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Upcoming changes announced in GME, faculty development

School of Medicine Interim Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., has announced changes within the dean’s office that will take effect July 1.

Dr. Christine Sullivan, Dr. Sara Gardner, Dr. John Foxworth

Christine Sullivan, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education for the past five years, will transition to a new role as associate dean for professional development. Sara Gardner, M.D., assistant dean for graduate medical education for the past two years, will assume the role of associate dean. John Foxworth, Pharm.D., who has served as associate dean for faculty development for the past 10 years, will become associate dean of academic enrichment.

Sullivan’s new role will focus on the development of a formal faculty mentorship program. She will work to expand resources for development training, including those that foster career progression, professionalism and physician well-being.

In her previous role with graduate medical education, Sullivan was responsible for implementing a GME Ombudsman program and establishing an annual Resident/Fellow Appreciation Day.

“It has been my great honor to serve in the role of associate dean for GME over the past five years,” said Sullivan, a professor of emergency medicine. “I truly have enjoyed advocating for our wonderfully talented residents and fellows who are the future in medicine.”

Gardner, associate professor of internal medicine/pediatrics, served as program director for the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program prior to assuming the role of assistant dean.

“It’s been a privilege to work with Dr. Sullivan in the GME office,” Gardner said. “I look forward to collaborating with her in her new role in the faculty development office to support our program leaders and enhance our clinical learning environments.”

The associate dean for GME serves as the Designated Institutional Official for the school’s 35 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited programs and as the chair of the school’s Graduate Medical Education Council.

In his new role, Foxworth, a professor of medicine, will focus more narrowly on supporting faculty, student and trainee success in academics and research. He will also oversee a new grant writing program.

He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and a fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He has been with the School of Medicine since 1974.

“It has been a pleasure working with the school’s talented faculty, students and residents and I look forward to supporting their ongoing academic and research efforts in this new role,” Foxworth said.

Digital bulletin board enhances campus communication

A new blue and gold kiosk on the sidewalk between the School of Medicine and the Health Sciences Building will provide up-to-date information on university and city services.

The kiosk is one of eight located on UMKC’s Health Sciences and Volker campuses. UMKC is the first university in the U.S. to install the CityPost digital kiosks. Resembling giant smart phones, the kiosks are similar to those along Kansas City’s streetcar route.

“As Kansas City’s university, we are committed to connecting our community to the rich resources available in our city,” said UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal. “We’re thrilled to be the first university in the nation to benefit from CityPost kiosks. Leading on the forefront of change and progress fits our vision of what UMKC should be all about. These kiosks are just one visible, tangible indicator of that vision.”

The digital kiosks are part of a communication network that broadcasts real-time, location-based information and alerts to provide safer, better connected public digital solutions. Information is powered by 55-inch smart screens and a companion CityPost mobile application. UMKC CityPost, in partnership with Duke Energy, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Smart City Media LLC of New York, the same creator of the kiosks along the Kansas City streetcar line.

As Kansas City’s university, UMKC was invited to be the first campus site in the U.S. for CityPost. No public or tuition dollars are used to fund the system.

“We are honored to better connect the students and faculty to all the great things at UMKC, and to help build a stronger information bridge from the campus to the greater Kansas City community, said Tom Touchet, CEO of Smart City Media LLC. “CityPost is a connected campus bulletin board and this is UMKC’s very own channel. We look forward to all of the new and innovative communications that our publishing tools will help provide. A college is a small city in itself and nobody understands how better to communicate within it like the students and faculty. We look forward to empowering them to use our new tools, and do new things.”

Using touch-screen technology on the 7-foot-tall UMKC CityPost blue-and-gold kiosks, visitors to campuses can learn more about student services, dining options, UMKC and KC events, where to discover art and whento enjoy sporting events throughout the city. The kiosks also include local news, bike-rental info, walking maps and a selfie app.

“We’re proud to be a part of bringing digital infrastructure solutions to forward looking communities such as UMKC,” added Michael Luhrs, Duke Energy vice president of customer solutions. “We expect our partnership with Smart City Media to significantly accelerate across North America and help enable what smart cities are all about.”

“Rather than hunching over separate mobile phones, students and visitors can explore campus and Kansas City together,” said UMKC Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer. “The UMKC CityPost kiosks provide students and visitors the chance to explore campus and Kansas City communally.”

