2021 AAP Medical Student Essay Contest on The Art of Communication in Psychiatry

It is time for the 2021 AAP Medical Student Essay Contest on The Art of Communication in Psychiatry!

Please see below for specific details and forward this email to those in your organization that can get the word out to the students! Last year we had a record-breaking 88 submissions and I am hoping for even more this year!! The reason we had so many submissions was that so many of you got the word out!!

Please forward this to your medical students!!

Benefits

  • $500 award
  • Essay presented as a virtual poster at Annual Meeting

This year’s selected winner of the creative writing contest will receive a $500 award. The theme is: The Art of Communication in Psychiatry: Connecting with the Patient. 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: June 1, 2021

Submission Requirements
The contest is open to any student who is both currently enrolled in an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada and will be enrolled at the time of the Annual Meeting September 8-10, 2021. The work must be an original unpublished essay of 1,000 words or less.

The top essay may be considered for publication in the Academic Psychiatry Journal in “The Learners’ Voice” section. Essay winner does not guarantee publication in the Academic Psychiatry Journal. Please review the publication criteria when writing your essay here. Refer to MANUSCRIPT TYPE & GUIDELINES #8 The Learners’ Voice.

Students may click here to apply online. Essays should be submitted electronically as a .pdf upload and should include a cover page with the following information:

  • Student’s Name
  • Name of Medical School where enrolled, year in school
  • Mailing Address, Phone Number, Email Address

Selection Criteria
Judges will be blinded to the participant and affiliated medical school. Judging will be based on originality, uniqueness, flow of thought, and appropriateness to the theme.

Deadline for submission is June 1, 2021. No additional submissions for the 2021 Annual Meeting will be considered after that date.

For additional inquiries, contact Heidi Combs, MD, Medical Student Education Caucus Chair, at hcombs@uw.edu.

Roo Pantry at the Med School Now Open!

We have restocked the UMKC Satellite Health Science Campus Pantry!  You can find a new Grab and Go section, paper products for microwavable meals, tea and coffee, and more options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  We have also added more personal hygiene, paper products and dental options.  Take what you need, we will get more.

Dr.  Ellison

Match Day 2021

Congratulations
Class of 2021!

