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Mustafa joins Blue 3 team as new docent

Dr. Reem Mustafa
Dr. Reem Mustafa

Reem Mustafa, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., assistant professor of internal medicine, has joined the School of Medicine faculty as the new docent for the Blue 3 team.

Mustafa is a graduate of The Faculty of Medicine, the first medical school established in Amman, Jordan. She completed her residency in the United States at the University of Buffalo in combined internal medicine/preventive medicine and followed that with a fellowship in nephrology, also at the University of Buffalo.

Prior to coming to the School of Medicine, Mustafa served at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, as a staff nephrologist in the department of internal medicine, while also studying health research methodology in the department of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.

While at the University of Buffalo, Mustafa received the outstanding teaching resident award from the Office of Graduate Medical Education. She has also been active in medical research and has authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and abstracts.

Schools of Medicine, Computing and Engineering announce joint appointment in orthopaedic surgery research

Akin Cil, M.D.,
Akin Cil, M.D.,
Trent Guess, Ph.D.
Trent Guess, Ph.D.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and School of Computing and Engineering have made joint appointments to an endowed professorship that will conduct collaborative research on the biomechanics of the elbow and upper arm.

Akin Cil, M.D., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery; and Trent M. Guess, Ph.D., an associate professor of mechanical engineering; have been selected for the Franklin D. Dickson/Missouri Professorship in Orthopaedic Research. James Hamilton, M.D., chair and professor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery at the School of Medicine, established the endowment for the positions.

The endowed professorship combines the medical school’s clinical expertise in elbow orthopaedics with the engineering school’s computational biomechanical expertise to study the biomechanical relationships of the upper-extremity musculoskeletal system.

Specific aims of the program include the development of computational models of the human elbow to replicate the joint’s mechanical behavior and to develop treatment strategies to manage trauma to the joint and surrounding ligament reconstruction.

School of Medicine Dean Betty M. Drees, M.D., F.A.C.P, and School of Computing and Engineering Dean Kevin Z. Truman, Ph.D., announced the appointments.

“Dean Truman and I are very excited about the collaboration between our schools, which supports the University mission in translational research,” Drees said. “I believe that the use of the School of Medicine’s Dickson endowment toward this purpose provides the infrastructure for a sustainable partnership and the success of two of the University’s most promising faculty members.”

Truman added, “This collaboration is another example of UMKC’s strength in interdisciplinary research and the university’s commitment to not just develop scientific innovations through research, but also to use innovative methods of research to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Cil joined the School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2008. He previously served as a clinical fellow at the Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Guess came to the School of Computing and Engineering in 2003 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

The professorship is named in honor of Franklin D. Dickson, M.D., who was one of the founders of the School of Medicine’s orthopaedic surgery department and the Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic.

New I-Ph.D. program provides doctoral students a clinical research component

Medical researchers and data analysts who can develop the technology and processes to shape our future health care system are in growing demand. The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHI), in collaboration with the University’s School of Graduate Studies, will help individuals meet that need by offering a new I-Ph.D. co-discipline in Biomedical and Health Informatics beginning next August.

The program offers interdisciplinary Ph.D. students in one of eight primary disciplines, such as cell biology and biophysics or molecular biology and biochemistry, the option to integrate clinical research competencies into their doctoral program of study.

The clinical research component will prepare individuals to participate in translational clinical research, or research that bridges the gap from “bench” to bedside application and health policy, said Karen Williams, Ph.D., professor and chair of the DBHI.

“Translational research has been identified as one of the up and coming professions in health care,” Williams said. “Educating doctoral-level students with interdisciplinary skills is critical in contemporary education. With rapid changes in technology, we are preparing students for a world that might not exist yet but may by the time they graduate. The beauty of the I-Ph.D. is that it’s creating students who are adaptable to more diverse job opportunities that span different disciplines.”

Williams said the program will prepare individuals to meet the health care needs of future generations and make them more marketable within the science and health professions.

Individuals will tailor the clinical research component of the I-Ph.D. to meet their personal need by selecting a minimum of 12 credit hours from a cluster of courses in the clinical research emphasis of the DBHI’s program, and combining them with the courses for their doctorate training in one of the following primary disciplines: Mathematics and Statistics, Cell Biology and Biophysics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Oral Biology, Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Biomedical Science, or Computer Science. To complete the I-Ph.D. program, the individual’s final dissertation must incorporate aspects of their co- and primary disciplines.

Within the School of Medicine’s bioinformatics department, the greatest demand from students for a master’s degree has been the clinical research emphasis, said Mary Gerkovich, Ph.D., associate professor and Coordinator for the I-Ph.D. co-discipline.

“I think it also represents the best synergy with the existing University I-Ph.D. programs in terms of providing a natural adjunct to what they’re already doing,” Gerkovich said.

The master’s program in bioinformatics through the School of Medicine has grown from three to 40 students in less than three years. That growth is expected to continue, Williams said.

