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SOAP Notes
for August 2021

Peter Koulen, Ph.D., director of the UMKC Vision Research Center, has been named to the editorial board of the journal, Neurochemical Research. He will serve a permanent appointment on the board after previously serving as a peer-reviewer and contributing author. He has also been selected to chair a National Institutes of Health panel that reviews neuroscience research in general and neuropathology, new therapies and diagnostics for neurodegenerative diseases in particular.

Sixth-year medical student Divya Jain is participating in the Jerome H. Grossman, M.D., Graduate Fellowship in the Healthcare Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Recipients of the highly competitive award are selected on the basis of potential for and commitment to contributing to the shaping of health care policy in the United States. Licensed physicians are given first preference for the award but consideration may also be given to accomplished candidates currently pursuing their medical degree. Fellowship recipients receive full tuition and fees to pursue a two-year master’s degree in public policy or administration. As part of the curriculum, fellows are invited to participate in symposia, workshops and other activities at Harvard that explore health care policy.

We want to know what is going on at the UMKC School of Medicine. Send us your story ideas and we will consider them for publication in “SOAP Notes,” a new feature on our School of Medicine PRN news page that will include short, interesting tidbits about our students, faculty and staff.

To submit a note or story idea, email edwardske@umkc.edu:
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Match Day 2021

Congratulations
Class of 2021!

