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Video of clinical medical librarian’s experience wins national contest

Kristy Stiegerwalt, School of Medicine clinical medical librarian
Kristy Stiegerwalt, School of Medicine clinical medical librarian

As a clinical medical librarian at the School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Library, Kristy Stiegerwalt, spends a large part of each day researching and sharing material from medical journals and databases that help the School’s physicians and students make informed decisions on the best care for their patients.

A recent video of Stiegerwalt sharing one of her experiences captured the attention of judges and first place in the Wolters Kluwer Health Video contest.

The contest sought to show how clinical librarians and health information specialists provide a significant service and make a difference in health care.

In her brief, 142-seconds video, Stiegerwalt, who joined the Health Sciences Library staff in 2011, recounted an experience of helping one of the School’s docents with a question about green tea and liver toxicity that ultimately led to the quick improvement in the patient’s health.

“That particular example was a unique clinical question but we do answer routine and outside the norm clinical questions or correlations of things that are not so obvious,” Stiegerwalt said.

Wolters Kluwer Health is a global health care publishing company and provider of products such as the Ovid, Natural Standard, and Up to Date databases. The organization sought amateur videos that would share the achievements of health science librarians in hospitals, medical schools, and government, or information specialists at pharmaceutical or medical device companies.

Stiegerwalt and Sue Sykes Berry, instructional reference librarian, worked together on their video, which received the $5,000 first-prize award. Stigerwalt said they hope to use the award for some new furniture at the Health Sciences Library.

“As a busy, practicing physician who just tries to ‘Google it’ or ‘Pubmed it’ on the fly, but who wishes she had that type of support in unusual patient cases, that video absolutely tells the value of a great medical librarian,” said Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, one of the contest judges.

Match Day filled with hugs, smiles at UMKC School of Medicine

UMKC School of Medicine Class of 2013
UMKC School of Medicine Class of 2013

2013 UMKC School of Medicine Match List


The giant smiley face on the golden balloon tethered to her  hand matched that on Monica Lau’s face and those of her UMKC School of Medicine classmates late Friday morning after they opened letters from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) with a simple message printed in bold letters.

“Congratulations, you have matched.”

For the 87 members of the Class of 2013 who received a post-graduate residency position through the match process, it was the payoff for six strenuous, but now rewarding years of hard work.

“This is what I was hoping for,” said Lau, who matched with her first choice of residency positions — internal medicine/pediatrics at Tulane University. “I didn’t really know what to expect but this is the best outcome I could have imagined.”

Across the country, more medical students were opening Match Day letters than ever before. The NRMP released a statement saying the 2013 Match was the largest in the program’s history. And nationwide, 400 more students matched to primary care positions in internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics than a year ago.

At UMKC, nearly 43 percent of those who matched did so in one of the primary care specialties. Internal medicine was the most popular match with 26 students and medicine-pediatrics and pediatrics was next with 12 matches.

Well more than half of the class matched to residency programs in the Midwest. Eighteen will be staying in the Kansas City area to continue their post-graduate training and 14 of those matched to one of the UMKC School of Medicine residency programs.

David Camejo was one of those who will stay put, at least for another year. Camejo will do a preliminary medicine year at UMKC before heading to Philadelphia and Temple University to continue his training in ophthalmology.

“I’m really happy and excited,” Camejo said. “(Match Day) couldn’t have gone any better. This is exactly what I was hoping for. I’m glad everything worked out well. My family was here to support me, so I’m very happy.”

So was Matthew Goers, who was one of the many going into internal medicine. Goers matched to his first choice at the University of Minnesota. He said he had a good idea where he would be going.

“I wasn’t as nervous as a lot of people, so I’m pretty happy with it,” he said. “I had a good report with everyone that I interviewed with and kept in email correspondence with everybody and they just seemed very open and very honest.”

In just a few months, a group of nearly 90 students that has spent the past six years together will be spreading out across the country.

“It was long during (those six years) but right now it seems like it just flew by,” Goers said. “I’m going to miss these guys. It’s going to be awesome, but I’m going to miss them.”

Match By The Numbers

Anesthesiology 7
Emergency Medicine 6
General Surgery 3
Internal Medicine 26
Medicine-Pediatrics 5
Medicine – Preliminary 8 (Ophthalmology 2, Dermatology, Radiology-Diagnostic 3)
Neurological Surgery 1
Neurology 3
Obstetrics-Gynecology 4
Oral Surgery 1
Orthopaedic Surgery 2
Otolaryngology 1
Pathology 2
Pediatrics 7
Psychiatry 3
Radiology – Diagnostic 1
Surgery – Preliminary 3
Transitional 3 (Anesthesiology 1, Ophthalmology 2)

Three students sworn in with U.S. Air Force in School of Medicine ceremony

School of Medicine students (left to right) Farhan Raza, MS 2, Rafael Lozano, MS 2, and Kelsey Brown, MS 2, were sworn as commisioned officers of the U.S. Air Force Reserves on March 5 by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Janessa Pennington, a year-three student at the School.
School of Medicine students (left to right) Farhan Raza, MS 2, Rafael Lozano, MS 2, and Kelsey Brown, MS 2, were sworn as commisioned officers of the U.S. Air Force Reserves on March 5 by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Janessa Pennington, a year-three student at the School.

