she graduated over 30 years ago from UMKC with great fondness and great interest,” she said. “Like my mother, Dr. Davis has moved back and forth between being a skilled and caring physician to being someone who’s very involved in passing the baton to the next people in line.”
Davis mentioned her gratefulness for the mentorship she received from Marjorie Sirridge and what it meant to her to come back to the School as the Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., lecturer.
“It connects me with her nurturing of me and how that made a difference and continues to make a difference in my life, not only as a physician, but also as a mother and as a person.”
School of Medicine faculty, staff, residents and students are invited team up and take part in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Sept. 21 to raise money and support the American Diabetes Association.
Step Out, which takes place annually at venues across the country, is the signature fundraising walk for the American Diabetes Association, having raised more than $170 million in its 20-year history. More than 120,000 participated in 120 walks throughout the United States last year, raising more than $24 million.
This year’s Kansas City walk will take place at Theis Park, located across from Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. The two-and-a-half mile walk begins at 9 a.m. with registration open at 7:30 a.m.
Local walkers will take a path through Theis Park, along Brush Creek toward the Country Club Plaza, and return to the park.
A class of 113 first-year medical students took a collective first step toward their medical degrees from the UMKC School of Medicine as they participated in the annual Year 1 InDOCtrination Ceremony on Aug. 16 at Pierson Auditorium on the Volker Campus.
The event marks the beginning of the school year and a six-year journey for the Class of 2019.
Raymond Cattaneo, M.D., 03, president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association, delivered the keynote address to students, speaking about what lies ahead for them and the significance of the career path they’ve chosen.
George Harris, M.D., assistant dean for Years 1 and 2 medicine, introduced the members of the class by their docent units. The class then listened to a reading of the Oath of Physicians, an oath that the class will recite together at their graduation in May 2019.
Rahul Maheshwari, MS 2, was recognized as the recipient of this year’sl Richard T. Garcia Memorial Award. The award is presented annually to a Year 2 student who displays outstanding leadership skills, compassion toward his or her fellow students, and outstanding academic performance throughout Year 1.
Each of 103 new third-year UMKC School of Medicine students received a reminder of the importance of being a physician during the annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 10 at the UMKC White Recital Hall on the Volker Campus.
Ray Cattaneo, M.D., president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association, told the class that their white coats should serve as a reminder that while their ultimate job is to heal, they must “do it with responsibility, honor, justice and respect.”
The White Coat Ceremony has been a tradition for students entering their third year of the School of Medicine since 2003. Sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, it emphasizes the importance of compassionate care for patients as well as proficiency in the art and science of medicine and marks the beginning of Year 3 training at the School of Medicine as medical students join docent units on Hospital Hill and at Saint Luke’s Hospital.
Amgad Masoud, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, received the 2013 Outstanding Year I-II Docent Award that is selected each year by students.
The new Master in Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree, a joint program offered through the UMKC School of Medicine and School of Education, is accepting applications. The program is geared to launch a new generation of expert teachers and curriculum specialists for schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and for the allied health professions.
The MHPE focuses on incorporating the latest medical research into curricula, the design and delivery of evidence-based educational programs and courses, program evaluation, the effective use of assessment tools, educational research in the health professions and leadership. Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Baylor have similar programs.
“The health professions community has clearly recognized the need to provide formal support for teaching and assessment and the master’s degree is supported as the most effective vehicle for doing this,” said Ellen Lavelle, Ph.D., Director of Health Professions Education.
The 36 hour program may be completed in two years. All courses are project-based. Students develop projects that will reflect their current professional interests and impact teaching and learning in those areas.
Two unique features of the MHPE are the Professional Educators Portfolio, which provides an opportunity to apply learning and showcase projects across courses, and the Summer Health Professions Mini-Conference, which is designed and delivered by students with the support of faculty.
The program is open to all health professions and allied health faculty and students at UMKC.
Three students from the School of Medicine were among this year’s graduating students recognized as Spring 2013 UMKC Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipients for their excellence in both academic achievement and service to the campus community.
Melony Chakrabarty, nominated by Connie Beachler; Mena Kerolus, nominated by Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D.; and Ashika Odhav, nominated by Kathy Kinder, M.D., received this year’s Vice Chancellor’s recognition.
Students are selected for maintaining high scholastic performace, while actively participating in University and community activities outside the classroom. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management takes nominations each semester from faculty and staff across the campus for the award.
The Honor Recipient program was started in 1975 by Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Richard Hoover.