A message from Dean Jackson

In August, we welcomed our newest cohort of 105 B.A./M.D. students to the School of Medicine. We know that our success starts with the recruitment of the best, brightest and most diverse group of students. At their orientation, I identified that as a B.A./M.D. graduate of this medical school, there was no doubt in my mind that my family, my docents, starting with my year 1 docent, and the talented faculty I had the chance to engage with, shaped the physician I became. From medical school, through residency in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s to fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern, countless mentors, many who were the icons in pediatrics of that era, were my supporters along the way as I became a clinician, educator and researcher through the last three decades and eventually dean in 2018.

At the orientation ceremony for our Year 1 class, Dr. Bridgette Jones, assistant dean of student affairs, told the students that we are here to cheer them on, provide support and guidance through difficult times and to make sure they have fun and are celebrated along the way. Dr. Allan Davis, assistant dean of admissions, provided the diversity snapshot of the students of the Class of 2028, noting that while most of our students came from within our state and the Kansas City region, we also saw students come from as far away as Massachusetts to California, from a town of 2,000 to a metro area of 9.5 million. Approximately a quarter of the class of 2028 are from a racial group underrepresented in higher education or medicine, grew up in a rural area, identify as LGBTQIA, or are first-generation students. Dr. Davis emphasized that our newest students, especially, in the thick of a global pandemic and a transition to a new normal, showed resiliency, creativity and fortitude as they found inventive ways to gain experience in and insight into the field of medicine.

One of the highlights of our Year 1 orientation is the presentation of the Garcia Memorial Award, presented this year to Samuel Kim, who was selected by his student peers. He was introduced as a passionate, top student who is motivated, knowledgeable, compassionate and selfless. Sam identified the thrill of meeting classmates, the fear of starting the accelerated curriculum and the strange feeling of homesickness mixed with the novel thought of independence. He emphasized that our students are chosen and have the capacity to use their human-to-human connections “to protect the defenseless and heal the brokenhearted,” providing hope to patients who may be at the most hopeless moments in their lives.

The approach to medical education is changing across the country and many schools are embarking on curricular paths that mirror what UMKC SOM has utilized for more than 50 years. Whether our students enter as B.A./M.D. students or enter as M.D.-only students, they join a docent group that allows a team-based focus that promotes peer to peer student mentorship and supports an approach to optimize clinical care for our patients. As students graduate and move on to residency programs, they are recognized as being among the best of the best clinicians. We are also expanding our opportunities for students who have been nationally recognized for their engagement in local, regional and national medical research programs, diversity and advocacy initiatives, and as they embark on advanced degrees. Students have presented in national forums, becoming thought leaders and the physician scientists of the future who are changing the outcomes for patients from the urban core to residents of rural Missouri. The national recognition for our students ranges from Sophie Bernstein, class of 2024 who was selected for the 2022 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee, to our nine students who most recently completed the National Institute of Health yearlong Medical Research Scholars Program and the NIDDK summer fellowship programs to those completing Master’s degrees like Divya Jain who will finish her two year program at the Kennedy School of Public Policy in 2023.

Our innovative medical education program continues to graduate the best, brightest, most caring and well-rounded physicians. We are proud of our talented and accomplished faculty who are passionate about serving the underserved and advancing medical research that changes outcomes for all patients. Advancing the health of people and populations depends on our ability to engage with our clinical partners in top quality clinical care, maintain our innovative curriculum, engage in scientific discovery, collaborate with our communities, promote work to achieve health equity, and to elevate our standards of professionalism and ethics. It is also critical that we enhance the medical school environment moving forward as this too positively impacts our students’ learning, achievement and wellbeing.

On the horizon, we will be breaking ground for a new UMKC School of Medicine building on the rural campus in St. Joseph and continue fundraising for a new Health Innovation building on the Kansas City campus that will allow us to expand our student learning space and simulation capabilities. We are also renovating and expanding our student classroom space in our current building and envisioning an expanded renovation of the outdoor plaza that can become an additional space for our student to gather and study together.

The coming months are going to be exciting and I am eager to see where we go in our next 50 years!

Mary Anne Jackson, M.D. ’78
Dean, School of Medicine

Financial Wellness News 5/16/2022

Financial Transition Tips for Grads!

