Faculty Researcher Award

Purpose:

This award acknowledges and celebrates a faculty member who is recognized for their clinical and/or bench research which: contributes to the advancement of medicine, demonstrates collaboration and mentoring of learners (medical student, resident/fellow, and/or graduate learners) and faculty, and enhances the research reputation of the UMKC School of Medicine.

Description:

The faculty recipient should be an individual who has made significant contributions to the medical literature through research, including peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and who has obtained grant funding. The faculty member should have a sustained record of collaborating and mentoring learners and faculty in research.

Eligibility:

Nominee must be a tenure track or nontenure track faculty member in the UMKC School of Medicine for a minimum of 5 years. The faculty member must have received grant funding as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator, or a faculty member who has consistently contributed as Co-Investigator on funded research.

Nomination guidelines and materials to be submitted by the deadline:

Nominees may be nominated by UMKC staff, faculty, students, residents/fellows, administrators, clinical affiliates or community members.  Self-nominations are also acceptable.

To be considered, the following information must be submitted:

  1. Nomination letters must include a narrative of how the individual’s clinical or bench research has impacted UMKC. Specific outcome measures to include:
    1. Number of peer-reviewed PMID publications and journal name(s) in the past 5 years;
    2. Number of presentations (invited and peer reviewed) at regional, national, and international academic meetings in the past 5 years;
    3. Number and type of grants (and if these grants are UMKC SOM), amount of funding, and role in each project in past 5 years;
    4. Number of learners and faculty that nominee has collaborated and mentored in research in the last 5 years, including the number of learners and faculty that have obtained peer-reviewed PMID publications and presentations (academic meetings at regional, national, and international meetings) in the past 5 years;
    5. Research innovations, patents, or other contributions to research in past 5 years.
  2. A nominator may only nominate one nominee.
  3. Materials to submit with nomination letter:
    1. Letter(s) of support from learners and faculty (3 total letters) describing the nominee’s mentorship and collaboration with them in clinical or bench research;
    2. Most recent CV from the nominee.

Prior Winners:

  • 2020 – TBA

Faculty Clinical Affiliate Teaching Award

Purpose:

This award acknowledges and celebrates a faculty member who is recognized for their clinical teaching of UMKC School of Medicine medical students, graduate program students, and/or graduate medical education residents/fellows.  One award is given annually for each of the school’s major affiliates:  Truman Medical Centers, Saint Luke’s Hospital, Children’s Mercy Hospital, and Center for Behavioral Medicine.

Description:

The faculty recipient should be an individual who has influenced medical student, graduate student, and/or graduate medical education resident/fellow clinical education by enhancing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of learners related to the medical specialty of the faculty member.  The faculty member should be considered an excellent clinician who consistently has strong learner evaluations and is recognized for contributing to a supportive clinical learning environment at their primary clinical affiliate.

Eligibility:

Nominee must be a tenure track or nontenure track faculty member in the UMKC School of Medicine for a minimum of 5 years. The faculty member’s primary clinical duties must include a substantial teaching component at Truman Medical Centers (TMC), Saint Luke’s Hospital (SLH), Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH), or Center for Behavioral Medicine (CBM).

Nomination guidelines and materials to be submitted by the deadline:

Nominees must be nominated by the Academic Chair of the faculty member.

To be considered, the following information must be submitted:

