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SOM taking applications for new Physician Assistant program

UMKC-med_web_200pxThe University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine is now taking applications for its new physician assistant (PA) program.

The master’s degree PA program, scheduled to start classes in January 2014, is the only one in the Kansas City area. The closest accredited PA programs are Wichita State University in Kansas and Missouri State University in Springfield. Neither is administered through a school of medicine, where future physicians and PAs learn side by side. The training model at the UMKC School of Medicine mirrors the team-based approach of PAs working under the supervision of a physician to improve coordination of care and patient outcomes.

“The new PA program at the UMKC School of Medicine offers a great opportunity for people who want to stay in the Kansas City area and pursue a career in this growing, high-demand healthcare profession,” says Kathy Ervie, director of the PA program at the UMKC School of Medicine and a practicing PA in the Kansas City area. “I didn’t have this type of opportunity and had to go out of state to receive my physician assistant training.”

Because of their general medical background, PAs have flexibility in the types of medicine they can practice. PAs perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes. All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow PAs to practice and prescribe medicine.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon recently signed a bill into state law that opens the door for PAs to more readily provide badly needed service to areas of the state where health care is lacking. HB315 will go into law on Aug. 28, changing the required on-site supervision of PAs by a licensed physician from 66 percent of the time to four hours for every 14 days the PA provides clinical service. The previous supervision requirement was one of the most strict in the nation, forcing many PAs to leave Missouri for other jobs.

“This is exciting because it opens the door for PAs to practice in Missouri,” Ervie said. “It will increase jobs in Missouri and we can keep our graduates in Missouri to meet those health care needs.”

Ervie said the law will open the door to making health care more readily available in areas of the state that can’t afford both a physician and a PA.

“That’s why it’s great for our program,” Ervie said. “We can keep those graduates in the state of Missouri meeting the health care needs of the state, particularly in the rural and underserved areas, which is our mission.”

PAs were created in the mid-1960s due to a shortage of primary care physicians. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts PAs will be the second-fastest-growing profession in the next decade, increasing from 74,800 in 2008 to 103,900 in 2018. The median salary for a PA in 2010 was $86,410 per year. In 2010, it was the No. 2 best job, according to Money magazine.

The UMKC PA program has applied for accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA).

The deadline for applications for the UMKC School of Medicine PA program is Aug. 1; students may matriculate pending provisional accreditation approval by the ARC-PA at its September meeting.A bachelor’s degree is a requirement, but not necessarily in life science. Up to 15 applicants will be selected for the program. For more information, go to www.med.umkc.edu/mmspa or call 816-235-1870.

SOM announces new Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences

Stuart Munro, M.D.
Stuart Munro, M.D.

The School of Medicine has created the Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences that will be chaired by Stuart Munro, M.D., clinical professor in psychiatry. The new department centralizes a variety of courses programs from the School into one cohesive unit.

It made the most sense at this time for the School to combine the various courses that deal with the social aspects of medicine into one academic department which shared a common theme, according to Paul Cuddy, Pharm.D., professor and senior associate dean of academic affairs. The department will also house the International Medicine Program and the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics.

“I am excited to be part of this new department. It is another way the School continues to emphasize the importance of the social aspects of medicine,” Munro said. “It is on the cutting edge for a medical school to create a humanities and social sciences department.”

The International Medicine Program, led by Munro, supports students’ efforts to explore study abroad opportunities and requests to study at the School from students at our affiliate international universities

In addition, the department will provide oversight for several courses in the medical curriculum which address the social aspects of medicine: Fundamentals of Medical Practice I-IV, Hospital Team Experience, CUES (Communication, Understanding, Education and Self-awareness), Behavioral Sciences in Medicine, and Patient-Physician-Society I and II.

The Sirridge Office will continue to be led by Lynda Payne, Ph.D., Sirridge Missouri Endowed Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics. It was established in 1992 to expand opportunities to provide humanities courses for students in UMKC’s six-year BA/MD program.

After an external search, Munro was selected and began as chair March 1. He continues to serve as the academic chair of the psychiatry department until the current search for a new chair is complete.

