The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Infectious Diseases Executive Committee has chosen to recognize UMKC School of Medicine Interim Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., with the 2019 Award for Lifetime Contribution in Infectious Diseases Education.
The award recognizes her outstanding commitment to educating pediatricians in infectious diseases, her work as associate editor of the Red Book, the foremost source on pediatric infectious disease, and her efforts on a national level with groups such as the National Vaccine Advisory Committee.
Jackson is recognized locally, regionally and nationally as a master clinician and educator on the topic of pediatric infectious diseases. A pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Kansas City for 35 years, she is widely recognized for developing one of the nation’s leading and most robust infectious diseases programs. The division focuses on research to prevent antibiotic resistance, judicious use of antibiotics, and optimal use of vaccines.
She is also passionate about medical education including developing a fellowship program to train pediatric infectious diseases doctors. And she is active in research collaborations with foundations including the CDC and the NIH to investigate the impact of new vaccines. Among her many achievements while division director has been the description of a national outbreak of the polio-like virus called enterovirus D68.
A mentor to many residents, fellow trainees and others in pediatric fields, Jackson often guides others to access leadership roles in the fields of pediatric infectious diseases, child abuse and mistreatment, and general pediatrics.
She was appointed interim dean of the School of Medicine in June 2018, becoming the first graduate of the program to become dean and one of only 26 female medical school deans in the nation. In that role, she has begun a transformation of programs to enhance student and faculty engagement, worked to find solutions to ongoing issues, and has continued her commitment to pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s Mercy. She was also recently appointed the Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Health Affairs and will assist in the current search for a new dean.
The American Academy of Pediatrics honored Jackson with the lifetime achievement award on Oct. 28 during its national conference and exhibition in New Orleans.
Sarah LaGrece has been selected as the new manager of the School of Medicine’s Medical Education Media Center. She will also serve as a senior operations technician at the Clinical Training Facility.
A graduate of UMKC, LaGrece will oversee the media center that serves as the School of Medicine’s instructional resource lab with anatomical models, and audiovisual and computer-based learning materials.
The media center will be open from noon to 5 p.m. during the week. Students can contact LaGrece to make arrangements to use the facility outside of the normally staffed hours. School administration is exploring options to provide additional staffing to expand these daily hours, she said.
In the meantime, LaGrece will be working on taking inventory, updating and repairing the models, and updating the computer software available for students, residents and faculty.
Her morning hours will be spent in the Clinical Training Facility, assisting with administrative duties, simulations with the facility’s mannequins, and helping with the standardized patient program.
A life-long resident of Kansas City, LaGrece graduated from Bishop Miege High School before attending UMKC and earning her bachelor’s degree in communications.
“I was thinking about being a teacher before I went into communications, so education was something I was always interested in,” LaGrece said. “So this seemed to mesh well with my interests.”
UMKC School of Medicine faculty presented important work on the Docent System of Medical Education, the long-term success of its graduates, and other topics to an international audience of medical educators at the 2016 annual meeting of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) at the end of August in Barcelona, Spain. AMEE’s annual conference draws more than 3,000 delegates each year and AMEE selects presentations through a competitive, peer-reviewed process.
Paul Cuddy, Pharm.D., senior associate dean, Stefanie Ellison, M.D., associate dean for curriculum, Gary Sutkin, M.D., associate dean for women’s health, and Steven L. Kanter, M.D., dean, led workshops, gave oral presentations, and presented posters to share the School of Medicine’s successes and challenges with peers from other medical schools spanning six of the world’s seven continents.
Cuddy and Kanter led a workshop on the school’s Docent System and how apprenticeship learning is enhanced by peer mentoring and longitudinal clinical experiences. In a separate session, Cuddy gave an oral presentation on learning communities and how the School of Medicine’s strong longitudinal clinical experiences provide a springboard for medical students to achieve leadership roles in medicine and science. Louise Arnold, Ph.D., past director of medical education and research, Jennifer Quaintance, Ph.D. director of medical education support services, Susan Hathaway, Ph.D., and Kanter were co-authors of the presentation.
Ellison presented a peer-reviewed poster on the development and implementation of the Core Entrustable Professional Activities in the school’s six-year dual-degree program. Emily Haury, M.D., docent, and Quaintance were co-authors of the poster presentation.