Name Specialty Program Name and Location
Saniya “Sunny” Ablatt General Surgery St. Joseph’s Hospital — Tacoma, WA
Noor Aftab Internal Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Sara Agha Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Chris Ahlering Emergency Medicine St. Louis University School of Medicine — St. Louis, MO
Suma Ancha Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Samatha Ankireddy Internal Medicine Penn State Hershey Medical Center — Hershey, PA
Grace Arias Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Sarah Atallah Family Medicine Altru Health Systems — Grand Forks, ND
Yicheng Bao Ophthalmology University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Roski Eye Institute — Los Angeles, CA
Benjamin Bernard Otolaryngology University of California-San Diego Medical Center — San Diego, CA
Rico Beuford Emergency Medicine Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Shawn Boehm Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Charles Burke Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Tom Chen Internal Medicine St. Louis University School of Medicine — St. Louis, MO
Julia Marie Clem Family Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Anna Curtis Internal Medicine University of Michigan Hospitals — Ann Arbor, MI
Vijaya Dasari Neurology Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, OH
Lauren R. Davidson Internal Medicine University of Rochester Strong Memorial — Rochester, NY
Tejal Desai Internal Medicine University of Texas Health Science Center — San Antonio, TX
Nikhil Dhall Ophthalmology Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Anthony Esswein Transitional Year Orange Park Medical Center — Orange Park, FL
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Medical College of Georgia — Augusta, GA
Vishwanath Ganesan Internal Medicine Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, OH
Manuela Garcia Family Medicine Texas Tech University — El Paso, TX
Sarthak Garg Family Medicine University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix, AZ
Karuna Gausper Pediatrics University of California-Irvine Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Orange County — Orange, CA
Nina Govalla Psychiatry University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson, AZ
Jacob Gowan Surgery-Preliminary Orlando Health — Orlando, FL
Naseem Hamidi Internal Medicine Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Namara Haq Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Rochester Strong Memorial — Rochester, NY
Vishnu Harikumar Transitional Year HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Brandon, FL
Dermatology University of Miami Jackson Health System — Miami, FL
Mohammed Hasan General Surgery Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Saqib Hassan Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/TriStar — Nashville, TN
Nikhil Havaldar Urology University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Sarah Jacob Internal Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Jonathan Jalali Internal Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Madeline Johnson Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Radiology-Diagnostic University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Ethan Johnston Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Nila Jones Internal Medicine Kettering Health Network — Kettering, OH
Andrew Jozwiakowski Family Medicine Central Iowa Health System Allen Hospital — Waterloo, IA
Ankit B. Kadakia Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Texas Medical School — Houston, TX
Ophthalmology University of Texas Health Science Center — Houston, TX
Sharika Kaula Surgery-Preliminary Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Raga Kilaru Pediatrics Phoenix Children’s Hospital — Phoenix, AZ
Juan Kim Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Connor King General Surgery University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Sunita Kolareth Family Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Rachana Kombathula Internal Medicine University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center — Memphis, TN
Komal Kumar Obstetrics and Gynecology Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Meghana Kumar General Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Rebecca Kurian Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/Kansas City — Overland Park, KS
Sree Lanka Internal Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Alex Luke Neurology University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Shafaa Mansoor Neurology University of Texas Medical School — Houston, TX
Thomas Mathews Internal Medicine University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Adiba Maisha Matin Emergency Medicine Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Shrushti Mehta Pediatrics Case Western/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center — Cleveland, OH
Vishal Mittal Emergency Medicine Cook County Health and Hospitals System — Chicago, IL
Adrianna Morse Internal Medicine Providence Health-St. Vincent — Portland, OR
Nina Muddasani Anesthesiology University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics — Iowa City, IA
Faith Mueller Obstetrics and Gynecology Zucker School of Medicine-Northwell North Shore Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center — Great Neck, NY
Varsha Muthukumar Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Isabella S. Nair General Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Saja Necibi Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Brian Nwokeji Psychiatry Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Ginikachukwu Osude
Family Medicine University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School — Austin, TX
Naleen Patel Emergency Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Prarthana Patel Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Jacob Perera Transitional Year Mercy Hospital St. Louis — St. Louis, MO
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Ethan Peterson Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Brandon, FL
Shirene Philipose Internal Medicine University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
John (Tony) Phillips Family Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Deanne Pisarkiewicz Psychiatry Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services — Grand Rapids, MI
Amudha Porchezhian Family Medicine Ventura County Medical Center — Ventura, CA
Akhil Pulumati Internal Medicine Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, IL
Rose Puthumana Internal Medicine University of Miami Jackson Health System — Miami, FL
Rawan Rajab Internal Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Karishma Raju Internal Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Hussain Rao Internal Medicine-Preliminary New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center — New York, NY
Ophthalmology New York Medical College — Valhalla, NY
Lyna Rehan Anesthesiology University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Kavelin Rumalla Neurological Surgery Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center — Phoenix, AZ
Abdullah Said Plastic Surgery (Integrated) Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Alisha Shah Anesthesiology University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Hospital — Gainesville, FL
Binoy Shah Internal Medicine University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine — Reno, NV
Koral Shah Internal Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Kunal Sutaria Internal Medicine University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Hospital — Gainesville, FL
Darya Tajfiroozeh Pediatrics Loma Linda University — Loma Linda, CA
Nicole Tamer Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Radiology-Diagnostic University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Shveta Thakkar Internal Medicine Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, IL
Rashmi Thimmapuram Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Siddhant Thukral Surgery-Preliminary Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Catherine Tran Child Neurology Children’s Mercy Hospital — Kansas City, MO
Taylor Tran Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Maggie Urschler Pediatrics St. Louis Children’s Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Debra Wekesa Internal Medicine University of Nebraska Medical Center — Omaha, NE
Sarah Wells Emergency Medicine University of Texas Southwestern Medical School — Dallas, TX
Brandon Wesche Internal Medicine/Pediatrics University of Minnesota Medical School — Minneapolis, MN
Andrew Williams Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Neurology Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Claire Wolber Family Medicine University Hospitals — Columbia, MO
Alex Wu Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Oak Hill, FL
Kara Zweerink Emergency Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO

 

A hundred momentous destinations

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of Match Day, even when all the action is online. The roughly 100 graduates and graduates-to-be of the UMKC School of Medicine found out by email, just after 11 a.m. Friday, where they will spend the next stage of their medical careers.

Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., addressed students, their families, faculty and friends with a video message. She congratulated the UMKC Class of 2021 for its hard work the past six years and especially during the past challenging year of COVID-19 shutdowns and other disruptions.

“This ceremony, which you know is a rite of passage for medical students across the country, is even more significant this year,” Jackson said. “I know the uncertainty of the pandemic has created disruptions for you on your medical school journey, from a pause in clinical rotations at the beginning, the elimination of away electives, the shortages of PPE that created changes in how we cared patients, and a move to virtual formats for didactic lectures, and everything from residency interviews to our most special ceremonies including this one.”