Congrats Class of 2022!!

The Financial Wellness Department would like to make sure that your financial transition into your career is as smooth as possible. Below, I’ve put together a list of action items to help you prepare financially for post-graduation.  If you have any questions about the items to complete or the resources, please reach out to schedule a 1:1 meeting. I am here to help you embark on this new financial chapter and begin your career!

Establish a Budget  –  If you haven’t utilized a budget or other money-management techniques during school, it’s time to establish one before you start your career. We have a simple 50/30/20 budget template to get you started here.

Organize Student Loans – One of the biggest to-dos is to organize your student loans! This can sometimes feel daunting, but you can be on your way to easy repayment with just a few steps:

  1. Log on first to studentaid.gov and find your loan total and servicer on the right-hand side.
  2. Also on studentaid.gov, complete Federal Exit Counseling and email your confirmation to studentloans@umkc.edu.
  3. Create an account with your loan servicer to start repayment after your grace period.
  4. Decide on a repayment plan that fits your budget. Consider any forgiveness programs (like PSLF) or repayment strategies you want to work towards.
  5. Utilize the AAMC Education Debt Manager for information on EVERYTHING related to student loans.

Anticipate Changes – Are you moving? Need a new car? Need an entire new workwear attire? Consider upcoming changes like these (and more!) that might change your budget. If you are moving, consider test driving your budget by creating a “mock budget” with your new living expenses and income. Use this paycheck calculator to estimate your net income to budget.

Create short-term goals – Finally, consider the above steps and create short-term financial goals to achieve them. Goals can be big, like purchasing a new car, or small like reaching out to your student loan servicer. Create a financial to-do list to help you build the financial future you want!

With a little organization and small action items, you can walk into your first day on the job confident you are able to manage your new income!

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►Got loans?

The MedLoans Organizer and Calculator from the AAMC is a fantastic tool to stay up to date on your student loans. Not only can you organize each loan you can also run repayment scenarios based on your financial situation upon graduation.

If you have questions about transitioning financially from Med School to your career you’re welcome to schedule a meeting with your Financial Wellness Counselor to discuss. Email brennonk@umkc.edu to schedule.

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►Resource Spotlight

AAMC Financial Wellness: The AAMC has created a robust financial management dashboard specifically designed for medical students. Use this dashboard to:

  • Track Financial Health
  • Budget & Track Spending
  • Create Financial to-do’s
  • Create Financial Goals
  • Organize Student Loans
  • Utilize Resources & Calculators

Create a free account today! Visit the site here and choose UMKC as your school.

►This week at AAMC:

Understanding the Consequences of Bad Credit
An in-depth look at how poor credit can make life vastly harder to navigate and how to repair it.

Daily articles include:

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►Upcoming Events:

(RSVP through the Financial Wellness Center on RooGroups)

Happy summer! Check back in later for upcoming Fall 2022 events.

Financial Wellness News 5/2/22

That’s a Wrap!

The Financial Wellness Department had SO much fun celebrating National Financial Capability Month in April. We hosted 3 events, and gave out tons of snacks, resources, and prizes! BIG congrats to Sundas who won our Raffle drawing!

If you missed out on all of the fun, don’t worry! We have one more event on May 6th and then we will be back with tons of activities in the fall.

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►Health Professional Loans Available

UMKC offers alternative loan options for Disadvantaged Students (LDS Program) or for those passionate about Primary Care (PCL Program.)  These loans have a fixed interest rate and do not accrue interest during school. They also have a longer Grace Period upon graduation of 12 months.

For the Primary Care Loan, students MUST go into an approved Primary Care specialty or will face high-interest rate penalties. Please only consider applying if you are passionate about primary care.

  • Approved specialties as defined by HRSA are Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Combined Medicine/Pediatrics, Preventative Medicine, and General Practice. (OB/GYN is NOT approved)

Application Process: Applications open each year on March 1 and are due May 15th. You can apply at the UMKC Financial Aid site here and use the Secure Document Uploader to submit your application. You must include parental information on your FAFSA.

