Emailed January 24, 2017

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Dean's Message

From time to time, an organization with an interest in the physician workforce will release a report stating that it takes too long to educate a physician. Sometimes, perhaps while attending a national meeting, I hear a colleague lament the same problem. I always enjoy pointing out that UMKC School of Medicine is solving that problem with its signature six-year BA/MD program, which saves two years compared with the traditional U.S. eight-year model. And, the School has been doing it for 45 years!
I know that most of you who read this newsletter are intimately familiar with the Docent System, the vital role it plays in our six-year program, and its wonderful way of cultivating thoughtful, caring and skilled physicians. The School’s leadership team wants to do all it can to make sure that everyone with an interest in the School — including applicants, prospective faculty, residency program directors, and others — gets a sense of the value and true meaning of the Docent System. One part of this effort is a video with first-hand accounts of what the Docent System means to individual students and faculty. I hope you will watch it.
January is an exciting time at the School of Medicine. Many students are returning from holiday, and some programs are welcoming new students. As we begin a new year, it’s a good time to take stock of the year just passed.
In 2016, our students, faculty and alumni continued to publish and present impressive results of their research and scholarly endeavors. They also attracted significant funding, including a $930,000 CDC quality improvement grant for collaborative work with two of our partner hospitals, Truman Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Also in 2016, the School’s alumni welcomed new members with the graduation of our 44th class of physicians, and our very first graduating class of physician assistants. We also conferred advanced degrees and certifications in bioinformatics, clinical research, anesthesiology, health professions education and other disciplines.
As you know, I am excited about the remarkable accomplishments of the School’s alumni and I encourage you to share your achievements with us. I invite you to do so in person on April 21-22 at this year’s Alumni Reunion.
I know I speak for the entire School of Medicine family when I say we look forward to seeing and hearing from you in 2017.

Best wishes,

Steven L. Kanter, M.D.
Dean, UMKC School of Medicine

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