Jackson said the docents, faculty and staff were proud of the Class of 2021 and appreciated its members’ focus, flexibility and resilience.

“As you scatter across the country, I know you will continue to make us proud by demonstrating the knowledge, kindness, empathy, compassion and professionalism you’ve learned here,” Jackson said.

As they did a year ago, students had to celebrate individually, but many did so at home with friends and family.

2021 UMKC School of Medicine Match List

Half of the UMKC class will be headed to a primary care residency in internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, or pediatrics. That exceeds the national average and is in line with the school’s mission to provide primary care for the Kansas City area, Missouri and the rest of the Midwest.

The students won assignments in 22 states, from California to New York and Washington state to Florida. Missouri had 26 of the placements, followed by 10 in Texas, eight in Florida, six each in Kansas and Illinois, five in California and four each in Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York and Ohio.

And, as usual, some are headed to the top names in medicine, including three to Mayo and two to the Cleveland Clinic. Twenty-four will stay in the Kansas City area, most of them at UMKC and its affiliate hospitals.

Internal medicine was the top category with 32 placements, followed by 10 in family medicine, nine in various types of surgery, eight in pediatrics or medicine-pediatrics, seven in emergency medicine and six in psychiatry.

Watch the video from the event

Match Day 2021

Congratulations
Class of 2021!