View the 2022 Fact Sheet

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►Summer Aid Update

Usually, Summer Financial Aid Request Forms are available on the UMKC Financial Aid site on March 1 annually. This year, Summer Aid will happen automatically! For the health sciences programs, you will be automatically packaged for Summer financial aid (if eligible) when batch enrollment is complete. If you are enrolled and still do not have your Summer Aid on your account, make sure you’ve:

  1. Completed the 2021-2022 FAFSA
  2. Have no outstanding financial aid task items.

Email Kristian if you’d like to set up a budget meeting before accepting aid at brennonk@umkc.edu.

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►Scholarship Informational Session

The Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) is a military-wide initiative to offer full tuition, fees, and expenses paid to medical and PA students. Come learn more about this program with incredible financial perks (including $2400/month stipend!) on May 6th.

Free pizza will be available as students listen to Army and Air Force representatives discussing the ins and outs of the HPSP program. There’s no obligation to sign up for the program, just attend to learn more!

RSVP here.

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►Got loans?

The MedLoans Organizer and Calculator from the AAMC is a fantastic tool to stay up to date on your student loans. Not only can you organize each loan you can also run repayment scenarios based on your financial situation upon graduation.

If you have questions about transitioning financially from Med School to your career you’re welcome to schedule a meeting with your Financial Wellness Counselor to discuss. Email brennonk@umkc.edu to schedule.

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►Resource Spotlight

AAMC Financial Wellness: The AAMC has created a robust financial management dashboard specifically designed for medical students. Use this dashboard to:

  • Track Financial Health
  • Budget & Track Spending
  • Create Financial to-do’s
  • Create Financial Goals
  • Organize Student Loans
  • Utilize Resources & Calculators

Create a free account today! Visit the site here and choose UMKC as your school.

Be sure to check out the MedLoans calculator for easy student loan organization and management.

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►Upcoming Events:

(RSVP through the Financial Wellness Center on RooGroups)

May 6th – HPSP Scholarship Informational Session 

Join us for more information on the HPSP scholarship program. Free pizza will be provided. Location: Theater C (and ZOOM) at 4:15 pm. RVSP here. 

Financial Wellness News 4/4/22

Financial Capability Month!

April 1-30 is recognized as National Financial Capability Month! The SOM Financial Wellness Department is celebrating in a BIG way! Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Stop by the Financial Capability Month table in the lobby starting April 5th. Pick up helpful financial literacy materials and enter the raffle for your chance to win a prize.
  2. Increase your financial capability by attending our events! Join us for Virtual Financial Wellness Bingo, Debt Management Lunch & Learn, and Decorate a Savings Jar!
  3. Challenge yourself to take inventory of your personal finances and create goals aimed at increasing your financial wellness!

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►Health Professional Loans Available

UMKC offers alternative loan options for Disadvantaged Students (LDS Program) or for those passionate about Primary Care (PCL Program.)  These loans have a fixed interest rate and do not accrue interest during school. They also have a longer Grace Period upon graduation of 12 months.

For the Primary Care Loan, students MUST go into an approved Primary Care specialty or will face high-interest rate penalties. Please only consider applying if you are passionate about primary care.

  • Approved specialties as defined by HRSA are Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Combined Medicine/Pediatrics, Preventative Medicine, and General Practice. (OB/GYN is NOT approved)

Application Process: Applications open each year on March 1 and are due May 15th. You can apply at the UMKC Financial Aid site here and use the Secure Document Uploader to submit your application. You must include parental information on your FAFSA.

View the 2022 Fact Sheet

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►Summer Aid Update

Usually, Summer Financial Aid Request Forms are available on the UMKC Financial Aid site on March 1 annually. This year, Summer Aid will happen automatically! For the health sciences programs, you will be automatically packaged for Summer financial aid (if eligible) when batch enrollment is complete. Stay tuned for more updates on this from the Financial Aid and Financial Wellness Offices. In the meantime, make sure you’ve:

  1. Completed the 2021-2022 FAFSA
  2. Have no outstanding financial aid task items.

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►Scholarship Opportunity

BA/MD Students are invited to apply for the Marilyn McGuyre Scholarship at this link. Apply by April 15th to be considered for the $4000 scholarship.

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►Got loans?

The MedLoans Organizer and Calculator from the AAMC is a fantastic tool to stay up to date on your student loans. Not only can you organize each loan you can also run repayment scenarios based on your financial situation upon graduation.

