Office of Professional Development

Calendar of Scheduled Faculty Development

UMKC SOM Faculty Professional Development Sessions

Calendar for 2021-2022

(Please bookmark and check back for updates to the calendar)

All sessions available to watch on Zoom from noon till 1 P.M.

Cannot make the session but still want to view it?
Sessions are available to view shortly after presented on the UMKC SOM Office of Professional Development webpage:
(Click on Education Tab> Online Library)

Wednesday, July 21st

Performance Feedback During Critical Patient Care” by Christine Sullivan, MD; Brook Nelson, MD; Doug Burgess, MD.


  1. Understand how to address critical clinical feedback in “real time.”
  2. Understand how to address critical clinical feedback in an “informal” and “formal” way.
  3. Recognize how your own reactions and stress can impede this critical opportunity to provide constructive feedback and education for your learner(s).

Target audience: Clinical faculty who seek to advance their learner feedback skills during patient care, particularly in critical situations.

About the speakers: Christine Sullivan, MD is the Associate Dean for Professional Development. She was a 10-year emergency medicine program director till 2014 and previously served as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME). Dr. Brook Nelson is the surgery program director and Assistant Dean for GME. Dr. Doug Burgess is core faculty for the psychiatry residency program, is the Medical Director of Addiction Services, and serves as the chair of the Healthy Advocacy Committee at TMC/UHP.

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Meeting ID: 919 8758 2502

Passcode: 742903

Tuesday, August 31st

How the Well-Being Index Can Benefit You, Your Learners, and Your Faculty” by Sara Gardner, MD; Christine Sullivan, MD

  1. Enhance your understanding of your individual WBI score.
  2. Learn how to access and utilize local and national resources to improve well-being.
  3. Learn how to incorporate WBI scores and resources into your curriculum and/or faculty development.

Target audience: Faculty who seek to enhance the well-being of themselves, their learners, and their faculty.

About the speakers: Dr. Gardner is the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Chair of Council on Curriculum. She served as the Associate Dean and Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Sullivan is the Associate Dean for Professional Development and served as the Associate Dean and Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education for 5 years prior to Dr. Gardner being in the role.

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Meeting ID: 965 3323 3217

Passcode: 846128

Wednesday, September 29th

“Leading Lessons: A Leadership Panel Discussionby Mary Anne Jackson, MD; Jeanne James, MD; Mark Steele, MD. Panel facilitator: Christine Sullivan, MD


  1. Learn about the leadership styles of successful leaders and how you can utilize their experiences as you approach leadership roles.
  2. By learning how successful leaders have addressed challenges, be able to adapt their approach to your issues.
  3. Learn from leaders how to successfully build an effective team.

Target audience: Faculty who seek to advance their leadership skills.

About the speakers: The first graduate to be appointed Dean of the UMKC School of Medicine, Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, a Professor of Pediatrics, is one of 27 women among the 154 deans of the American Association of Medical Colleges. 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. Dr. Jeanne James, is the Pediatrician-in-Chief, and the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy, the UMKC School of Medicine, and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Upon her arrival, Dr. James will hold the Joyce C. Hall Eminent Scholar in Pediatrics chair. Most recently, Dr. James served as Chief of Cardiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and held the Leigh Gabrielle Herma Endowed Chair for Cardiology and served as the Medical Director of Cardiology for the hospital. Dr. Mark Steele has devoted his entire career to working for Truman Medical Centers and his alma mater. He is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer for the hospital and associate dean for TMC programs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

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Meeting ID: 940 2424 8544

Passcode: 419119

Wednesday, October 27th

“Trauma and Its Impact on Health Disparities” by Maria Morgan, JD


  1. Understand the elements of Trauma, how people experience Trauma, and when it can occur
  2. Gain understanding how Trauma manifests Itself – in patients and beyond – and how it is responsible for many health disparities
  3. Appreciate the importance of Compassionate and Trauma Informed Care

About the speaker: Maria Morgan, JD started with Truman Medical Centers/University Health in 2020. She has spent most of her career reviewing, developing, and implementing programming and policy focused on equity and inclusion through her work in health care and education. She previously practiced law in Kansas City, where she focused on matters involving employment discrimination, harassment, and civil rights issues while serving as a labor and employment and education lawyer in law firms and corporations. She has significant experience training organizational leadership teams on equity and inclusion as well as employment issues. Maria worked as Staff Counsel for Health Midwest where she was responsible for all aspects of employment law for the 13-hospital system. While at Health Midwest, Maria led a team charged with developing a cultural competency program to improve health equity outcomes for marginalized patient populations. Maria holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

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Meeting ID: 940 8639 8226

Passcode: 686835

November, TBD


Tuesday, December 7th

“Humanities Education for Teachers and Learners” by Brian S. Carter, MD, FAAP


  1. Understand the value of humanities education for medical trainees.
  2. Identify how educators can incorporate humanities education into the preclinical and clinical education of medical trainees.

Target audience:  Faculty who seek to provide a balanced scientific and humanities education to students and residents.

About the speaker:  Brian S. Carter, MD is the Sirridge Endowed Professor of Medical Humanities & Bioethics and is the Department Chairman of Medical Humanities & Bioethics and a Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at UMKC School of Medicine.  He has directed his scholarly works towards the intersection of neonatology, bioethics, and palliative care, having published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and clinical handbooks in both pediatric and perinatal palliative care. At the national level, he served as the Chairman of the AAP Section of Hospice & Palliative Medicine for 2 years, and previously served on the Editorial Board of Pediatrics in Review. Presently, he is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Pediatrics. His clinical duties revolve around counseling parents in the Fetal Health Center and also seeing NICU graduates in the NICU Follow-up Clinics at Children’s Mercy – where he is the site-PI for a multisite NIH funded grant looking at outcomes of infants born at <30 weeks gestation, He also co-directs the Children’s Mercy Pediatric Bioethics Certificate Program.

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Meeting ID: 956 4261 5290

Passcode: 334891

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 (This session is private and requires an RSVP-read belowfor details)

“Strengths Finder:  Using Our Talents to Grow” by 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.

Important: The 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 11th) (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 did not participate in this session previously.  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 only available to those registered participants.

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022

“Effective Teaching Skills for Adult Learners”, by Dr. Jeana Wilcox

Objectives: TBD

Target Audience: Faculty who endeavor to develop the effectiveness of their teaching skills

About the speaker: Jeana Wilcox PhD, APMHCNS-BC, CNE is an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Truman Medical Centers Lakewood Counseling location. Dr. Wilcox has 20 years’ experience as an advanced practice psychiatric practitioner and 10 years’ experience in nursing education and nursing education administration.

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Meeting ID: 989 4810 3153

Passcode: 377585


March through June, 2022–TBD