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SOM students offer free ‘15-Minute Physicals’ with Dr. Oz; show to air later this fall

Amanda Augustine, MS 3, works with Dr. Mehmet Oz during The Dr. Oz Show’s “15 Minute Physicals” event at Research Medical Center Brookside Campus on Oct. 30.

Approximately 30 School of Medicine students from years 3 to 6 joined TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz in providing free “15 Minute Physicals” on Oct. 30 at the Research Medical Center Brookside Campus.

Nearly 150 volunteers performed more than 800 physicals throughout the day. Amanda Augustine, MS 3, and Katelyn Davis, MS 4, worked together at a screening station and said they saw the need in Kansas City for this event. “It was important because a lot of the people we saw had no access to care,” Augustine said. “They were able to get the vital numbers that could be the most threatening to their health, but also some that are the easiest to change.”

Davis said her favorite part of the day was meeting a wide variety of patients and learning more about what they are going through. “I was really surprised to hear how much these simple lab tests cost without insurance,” she said. “I talked to a patient who went in for lab tests and as a result, was prescribed medication. She didn’t go back to get the tests again to check for improvements because it was too expensive.”

Augustine and Davis helped a woman who underwent a double mastectomy but had not been back to the doctor since for fear of bad news. “She was very nervous about her lab results,” Davis said. “We were so excited when she had great results on the screenings!”

When student volunteers discovered an alarming situation with a patient or had questions, supervising physicians, such as Darryl Nelson, M.D., ’86, were there to help. Nelson, chief medical officer of HCA Midwest Health System, said this event was a great way for patients, students and physicians to learn more about each other.

“We look for opportunities to engage across the community, from provider to those in need,” Nelson said. “Folks may be uneasy to see a doctor, so an event like this can be life-changing for them. This is also a great way to expose medical students to this patient population.”

Kansas City was the sixth destination for the nationwide event and the only one that will be featured on the two-time Emmy® Award-winning, nationally syndicated The Dr. Oz Show, which airs locally on KMBC Channel 9 at 4 p.m. Patients pre-registered and provided their medical history on The Dr. Oz Show website. With that information in hand, they first spent five minutes at a station where volunteer medical and nursing students screened them for public health indicators such as glucose levels, cholesterol (triglyceride, HDL, LCL and total) and BMI.

In partnership with HCA Midwest Health System, Alere, Inc., and PracticeFusion, the “15 Minute Physicals” provide results, trends and averages in real time throughout the day. The next 10 minutes of the physical included a visit to a consultation desk where patients received advice and analysis of their test results. Volunteers offered information on local health care providers for follow-up care before patients exited.

At 3 p.m., Oz presented Mayor “Sly” Sylvester James with a report card containing the results of data collected from registrants during the day. This showed that four out of 10 patients seen had high blood pressure, 72 percent were overweight or obese and 13 percent were morbidly obese. The one area where Kansas City did well was getting plenty of sleep.

Oz said medical students are an important element of the event. “We love having med students at our ‘15 Minute Physicals’ because of their dedication and enthusiasm to patient care,” he said. “It helps them understand their mission in medicine, which is why we have them as part of the med unit for The Dr. Oz Show.”

SOM, TMC schedule TB tests, flu shots for students

All School of Medicine students in years three through six are required to receive an annual TB test before working with patients at the Truman Medical Center Clinics. Though not mandatory, TMC Occupational Health is also strongly encouraging students to receive flu shots.

In an effort to meet the requirement, TMC Occupational Health and the School of Medicine have set up scheduled times for students by class year to make one stop to receive both a TB test and a flu shot.

No appointments are necessary but students should show up during the scheduled time for their class. Students unable to get the test and flu shot at their scheduled time should contact TMC Occupational Health at 816-404-2770 to schedule an individual time.

Scheduled times are:

  • Year 4 students — Tuesday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. – noon, room M4-C05. TB test results available Oct. 25, 10 a.m. – noon, room M4-C05.
  • Year 5 students — Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. – noon, room M4-C05. TB test results available Oct. 25, 10 a.m. – noon, room M5-C05.
  • Years 3 and 6 students — Tuesday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. – noon, room M4-CO5. TB test results available Nov. 8, 10 a.m. – noon, room M4-C05.