Name Specialty Program Name and Location
Saniya “Sunny” Ablatt General Surgery St. Joseph’s Hospital — Tacoma, WA
Noor Aftab Internal Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Sara Agha Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Chris Ahlering Emergency Medicine St. Louis University School of Medicine — St. Louis, MO
Suma Ancha Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Samatha Ankireddy Internal Medicine Penn State Hershey Medical Center — Hershey, PA
Grace Arias Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Sarah Atallah Family Medicine Altru Health Systems — Grand Forks, ND
Yicheng Bao Ophthalmology University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Roski Eye Institute — Los Angeles, CA
Benjamin Bernard Otolaryngology University of California-San Diego Medical Center — San Diego, CA
Rico Beuford Emergency Medicine Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Shawn Boehm Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Charles Burke Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Tom Chen Internal Medicine St. Louis University School of Medicine — St. Louis, MO
Julia Marie Clem Family Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Anna Curtis Internal Medicine University of Michigan Hospitals — Ann Arbor, MI
Vijaya Dasari Neurology Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, OH
Lauren R. Davidson Internal Medicine University of Rochester Strong Memorial — Rochester, NY
Tejal Desai Internal Medicine University of Texas Health Science Center — San Antonio, TX
Nikhil Dhall Ophthalmology Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Anthony Esswein Transitional Year Orange Park Medical Center — Orange Park, FL
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Medical College of Georgia — Augusta, GA
Vishwanath Ganesan Internal Medicine Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, OH
Manuela Garcia Family Medicine Texas Tech University — El Paso, TX
Sarthak Garg Family Medicine University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix, AZ
Karuna Gausper Pediatrics University of California-Irvine Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Orange County — Orange, CA
Nina Govalla Psychiatry University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson, AZ
Jacob Gowan Surgery-Preliminary Orlando Health — Orlando, FL
Naseem Hamidi Internal Medicine Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Namara Haq Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Rochester Strong Memorial — Rochester, NY
Vishnu Harikumar Transitional Year HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Brandon, FL
Dermatology University of Miami Jackson Health System — Miami, FL
Mohammed Hasan General Surgery Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Saqib Hassan Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/TriStar — Nashville, TN
Nikhil Havaldar Urology University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Sarah Jacob Internal Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Jonathan Jalali Internal Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Madeline Johnson Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Radiology-Diagnostic University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Ethan Johnston Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Nila Jones Internal Medicine Kettering Health Network — Kettering, OH
Andrew Jozwiakowski Family Medicine Central Iowa Health System Allen Hospital — Waterloo, IA
Ankit B. Kadakia Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Texas Medical School — Houston, TX
Ophthalmology University of Texas Health Science Center — Houston, TX
Sharika Kaula Surgery-Preliminary Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Raga Kilaru Pediatrics Phoenix Children’s Hospital — Phoenix, AZ
Juan Kim Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Connor King General Surgery University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Sunita Kolareth Family Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Rachana Kombathula Internal Medicine University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center — Memphis, TN
Komal Kumar Obstetrics and Gynecology Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Meghana Kumar General Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Rebecca Kurian Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/Kansas City — Overland Park, KS
Sree Lanka Internal Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Alex Luke Neurology University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Shafaa Mansoor Neurology University of Texas Medical School — Houston, TX
Thomas Mathews Internal Medicine University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Adiba Maisha Matin Emergency Medicine Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Shrushti Mehta Pediatrics Case Western/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center — Cleveland, OH
Vishal Mittal Emergency Medicine Cook County Health and Hospitals System — Chicago, IL
Adrianna Morse Internal Medicine Providence Health-St. Vincent — Portland, OR
Nina Muddasani Anesthesiology University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics — Iowa City, IA
Faith Mueller Obstetrics and Gynecology Zucker School of Medicine-Northwell North Shore Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center — Great Neck, NY
Varsha Muthukumar Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Isabella S. Nair General Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Saja Necibi Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Brian Nwokeji Psychiatry Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Ginikachukwu Osude
Family Medicine University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School — Austin, TX
Naleen Patel Emergency Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Prarthana Patel Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Jacob Perera Transitional Year Mercy Hospital St. Louis — St. Louis, MO
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Ethan Peterson Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Brandon, FL
Shirene Philipose Internal Medicine University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
John (Tony) Phillips Family Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Deanne Pisarkiewicz Psychiatry Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services — Grand Rapids, MI
Amudha Porchezhian Family Medicine Ventura County Medical Center — Ventura, CA
Akhil Pulumati Internal Medicine Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, IL
Rose Puthumana Internal Medicine University of Miami Jackson Health System — Miami, FL
Rawan Rajab Internal Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Karishma Raju Internal Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Hussain Rao Internal Medicine-Preliminary New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center — New York, NY
Ophthalmology New York Medical College — Valhalla, NY
Lyna Rehan Anesthesiology University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Kavelin Rumalla Neurological Surgery Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center — Phoenix, AZ
Abdullah Said Plastic Surgery (Integrated) Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Alisha Shah Anesthesiology University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Hospital — Gainesville, FL
Binoy Shah Internal Medicine University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine — Reno, NV
Koral Shah Internal Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Kunal Sutaria Internal Medicine University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Hospital — Gainesville, FL
Darya Tajfiroozeh Pediatrics Loma Linda University — Loma Linda, CA
Nicole Tamer Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Radiology-Diagnostic University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Shveta Thakkar Internal Medicine Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, IL
Rashmi Thimmapuram Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Siddhant Thukral Surgery-Preliminary Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Catherine Tran Child Neurology Children’s Mercy Hospital — Kansas City, MO
Taylor Tran Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Maggie Urschler Pediatrics St. Louis Children’s Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Debra Wekesa Internal Medicine University of Nebraska Medical Center — Omaha, NE
Sarah Wells Emergency Medicine University of Texas Southwestern Medical School — Dallas, TX
Brandon Wesche Internal Medicine/Pediatrics University of Minnesota Medical School — Minneapolis, MN
Andrew Williams Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Neurology Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Claire Wolber Family Medicine University Hospitals — Columbia, MO
Alex Wu Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Oak Hill, FL
Kara Zweerink Emergency Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO

 

Student COVID Guidance

If you are instructed to stay home from the medical school or clinical site by Occupational Health or UMKC Student Health in relation to COVID19, you must notify Dr. Rogers (rogersbr@umkc.edu), Dr. Chelladurai (chelladuraic@umkc.edu) or Dr. Jones (bljones@cmh.edu) promptly. (If one is out of the office, please notify another one of us.) We will work with the curriculum office, your ETC, your instructor and you to adjust your learning schedule to accommodate for your absence.

Our goal is to identify alternate learning experiences so that you learn the subject matter as well as receive credit for your experience. If you do not notify us in a timely manner, you will be at risk for a grade of “incomplete” or “fail.” If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Rogers.

Take care, be safe, always wear your mask, and wash your hands.

Announcements – In The Know

Announcements are sent out to Medical Students once a week by email.

Archived copies from 2018 – 2020 are available here.

Content from emailed announcements are also condensed and run on School of Medicine announcement screens in the Lobby and on the fourth floor outside the entrance to Truman Medical Center – Hospital Hill.

To submit an announcement contact Niloofar Shahmohammadi at shahmohammadin@umkc.edu


2021

March 1, 2021

In place of the weekly student Town Halls, Drs. Pirani and Rogers will answer questions in writing for the foreseeable future.  Please send us your questions weekly, and we’ll respond!  (Feel free to contact us individually for specific student-related questions.)