“Dr. Munro was the right choice for this department,” Cuddy said. “Through his years of service, he has taken an active role teaching in many of the courses and programs which will become part of the new medical humanities and social sciences department. His experience in these areas will be a great help in overseeing the new department.”

Munro has served in a variety of roles at the School since 1986, including psychiatry chair, behavioral sciences course director, advisory board member for the Sirridge Office, assistant Dean for Years 1 & 2, International Medicine Program director, and interim dean. He also received the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award for the School of Medicine in 2012.

Enrollment open for National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners training

NRCMERegistration is now under way for anyone wishing to participate in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Training Course, April 20-21, at the UMKC School of Medicine.

All interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers will be required to undergo a physical examination performed by a certified medical examiner listed in the National Registry by May 21, 2014. This training course will help participants prepare for the certification test.

This educational event is a joint sponsorship of OHS-COMPCARE and the School of Medicine in partnership with the School of Nursing.

For more information and to register, visit https://cmetracker.net/UMKC/Catalog.

SOM, TMC participate in Best Practices for Better Care initiative

Alan Salkind, M.D., (right) professor of internal medicine, meets with his group working on the preventable hospital readmissions component of the Best Practices for Better Care initiative on June 26 at Truman Medical Center. Best Practices for Better Care is a multi-year campaign to improve patient care and quality at teaching hospitals and health systems in the United States.

The UMKC School of Medicine and Truman Medical Centers (TMC) have joined medical schools and teaching hospitals around the country in a multi-year initiative aimed to improve the quality and safety of health care. The initiative, Best Practices for Better Care, is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), an alliance of academic medical centers, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through their Partnership for Patients Program.

Best Practices for Better Care will help put patient safety and quality methods into widespread use at teaching hospitals and health systems in the United States, combining academic medicine, education, research and clinical care. The goal is to put the power and skills of the academic medical center behind solving some of the common patient quality and safety problems through education, research, and clinical care.

The School identified this as an important initiative and was very excited to participate,” said Jill Moormeier, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean of Graduate Medical Education, who is coordinating the efforts by the School of Medicine with TMC. “We are a really good location to do stuff like this. Our students and residents are intimately involved in the care of patients and patient outcomes.”

The initiative began in June 2011 with participating medical schools and teaching hospitals gathering data during its first year.

The campaign recently released a progress report to the participating organizations that showed most hospital systems have in place well-established systems to improve patient care in the United States. But, Moormeier said, it was also clear there is some work to be done in educating students, residents and faculty in quality improvement.

Participating institutions, according to the AAMC, have committed to teaching quality and patient safety to the next generation of doctors; ensure safer surgery through use of surgical checklists; reduce infections from central lines using proven protocols; reduce hospital readmissions for high-risk patients; and research, evaluate, and share new and improved practices.

The School of Medicine and TMC will first tackle the preventable hospital readmissions component. Alan Salkind, M.D., professor of internal medicine, will be leading this endeavor.

According to Salkind, nearly 20 percent of Medicare hospitalizations are followed by readmission within 30 days, with 75 percent of these considered preventable. Readmissions within 30 days account for $15 billion of excess Medicare spending.

“Common reasons leading to hospital readmission are inadequate explanation to the patient about how to use medications after hospital discharge, recognition of warning signs that warrant a call to the patient’s physician, and lack of a timely post-discharge physician visit, all of which are preventable by clearly conveying information to patients and confirming understanding before discharge from the hospital,” Salkind said. “Another important objective of this project is to teach students and physicians the elements of discharging a patient from the hospital with appropriate and understandable instructions for their continued care.

“We want to determine and then fix the pitfalls in our discharge process that lead to preventable readmissions to the hospital. We will share that information with other medical schools and hospitals to develop best practices that reduce hospital readmissions.”

This project is scheduled to last for about six months, but as the School and TMC gather data, it may be extended. The campaign is ongoing.