Three second-year medical students stood in the lobby of the UMKC School of Medicine on Tuesday morning, raised their right hands and together were sworn into the United States Air Force as commissioned officers through the military’s Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP).

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Kelsey Brown, Rafael Lozano and Farhan Raza all took the oath delivered by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Janessa Pennington, who just happens to be a third-year student at the School of Medicine.

Brown said she was following in the footsteps of her mother, Brenda Wells, M.D., ’85, who also entered the Air Force through the HPSP while a student at the School of Medicine.

“That’s how I knew about the program and knew it would be a good fit for me,” Brown said.

Students who join the military through the scholarship program enter the military reserve  as a commissioned officer at the rank of second lieutenant and are automatically promoted to captain when they begin their active service after medical school. In return for their scholarship, which covers the cost of their medical education, a monthly living stipend while in school, and a signing bonus, medical students are required to serve one year of active duty for every year of their scholarship.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” Raza said. “It was an interesting prospect to me to not only fund my medical education but to serve my country in the field of medicine.”

Lozano said his family also has a military background with several relatives who have served before him.

“I feel like it’s a great way for me to further my medical career,” Lozano said. “I feel that there’s a great discipline in the military and it will give me a good structure for what I want to do in the future.”

Brown said it was actually Pennington, who not only swore her in but was also her first contact at the School of Medicine for getting connected with the military. Pennington was commissionined into the Army just more than a year ago. Brown said she’s looking forward to the opportunity to travel and see other parts of the world as a military doctor, but isn’t making any concrete plans just yet.

“I’m taking it day by day for now,” Brown said. “I have some goals and some dreams but they’re not set in stone yet.”

Sarah Morrison recipients include two from Bioinformatics program

Recipients of the Sarah Morrison Student Research Award for October 2012 include: Rohan Bandara, Vritti Gupta, Laalasa Varanasi, Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research, Nishika Muddasani, Tiffany Mao, Blake Montgomery and Erica Heitman. Not pictured: Scott Helgeson and Laura Schoeneberg.

Student research at the School of Medicine is expanding its reach. For the first time, two students from the Masters of Science in Bioinformatics program joined a group seven medical students as recipients of Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards.

The Medical Student Research Program, which presents the student research grants twice a year, recently announced the list of October 2012 recipients.

Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research, said he was excited to have students from the School’s allied health programs participate in the most recent awards process and expand the areas of student research taking place at the School of Medicine.

Erica Heitman and Rohan Bandara are the first two graduate students in the School’s bioinformatics program to receive the Sarah Morrison research awards. The Sarah Morrison award was recently opened to students in both the School’s Master of Science programs for Bioinformatics and Anesthesiologist Assistants.

The application deadline for the next round of Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards is April 1, 2013. Complete application information and the necessary application forms can be found online at https://www.med.umkc.edu/research/student_awards.shtml.

The latest research award recipients, their research topics, and mentors include:

  • Vritti Gupta, MS 4, Patients’ understanding of hypertension and perceived barriers to risk factors control: a mixed-methods approach to examining care at the Sojourner Free Health Clinic, Lakshmi Venkitachalam, Ph.D., assistant professor of bioinformatics.
  • Scott Helgeson, MS 4, A Retrospective Analysis for Indications and Outcomes of Temporal Artery Biopsy for Temporal Arteritis, Daniel Margolin, M.D., assistant professor of surgery.
  • Tiffany Mao, MS 4, Expression of FGF Receptors in a Mouse Model of Chronic Kidney Disease, Mike Wacker, Ph.D., assistant teaching professor of basic medical science.
  • Blake Montgomery, MS 4, Disease-mediated changes in Ca2+ channel expression and protein-protein interactions with Homer by RGCs in glaucoma, Peter Koulen, Ph.D., professor of basic medical science and Felix and Carmen Sabates/Missouri Endowed Chair in Vision Research.
  • Nishika Muddasani, MS 4, Conditions of illumination influence the expression of purines in the outer retina, Sal Stella, Ph.D., professor of basic medical science.
  • Laura Schoeneberg, MS 6, Outcomes Following Prolonged ECMO Support in Children with Cardiac Disease-ELSO (Extacorporeal Life Support Organization) Registry Study, Geetha Raghuveer, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics.
  • Laalasa Varanasi, MS 4, The Relationship Between Asthma and IgG Response to Helicobacter pylori, Betty Herndon, Ph.D., research associate professor.
  • Erica Heitman, The Utility of Umbilical Doppler in Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes, Mary Gerkovich, Ph.D., associate professor of bioinformatics.
  • Rohan Bandara, Understanding the Relationship Between Barriers to Timely Primary Care and Emergency Department Utilization across Insurance Categories – Report from the National Health Interview Survey (1999-2011), Lakshmi Venkitachalam, Ph.D., assistant professor of bioinformatics.