If you have questions about transitioning financially from Med School to your career you’re welcome to schedule a meeting with your Financial Wellness Counselor to discuss. Email brennonk@umkc.edu to schedule.

___________________________________________________________________________

►Resource Spotlight

AAMC Financial Wellness: The AAMC has created a robust financial management dashboard specifically designed for medical students. Use this dashboard to:

  • Track Financial Health
  • Budget & Track Spending
  • Create Financial to-do’s
  • Create Financial Goals
  • Organize Student Loans
  • Utilize Resources & Calculators

Create a free account today! Visit the site here and choose UMKC as your school.

Be sure to check out the MedLoans calculator for easy student loan organization and management.

This week at AAMC:

Understanding the Role of a Financial Advisor

The nuts and bolts of working with a Financial Advisor. Does it make sense for you?

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►Upcoming Events:

(RSVP through the Financial Wellness Center on RooGroups)

April 1-30th – National Financial Capability Month

April is National Financial Capability Month! Celebrate all month long with the Financial Wellness Department! We will be hosting various events throughout the month and also swing by our table in the SOM lobby to enter the raffle! RSVP for all financial wellness events on RooGroups.

A message from Dean Jackson

These are exciting times at the School of Medicine. This past several years, we have been focused on initiatives to build diversity, enhance our learning environment, and expand student centric curriculum and value-added advanced degree and research opportunities.

Our award-winning students and faculty continue to garner national recognition. Sophie Bernsteina has been selected for the 2022 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee on the basis of her efforts to promote public health and the Surgeon General’s priorities. Dr. Amy Patel, ’11, serves as president elect of the American Association for Women in Radiology and is the first female recipient of the American College of Radiology Howard Fleishon, MD, Advocate of the Year Award recognized for her efforts to promote breast cancer imaging.

We are also pleased to announce two new endowed chairs, Dr. Jannette Berkely Patton, Merl and Muriel Hicklin Chair in Medicine and Dr. Cuthbert Simpkins, Sosland Chair in Trauma Research. Our commitment to world class medical education has been recognized with a $50 million Omnibus appropriation, which we will match, to build a new medical education and dental clinic building at 25th and Charlotte. And rural health care at our Mosaic campus has been recognized with a $15 million dollar senate appropriations to further build out our space as we anticipate the inaugural class starting their clinical blocks this summer.

We continue to increase our external funding and inside our School of Medicine building will launch a Research Wall of Fame outside of Theatre A. This will feature the accomplishments of students and faculty.

We hope you plan to join us on June 4, 2022 for the 50th SOM Anniversary celebration. If you cannot join in person, we encourage you to continue to invest in our mission.

Mary Anne Jackson, M.D. ’78
Dean, School of Medicine

Financial Wellness News 3/21/22

Save the Date!

April 1-30 is recognized as National Financial Capability Month! The SOM Financial Wellness Department is planning to celebrate in a BIG way! Stay tuned for more information on all of the drawings, fun events, and informational sessions coming in April!

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►Health Professional Loans Available

UMKC offers alternative loan options for Disadvantaged Students (LDS Program) or for those passionate about Primary Care (PCL Program.)  These loans have a fixed interest rate and do not accrue interest during school. They also have a longer Grace Period upon graduation of 12 months.

For the Primary Care Loan, students MUST go into an approved Primary Care specialty or will face high-interest rate penalties. Please only consider applying if you are passionate about primary care.

  • Approved specialties as defined by HRSA are Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Combined Medicine/Pediatrics, Preventative Medicine, and General Practice. (OB/GYN is NOT approved)

Application Process: Applications open each year on March 1 and are due May 15th. You can apply at the UMKC Financial Aid site here and use the Secure Document Uploader to submit your application. You must include parental information on your FAFSA.

View the 2022 Fact Sheet

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►Summer Aid Update

Usually, Summer Financial Aid Request Forms are available on the UMKC Financial Aid site on March 1 annually. This year, Summer Aid will happen automatically! For the health sciences programs, you will be automatically packaged for Summer financial aid (if eligible) when batch enrollment is complete. Stay tuned for more updates on this from the Financial Aid and Financial Wellness Offices. In the meantime, make sure you’ve:

  1. Completed the 2021-2022 FAFSA
  2. Have no outstanding financial aid task items.

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►Scholarship Opportunity

BA/MD Students are invited to apply for the Marilyn McGuyre Scholarship at this link. Apply by April 15th to be considered for the $4000 scholarship.