  1. Nominations and all materials must come from the Academic Chair and be submitted to the Office of Professional Development. An Academic Chair can also solicit and include letters of support from Division and/or Clinical Department Chairs of the major clinical affiliates, but must write the primary nomination letter.
  2. Academic Chairs may only submit one faculty nominee per major affiliate in which their academic department has faculty members (as an example, the Academic Chair for Surgery could select a different faculty nominee for TMC, CMH, and SLH). Among all nominations received for each affiliate, only one faculty member will be chosen as the recipient of the Faculty Clinical Affiliate Teaching Award to represent that affiliate and is not awarded per academic department.
  3. Chair Nomination letter should include:
    1. How long the clinical faculty member has been on staff at the affiliate and faculty member at UMKC SOM;
    2. Attestation as to why this clinical faculty “stands out” among peers as an excellent clinical teacher who has made substantial and continued contributions to clinical education and creating a supportive learning environment for learners;
    3. The number and types of UMKC SOM learners that the faculty member has interacted with in the past year;
    4. Describe any “outcomes” attributed to the influence of the clinical faculty member on learners (such as educational innovations, enhanced learner evaluations, learner scholarly activity supervised by faculty member, influence on specialty choice, attainment of post-graduate training or employment of the learner(s), etc.).
  4. Materials to submit with nomination letter:
    1. Learner evaluations (student, resident, graduate student) of the faculty nominee, and must include evaluations for the most recent academic year;
    2. Letter(s) of support of up to 3 learners/learner groups describing the faculty’s clinical teaching skills and influence. (Learners from a group could be a consensus of learners, such as a docent team, group of residents, etc.);
    3. Most recent CV from the nominee

Prior Winners:

  • 2020 – TBA

Three UMKC faculty receive Fulbright Scholar Awards

Three University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty members, Charlie Inboriboon, M.D.; Brian Frehner, Ph.D.; and Clara Irazábal-Zurita, Ph.D.; received prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards.

The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational program. Award recipients teach, conduct research and provide expertise abroad in a program designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and other countries.

Charlie Inboriboon, M.D.

Inboriboon, director of International Emergency Medicine Programs at the School of Medicine and associate professor of emergency medicine, received an award to Thailand where he spend six months teaching at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. His project was designed to enhance emergency medicine education by incorporating active learning into the didactic curriculum. He will also developed online learning resources to enhance individual learner feedback.

Inboriboon has led several programs in Thailand during the country’s transition to competency-based medical education.

Frehner, associate professor in the UMKC History Department, received an award to Germany where he plans to teach and conduct research for three months. Much of his time will be spent working with colleagues at the University of Hamburg to expand upon an online course that examines themes in transatlantic history and German migration from Hamburg to St. Louis, Missouri.

He will also travel to Munich to review documents in the Deutsches Museum relating to the acquisition of oil exploration technology related to geophysicial oil exploration. The research is for a book he is working on that details the science and technology of exploration geophysics that seres as the basis for oil discovery throughout the world.

Clara Irazabal-ZuritaIrazabal-Zurita, director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies program and professor of planning in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design, received an award to lecture and conduct research at the Universidad de Costa Rica. She will focus on selective (dis)affiliations and (sub)urban implications of middle-class Venezuelan migration to Costa Rica.

The project is an extension of her study of migration and urban planning in U.S. Latinx/immigrant communities and in Latin America, including Costa Rica and Venezuela. Irazabal-Zurita plans to conduct her work in Costa Rica during the summers of 2021 and 2022.

Fulbright award recipients are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. Funded through the U.S. Department of State, the program is also supported by and operates in more than 160 countries throughout the world.

Faculty Awards Review Committee members

Name Title Member Status Position
Christine Sullivan, M.D. Professor Standing Associate Dean – PD
Julie Banderas, Pharm.D. Professor Standing Assistant Dean – GHP
Sara Gardner, M.D. Associate Professor Standing Associate Dean – GME
Nurry Pirani, M.D. Adjunct Standing Associate Dean – Curriculum
Tyler Smith, M.D. Associate Dean Standing Associate Dean – Diversity
Emily Haury, M.D. Adjunct Standing Council of Docents – Chair
James Wooten, Pharm.D. Professor Standing Chair – Faculty Council
Willard Morrow, VMD, Ph.D. Associate Teaching Professor Standing Senior Faculty – Basic Science
Brook Nelson, M.D. Assistant Professor Appointed – PD Representative N/A
Robert Amajoyi, M.D. Assistant Professor Appointed – Clinical Affiliate N/A
Wail Hassan, Ph.D. Associate Teaching Professor Appointed – Basic Sciences N/A
Dan Hladky, BS/AA-C Assistant Teaching Professor Appointed – Graduate Faculty N/A
Sarah Jacob Year 3 Appointed – Undergraduate Rep. N/A
TBD Resident Appointed – Resident Rep. N/A
TBD Graduate Student Appointed – Graduate Rep. N/A
TBD Admin. Assistant Standing N/A

