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Med student’s message for those contemplating suicide: ‘Let’s Talk’

Young people face a myriad of stressful events throughout their college years from academic pressures to family and relationship issues. Studies say as many as 20 percent of students will experience suicidal thoughts during college and  9 percent will actually attempt it. Those facts struck a chord with Casey Rose, a fourth-year medical student at the School of Medicine.

GME office welcomes new assistant deans

School of Medicine Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., and Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education Sara Gardner, M.D., announced two additions to the schools’ Office of Graduate Medical Education. Gregory Howell, M.D., ’00, associate professor of medicine and program director for the critical care fellowship, and Brook Nelson, M.D., ’07, assistant professor of surgery and general surgery residency program director, have been appointed as assistant deans for Graduate Medical Education.

Traci McDonald joins Office of Research Administration

Traci McDonald has joined the UMKC School of Medicine Office of Research Administration as a grant support specialist. She comes to UMKC from Hallmark Cards, where she worked as a demand/inventory analyst. She says she is looking forward to working with researchers at the School of Medicine and School of Nursing & Health Studies, and working with clinicians and residents that conduct research activities at Truman Medical Center.

InDOCtrination Ceremony kicks off new chapter for 107 medical students

The excitement and anticipation of students beginning a new chapter of life at the UMKC School of Medicine wasn’t lost on second-year medical student Akash Guruswamy. The school’s 2020 Richard T. Garcia Award winner, Guruswamy reflected on his first days as a medical student and offered encouragement to his newest colleagues during the annual InDOCtrination Ceremony.

White Coat Ceremony Signifies Important Next Step for Class of 2024

The physician’s white coat is one of the most recognizable symbols of the medical profession. It signifies a relationship between physicians and their patients, and the obligation to practice medicine with clinical competence and compassion. For the class of 125 third-year medical students who took part in the UMKC School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony this year, it also signified an important next step in the journey to joining the rank of physicians.

Saint Luke’s fares well in U.S. News hospital rankings

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, an affiliate of the UMKC School of Medicine, was the No. 2 hospital in Missouri and the Kansas City area in the 2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings of hospitals nationwide. The hospital’s cardiology and heart surgery specialty jumped in the national rankings to No. 22 from No. 42 last year. It also fared well in four specialties, receiving “high performing” rankings in gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, and orthopedics.

News Clips

UMKC School of Medicine faculty, students, alumni and staff recently appeared in the news.

AI Could Help Track Response to Anti-VEGF Therapy for Diabetic Macular Edema – Peter Koulen, Ph.D., director of vision research at the UMKC School of Medicine, and colleagues have written a linked commentary on the use of artificial intelligence to help monitor patient response to treatment for diabeti macular edema. Medscape – Aug. 10, 2020

As Trials Begin In Kansas City, Here’s What We Know About A Future Coronavirus Vaccine – Mary Anne Jackson, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, was a guest on Up to Date. KCUR – Aug. 3, 2020

Artificial Intelligence Applications in Cardiology – An Epic-based app groups patients into those who should be placed on anticoagulation, those who do not need anticoagulation, and those who are candidates for left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion, says Sanjaya Gupta, M.D., electrophysiologist, St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, and assistant professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology – Aug. 18, 2020

Remote Monitoring May Help Control High Blood Pressure – “A blood pressure measurement taken in the doctor’s office may not reflect what’s going on in our daily lives,” says Tracy Stevens, professor of medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. MedicineNet – Aug. 31, 2020

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