__________________________________________________________________________

►Got loans?

The MedLoans Organizer and Calculator from the AAMC is a fantastic tool to stay up to date on your student loans. Not only can you organize each loan you can also run repayment scenarios based on your financial situation upon graduation.

If you have questions about transitioning financially from Med School to your career you’re welcome to schedule a meeting with your Financial Wellness Counselor to discuss. Email brennonk@umkc.edu to schedule.

___________________________________________________________________________

►Resource Spotlight

AAMC Financial Wellness: The AAMC has created a robust financial management dashboard specifically designed for medical students. Use this dashboard to:

  • Track Financial Health
  • Budget & Track Spending
  • Create Financial to-do’s
  • Create Financial Goals
  • Organize Student Loans
  • Utilize Resources & Calculators

Create a free account today! Visit the site here and choose UMKC as your school.

Be sure to check out the MedLoans calculator for easy student loan organization and management.

This week at AAMC: Overcoming Financial Procrastination

 

The costs of financial procrastination can be greater than you might expect. This week we’ll explore strategies that can get your financial life moving again.

Daily Articles:

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►Upcoming Events:

(RSVP through the Financial Wellness Center on RooGroups)

March 22nd @ 5:30 pm – Chopped!

Students will have the opportunity to compete in teams to produce the best menus and dishes using low-cost items from the Kangaroo Pantry!. Location: 402 Student Union.

April 1-30th – National Financial Capability Month

April is National Financial Capability Month! Celebrate all month long with the Financial Wellness Department! We will be hosting various events throughout the month and also swing by our table in the SOM lobby to enter in for the raffle! Stay tuned for more details.

April 7th @ 3 pm – Intro to Investing

This event is designed to help you understand what investing is, who can invest, what options are available, and how you can get started investing for your future.  Location: 302 Student Union.

Financial Wellness News 3/7/22

►Health Professional Loans Available

UMKC offers alternative loan options for Disadvantaged Students (LDS Program) or for those passionate about Primary Care (PCL Program.)  These loans have a fixed interest rate and do not accrue interest during school. They also have a longer Grace Period upon graduation of 12 months.

For the Primary Care Loan, students MUST go into an approved Primary Care specialty or will face high-interest rate penalties. Please only consider applying if you are passionate about primary care.

  • Approved specialties as defined by HRSA are Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Combined Medicine/Pediatrics, Preventative Medicine, and General Practice. (OB/GYN is NOT approved)

Application Process: Applications open each year on March 1 and are due May 15th. You can apply at the UMKC Financial Aid site here and use the Secure Document Uploader to submit your application. You must include parental information on your FAFSA.

View the 2022 Fact Sheet

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►Summer Aid Update

Usually, Summer Financial Aid Request Forms are available on the UMKC Financial Aid site on March 1 annually. This year, Summer Aid will happen automatically! For the health sciences programs, you will be automatically packaged for Summer financial aid (if eligible) when batch enrollment is complete. Stay tuned for more updates on this from the Financial Aid and Financial Wellness Offices. In the meantime, make sure you’ve:

  1. Completed the 2021-2022 FAFSA
  2. Have no outstanding financial aid task items.

__________________________________________________________________________

►Save the Date

April 1-30 is recognized as National Financial Capability Month! The SOM Financial Wellness Department is planning to celebrate in a BIG way! Stay tuned for more information on all of the drawings, fun events, and informational sessions coming in April!

__________________________________________________________________________

►Got loans?

The MedLoans Organizer and Calculator from the AAMC is a fantastic tool to stay up to date on your student loans. Not only can you organize each loan you can also run repayment scenarios based on your financial situation upon graduation.

If you have questions about transitioning financially from Med School to your career you’re welcome to schedule a meeting with your Financial Wellness Counselor to discuss. Email brennonk@umkc.edu to schedule.

