“Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology:
Role of Climate Change and Environmental Toxins”
Richard Johnson, M.D.
Tomas Berl Professor of Medicine
Chief – Division of Renal Diseases & Hypertension
University of Colorado – Aurora, CO
When: Thursday, September 14, 2023 / 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Theater A – UMKC School of Medicine
What: UMKC SOM Community Engagement Award Ceremony To celebrate the community service that our medical students have provided between August 1, 2021 and August 29, 2022. When: Thursday, September 1, 2022, 5:00PM – 6:00PM Where: TheaterB – In person celebration with online streaming to family and friends
Community service hours qualify for the following awards:
Community Champion – 100hours or more Community Navigator – 75 – 99hours Community Steward – 50 – 74hours
The E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Take Wing Award is the School of Medicine’s annual honor given to a graduate who has demonstrated excellence in his or her chosen field and exceeded the expectations of peers in the practice of medicine, academic medicine or research. Personal achievements and community or public service are also considered for the award, which is presented during graduation week.
The Take Wing winner receives an engraved Take Wing statue and round-trip paid transportation and expenses to Kansas City to accept the award. The winner also presents the E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Take Wing Lecture and makes a brief speech to that year’s graduating class during commencement ceremonies.
Take Wing is a bronze sculpture cast from a small carving made in 1952 by the late E. Grey Dimond, M.D., provost emeritus for the health sciences, from a piece of driftwood he found on the beach while visiting Carmel, Calif. His daughter Lark had the sculpture enlarged and cast in bronze. That sculpture stands in front of the UMKC School of Medicine, encouraging students and alumni to “take wing” and soar to new heights in their careers after they leave the school.
“Leveraging the Near to Create the Opportunities”
Dr. Catherine Spong, M.D., ’91
Professor & Paul C. MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
When: Thursday, May 11, 2023 / Noon – 1 p.m. Where: Theater B – UMKC School of Medicine