Name Specialty Program Name and Location
Saniya “Sunny” Ablatt General Surgery St. Joseph’s Hospital — Tacoma, WA
Noor Aftab Internal Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Sara Agha Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Chris Ahlering Emergency Medicine St. Louis University School of Medicine — St. Louis, MO
Suma Ancha Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Samatha Ankireddy Internal Medicine Penn State Hershey Medical Center — Hershey, PA
Grace Arias Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Sarah Atallah Family Medicine Altru Health Systems — Grand Forks, ND
Yicheng Bao Ophthalmology University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Roski Eye Institute — Los Angeles, CA
Benjamin Bernard Otolaryngology University of California-San Diego Medical Center — San Diego, CA
Rico Beuford Emergency Medicine Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Shawn Boehm Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Charles Burke Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Tom Chen Internal Medicine St. Louis University School of Medicine — St. Louis, MO
Julia Marie Clem Family Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Anna Curtis Internal Medicine University of Michigan Hospitals — Ann Arbor, MI
Vijaya Dasari Neurology Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, OH
Lauren R. Davidson Internal Medicine University of Rochester Strong Memorial — Rochester, NY
Tejal Desai Internal Medicine University of Texas Health Science Center — San Antonio, TX
Nikhil Dhall Ophthalmology Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Anthony Esswein Transitional Year Orange Park Medical Center — Orange Park, FL
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Medical College of Georgia — Augusta, GA
Vishwanath Ganesan Internal Medicine Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, OH
Manuela Garcia Family Medicine Texas Tech University — El Paso, TX
Sarthak Garg Family Medicine University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix, AZ
Karuna Gausper Pediatrics University of California-Irvine Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Orange County — Orange, CA
Nina Govalla Psychiatry University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson, AZ
Jacob Gowan Surgery-Preliminary Orlando Health — Orlando, FL
Naseem Hamidi Internal Medicine Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Namara Haq Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Rochester Strong Memorial — Rochester, NY
Vishnu Harikumar Transitional Year HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Brandon, FL
Dermatology University of Miami Jackson Health System — Miami, FL
Mohammed Hasan General Surgery Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Saqib Hassan Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/TriStar — Nashville, TN
Nikhil Havaldar Urology University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Sarah Jacob Internal Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Jonathan Jalali Internal Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Madeline Johnson Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Radiology-Diagnostic University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Ethan Johnston Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Nila Jones Internal Medicine Kettering Health Network — Kettering, OH
Andrew Jozwiakowski Family Medicine Central Iowa Health System Allen Hospital — Waterloo, IA
Ankit B. Kadakia Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Texas Medical School — Houston, TX
Ophthalmology University of Texas Health Science Center — Houston, TX
Sharika Kaula Surgery-Preliminary Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Raga Kilaru Pediatrics Phoenix Children’s Hospital — Phoenix, AZ
Juan Kim Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Connor King General Surgery University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Sunita Kolareth Family Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Rachana Kombathula Internal Medicine University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center — Memphis, TN
Komal Kumar Obstetrics and Gynecology Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Meghana Kumar General Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Rebecca Kurian Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/Kansas City — Overland Park, KS
Sree Lanka Internal Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Alex Luke Neurology University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Shafaa Mansoor Neurology University of Texas Medical School — Houston, TX
Thomas Mathews Internal Medicine University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Adiba Maisha Matin Emergency Medicine Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Shrushti Mehta Pediatrics Case Western/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center — Cleveland, OH
Vishal Mittal Emergency Medicine Cook County Health and Hospitals System — Chicago, IL
Adrianna Morse Internal Medicine Providence Health-St. Vincent — Portland, OR
Nina Muddasani Anesthesiology University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics — Iowa City, IA
Faith Mueller Obstetrics and Gynecology Zucker School of Medicine-Northwell North Shore Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center — Great Neck, NY
Varsha Muthukumar Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Isabella S. Nair General Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Saja Necibi Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Brian Nwokeji Psychiatry Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Ginikachukwu Osude
Family Medicine University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School — Austin, TX
Naleen Patel Emergency Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Prarthana Patel Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Jacob Perera Transitional Year Mercy Hospital St. Louis — St. Louis, MO
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Ethan Peterson Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Brandon, FL
Shirene Philipose Internal Medicine University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
John (Tony) Phillips Family Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Deanne Pisarkiewicz Psychiatry Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services — Grand Rapids, MI
Amudha Porchezhian Family Medicine Ventura County Medical Center — Ventura, CA
Akhil Pulumati Internal Medicine Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, IL
Rose Puthumana Internal Medicine University of Miami Jackson Health System — Miami, FL
Rawan Rajab Internal Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Karishma Raju Internal Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Hussain Rao Internal Medicine-Preliminary New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center — New York, NY
Ophthalmology New York Medical College — Valhalla, NY
Lyna Rehan Anesthesiology University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Kavelin Rumalla Neurological Surgery Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center — Phoenix, AZ
Abdullah Said Plastic Surgery (Integrated) Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Alisha Shah Anesthesiology University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Hospital — Gainesville, FL
Binoy Shah Internal Medicine University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine — Reno, NV
Koral Shah Internal Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Kunal Sutaria Internal Medicine University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Hospital — Gainesville, FL
Darya Tajfiroozeh Pediatrics Loma Linda University — Loma Linda, CA
Nicole Tamer Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Radiology-Diagnostic University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Shveta Thakkar Internal Medicine Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, IL
Rashmi Thimmapuram Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Siddhant Thukral Surgery-Preliminary Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Catherine Tran Child Neurology Children’s Mercy Hospital — Kansas City, MO
Taylor Tran Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Maggie Urschler Pediatrics St. Louis Children’s Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Debra Wekesa Internal Medicine University of Nebraska Medical Center — Omaha, NE
Sarah Wells Emergency Medicine University of Texas Southwestern Medical School — Dallas, TX
Brandon Wesche Internal Medicine/Pediatrics University of Minnesota Medical School — Minneapolis, MN
Andrew Williams Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Neurology Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Claire Wolber Family Medicine University Hospitals — Columbia, MO
Alex Wu Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Oak Hill, FL
Kara Zweerink Emergency Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO

 

Match Day 2021

Congratulations
Class of 2021!