___________________________________________________________________________

►Resource Spotlight

AAMC Financial Wellness: The AAMC has created a robust financial management dashboard specifically designed for medical students. Use this dashboard to:

  • Track Financial Health
  • Budget & Track Spending
  • Create Financial to-do’s
  • Create Financial Goals
  • Organize Student Loans
  • Utilize Resources & Calculators

Create a free account today! Visit the site here and choose UMKC as your school.

Be sure to check out the MedLoans calculator for easy student loan organization and management.

This week at AAMC: Buying a Vehicle

A vehicle purchase is a high-stakes deal for just about anyone. This week, AAMC  covers strategies for finding the best vehicle and successfully negotiating the best overall price.

Daily Articles:

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►Upcoming Events:

(RSVP through the Financial Wellness Center on RooGroups)

March 10th @ 6 pm – Apartment Hunting

In this session, we’ll share resources, tricks, and tips for managing your housing search. We will discuss how to prepare a housing budget, where to look, and how to save. Location: ZOOM.

March 15th @ 6 pm – Taking on Taxes

Join this session to learn the ins and outs of taxes. We’ll explain why taxes exist and how they work, what forms to look out for, and important dates to remember.  Location: ZOOM.

School of Medicine’s Gold Humanism Honor Society adds 31 new members

The UMKC School of Medicine Gold Humanism Honor Society welcomed its 2022 class of 31 students, faculty and medical residents during a Feb. 24 induction ceremony.

This year’s class included 21 fifth-year students, four faculty physicians and six residents nominated by their colleagues. Inductees embody the School of Medicine’s foundational traits of compassionate patient care, professionalism and humanism. They are selected annually based on demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service.

Members are viewed by their peers as role models for humanistic care within their communities. The society also provides educational events, supports research, promotes professional growth and creates networking opportunities.

The GHHS is a national honor society established in 2002 with sponsorship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Today, GHHS has more than 175 chapters in medical schools and residency programs throughout the country and more than 40,000 members who serve as role models in health care.

Student Inductees
Anum Ahmed
Mozammil Alam
Anissa Bernardez
Imaima Casubhoy
Ryan Deutsch
Erin Galakatos
Susriya Gangireddy
Jordan Grimmett
Jordan Held
Brandeline Jungels
Sahithi Katragadda
Shreya Majagi
Francesca Moisson
Steven Obiefuna
Siddharth Ramesh
Supriya Reddy
Nina Russell
Shil Shah
Som Singh
Rachel Wright
Carolyn Yoakum

Resident Inductees
Dr. Mohamed Ahmed (Internal Medicine, PGY-2)
Dr. Allen Ghareeb (OB-GYN, PGY-3)
Dr. Elizabeth Dempsey (OB-GYN, PGY-4)
Dr. Rachel Oldfather (Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY-1)
Dr. Sara Anderson (Psychiatry, PGY-3)
Dr. Ronald Palmen (Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY-2)

Faculty Inductees
Dr. Angela Barnett (Community and Family Medicine)
Dr. Stephanie Ellison (Emergency Medicine)
Dr. Sara Gardner (Internal Medicine/Pediatrics)
Dr. Srikala Subramanian (Emergency Medicine)

 

Financial Wellness News 2/28/22

►Last Chance for UMKC Scholarships!

The 2022-2023 UMKC Scholarship application deadline is THIS WEEK! Apply by March 1  by midnight to be considered for UMKC competitive scholarships and a number of SOM scholarships for Medical, AA, and PA students.

Note: References are not required for the SOM scholarships. However, it is best practice to list references if you can as some of the UMKC Competitive scholarships may require them.

Did you know we have a large resource page on our website that showcases external scholarships you can apply for? We’ve linked scholarships for all programs within the SOM, so be sure to check it out here.

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►Last call for Nominations!

Calling all Medince Seniors! You received an email to nominate yourself or a fellow classmate for our annual Senior Awards. This nomination is due by March 1 at midnight. Email your Financial Wellness Counselor to get the nomination link if needed. Read more about Senior Awards here.

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►Summer Aid Update

Usually, Summer Financial Aid Request Forms are available on the UMKC Financial Aid site on March 1 annually. This year, Summer Aid will happen automatically! For the health sciences programs, you will be automatically packaged for Summer financial aid (if eligible) when batch enrollment is complete. Stay tuned for more updates on this from the Financial Aid and Financial Wellness Offices. In the meantime, make sure you’ve:

  1. Completed the 2021-2022 FAFSA
  2. Have no outstanding financial aid task items.

__________________________________________________________________________

►Got loans?