John A. Spertus, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair and professor of internal medicine, and Shauna Roberts, M.D., ’84, professor of internal medicine, are members of Research on Care Community (ROCC), the research division of the Best Practices for Better Care initiative, established to serve as a home for academic leaders and their teams. Through webinars, peer-to-peer learning and other resources, members of ROCC will share strategies for building institutional effectiveness and implementation research.


Hickman selected for RWJF Workshop on Race, Health Disparities

Timothy P. Hickman, M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H.

Timothy P. Hickman, M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H., adjunct associate professor of the Department of Pediatrics, the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics and the Department of Medical Education and Research, has been selected as a participant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Workshop on Race and Health Disparities. Hickman, who has also served as medical director for continuing medical education and director of cultural competency at the School of Medicine was one of 25 faculty members, researchers and graduate students selected in a national competitive application process. The five-day workshop, which will be June 18-22 in Ann Arbor, Mich., will focus on increasing knowledge and skills in measurement and indicators, research methods and use of secondary data sources in health disparities research.

“Not only is this an opportunity to participate in a learning community with scholars who represent social sciences, population health and health sciences from around the nation, but a chance to establish relationships that can lead to collaborative projects,” Hickman said.

While sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the workshop is part of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods in Ann Arbor, Mich. The ICSPR was originally a partnership between the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan and 21 U.S. universities, but now it includes a consortium of more than 500 universities worldwide. It provides access to social science data sources and training in quantitative analysis using the resources. The instructors for the workshop include David R. Williams (School of Public Health/ African and African American Studies- Harvard University); Paula A. Braveman, (Family and Community Medicine-University of California-San Francisco); Patrick M. Krueger (Department of Sociology- University of Colorado-Denver); Gabriel Sanchez (Department of Political Science- University of New Mexico), and John Garcia, Archive Director of the Resource Center for Minority Data ( RCMD) (University of Michigan – ISR).


Cole appointed vice-chair of Council on Curriculum

Theodore Cole, III, Ph.D.

The School of Medicine has appointed Theodore M. Cole III, Ph.D., associate professor of Basic Medical Science, vice chair-basic scientist for the Council on Curriculum. In this role, Cole will serve as chair of the course directors’ subcommittee, be a voting member of the Council on Curriculum, and serve on the Curriculum Steering Committee.

Cole joined the School of Medicine and has taught gross anatomy since 1998.  He has served the School of Medicine as a member of the Council on Evaluation, the Faculty Senate, the Academic Policy Development Task Force, and on the SBS-SOM Partnership Steering Committee.

Cole received his Ph.D. in Anthropological Sciences at Stony Brook University in New York. Prior to coming to UMKC, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

His research interests include primate and human evolution, craniofacial biology (both evolutionary and clinical), biostatistics, and scientific computing.  He is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, and Sigma Xi.

Curriculum selects new medical student program assistant

Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith has joined the School of Medicine’s curriculum office as the medical student program assistant. She will report to and execute special projects assigned by Stefanie Ellison, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine and associate dean for curriculum.

She will also work closely with George Thompson, M.D., associate professor of medical education and research, and Allison Lisle, M.D., assistant professor of pathology and course director for pathology I and II, in the capacity of administrative coordinator for CUES to Medical Communication (CUES) and for the Pathology I & II courses.

Smith worked for 10 years at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. During her final six years there, she was promoted to department administrator and managed the academic and financial aspects for the Psychology Department.

Smith said she came to Kansas City in 2009 to attend a conference, fell in love with the city and decided to make the move to Kansas City upon her youngest child’s high school graduation in June 2011. Smith also has a heart to see youth obtain a strong foundation to succeed in life and has been an active youth leader in her church for several years. In addition, Smith previously volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Essex County, N.J.

For assistance, contact her by phone at 816-235-1718 or by email at smithsandraa@umkc.edu.


SOM appoints new pathology course director

Allison Lisle, M.D.

Allison Lisle, M.D., assistant professor of pathology, has been appointed as the new course director for Pathology I and II. She joined the School of Medicine last October and has clinical appointments with the Truman Medical Center and Research Medical Center pathology departments.

