February 2021

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Booster Shots - A quarterly newsletter for parents and friends of the UMKC School of Medicine
In this issue: New semester, new campus
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Join us for a Zoom gathering

Do you have questions or concerns as the fall semester draws closer? Would you like the chance to talk with other parents, and School of Medicine faculty? Join us for a Friends meeting, online by Zoom, at 6 p.m. this coming Tuesday, July 28. Watch your email for a Zoom invitation, or you can link to the meeting here, with password 708213. There may be more questions than answers, given changing conditions, but it will be good to connect, see each other and talk. In the meantime, some students already are back at the School of Medicine, resuming docent rotation along with rotations in emergency medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, surgery, ob/gyn and approved clinical electives. In preparation for fall classes and the return of more students, faculty and staff also have been working every day to devise precautions and implement safe practices. It has been helpful to have an infectious disease specialist, Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D. ’77, leading the way, and Nurry Pirani, M.D., associate dean for curriculum, has worked with faculty and our partner hospitals to devise the best mix of online and hands-on coursework. Dr. Pirani sent out a revised curriculum plan July 17, noting that it’s subject to change at any time. Safety is always the prime consideration, as it was in March when UMKC classes went online, and it will remain so as students continue their medical education.

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Marking milestones 

The School of Medicine and its students showed their creativity and adaptability in the spring by celebrating Match Day virtually and then marking graduation the same way. You can relive those celebrations here (Match Day) and here (graduation). Plans are underway for a virtual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 8, to mark our third-year students’ transition to the more clinical phase of their medical education. InDOCtrination on Aug. 21, which welcomes first-year students, could be either online or in person at the Student Union, depending on conditions at the time. Either way, these milestones for our students will be marked appropriately.

 

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Student research rolls on

Dozens of medical students added to their research experience in the spring through two signature UMKC events, the ninth annual Health Sciences Student Research Summit and the School of Medicine’s annual Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality and Patient Safety Day. The Research Summit this year became a week-long online event, bringing together work from 66 students, 51 of them from the School of Medicine. Read all about the event here. Also online were a record 53 research abstracts and oral presentations on quality and patient safety for the school’s seventh annual competition honoring the memory of the late School of Medicine student Vijay Babu Rayudu. Read more about that event here.

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Expanding to boost rural health

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine plans to expand its program to St. Joseph, Missouri, to address the state’s rural physician shortage. UMKC received a $7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to start the program in January 2021, in partnership with Mosaic Life Care. The program will add 20 students in St. Joseph to each cohort of about 100 students in Kansas City, said Steven Waldman, M.D., J.D., program director and vice dean and chair of Humanities at the School of Medicine. Read more >>>

 

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Dynamic duo: Mentoring is built into the docent system

Faith Mueller wants to become an obstetrician/gynecologist and change the world. David John, M.D., believes she will and is mentoring her on that path. When each talks about the other, it’s clear that their inspiration is mutual. “Our students are all bright and uniquely talented,” John said. “Faith has the drive and the initiative, the passion, to do great things.” Read more >>>

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Join us or renew

The Friends group is open to all parents or guardians of students, School of Medicine alumni and others interested in furthering the school’s mission. We’re committed to helping you connect with other parents and friends, keep informed about activities at the school, and support our students as they become the next generation of physicians and other health care professionals. Joining the Friends of the UMKC School of Medicine is easy, as is renewing your Friends’ membership. Just click here.

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