The MedLoans Organizer and Calculator from the AAMC is a fantastic tool to stay up to date on your student loans. Not only can you organize each loan you can also run repayment scenarios based on your financial situation upon graduation.

If you have questions about transitioning financially from Med School to your career you’re welcome to schedule a meeting with your Financial Wellness Counselor to discuss. Email brennonk@umkc.edu to schedule.

___________________________________________________________________________

►Resource Spotlight

AAMC Financial Wellness: The AAMC has created a robust financial management dashboard specifically designed for medical students. Use this dashboard to:

  • Track Financial Health
  • Budget & Track Spending
  • Create Financial to-do’s
  • Create Financial Goals
  • Organize Student Loans
  • Utilize Resources & Calculators

Create a free account today! Visit the site here and choose UMKC as your school.

Be sure to check out the MedLoans calculator for easy student loan organization and management.

This week at AAMC: Buying a Vehicle

A vehicle purchase is a high-stakes deal for just about anyone. This week, AAMC  covers strategies for finding the best vehicle and successfully negotiating the best overall price.

Daily Articles:

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►Upcoming Events:

(RSVP through the Financial Wellness Center on RooGroups)

March 2nd @ 1 pm – Travel Hacks: Spring Break Edition

Learn tips and tricks related to traveling. These tips will range from maximizing your travel space to finding places that offer student discounts. Location: 402 Student Union

March 10th @ 6 pm – Apartment Hunting

In this session, we’ll share resources, tricks, and tips for managing your housing search. We will discuss how to prepare a housing budget, where to look, and how to save. Location: ZOOM.

March 15th @ 6 pm – Taking on Taxes

Join this session to learn the ins and outs of taxes. We’ll explain why taxes exist and how they work, what forms to look out for, and important dates to remember.  Location: ZOOM.

Financial Wellness 2/21/22

►New Financial Wellness Club

There’s a new club launching this month at the School of Medicine! Financially Healthy Physicians aims at addressing personal finance topics relevant to physicians. The club exists to help educate students on the financial aspects of medicine and how to navigate through various financial topics. Expect a variety of personal finance topics relevant to you while you’re still in school but also several post-graduation topics to help you plan for the future.

Their first meeting is Tuesday, February 22nd at 6 pm in Theater B. Please visit their page on RooGroups to join their club and ask any questions.

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►Scholarship Applications

The 2022-2023 UMKC Scholarship application deadline is fast approaching. Apply by March 1 to be considered for UMKC competitive scholarships and a number of SOM scholarships for Medical, AA, and PA students.

Did you know we have a large resource page on our website that showcases external scholarships you can apply for? We’ve linked scholarships for all programs within the SOM, so be sure to check it out here.

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►Head’s Up, Seniors!

You’ve all received an email from the Financial Wellness Department that includes important financial to-dos and resources before you graduate. Plus, nominate yourself or a fellow graduating senior for a Senior Award. If you have questions about transitioning financially from Med School to your career you’re welcome to schedule a meeting with your Financial Wellness Counselor to discuss. Email brennonk@umkc.edu to schedule.

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►Resource Spotlight

AAMC Financial Wellness: The AAMC has created a robust financial management dashboard specifically designed for medical students. Use this dashboard to:

  • Track Financial Health
  • Budget & Track Spending
  • Create Financial to-do’s
  • Create Financial Goals
  • Organize Student Loans
  • Utilize Resources & Calculators

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This week at AAMC: Tax Facts

Learn some of the basic skills you need to make tax season as pleasurable – and profitable – as possible.

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February 23rd  @ 5:30 pm – Black Entrepreneur Panel

Join us and learn about local Black entrepreneurs’ experiences in KC. Students will have a chance to learn from and discuss experiences with community panelists. Location: 401AD StudentUnion

March 2nd @ 1 pm – Travel Hacks: Spring Break Edition

Learn tips and tricks related to traveling. These tips will range from maximizing your travel space to finding places that offer student discounts. Location: 402 Student Union