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AAFP honors UMKC School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group

Members of the UMKC School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group, Haley Kertz, Kyla Mahone, Morgan Dresvyannikov, Paige Charboneau, Michele Sun, and Aniesa Slack, M.D., faculty sponsor, with the American Academy of Family Physicians 2019 Program of Excellence Award

A productive year of sponsoring and participating in community services and professional development program has earned the UMKC School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Interest Group the 2019 Program of Excellence Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

The honor is given annually in recognition of outstanding performance in student involvement and retention, advocacy of family medicine, community outreach and patient advocacy. It was presented this summer to 19 medical school Family Medicine Interest Groups during the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City.

These student-run organizations provide opportunities for students to learn about and experience family medicine outside of their medical school curricula. They also sponsor events, workshops, leadership development opportunities and community and clinical experiences.

The UMKC organization was selected for its wide-ranging series of programs such as performing sports physicals for more than 350 children, early exposure to health care professions through a middle school Medical Explorers Pipeline Project, participation in a diabetes prevention program, programs to bring local medical students and family physicians together to talk about family medicine, and a week-long series of events to promote Primary Care Week.

Throughout the year, members of the interest group also developed working relationships with other interest groups on campus such as the Simulation Interest Group, the Pediatric Interest Group, Wellness Council, and the free, student-run Sojourners Clinic.

Morgan Dresvyannikov, MS 6, and Kyla Mahone, MS 5, served the award-winning 2018-19 year as co-presidents of the School of Medicine group that has nearly 130 active members. Other leadership members included Alice Hwang, M.D., 19, and Emma Connelly, MS 5, co-vice presidents; Michele Sun, MS 6, treasurer; Paige Charboneau, MS 6, secretary; Andrea Pelate, MS 5, community Chair; and Claire Wolber, MS 5, public relations. Aniesa Slack, M.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine, serves a faculty sponsor.

“Making sure that medical students have an appreciation of family medicine is a key step to those students choosing family medicine for their career,” said Clif Knight, MD, senior vice president for education at the AAFP. “This year’s award winners have done outstanding work giving students the opportunity to activate the knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom, develop leadership skills that will serve them in their future practices and communities, and better understand the vital role that family medicine plays in our health care system.”

This was the second time the School of Medicine organization has received the award. It also earned the recognition in 2011.

Sports medicine fellowship director travels with U.S. ski team to Norway

Meg Gibson, M.D.
Meg Gibson, M.D., equipped with a medical bag, on the slopes in Hafjell, Norway.

Meg Gibson, M.D., director of the Sports Medicine fellowship program at the UMKC School of Medicine, served as the team physician for the United States at the World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships in Norway.

The competition took place in March at a ski resort near Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Prior to making the 10-day trip, Gibson, assistant professor of community and family medicine, traveled to Colorado to train in on-hill emergencies and other facets of working with a ski team in international competition.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association selected a group of 16 athletes, male and female, ages 16 to 20, to compete at the event. Gibson, who trained in family medicine and completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, was expected to be able to treat the skiers’ basic medical concerns as well as muscoskeletal injuries. “I’m biased, but I think that what I do as a primary-care sports medicine doctor is ideal for their needs,” she said.

Health professionals who care for ski teams at competition sites need to know how to ski. A Michigan native, Gibson learned to ski as a child and continues to ski recreationally. The resort in Norway tested her abilities. She carried a medical bag on her back, and the course was conditioned to be hard and fast for racing events.

In addition to the challenges of working on a mountain, Gibson was practicing medicine in another country. A muscle relaxant commonly used in the U.S., she discovered while at the event, is not readily available in Norway.

Gibson provided care alongside an athletic trainer. “A big part of sports medicine is determining if it’s safe for your athlete to participate or not, and then if any modifications or recommendations can be made,” she said.

Gibson and the trainer modified the training schedule of one U.S. athlete. Otherwise, the team avoided sickness and injury during the competition.

Gibson said she enjoyed the experience of working with the athletes. “They seemed to be very appreciative of the care that they were receiving,” she said. “I hope it’s something I will be able to work out logistically again.”

Community and Family Medicine doc raising money for computers

David Voran, M.D., is working to raise money to purchase computers for resident physicians in the Community and Family Medicine Residency program.
David Voran, M.D., is working to raise money to purchase computers for resident physicians in the Community and Family Medicine Residency program.

Residents in the School of Medicine’s Community and Family Medicine Residency program could be in line for an upgrade in technology with new computers if David Voran, M.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine, meets his goal with a Golfing for Computers fundraiser.

Voran plans to grab his golf clubs on June 25, and play 64 holes of golf, walking the Nicklaus Club at Lions Gate in an effort to raise $64,000 to purchase new computers for each of the 32 Community and Family Practice residents.

Voran said he believes it is critical for residents to have access to the best and most current technology while learning and hopes to raise enough money through donations to provide new computers for each one. Read his personal blog for more.

To contribute to the fundraising venture, donors can go to https://ecommerce.umkc.edu/giving, and type in “Nicholas Fund” in the “Other designations or details” area at the bottom of the page, or make out a check to the “Nicholas Fund” and turn in it at the pro shop at the Nicklaus Club at Lions Gate. Contributions to the fund are tax deductible.