UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Reflections Throughout 50 Years
Since 1971, nearly 4,000 physicians and health care professionals across the United States have received their degrees from the UMKC School of Medicine. As a leadup to our Gold Jubilee 50th anniversary event on June 4, we are spotlighting some of our alumni who embody the school’s spirit and excellence in medical education and patient care.
Today, we catch up with Amy Patel, M.D., ’11.
Where are you now and where are you working?
After a brief stint in Boston Massachusetts at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, I returned to Kansas City. I work at Liberty Hospital, where I am a breast imaging specialist and medical director of the Breast Care Center. I also serve as assistant professor of radiology and adjunct faculty at the UMKC School of Medicine.
What is your focus in medicine?
My primary focus is on breast radiology with research interests in breast health equity, artificial intelligence, and digital breast tomosynthesis.
What is one of your fondest memories at the School of Medicine?
One of my most fond memories is having afternoon tea with Dr. Marjorie Sirridge in her office. She was one of my most beloved mentors as a medical student. She taught me to believe in myself, never give up, and push myself, because advancing myself meant I could also acquire the skills to help other women advance and become leaders, which would in turn advance our field.
What is the greatest lesson you learned during your time at the School of Medicine?
By far the greatest lesson was how to master time management and juggle many things early in one’s career.
What is something about you that people may not know?
If I hadn’t gone to medical school, I would have majored in vocal music at the UMKC Conservatory with an emphasis in opera!