School announces associate dean appointments

Rebecca Pauly, M.D, and John Foxworth, Pharm.D.
Rebecca Pauly, M.D, and John Foxworth, Pharm.D.

The School of Medicine announced that Rebecca Pauly, M.D., and John Foxworth, Pharm.D., will serve as associate deans of faculty development. They will work as partners to lead the school’s efforts to plan and implement high-quality faculty development programs.

Pauly, professor of medicine and professor of biomedical and health informatics, joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2013 as a Blue Unit docent. She has served in leadership roles as chair of the Docent Council and chair of the Noback Docents. She maintains an active practice of internal medicine and has been recognized for inclusion in Best Doctors in America (2007–2016).

Pauly graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University and earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine. She trained in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She was featured in the National Library of Medicine’s Local Legends, an honor bestowed upon women physicians who have demonstrated commitment, originality, innovation, or creativity in their field of medicine.

Foxworth, professor of medicine and professor of biomedical and health informatics, joined the School of Medicine as a full-time faculty member in 1986 and has served the school in a number of leadership roles. He became assistant dean for faculty development in 2010 and has chaired the Faculty Development Committee since 2011. He also chairs the continuing medical education committees at Truman Medical Centers and the UMKC School of Medicine. He is the director of research for the Internal Medicine Residency program at UMKC and is active in mentoring students in their research projects.

Foxworth earned his doctorate in pharmacology from UMKC. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He is an author of many poster presentations, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters.

School of Medicine taking nomination for first Excellence in Mentoring awards

logo templateMentors make significant contributions to enhance and develop the careers of faculty and trainees through generosity, listening, objectivity, and constructive feedback regarding career and professional/personal development.

In appreciation of those who have exhibited successful mentoring at the School of Medicine, the School is now taking nominations its first Excellence in Mentoring award. The award will be presented annually in two categories: Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring, for professors; and Excellence in Mentoring, for associate or assistant professors.

Nominees must be School of Medicine faculty members for a minimum of five years. Both tenure track and non tenure track faculty are eligible.

Recommendations for the award should reflect the extent to which the mentor has provided sponsorship, encouragement and support for your career and development, as well as for the career and development of other faculty, fellows, residents or students.

Nominators may name one individual for each award, must include a narrative of how the individual’s mentoring has impacted their career and those of others, include specific outcome measures, and are encouraged to seek up to four additional letters of support. Nominees will be asked to a one to two-page narrative describing their mentoring philosophy and a list of individuals mentored.

Examples of the qualities one would expect to see in a highly effective mentor include:
— Long-term commitment to mentoring
— Advisor/Guide
— Developer of talent/Coach
— Opener of doors/Sponsor
— Interpreter of organizational and/or professional rules
— Successful role model
— Protector/Shield
— Listener/Cheerleader

Awards consisting of plaques and monetary acknowledgements will be presented at the Dean’s Faculty Dinner on Jan. 29, 2014.

Submissions are due no later than Nov. 15 to Dr. Rebecca Pauly, Chair, Selection Committee, at paulyr@umkc.edu. Download the Excellence in Mentoring Award document for more information on the award and guidelines.

UMKC Physician Leadership Program taking applications

umkcThe UMKC Physician Leadership Program is now taking applications for an eight-month course designed to provide physicians with the management and leadership skills necessary to fufill the requirements of health care delivery in the 21st Century.

The program offers advanced curriculum and expert faculty to provide physicians with skills and frameworks for innovation and strategic thinking, as well as financial and business acumen.

The Physician Leadership Program begins September 26th and runs through April 2013. The 1120-contact hour certificate program is jointly sponsored and managed by the School of Medicine and the Bloch School of Management.

For additional information about the program, view the web site at www.umkc.edu/plp or contact Eugene Fibuch, M.D. at efibuch@saint-lukes.org or Arif Ahmed, Ph.D., at ahmedar@umkc.edu.

Masters program in health professions education taking applications

The Masters Degree in Health Professions Education provides an educational research foundation for teaching, assessment and leadership in health professions education.
The Masters Degree in Health Professions Education provides an educational research foundation for teaching, assessment and leadership in health professions education.