Question:

Are there any plans for an in-person Graduation, at least for students only?

Answer:

At this time, there are multiple plans for the medical school commencement ceremony.  One plan is for an in-person ceremony.  The final plan will be determined as we near the May 24 ceremony date, and depends upon guidance from the City, the KC health department and CDC about gatherings.  The year 6 class officers will be included in commencement ceremony decisions, just as they were for Match Day ceremony decisions.

Announcement:

When the University is closed for in-person learning but students on clinical rotations are required to be present, the HSD UMKC parking garage is available for student parking regardless of having a parking permit.  You may park anywhere on the fifth floor on those days without fear of a parking ticket.



This Week’s Town Hall Q&A

In place of the weekly student Town Halls, Drs. Pirani and Rogers will answer questions in writing for the foreseeable future. Please send us your questions weekly, and we’ll respond! (Feel free to contact us individually for specific student-related questions.)

Question:

What is the priority status of medical students in regard to receiving the coronavirus vaccine once it becomes available?

Answer:

This information is unclear, as a distribution plan has been proposed but not finalized. The CDC met last week to suggest a distribution plan, and it focuses on healthcare workers and those affiliated with long term nursing facilities as the first recipients. It did not provide details about prioritization within those institutions; the discussion is ongoing. Initially there is limited supply, including not enough for frontline healthcare workers, so medical student vaccination will likely not occur in the first round of administration of the vaccine. As we learn information and have updates, we will share those with you.



Student COVID Guidance

If you are instructed to stay home from the medical school or clinical site by Occupational Health or UMKC Student Health in relation to COVID19, you must notify Dr. Rogers (rogersbr@umkc.edu), Dr. Chelladurai (chelladuraic@umkc.edu) or Dr. Jones (bljones@cmh.edu) promptly. (If one is out of the office, please notify another one of us.) We will work with the curriculum office, your ETC, your instructor and you to adjust your learning schedule to accommodate for your absence.

Our goal is to identify alternate learning experiences so that you learn the subject matter as well as receive credit for your experience. If you do not notify us in a timely manner, you will be at risk for a grade of “incomplete” or “fail.” If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Rogers.

Take care, be safe, always wear your mask, and wash your hands.



How to Access Student Services This Fall

Please see below for how students can access campus-wide student services this fall. This is a great comprehensive list and one to bookmark for future reference.

https://www.umkc.edu/coronavirus/docs/umkc-student-services-2020-21.pdf

 

April 1, 2021

Announcements go here.

 

May 1, 2021

Announcements go here.

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Student Affairs changes announced at SOM’s Health Sciences District and St. Joe campuses

Top row: Nyia Duncan, Betsy Hendrick, Alex Luke. Bottom row: James Shackelford, Hilary Yager

The School of Medicine has announced a number of new staff appointments and changes in the Office of Student Affairs at both the Health Sciences District campus and the St. Joseph campus.

On the Health Sciences District campus, Betsy Hendrick has been appointed as a senior education team coordinator.

Hendrick has served as ETC for the past year and a half with the Blue Unit and interim ETC for teams on the Purple and Green units. She also serves as the school’s immunization coordinator, facilitates the health disparities elective and assists with Match Day planning.

Also joining the Health Sciences team will be Nyia Duncan, who recently joined the St. Joseph staff as education team coordinator. Duncan will be transitioning to the Health Sciences District campus as an ETC in February. She is recent graduate of Ottawa University with a master’s degree in business administration and human resourses. At Ottawa, she served as a resident director and student affairs graduate assistant.

At the School of Medicine’s new St. Joseph campus, based at Mosaic Life Care, Hilary Yager will serve as program coordinator and administrative assistant. Alex Luke, M.D., joins the staff as academic initiatives specialist. Also, James Shackelford will serve as senior student recruitment specialist and coordinator of special initiatives

Yager is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and brings a broad occupational history that includes teaching, working therapeutically with students, and overseeing summer camps and events. She has worked to streamline connections between School of Medicine faculty, staff and students with Mosaic Life Care.

Luke received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Western State University, then worked as a medical scribe in the emergency department at Mosaic before joining the UMKC School of Medicine’s M.D.-only program in 2017. He has held multiple tutoring and academic support roles during his undergraduate and medical careers, and will begin a residency in neurology in July.

Shackelford previously worked in the School of Medicine Deans Office as executive assistant to the dean before leaving the university to run for public office. A graduate of the UMKC Bloch School of Management, he has a master’s degree in public administration.