Name Specialty Program Name and Location
Saniya “Sunny” Ablatt General Surgery St. Joseph’s Hospital — Tacoma, WA
Noor Aftab Internal Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Sara Agha Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Chris Ahlering Emergency Medicine St. Louis University School of Medicine — St. Louis, MO
Suma Ancha Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Samatha Ankireddy Internal Medicine Penn State Hershey Medical Center — Hershey, PA
Grace Arias Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Sarah Atallah Family Medicine Altru Health Systems — Grand Forks, ND
Yicheng Bao Ophthalmology University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Roski Eye Institute — Los Angeles, CA
Benjamin Bernard Otolaryngology University of California-San Diego Medical Center — San Diego, CA
Rico Beuford Emergency Medicine Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Shawn Boehm Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Charles Burke Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Tom Chen Internal Medicine St. Louis University School of Medicine — St. Louis, MO
Julia Marie Clem Family Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Anna Curtis Internal Medicine University of Michigan Hospitals — Ann Arbor, MI
Vijaya Dasari Neurology Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, OH
Lauren R. Davidson Internal Medicine University of Rochester Strong Memorial — Rochester, NY
Tejal Desai Internal Medicine University of Texas Health Science Center — San Antonio, TX
Nikhil Dhall Ophthalmology Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Anthony Esswein Transitional Year Orange Park Medical Center — Orange Park, FL
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Medical College of Georgia — Augusta, GA
Vishwanath Ganesan Internal Medicine Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, OH
Manuela Garcia Family Medicine Texas Tech University — El Paso, TX
Sarthak Garg Family Medicine University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix, AZ
Karuna Gausper Pediatrics University of California-Irvine Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Orange County — Orange, CA
Nina Govalla Psychiatry University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson, AZ
Jacob Gowan Surgery-Preliminary Orlando Health — Orlando, FL
Naseem Hamidi Internal Medicine Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Namara Haq Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Rochester Strong Memorial — Rochester, NY
Vishnu Harikumar Transitional Year HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Brandon, FL
Dermatology University of Miami Jackson Health System — Miami, FL
Mohammed Hasan General Surgery Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Saqib Hassan Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/TriStar — Nashville, TN
Nikhil Havaldar Urology University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Sarah Jacob Internal Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Jonathan Jalali Internal Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Madeline Johnson Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Radiology-Diagnostic University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Ethan Johnston Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Nila Jones Internal Medicine Kettering Health Network — Kettering, OH
Andrew Jozwiakowski Family Medicine Central Iowa Health System Allen Hospital — Waterloo, IA
Ankit B. Kadakia Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Texas Medical School — Houston, TX
Ophthalmology University of Texas Health Science Center — Houston, TX
Sharika Kaula Surgery-Preliminary Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Raga Kilaru Pediatrics Phoenix Children’s Hospital — Phoenix, AZ
Juan Kim Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Connor King General Surgery University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Sunita Kolareth Family Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Rachana Kombathula Internal Medicine University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center — Memphis, TN
Komal Kumar Obstetrics and Gynecology Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Meghana Kumar General Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Rebecca Kurian Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/Kansas City — Overland Park, KS
Sree Lanka Internal Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Alex Luke Neurology University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Shafaa Mansoor Neurology University of Texas Medical School — Houston, TX
Thomas Mathews Internal Medicine University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Adiba Maisha Matin Emergency Medicine Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Shrushti Mehta Pediatrics Case Western/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center — Cleveland, OH
Vishal Mittal Emergency Medicine Cook County Health and Hospitals System — Chicago, IL
Adrianna Morse Internal Medicine Providence Health-St. Vincent — Portland, OR
Nina Muddasani Anesthesiology University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics — Iowa City, IA
Faith Mueller Obstetrics and Gynecology Zucker School of Medicine-Northwell North Shore Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center — Great Neck, NY
Varsha Muthukumar Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Isabella S. Nair General Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Saja Necibi Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Brian Nwokeji Psychiatry Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Ginikachukwu Osude
Family Medicine University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School — Austin, TX
Naleen Patel Emergency Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Prarthana Patel Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Jacob Perera Transitional Year Mercy Hospital St. Louis — St. Louis, MO
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Ethan Peterson Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Brandon, FL
Shirene Philipose Internal Medicine University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
John (Tony) Phillips Family Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Deanne Pisarkiewicz Psychiatry Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services — Grand Rapids, MI
Amudha Porchezhian Family Medicine Ventura County Medical Center — Ventura, CA
Akhil Pulumati Internal Medicine Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, IL
Rose Puthumana Internal Medicine University of Miami Jackson Health System — Miami, FL
Rawan Rajab Internal Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Karishma Raju Internal Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Hussain Rao Internal Medicine-Preliminary New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center — New York, NY
Ophthalmology New York Medical College — Valhalla, NY
Lyna Rehan Anesthesiology University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Kavelin Rumalla Neurological Surgery Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center — Phoenix, AZ
Abdullah Said Plastic Surgery (Integrated) Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Alisha Shah Anesthesiology University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Hospital — Gainesville, FL
Binoy Shah Internal Medicine University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine — Reno, NV
Koral Shah Internal Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Kunal Sutaria Internal Medicine University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Hospital — Gainesville, FL
Darya Tajfiroozeh Pediatrics Loma Linda University — Loma Linda, CA
Nicole Tamer Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Radiology-Diagnostic University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Shveta Thakkar Internal Medicine Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, IL
Rashmi Thimmapuram Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Siddhant Thukral Surgery-Preliminary Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Catherine Tran Child Neurology Children’s Mercy Hospital — Kansas City, MO
Taylor Tran Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Maggie Urschler Pediatrics St. Louis Children’s Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Debra Wekesa Internal Medicine University of Nebraska Medical Center — Omaha, NE
Sarah Wells Emergency Medicine University of Texas Southwestern Medical School — Dallas, TX
Brandon Wesche Internal Medicine/Pediatrics University of Minnesota Medical School — Minneapolis, MN
Andrew Williams Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Neurology Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Claire Wolber Family Medicine University Hospitals — Columbia, MO
Alex Wu Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Oak Hill, FL
Kara Zweerink Emergency Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO

