Much to celebrate — and much to look forward to

The UMKC School of Medicine for 50 years has set the standards for patient care, research, service and education while assuring a strong foundation for the future of medicine.

As we celebrate our golden anniversary, we want to highlight the contributions of our first leaders, Drs. E. Grey Dimond, Richardson K. Noback and Harry Jonas; recognize our curricular innovation and growth of our research enterprise; highlight the expansion of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; and spotlight our outstanding alums.

We are grateful for our exceptional clinical partners at Truman Medical Centers, St. Luke’s Health System, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, the Center for Behavioral Health, the VA hospital system and Research Medical Center. They have been instrumental in developing the clinical expertise of our students. And we welcome our newest partner, Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Missouri, joining our School of Medicine as the site of our rural health care initiative.

Over the next 12 months, we will feature moments of our medical school through the decades, and highlight students, faculty and alums across the country.

I ask each of you to send us an email sharing your most memorable moments. And mark your calendar for our Black Tie Dinner on June 4, 2022, where we will formally gather to reminisce with one another as we celebrate our 50 years of growth and achievement, and where we will outline our blueprint for the next 50 years.

Mary Anne Jackson, M.D. ’78
Dean, School of Medicine