Students may also contact Cassie Shaffer Johnson, Gold unit education team coordinator, at shafferjohnson@umkc.edu or at 235-1921 for more information.

Healthy for Life program to offer free flu shots

Faculty, staff and their dependents enrolled in the UM Health Care plan are eligible to receive free flu shots as part of the Healthy for Life program.

Those getting the flu shot must bring their insurance card and a completed Flu Consent Form. The shots are also available to those not enrolled in a UM Health Care plan for $15. Flu Consent Forms can be downloaded at Wellness.

The shots will be available on Hospital Hill at three different times starting Sept. 26. Those times include from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 26, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the School of Medicine, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Dental School. They will also be available on the Volker Campus.

Flu Shot Schedule

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Hospital Hill, Health Sciences Building, Room 4307
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Volker, Student Union, Room 302
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Hospital Hill, School of Dentistry, 4th floor lobby
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Volker, Administrative Center, Plaza Room
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Volker, Administrative Center, Brookside Room
  • Wednesday, Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Hospital Hill, School of Medicine, M3-C05

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.


2012 marks largest Hospital Hill Run in history

The 39th Hospital Hill Run marked the fifth consecutive year of record-breaking numbers. Approximately 9,000 runners participated in this year’s event: the largest one to date.

The Hospital Hill Run, which includes the UMKC School of Medicine 5K Run, a 10K run and a half marathon, is one of Kansas City’s premiere running events. The School of Medicine joined the event as the title sponsor of the 5K run in 2007, but the School’s connection goes back to the event’s beginning in 1974 when it only had 99 participating runners. Today, thousands of athletes from the United States and around the world partake in the event that takes place in June.

The 5K begins and ends in front of Kansas City’s Crown Center. This year’s winners were York Thomas from Omaha, Neb., with a time of 16:15 and Anna O’Brien from Easton, Mo., with a time of 19:35.

School of Medicine faculty, students and staff volunteer each year to serve at first aid stations located throughout the race routes and at the first aid tent. Sports medicine faculty and fellows provide medical services for the entire event.

Find out more at hospitalhillrun.com.

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).


Emergency medicine, CPR expert presents McNabney lecture

(Left to right) Mark Steele, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., ’80, professor of emergency medicine, associate dean of TMC programs, and chief medical officer at TMC; Joseph Salomone, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine; Joseph Waeckerle, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Kendall McNabney, M.D., the namesake of the lectureship and founder of the Department of Emergency Medicine; Ray Fowler, M.D., F.A.C.P., the featured speaker; and Matthew Gratton, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine gather during the 2012 McNabney Lectureship on May 31 at the School of Medicine.

Ray Fowler, M.D., F.A.C.P., presented the 2012 McNabney Lectureship on May 31 at the School of Medicine. The lectureship honors Kendall McNabney, M.D., who founded the Department of Emergency Medicine at Truman Medical Center and the UMKC School of Medicine in 1973. McNabney was also the first and longest serving chair of EM at the School and was the head of trauma services for many years.

Matthew Gratton, M.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, who has been with the department since 1983, welcomed McNabney to the lecture and spoke about his great effect on EM in Kansas City before introducing Fowler.

Fowler’s lecture titled, “The Past, Present and Future of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation,” focused on studies and trials of the Dallas arm of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC), for which Fowler is co-principle investigator.

Fowler has been involved in EMS as a leading educator, medical supervisor and political advocate for more than three decades. He currently serves as co-chief in the Section on EMS, Disaster Medicine, and Homeland Security for Southwestern Medical Center. He is chief of EMS Operations for the Dallas Area BioTel EMS System and an attending EM faculty member at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

In addition to serving as president of the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians and as a perennial member (since 1980) of the State of Georgia EMS Advisory Council, he was the second elected president of the National Association of EMS Physicians. He was also a co-founder and senior faculty member of the National EMS Medical Director’s Course, helped found and was national program director of International Trauma Life Support, and was a member of the initial steering committee of the National Association of EMS Physicians.