Lisle is a board certified dermatopathologist who completed her residency training at the University of Missouri-Columbia and her fellowship training at the University of Washington. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in 2005.

Lisle has clinical research interests in the areas of Spitz nevi, Special Site nevi, Dysplastic nevi, and Melanoma. Some of her other clinical interests include vulvar inflammatory dermatoses and alopecia.

Lisle won the Bursary award for abstract presentation at the XXVIIth Congress of the International Academy of Pathology in 2008.

“(Lisle) is committed to the education of medical students and is enthusiastic about her new role as course director,” said Stefanie Ellison, associate dean for curriculum.

Lisle lists her personal interests as following professional tennis, shopping, and taking her dogs to the park.

Youngblood Medical Skills Lab is host of open house

Nicole Fearing, M.D. (left), clinical assistant professor of surgery and medical director for the Youngblood Medical Skills Lab, works on the Baby Hal mannequin with Sara Bower Youngblood at the lab’s open house on Oct. 14.

More than 40 faculty, staff and students attended an open house for the Youngblood Medical Skills Laboratory at the UMKC School of Medicine on Oct. 14. The guest of honor was Sara Bower Youngblood, widow of James J. Youngblood, M.D., whose vision spearheaded development of the lab into an important component of the School of Medicine’s curriculum.

The open house celebrated the lab’s ongoing success and highlighted its future goals. The lab provides a safe training environment for future physicians to practice simulated procedures and also work with standardized patients in preparation for their medical boards.

“The best part about the day was that Mrs. Youngblood got to see how it all started and has blossomed,” said Nicole Fearing, M.D., clinical assistant professor of surgery and medical director for the YMSL. “The lab has grown to encompass the whole School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Education, interdisciplinary training, and a standardized patient program.”

Mrs. Youngblood accompanied members of the Youngblood Society on a facility tour, which included a labor and delivery simulation using the YMSL’s Noelle and Baby Hal mannequins. David Mundy, M.D., associate professor of OB/GYN, delivered an introduction and history of the lab, and lauded its continual development.

Since its opening in 2007, the YMSL has expanded its inventory of high-fidelity simulation mannequins and other procedural training models that are regularly used by UMKC medical students. In addition to hosting UMKC’s Standardized Patient Program and Master of Science in Anesthesia program, the lab annually trains hundreds of students in the AHA’s CPR and ACLS curriculum. An EMT and paramedic curriculum will debut in 2012.

SOM completes update of its Experience-Based Curriculum Guide

Chris Black, MS 6, and Jana Donaldson, MS 6, look on as Ben Wiele, MS 6, practices an intubation technique in the School of Medicine’s simulation lab.

The School of Medicine recently completed a nearly year-and-a-half process of rewriting its Experience-Based Curriculum Guide in order to bring the general competency objectives up to date and align them with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) established competencies.

“We have rewritten the core competencies to make sure they match the six ACGME categories, that they’re current, and that they work within our own curriculum,” said Stefanie Ellison, M.D., associate dean and chair of the School’s Curriculum Council.

The School’s previous nine areas of competency can now be found in the ACGME’s list of core competencies:

—     Interpersonal and communication skills
—     Professionalism, including cultural competence and ethical decision making
—     Medical knowledge, including application of basic science and problem solving
—     Practice-based learning, including lifelong learning and self appraisal
—     Systems-based practice, and
—     Patient care, including history taking, physical exams, procedures, diagnosis and management.

Ellison said the learning objectives for meeting the core competencies were updated with input from members of the Curriculum Council, course and clerkship directors, and other faculty. The objectives were mapped out throughout the six-year curriculum to ensure that they are not only met within the curriculum, but that they are appropriate for the particular year that students are expected to learn them.

“This is an example of how our curriculum is being fully-integrated with the core competencies that are aligned with the LCME’s accreditation standards,” Ellison said.

Ellison said a future goal is for the standards of core competencies to be used as milestones that are linked to promotion standards for students.

For the full overview of the Experience-Based Curriculum Guide and the current learning objectives by curriculum year, visit our website at https://www.med.umkc.edu/curriculum/ebc.shtml