 

SOM’s Angela Nwankwo serving national leadership role with SNMA

Third-year medical student Angela Nwankwo has been selected to a national leadership position with the Student National Medical. She is serving as co-chair of organization’s national publications committee.

She took on her new role earlier this year during a virtual meeting of the annual SNMA Medical Education Conference. The educational and networking event is the nation’s largest gathering of underrepresented minority medical students and professionals.

Nwankwo has previously participated in the SNMA’ s National Future Leadership Fellow program. She has served as vice president of the School of Medicine’s group chapter. She has been secretary of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group and a student representative on the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and the Council on Evaluation.

She serves a clinic manager for the school’s student-run Sojourner Health Clinic and the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic.

SNMA is the national oldest and largest student-run organization that focuses on the needs of medical students of color. With chapters across the country, it has a membership of more than 7,000 medical and pre-medical students and physicians.

In place of KC Marathon, Million Mile Challenge makes every mile count with free and discounted entries for SOM

The Garmin Kansas City Marathon is not alone in canceling its fall event because of the coronavirus, but its organizers are challenging runners and supporters in a new way.

UMKC School of Medicine and its hospital affiliate Truman Medical Centers are gold sponsors of the MILLION MILE CHALLENGE, KC Marathon’s running alternative for 2020. School of Medicine has 10 FREE entries available on a first-come, first-served basis, and all UMKC students, staff and faculty who register can receive a discounted entry fee.

“It was a tough call, but canceling the race was best for the safety of race participants, partners, staff and volunteers,” said Dave Borchardt, director of corporate and community relationships at the Kansas City Sports Commission, the non-profit organization that organizes the Garmin Kansas City Marathon. “Now, we are excited about the Million Mile Challenge and encouraged by the interest it’s received.”

The Million Mile Challenge is a fun and engaging way to support your local community while staying fit through training and running. Between now and Oct. 17, participants can track and log miles anytime and anywhere they walk or run, both as they train and complete their race miles (5k, 10K, half marathon or full marathon). The goal is to reach one million cumulative miles among all registered in the challenge, with key mileage benchmarks celebrated with randomly selected gift winners announced along the way.

The event concludes with a two-day, drive-through Finishers Fest Oct. 16-17 with fun photo opportunities, sponsor booths and other activities. There, participants can pick up their participant items in person, including a race-branded shirt, finisher’s medal, commemorative race bib and finisher’s certificate, Million Mile Challenger finisher item and the ultimate KC swag bag. Registrants may also have their race packets mailed directly to them (additional fees apply).

If interested in a FREE entry, contact Lisa Mallow (lmallow@umkc.edu). Registration is open through Oct. 15, and the cost is $40. UMKC students, staff and faculty save 10 percent when using the discount code UMKCMED10.

To sign up and start logging your miles today, click here.

UMKC’s Som Singh invited to present research on sports injuries at international conference

Med student Som Singh, left, is helping lead a study group that monitors injuries to U.S. rugby players. He is pictured with Dr. Victor Lopez Jr., Dr. Alex Metoxen (UMKC Orthopedic Surgery Resident), Dr. Sean Bonnani (UMKC Orthopedic Surgery Resident), and Chizitam Ibezim (2020 UMKC medical school graduate).

Like many young, aspiring athletes, Som Singh saw his football career end early with an injury during high school. Yet, his love for sports never waned. Now, it could be taking the fourth-year UMKC medical student to the European College of Sports Science in Spain next fall to present as lead author of a research project on rugby player injuries.