“This is the obvious next step, taking it to the highest level in academics. That’s the Ph.D.,” Williams said.

Conference on pediatric genomic medicine set for April 4-5

World leaders in the field of genome based therapeutics in children will gather April 4-5 at Children’s Mercy Hospital, the UMKC School of Medicine’s primary teaching hospital for pediatric medicine, for the fourth annual Pediatric Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine Conference.

Conference speakers are scheduled to include:

  • Ron Krauss, Children’s Hospitals of Oakland Research Institute, “Metabolomics of Statin Response”
  • Ron van Schaik, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, “Opiate Pharmacogenetics and Pain Response”
  • Sara L Van Driest, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, “Pediatric BioVU Program”
  • James C McElnay, Queen’s University, Belfast, “Dried Blood Spot and Other Micro-Sampling Techniques to Characterize Phenotype in Children”
  • John J Lima, Nemours Hospitals and Clinics, “Genetic Variation and Side Effects of Drugs in Children”
  • Amanda Parker & Jennifer Lowry, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, “Adverse Drug Reactions in Children”
  • Sarah E Soden, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, “Stat-Seq and the Project to Test Neonates”
  • Mildred K Cho, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, “Translating Genomics into the Clinic”
  • Rosamond Rhodes, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, “Should There Be Any Restrictions on Genomic Testing of Newborns”
  • Kelly Ormond, Stanford University, “Challenges in the Clinical Application of Whole-Genome Sequencing.”

To register online, go to www.regonline.com/pm2013.


Dim appointed course director for Pathology I and II

Daniel Dim, M.D.
Daniel Dim, M.D.

The UMKC School of Medicine has appointed Daniel Dim, M.D., assistant professor of pathology, as course director for Pathology I and II, effective Nov. 1.

Dim received his medical degree from the University of Lagos College of Medicine and completed his residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in 2006 at UMKC.  He completed fellowships in Oncologic Pathology in 2007 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute at State University of New York, and Cytopathology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore in 2008. He is a diplomat of the America Board of Pathology. He has served as a member of the Council on Curriculum since 2011 and has taught the Pathology course for the past three years.

His research interests include CD24 expression in adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma and the cytological diagnosis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. He was awarded funding for his research from the Ellen Schumer Pancreatic and Liver Cancer Fund. He also mentors and advises students on research in pathology.

School of Medicine to sponsor Faculty Development Lecture

Michael Hosokawa, Ed.D.

The School of Medicine will offer a Faculty Developement Lecture with Michael Hosokawa, Ed.D., a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, at 11 a.m. on Jan. 28, 2013 in Theater B.

Hosokawa is a scholar in faculty leadership development in primary care medicine. His lecture, “Learning With Socrates,” will focus on problem-based and inquiry-based learning.

Hosokawa did his graduate study in health education and educational psychology at the University of Oregon. His primary research interests at the University of Missouri include medical education, inquiry-based learning and faculty development.

Alumnus presents Dodge Lectureship on its 35th Anniversary

Michael D. Jensen, M.D., ’79, discusses obesity and the behavior of fatty acids during the 2012 Mark Dodge Lectureship on Dec. 6 at the School of Medicine.

Students, residents, faculty and staff learned about one of the most common and talked about problems in the country today – obesity – and the science behind it during the 35th annual Dr. Mark Dodge Lectureship on Dec. 6 at the School of Medicine.

Michael D. Jensen, M.D., ’79, delivered the lecture after being introduced by Dodge’s daughter, Martha. His talk, titled “How Does Dysfunctional Adipose Tissue Cause the Metabolic Complications of Obesity?” focused on the effects of obesity and the behaviors of fatty acids.

Jensen, who was named a Mayo Distinguished Investigator in 2012, is a consultant in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Nutrition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is also director of the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Medicine Obesity Treatment Research Program and a professor of medicine. After graduating from the UMKC SOM, Jensen completed residencies in internal medicine at Saint Luke’s Hospital and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and was a W. L. Stevenson Fellow in Clinical Nutrition at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.

His research includes looking at the effects of upper verses lower body fat and the effect each has on one’s health, visceral health being the most detrimental. “When things start going wrong with fat, things go wrong with all the other tissues,” he said.

Jensen shared his experiences with patients and through research to illustrate the importance of education about obesity.

“Those of us who are normal weight are carrying around roughly three months worth of groceries in our fat, and most of us can regulate that so precisely that we maintain perfect metabolic health,” he said. “But when you start gaining fat in your upper body, you may have six months to a year’s worth of groceries stored in your fat cells and these are getting out at the wrong time.”

IPE Panel focuses on disciplines working together to provide best patient care

The internal UMKC health sciences panel consisted of (from left to right) Susan Kimble, D.P., P.N. D.P., R.N., A.N.P.-B.C., Pam Overman, Ed.D., Stefanie Ellison, M.D., Jennifer Santee, Pharm.D., and Jolene Lynn, Ph.D(c), R.N.

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists collaborate to treat a patient. Doesn’t it make sense for collaboration to be part of their education as well?