SOM celebrates opening of new student areas, testing facility

Some students on the School of Medicine’s Red Docent Unit now have a new place to call home.

School of Medicine Dean Betty M. Drees, M.D., and UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton took part in an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 3 to celebrate the opening of the School’s new third-floor docent unit and a new testing and training center on the first floor of the medical school.

UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton, left, School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, M.D., and Steve Curti, MS 4, a member of the Red 7 Docent Unit,  participated in the ribbon-cutting on Aug. 3 to celebrate the opening of a new third-floor docent unit and a new first-floor testing and training center.

The updated facilities are part of a nearly $3-million project to accommodate increases in student enrollment and to provide an enhanced a learning atmosphere that supports student retention and success.

“One of the things we’ve been trying to do over the last few years is continually update areas of our building, particularly for the students,” Drees said. “The learning environment is incredibly important for students. It’s also important for those of us who work here. So we’re really excited about this.”

The new third-floor student unit will house the Red 5, Red 7 and Red 8 docent teams and provides a new study area and lockers for students on the Purple unit that is housed at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.

The new unit will serve as a prototype for feedback prior to planning further remodeling of the school’s other docent units. Funding for the renovation came from the Caring for Missourians initiative.

The 37-seat computer testing and training center provide will provide students with an experience comparable to taking the national certification examinations.

“I’m not just excited because you’re getting new facilities but I’m excited because I know what it will mean to you and to your development,” Morton said while addressing students, faculty and staff who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “I know what that development means to our community.

“The places I’ve been across the state and around the region, what I hear repeatedly is that the physicians who graduate from here are the best clinicians in the country and I couldn’t agree more.”

Nearly $500,000 in additional upgrades have been made throughout the remainder of the medical school including upgrades to each of the theaters and the main lobby area.

Health Sciences Student Research Summit draws 98 participants

Research posters prepared by students of the UMKC Health Sciences schools filled the hallways and lobbies of three buildings on the Hospital Hill Campus on April 19 during the first UMKC Health Sciences Student Research Summit.

Students from the UMKC schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Biological Science presented 98 posters throughout the day in the first collaborative student research gathering of the University’s Health Sciences schools.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JSC80rubmM] “By and large, I think the students really enjoyed it,” said Mark Hecker, director of research administration at the School of Medicine.

The School of Medicine had 19 students participate, including one who presented two posters. The posters were on display at various times during the day at the School of Medicine, Health Sciences and Dental School buildings.

The School of Medicine’s student research day format had previously been a day of students giving oral presentations of their research projects in front of a panel of judges in the School’s theaters. Last year, the format included poster presentations along with the oral presentations. This year’s program evolved into a collaborative event with the other health sciences schools that resembles research presentations given at scientific meetings that are sponsored by scientific organizations.

Erin Burns, MS 6, said she enjoyed the new format.

“This is the first time I’ve given a poster presentation so I was a little nervous,” she said, as visitors filtered through the School of Medicine lobby looking at the posters and asking students questions about their research projects.

Other students said they have realized a number of benefits from participating in research activities at the School of Medicine.

“It has really helped me supplement both the classroom work that we have done as well as from a clinical perspective of medicine that we’ve practiced in the hospital,” said Sarah Jennison, MS 5. “It’s been a good avenue to learn new things and to actually participate in the innovation of new treatments, new diagnosis, and new pathways of diseases. It’s also helped me become a better clinician in that I have a better understanding of the basic science and the pathways of what’s going on.”

Rini Desai, MS 4, said her work helped her discover her interest in pediatrics and understand the importance of accurate and complete documentation of a clinican’s patient experience.

“My research was based on variations in documentation and management,” Desai said. “I think it’s important that when we document our patient encounters, we should incorporate everything that we get from them.”

The School of Medicine will present two awards from a panel of alumni judges and three faculty awards for the top research poster presentations on May 10 in Theater C. Three students will be selected to give oral presentations of their research projects during the awards presentation event, Hecker said.

The research posters were broken up into various categories from biomedical and health informatics to drug intervention and delivery and vision research. School of Medicine students presented research posters in three areas: health outcomes research, oral health, and system function and disease.

Nelson Sabates, M.D. chairman of ophthalmology and director of the Vision Research Center, spoke to students and faculty during a late-morning break between sessions at the Health Sciences Building.

Sabates talked about getting his start in research as a student at the School of Medicine and his work in basic research during his post-graduate training at the Harvard Medical School’s Schepens Eye Research Institute before returning to Kansas City and where he has continued his research of eye diseases at the Eye Foundation of Kansas City.

“Research is great,” Sabates said. “It gives you that intellectual curiosity. It makes you analyze things differently and makes you look at things differently. A lot of the things I learned in doing research as a student at the School of Medicine, I still use. Research just makes you a little more critical and a little more wary of things. I applaud all of you on your research. Keep it up.”