His work is part of a project affiliated with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and the Rugby Research and Injury Prevention Group (RRIPG) that has been monitoring U.S. Rugby Club-Sevens player injuries and performance.

“The culture of sports has always had an impact on me and I wanted to stay around sports,” Singh said.

When he first came to the School of Medicine, Singh used what free time he had to help as a volunteer assistant football coach at a local high school. While coaching, he realized the hunger to be connected to sports still burned.

“Coaching players was cool, teaching, talking to the players,” Singh said. “That aspect of teaching sports was unique and it led me to seek out other things I could do to combine sports and medicine.”

About a year ago, a national rugby tournament came to Kansas City. Dr. Victor Lopez Jr., founder and executive director of the RRIPG in New York, arrived as well to study the players on the field, monitoring their injuries and the effects on their performance. Lopez was also looking for medical students and residents to help with his project. A UMKC orthopaedic surgery resident who knew both Lopez and Singh introduced the two.

Singh began working on the sidelines in the medical tents and soon became the assistant national study coordinator for the group, attending countless rugby matches and collecting injury data.

His report, which was based on a five-year analysis of medical costs related to player injuries sustained in U.S. Rugby-Sevens regional tournaments, caught the eye of the European College of Sports Sciences.

He said his findings could serve as a profile of the financial impact that sports injuries have on both men and women players. Much like the National Football League has done in developing its concussion protocols, Singh said his data could also serve as a tool for national U.S. Rugby-Sevens to improve player welfare and safety.

“It is a growing collision sport,” Singh said of rugby.

Singh also is co-author of two other group abstracts that were selected for presentation at the international conference in Seville, Spain – assuming limitations brought by the novel coronavirus are lifted and allow the conference to take place.

In addition to Lopez, the project has Singh working closely with Dr. Richard Ma, Gregory L. and Ann L. Hummel Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery Missouri Orthopaedic Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Dr. Answorth Allen, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and team doctor for the NBA’s New York Knicks.

Singh said he doesn’t plan to let up on his injury prevention research with the group anytime soon.

“We have plenty of studies coming up,” he said. “I’m booked for the next couple of years. We’re continuing to grow and understand more about sports injuries.”

School of Medicine’s 2020 humanities magazine available online

The 2020 issue the UMKC School of Medicine publication, Human Factor, is now available online. Human Factor celebrates the connection between art, humanities and the practice of medicine.

The publication showcases the creativity, imagination and talent of our students, alumni, residents, faculty and staff. All of the printed words and images featured in this publication make the important link between an appreciation of art and compassionate patient care — illustrating the significant role of medical humanities.

This year’s issue features poetry, short stories, photos, drawings and and other original artwork including the cover image created by fifth-year medical student Rachana Kombathula.

Watch for a call for submissions to the 2021 edition of the Human Factor early next next fall.

School of Medicine teams with Nestle to create unique student experience

Brandon Trandai, Madeline Harris and Valerie Hummel were the first to participate in a new UMKC School of Medicine elective, the Infant and Toddler Nutrition Experience.

Three sixth-year medical students from the School of Medicine this past fall were the first to participate in a unique elective experience bringing together the medical school and a leading baby food manufacturer.

The Infant and Toddler Nutrition Experience is a collaboration between UMKC and Nestle Nutrition North America, which produces Gerber baby foods and formulas.

Joel Lim, M.D., and Brandon Trandai

Emily Haury, M.D., docent and chair of the School of Medicine Docent Council, is one of the faculty members overseeing the course elective. She said one goal of the program is to expose students to the corporate world of health care. It also offers a glimpse of how corporations work with the medical field to produce the best products for their customers.

“In addition to gaining clinical knowledge and studying evidence-based guidelines, the students also gained practical knowledge and resources that they can use to counsel families about nutrition as they continue their training in pediatrics,” Haury said.

Madeline Harris, Valerie Hummel and Brandon Trandai began the class with reading assignments and participating in small group discussions on basic and clinical sciences related to infant and toddler nutrition.

After completing the preliminary work, the students spent 10 days at the Nestle facilities in Michigan and the company’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Their travel took in tours of a baby food factory, a farm and a consumer testing center. They also attended sessions with marketing, human resources and regulatory staff to learn about the business side of the industry.