That’s the idea behind interprofessional education (IPE), an emerging priority in the education of health care professionals.

“In the workplace, the students we train become part of a medical care team. It makes sense that for the best patient-centered care, health professional students need to begin that training while in School,” said Dean Betty Drees, M.D. “This workshop brings together national experts and internal collaborators, helping the Schools move forward with more IPE collaboration.”

On Tuesday Nov. 27, national leaders in health professional education gathered at the Hospital Hill Campus to discuss progress, challenges and advances in the process of weaving IPE into the fabric of educating future doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists. External panelists included the following:

  • Carol Aschenbrener, M.D., chief medical education officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Lucinda Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., executive vice president and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Jane Kirschling, D.N.S., R.N., F.A.A.N., president, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Melissa J. Robinson, M.B.A., (Patient Advocate), president, Black Health Care Coalition
  • Leo Rouse, D.D.S., dean, Howard University College of Dentistry
The external included (from left to right) Melissa J. Robinson, M.B.A., Leo Rouse, D.D.S., Lucinda Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., Jane Kirschling, D.N.S., R.N., F.A.A.N., and Carol Aschenbrener, M.D.

The panel agreed that bringing health professional schools together to learn has many dimensions, but four critical components: leadership support, managing change, establishing and maintaining trust, and being honest.

“Change happens at the speed of trust,” was the quote by Gary Gunderson that Maine used in describing how quickly IPE is implemented.

However, it was patient advocate, Robinson, who captured the benefit of IPE. “It puts the patient at the center,” she said. “It helps the medical team listen to patients, and keeps the patient first.”

The program also included an internal panel discussion among faculty members from all four UMKC health science schools to discuss how IPE may be implemented here. The panelists included the following:

  • Stefanie Ellison, M.D., associate dean of curriculum, School of Medicine
  • Jolene Lynn, Ph.D(c), R.N., clinical associate professor and BSN program director, School of Nursing
  • Susan J. Kimble, D.P., R.N., A.N.P.-B.C., clinical associate Professor and MSN and DNP program director, UMKC School of Nursing.
  • Pam Overman, Ed.D., professor and associate dean for academic affairs, School of Dentistry.
  • Jennifer Santee, Pharm.D., clinical associate professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administrations, School of Pharmacy.

This panel reported on the collaboration toward IPE experiences at UMKC. They have been meeting quarterly for the past year and attended the IPEC Institute last year where core competencies for interprofessional education were discussed.

“Through our discussions we found some core competencies we had in common. We have looked at what type of experiences we need to formalize in curriculum,” Ellison said. “We believe we need to focus on both extracurricular events and required curriculum for this to be effective,”

The internal panel also acknowledged this was a large task. In order to make progress, they plan to start small with things the schools were already doing, expand those and persist so they could begin implementing IPE experiences at UMKC.

Sullivan appointed Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship Director

Tom Sullivan, M.D.

The UMKC School of Medicine has appointed Tom G. Sullivan, M.D., associate professor of Ob/Gyn, as the new Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship Director.

Sullivan was recently selected as the Administrative Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He joined the UMKC School of Medicine faculty and Truman Medical Centers and Children’s Mercy Hospital on Jan. 1, 2011.

Sullivan has consistently been named one of Kansas City’s Best Obstetricians and Gynecologists by the Kansas City Business Journal and has practiced in the Kansas City area since completing his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1978.  He was in private practice until returning to academic medicine in July of 2002 at the University of Kansas Medical Center School of Medicine, and later coming to Truman Medical Centers.

Sullivan said he has thoroughly enjoyed returning to academic medicine and teaching both medical students and residents and finds both energizing and motivating.

He still maintains an active practice as a generalist and has particular interest in Hormone Therapy, evaluation of the abnormal Pap smear and gynecologic surgery, particularly vaginal surgery.

Bequette appointed Continuing Care Clinic Clerkship Director

Jennifer Bequette, M.D.

Jennifer Bequette, M.D., ’00, assistant professor of medicine, has been appointed the Continuing Care Clinic Clerkship Director for the School of Medicine.

She currently serves as the Council on Curriculum vice chair-clinician and serves on the Council on Curriculum, chairs the Clerkship Director’s Subcommittee, and contributes to the Curriculum Steering Subcommittee. As the Continuing Care Clinic Clerkship Director, she will serve a vital role in carrying on the School of Medicine mission and in the longitudinal education of students on ambulatory care.

Bequette also serves a docent in the internal medicine department for the Blue 1 and 4 units.

Bequette brings valuable experience to her new position. She was the assistant clerkship director for docent rotation, associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency, and chair of the Competency and Evaluations Subcommittee for the Internal Medicine Residency. In 2009, she completed the UMKC Teaching Scholars Program in which she collaborated to develop a “Residents as Teachers” curriculum.

Her academic interests include medical education, women’s health and preventive medicine. Her personal interests include spending time with family, hiking, traveling, and reading.