Office of Professional Development

Faculty Development Session Calendar

January to May 2021



Dates include:  January 20, February 9, March 23, April 14, and May 11 (all noon till 1 P.M.)


JANUARY 20, 2021, 12 P.M. till 1 P.M.

“Microaggressions in Life and Medicine”

Dean Mary Anne Jackson, MD


  1. Understand the impact of microaggressions and ways to build resilience
  2. Incorporate knowledge of your personal communication style in dealing with microaggressions and building your career plan
  3. Use the 4Rs framework to deal with microaggressions
  • Recognize-identify
  • Reason-and impact
  • Responsibility-who beyond aggressor are responsible
  • Response-strategy and timing

Target Audience:  Faculty that want to further their skills to address microaggressions in their professional and personal life.

About the Speaker:  The first graduate to be appointed Dean of the UMKC School of Medicine, Dr. Jackson, a Professor of Pediatrics is one of 27 women among the 154 deans of the American Association of Medical Colleges. She completed pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s, and infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern, before joining the faculty at Children’s Mercy Kansas City in 1984. She has been recognized with awards locally, regionally and nationally as an educator on pediatric infectious diseases and has been an invited speaker at universities around the country on topics on leadership. She has also been elected to the American Pediatric Society, the Society of Pediatric Research and the Academic Pediatric Association. A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Disease Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, she currently serves as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, at the direction of the United States Assistant Secretary of Health.

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Meeting ID: 928 3696 1420

Passcode: 084098


FEBRUARY 9, 12 P.M. till 1 P.M.  (This session is private and requires an RSVP-read below for details)

“Strengths Finder:  Using Our Talents to Grow”

Carlie Nikel, PsyD

Objectives of this workshop-style session:

  1. Discuss and learn the utility of the Strengths Finder tool for personal and professional growth
  2. Identify the positive and negative attributes of each of your top five talents
  3. Increase awareness of how to support the strengths of others
  4. Explore and implement the use of strengths-based leadership skills


Target Audience:  Faculty who are in leadership/seek leadership positions, want to enhance team building skills, and/or want to enhance professional and personal relationships through self-awareness of their strengths.

ImportantThe sessions require us to purchase materials for participants and for faculty to go on-line and complete the Strengths Finder survey by Gallup 2 weeks prior to the session (January 26th) (and provide results to the speaker) to prepare for the group session.

RSVP Required:  This session will be limited to 20 faculty.  It is intended for faculty that didn’t participate in the sessions last year.  Please respond to Mr. Callison at:  if you would like to reserve your place for this session.  You then will be given instructions about how to get the book, complete the assignment, and be provided the Zoom link to the private, not recorded session.   Please sign up early to reserve your spot!!

About the Speaker:  Carlie Nikel, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Nikel serves as an associate program director and psychology section chief for the Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Nikel works at Truman Medical Centers where she is the family medicine integrated psychologist supervisor and provides integrated behavioral health services at Truman-Lakewood.

Zoom link will be provided at the time of RSVP to meeting and only available to those participants.



MARCH 23, 12 P.M. till 1 P.M.

“Teaching Skills Panel Discussion”

Darla McCarthy, PhD, Jennifer Quaintance, PhD, Michael Wacker, PhD

Panel Discussion Facilitator, Christine Sullivan, MD, Associate Dean for Professional Development


  1. Learn about the teaching philosophies of teaching exemplars, including how you might enhance your current teaching values
  2. Through examples, learn how you can enhance your learners’ success by incorporating multiple active learning opportunities
  3. Further enhance your skills to identify and approach the struggling learner

Target Audience:  Faculty who work with undergraduate, graduate, and/or graduate medical education learners who wish to develop their teaching skills

About the Speakers:  Darla McCarthy, PhD, is the 2020 recipient of the Christopher Papasian, PhD Excellence in Teaching Award and 2017 recipient of the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award.  She is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Assistant Dean of Curriculum.  She teaches biochemistry to pre-clinical students in the BA/MD and PA programs, and directs courses in both programs.  Jennifer Quaintance, PhD, is the 2020 recipient of the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award. She is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Graduate Health Professions Education and Assistant Dean of Assessment and Quality Improvement. She teaches educational research and educator portfolios to graduate students in the Health Professions Education Graduate Certificate and Master’s programs. Michael Wacker, PhD, is the 2019 recipient of the Christopher Papasian, PhD Excellence in Teaching Award and 2015 recipient of the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award. He is Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. He teaches physiology to medical and graduate health professions programs and directs courses in these programs.

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Meeting ID: 935 2390 3194

Passcode: 895313



APRIL 14, 12 P.M. till 1 P.M.

“What Type of Leader Do You Aspire to Be?”

Christine Sullivan, MD and Phil Byrne, Ed.D.


  1. Understand different types of leadership
  2. Identify how your personal strengths/talents can be incorporated into your leadership style

Target audience:  Faculty who seek to develop their understanding of leadership and how they can use their talents to further their leadership skills.

About the speakers:  Christine Sullivan, MD is the Associate Dean for Professional Development and a Professor of Emergency Medicine.  She has served as a Program Director for the Emergency Medicine residency program and as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official for the School of Medicine.  On a national level, she served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committee for Emergency Medicine, including a two year term as Vice Chair.  Phil Byrne, Ed.D., is the Vice President, Medical Education and Research for Community Medical Centers in Fresno, CA, and Adjunct Assistant Professor UMKC SOM, and serves as the Program Director for the Health Professions Education program. He previously served as the Assistant Dean GME Administration at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Kansas City (CM KC), Office of Faculty Development for seven years, creating and planning faculty resources for scholarly productivity. Phil completed an Educational Doctorate from the University of Missouri-School of Education – Education Leadership and Policy Analysis.

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Meeting ID: 940 3252 5125

Passcode: 431565



MAY 11, 12 P.M. till 1 P.M.

“Physician Suicide: Helping Those Who Help Others”

Doug Burgess, MD


  1. Become familiar with unique risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide in physicians
  2. List at least 3 barriers physicians face in addressing mental health concerns
  3. Explore solutions to address increasing rates of burn out and suicide among physicians

Target audience:  Faculty that want to learn about and explore solutions to the problem of burn out and suicide among physicians

About the speaker:  Dr. Doug Burgess is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry board certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He works at TMC/UHP as the Medical Director of Addiction Services and also serves as the chair of the Health Advocacy Committee. Clinical interests include treatment of substance use disorders, conditions of dual diagnosis and advocacy around addressing the stigma of substance use disorders.

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Meeting ID: 919 1432 0201

Passcode: 996482