“It was unique and a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Trandai said. “I was able to see another facet of pediatrics. We don’t typically focus on nutrition as much as treating illnesses and disease.”

Trandai said the experience enlightened the students about the amount of research done at Gerber and the innovation taking place to promote infant and toddler nutrition.

Hummel said, “This rotation was incredibly rewarding. I would highly recommend it for any students interested in learning more about nutrition and the intricate world of the business industry surrounding nutrition.”

The elective is overseen by Haury, Darla McCarthy, Ph.D., assistant dean for curriculum, and Joel Lim, M.D., adjunct professor pediatrics, who now serves as vice president of the Medical and Scientific Regulatory Unit at Nestle Nutrition North America. Funding for the students’ travel and lodging was provided by Nestle.

Haury said the elective will be offered again during several blocks in the 2020-21 academic year, providing students unique learning opportunity that they can share at their residency interviews.

School of Medicine’s Gold Humanism Honor Society welcomes 2020 class

The School of Medicine chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society welcomed the 2020 class of students and faculty during a ceremony at Diastole.

The School of Medicine’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) inducted 21 new members on January 25 during a ceremony at Diastole.

This year’s GHHS induction class includes 19 students and two faculty physicians. Each was chosen for their exemplary care of patients and their humanistic approach to clinical practice. Students and faculty make nominations each year based on the individual’s excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.

Carol Stanford, M.D., Gold 5 docent and GHHS faculty sponsor, welcomed the new members and presented each with a certificate of induction during the program.

The GHHS began in the late 1990s. It now has more than 160 medical school and residency program chapters across the United States. The program is supported in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Berry Foundation.

Medical students:
Suma Ancha
Charlie Burke
Anna Curtis
Sarthak Garg
Jacob Gowan
Sharika Kaula
Raga Kilaru
Connor King
Rachana Kombathula
Rebecca Kruian
Saja Necibi
Jacob Perera
Rawan Rajab
Karishma Raju
Koral Shah
Elizabeth Theng
Kabir Torres
Maggie Urschler
Sarah Wells

Faculty

Paramdeep Baweja, M.D.
Jignesh Shah, M.D.

Subhjit Sekhon awarded fellowship in tropical medicine

Subhjit Sekhon

Through a previous medical outreach journey to Nicaragua, Subhjit Sekhon saw first-hand the dire need for health care services in some of the remote and underserved areas of the world.

The UMKC School of Medicine sixth-year medical student recently received a travel fellowship award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to go back to Latin America to study the risk factors and sociodemographics associated with women suffering from cervical cancer.

“During a medical outreach trip to Nicaragua, I had the privilege of serving more than 900 patients from several remote and under-resourced villages,” Sekhon said. “For many it was their first experience with a health care professional. A majority wanted help for common complaints. By meeting basic health care needs, I developed a passion to help medically underserved areas and create sustainable health care solutions.”

Guatemala suffers one of the highest rates of cervical cancer among women in Latin America with more than 22 in every 100,000 women diagnosed and more than 12 in every 100,000 women who die of the disease each year.

Sekhon will travel with colleagues from Washington University in St. Louis to work at La Liga Nacional Contra el Cancer (INCAN) in Guatemala City, the largest cancer referral center in the country. It is the only comprehensive cancer treatment center in the region for the poor and underserved and provides care for more than one-fourth of all cancer patients in the country.

She said her research study will explore characteristics associated with noncompliance to treatment or follow up among women with a diagnosis of cervical dysplasia or cervical cancer. She will also assess barriers to treatment and analyze outcomes of treatment in patients treated at INCAN.

Sekhon was one of 26 students from 21 medical schools across the country to receive  the 2019 Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine. The annual award is the only medical student fellowship dedicated to promoting a career path in tropical medicine.

“My primary interest in tropical medicine is to understand the disease in totality of circumstances,” Sekhon said.

An exact time frame for her travel has yet to be worked out, but Sekhon said wants to learn more about the intersection between infection, biology, the patient and society.

“As a future physician-scientist, tropical medicine appeals to me because it equally weighs social determinants of health with the microbiological basis of disease, which I believe is the true way to treat a patient, conduct meaningful research, and implement health care change,” she said.