 

Awards Review Committee Bylaws

ARTICLE I

Title

This Committee shall be known as the Faculty Awards Review Committee of the School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

ARTICLE II

Objectives

The Faculty Awards Review Committee has the following responsibilities:

  • To develop processes for the identification and submission of qualified faculty applicants for awards—school-based, university-based, and national.
  • To develop and maintain a yearly calendar of awards for which faculty nominations may be made
  • To recommend Faculty award recipients for school-based and put forth recommendations for university-based and national awards
  • To ensure recommendations of recipients from a committee comprised of diverse Faculty with knowledge of a breadth of Faculty experiences and responsibilities
  • To streamline and ensure transparency of the nomination and selection processes

ARTICLE III

Powers

Committee minutes shall be kept as part of the Office of Professional Development.

Decisions regarding recipients for school-based awards are made solely by the Faculty Awards Review Committee.

ARTICLE IV

Membership

Eligibility

Faculty
Members will include voting members that comprise both permanent positions (appointed due to administrative position at the school) and appointed 2-year positions.  Appointed positions are intended to: (1) help achieve diversity in the committee (by affiliate hospital, ethnicity, gender, etc.), (2) provide a service opportunity for faculty to support promotion application, and (3) assure adequate committee membership for recusals and absences of members.

Standing Permanent Positions:

    • Associate Dean for Professional Development (Chair and non-voting)
    • Assistant Dean for Graduate Health Professions
    • Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
    • Associate Dean for Curriculum
    • Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
    • Council of Docents Chair
    • Faculty Council Chair
    • Senior Faculty Member in Basic Science

Appointed Positions (2-year appointment):

    • Residency or Fellowship Program Director
    • Clinical Affiliate Faculty Member
    • Basic Science Faculty Member
    • Graduate Program Faculty Member

Standing members may select a delegate from their area of administration appointment to serve in their place if unable to attend a meeting.  If there is a meeting in which a vote for an award is made, it is expected that the standing member and delegate would have reviewed and discussed the nominations prior to the meeting.

Learner Positions (1 year appointment):

Members will include voting members that are appointed for 1 year terms representing one learner each from:

    • Undergraduate medical education
    • Graduate medical education
    • Graduate education

For medical student representative, qualifications include a 4th or 5th year student representative appointed by majority vote of students in an election run by Student Affairs in the spring of each academic year.   A graduate medical education representative will be appointed by House Staff Council president.  A graduate education representative will be selected by the Department Graduate Health Professions Chair.  A learner representative may serve more than one term, if they are selected in the process above.

ARTICLE V

Recusals

During review of award nominations, a faculty member of this committee who is either nominated for the award, wrote a letter of recommendation for the nominee, is from the same academic department (or section/division if applicable), is related to the nominee or otherwise discloses a conflict of interest will recuse themselves from any review and selection for that award.  Learner representatives who either wrote a letter of recommendation for the nominee, has the nominee as their supervisor, is related to the nominee or otherwise discloses a conflict of interest will recuse themselves from any review and selection for that award.  In the event that the person being recused includes the Chair, a standing member will assume the Chair position for the award being reviewed and selected.

ARTICLE VI

Meetings

To convene a meeting where selection of nominees will be determined, a simple majority of members is required.

Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of this Committee.  After discussion of nominees for an award, a call for a vote will occur at which time members will vote anonymously.  The Chair, or standing member, will tally the votes and announce the recommended award recipient.

After the recommendations for school-based awards are determined by the Committee, the Chair will present the recommendations to the Dean for final selection.  For university-based and national award recommendations from the Committee, the Chair will present those recommendations to the Dean for final recommendation and submission.