During his lecture at the School of Medicine, Fowler stressed the importance of compression fraction – the number of seconds per minute of doing compressions – and its role in determining survival in patients with out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation. Fowler also mentioned that evidence shows the ideal compression fraction is 40 seconds of every minute. These discoveries have increased the survival rate in cardiac arrest patients, “the sickest patients you will ever have,” according to Fowler.

He also stressed the importance of avoiding interruptions in compressions when administering CPR. This concept of Minimally Interrupted Cardiac Resuscitation (MICR) increased the survival-to-hospital discharge of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Fowler concluded with his vision for the future: “That all (who) can be prepared, would be. That all of us in clinical care sing as a well-rehearsed choir from the same sheets of music, and that research will light our paths as we maintain our commitment to the betterment of the human condition.”

UMKC Roo Walk planned for May 22

It’s time to get the walking shoes on.

Now that the weather’s warmed up, UMKC Human Resources, with the support of the UM Heath for Life Wellness Program and the UMKC Swinney Recreation Center, is sponsoring one-mile Roo Walks at noon on Tuesday May 22 on both the Hospital Hill and Volker Campuses.

The Hospital Hill walk will begin with a pre-walk rally at noon and the start in the area between the School of Medicine and the Health Sciences Building. The Volker Campus walk will begin in the green space south of the University Center.

Faculty and staff are invited to participate as a way to take a break from work, connect with colleagues and other UMKC employees, enjoy snacks and other freebies, and work on maintaining good health. Those who can’t complete the entire walk because of health or time restrictions are invited to participate as they can.

Registration is not required, but encouraged to help with planning. The first 75 people to register and participate in the walk will receive a Roo Walk t-shirt. For additional information or to register, contact Kevin Sansberry, human resources specialist, at sansberryk@umkc.edu or at 235-5818.

SOM works with Kansas City RBI program to provide sports physicals

Kavi Madhani, MS 5, left, and Allison Klapetzky, MS 6, right, were among the students from the School of Medicine who participated in providing sports physicals for children in the Kansas City RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner City) program on March 24 at the Thornberry Center for Youth and Families.
Kavi Madhani, MS 5, left, and Allison Klapetzky, MS 6, right, were among the students from the School of Medicine who participated in providing sports physicals for children in the Kansas City RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner City) program on March 24 at the Thornberry Center for Youth and Families.

More than a dozen students and faculty from the School of Medicine took part in giving sports physical exams to nearly 150 school children on March 24 at the Thornberry Center for Youth and Families in Kansas City in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner City) Program.

The community service project has become an annual event for the School of Medicine.

(See more photos on our Facebook page.)

George Harris, M.D., M.D., professor of community and family medicine and assistant dean for Years 1 and 2 medicine, said members of the School’s Community and Family Medicine Residency Program and the Sports Medicine Fellowship worked with students in Years 1, 5, and 6 from the School of Medicine in performing the sports physicals.

“They worked well together,” Harris said. “The older students were teaching the younger students and a collegial atmosphere was present.”

A second date for offering physicals to children in the RBI program is set for April 28. Event organizers expect as many 450 children to attend. Anyone interested in volunteering to help in invited to contact Marcia Bell, administrative assistant, at bellml@umkc.edu or at 235-1863 at least a week prior to the event.

SOM grad cares for homeless children through Community LINC wellness clinic

Raymond Cattaneo, M.D., ’03, a private practice pediatrician in Kansas City, is a volunteer with Community LINC, a local non-profit organization that provides counseling and transitional housing for the homeless. Cattaneo is also the medical director of the organization’s new on-site wellness clinic and serves in the Community LINC infant and toddler center.

The clinic, which opened in March with a grant from Humana, evaluated 45 children in its first month.

Continuity of care is a struggle for homeless families who Cattaneo said have difficulty getting their children seen by the same doctor more than once.

“Many parents use the emergency room for basic illnesses, which dramatically increases the cost of medical care,” Cattaneo said. “In our first month, we prevented at least one ER visit and addressed several other medical issues, including asthma, eczema and obesity.”

Cattaneo and the Community LINC wellness clinic were featured on Kansas City’s Fox 4 News.