SOM works with Kansas City RBI program to provide sports physicals

Kavi Madhani, MS 5, left, and Allison Klapetzky, MS 6, right, were among the students from the School of Medicine who participated in providing sports physicals for children in the Kansas City RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner City) program on March 24 at the Thornberry Center for Youth and Families.
Kavi Madhani, MS 5, left, and Allison Klapetzky, MS 6, right, were among the students from the School of Medicine who participated in providing sports physicals for children in the Kansas City RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner City) program on March 24 at the Thornberry Center for Youth and Families.

More than a dozen students and faculty from the School of Medicine took part in giving sports physical exams to nearly 150 school children on March 24 at the Thornberry Center for Youth and Families in Kansas City in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner City) Program.

The community service project has become an annual event for the School of Medicine.

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George Harris, M.D., M.D., professor of community and family medicine and assistant dean for Years 1 and 2 medicine, said members of the School’s Community and Family Medicine Residency Program and the Sports Medicine Fellowship worked with students in Years 1, 5, and 6 from the School of Medicine in performing the sports physicals.

“They worked well together,” Harris said. “The older students were teaching the younger students and a collegial atmosphere was present.”

A second date for offering physicals to children in the RBI program is set for April 28. Event organizers expect as many 450 children to attend. Anyone interested in volunteering to help in invited to contact Marcia Bell, administrative assistant, at bellml@umkc.edu or at 235-1863 at least a week prior to the event.

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