 

Faculty Awards Review Committee approval:  June 4, 2019; minor revision approval July 18, 2019

Coordinating Committee approval (including minor revision):  June 25, 2009

Faculty Award for Excellence in Diversity and Health Equity in Medicine

Purpose:

This award acknowledges and celebrates individual faculty engaged in efforts that create a more inclusive institutional culture that promotes success for all.  It also recognizes efforts to advance the understanding of health equity, health disparities, cultural competency in medicine, and greater access and opportunities for surrounding community.

Description:

Faculty recipients for this award include those with a record of excellence in fostering leadership and commitment to diversity, inclusion and health equity by expanding opportunities for diverse students, staff, faculty, residents/fellows, and the surrounding community.  The award recognizes sustained contributions and an active commitment to promoting and enhancing the educational experience at the UMKC School of Medicine.  Consistent contributions in the areas of diversity, inclusion, cultural competency or health equity may include:

  1. Recruiting and/or retaining a diverse student or faculty body;
  2. Facilitating an inclusive environment of success for all;
  3. Working to promote health equity and the elimination of health disparities; and
  4. Strengthening efforts to develop or implement cultural competency strategies that improve healthcare delivery.
Eligibility:

Full and part time UMKC School of Medicine Faculty

Nomination guidelines and materials to be submitted by the deadline:

Nominees may be nominated by UMKC staff, faculty, students, residents/fellows, administrators, clinical affiliates or community members.  Self-nominations are also acceptable.

To be considered, the following information must be submitted:

  1. A nomination letter explaining the nominee’s qualifications for the award which provides specific details and examples concerning sustained commitment to diversity and the impact of that commitment on medical education or a related area (as stated above) (not to exceed three double-spaced pages).
  2. Each nominator may name one individual.
  3. A one-page description of the diversity-related program, initiative or project.
  4. A current curriculum vitae (CV) for the nominee. The nominator must notify the nominee of the materials that the nominee needs to submit for consideration.

Each nominator is encouraged to solicit additional letters of support for his/her nominee, not to exceed 4 from others who have been influenced or could attest to the contributions of the nominee as described above.

Prior Winners:

  • 2019 – Kathy Ervie, M.P.A.S., P.A.-C
  • 2018 – Taylor Carter
  • 2017 – Brianna Woods-Jaeger
  • 2016 – Fariha Shafi, M.D.

Christopher Papasian, PhD Excellence in Teaching Award

Purpose:

This award acknowledges and celebrates a faculty member who has contributed to medical student pre-clinical education innovation at UMKC School of Medicine.

Description:

The faculty recipient should be an individual who has influenced the advancement of medical student education by innovative work in the support and delivery of an educational program and has influenced the educational environment at UMKC.

Eligibility:

Nominee must be a tenure track or nontenure track faculty member in the UMKC School of Medicine for a minimum of 5 years.

Nomination guidelines and materials to be submitted by the deadline:
  1. A nomination letter must include a narrative of how this individual’s teaching has impacted UMKC. It should include innovative work in the support and delivery of the educational program (e.g., technological enhancements to assist medical students I the learning process).  Specific outcome measures such as publications, presentations, and funded grants will be considered. Anecdotes about the faculty member and ways in which he/she has influenced the education environment at UMKC should be included.
  2. Each nominator may name only one individual.
  3. Each nominator is encouraged to solicit additional letters of support for his/her nominee, not to exceed four (4) from others who have been influenced by or could attest to the contributions toward teaching of the nominee.
  4. For consideration, the nominee will need to provide his/her one- or two-page narrative describing education, research philosophy, and a CV showing publications, presentations, and grants. The nominator must notify the nominee of the materials that the nominee needs to submit for consideration.

Prior Winners:

  • 2019 – Michael Wacker, Ph.D.
  • 2018 – Theodore Cole, Ph.D.
  • 2017 – Chris Papasian, Ph.D.