The new Master in Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree, a joint program offered through the UMKC School of Medicine and School of Education, is accepting applications. The program is geared to launch a new generation of expert teachers and curriculum specialists for schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and for the allied health professions.

The MHPE focuses on incorporating the latest medical research into curricula, the design and delivery of evidence-based educational programs and courses, program evaluation, the effective use of assessment tools, educational research in the health professions and leadership. Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Baylor have similar programs.

“The health professions community has clearly recognized the need to provide formal support for teaching and assessment and the master’s degree is supported as the most effective vehicle for doing this,” said Ellen Lavelle, Ph.D., Director of Health Professions Education.

The 36 hour program may be completed in two years. All courses are project-based. Students develop projects that will reflect their current professional interests and impact teaching and learning in those areas.

Two unique features of the MHPE are the Professional Educators Portfolio, which provides an opportunity to apply learning and showcase projects across courses, and the Summer Health Professions Mini-Conference, which is designed and delivered by students with the support of faculty.

The program is open to all health professions and allied health faculty and students at UMKC.


Free sports physicals a hit with local school children

UMKC School of Medicine Students, residents and faculty provided free phyicals for about 400 students as part of the RBI program in cooperation with the Kansas City Gilrs and Boys Club.
UMKC School of Medicine Students, residents and faculty provided free phyicals for about 400 students as part of the RBI program in cooperation with the Kansas City Gilrs and Boys Club.

Hundreds of local school children will get a chance to play in organized sports leagues this summer, thanks to free physicals provided by students and faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

Physicals are required in the Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, which provides boys and girls, ages 5 to 18, with the opportunity to play baseball and softball.

“The students enjoyed interacting with the kids and parents,” said George Harris, M.D.,  professor of medicine and assistant dean for Years 1 and 2 Medicine, who is the faculty adviser for the program.

Sports physicals usually cost a regular appointment at a doctor’s office, typically $50 or more. Sometimes sports physicals will be discounted to $10 through organizations.

But free physicals are crucial for the success of the RBI program, said Ronald Stevenson, director of RBI in Kansas City. To play for a season costs only $25 per player, but that pays for uniforms, equipment, trophies, field maintenance and umpires.

“We have families with two and three kids in the program, and buying physicals on minimum wage, like many of our families make, is hard,” Stevenson said. “Meanwhile, it’s critically important that each child is required to have a physical because it assesses health and promotes wellness. Many of the kids never see a doctor so this is their chance.”

The RBI program, which has helped produce professional players, encourages college for each child. The interaction with UMKC School of Medicine students works as a bridge to that goal, and also reflects UMKC’s ongoing commitment to engagement with the urban community.

UMKC students Kevin Gray, MS 5, Irene Israel, MS 3, Susamita Kesh, MS 2, Monica Mikkilineni, MS 5r, Felicia Ratnaraj, MS 5, Ty Smith, MS 5, David Testrake, MS 5, and Amanda Williams, MS 5, volunteered at the event. Residents Mary Hoang, M.D., and Chris Jenks, M.D., and family medicine faculty including Miranda Huffman, M.D., Crystal Jones, M.D., and Harris also worked.

“It’s rewarding for everyone involved,” Harris said. “It’s a wonderful feeling.”

UMKC Libraries sponsoring Black History Month events

2013-AARIAs part of the 2013 Black History Month celebration, the UMKC libraries will participate in the 24th National African American Read-In on Feb. 20 and Feb 28, recognizing African American literacy.

The programs will be 3-4:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Miller Nichols Library iX Theater, and noon-1:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Diastole. Participants will present literature, music and other works from African American authors and artists.

Admission is free to both sessions but participation is on a first-come, first serve basis. Presenters are encouraged to sign up for a time online at http://library.umkc.edu/form/events by Feb. 15. Anyone who would like to share but needs a suggestion for a book may check out the African American Read-In: Supplemental List for Young Adults and Adults.

Black History Month exhibits will also be set up on the ground floor of Miller Nichols Library.

For more information about the UMKC Read-In events, contact Tom Burns at burnstg@umkc.edu regarding the Miller Nichols session or
Tracey Hughes at hughest@umkc.edu about the Diastole session. For more information about the Twenty-Fourth National African American Read-In: http://www.ncte.org/action/aari.

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.”