Spring has sprung
March and April are busy months at the UMKC School of Medicine, from Match Day and fundraising events to preparing for graduation in May. This second issue of Booster Shots, our newsletter for parents and other friends of the school, will bring you up to date on what our students are achieving and how we are supporting them.
The Friends group is open to all parents or guardians of students, School of Medicine alumni and others interested in furthering the school’s mission. We’re committed to helping you connect with other parents and friends, keep informed about activities at the school and support our students as they become the next generation of physicians.
If you would like to know more about becoming a member of the Friends group, or to renew your current membership, click here. And we’re always seeking ideas for events and projects that could support the school and its students. You can send those to Fred Schlichting, director of advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends Group President
Match Day excitement
School of Medicine graduates-to-be and their friends and families cheered, laughed and cried March 16 at Match Day 2018. More than 110 students found out where the next chapter of their medical careers would unfold when they received their residency assignments. UMKC’s matches reflected the school’s mission to inspire excellence and train physicians for Missouri and the greater Midwest. This year’s residencies included postings at the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Emory, Duke, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and the University of Chicago. Thirty-three of the residencies are in the Kansas City area, mainly through UMKC and its affiliate hospitals, but also at the University of Kansas. A half-dozen are in St. Louis, and four are at MU in Columbia. In addition to Missouri and Kansas, students matched in 29 states and the District of Columbia.
See where everyone matched here. Share the memories of nine graduates-to-be here. And relive the joy and excitement with this photo gallery.
Several Friends were among the more than 100 people who showed up on a warm February afternoon for the Sojourner Swing. The outing at Topgolf, a high-tech driving range in Overland Park, Kansas, raised more than $9,000 to support the UMKC School of Medicine’s Sojourner Health Clinic. You can read more about the event and see everyone who stepped up with sponsorships here.
The free clinic is a School of Medicine student organization that treats more than 300 uninsured and underserved patients, thanks to more than 1,500 student volunteer hours. School of Medicine students coordinate and staff the health clinic, one of Kansas City’s important resources for its most vulnerable patients. Thanks for your support and participation in this event. We hope to make it even bigger and better next year.
Research to improve patient treatment and to enrich the education of our students has always been important at the School of Medicine, and opportunities for student research keep expanding every year. Some recent examples:
Teeming with teamwork
As medicine advances, teamwork among physicians, nurses, physician and anesthesia assistants, pharmacists and other health professionals becomes more vital. The School of Medicine participates in many activities that promote interprofessional education — IPE for short. Two of the school’s many such activities occurred recently.
At Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, UMKC students Diana Jung, Saber Khan, Yicheng Bao and Becky Kurian teamed with two Creighton pharmacy students and took first place, presenting the winning case in the 2018 Regional Interdisciplinary Clinical Reasoning Competition. Read more about them here
At UMKC, the Interprofessional Education program conducted its second health sciences schools IPE competition at the School of Medicine. Four teams of students from the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and nursing and health studies took part in the two-round, case-based competition, and all four teams placed. The School of Medicine students were Joseph Bennett, Luke He, Saber Khan, Zach Randall, Louis Sand, Kent Buxton, Christian Lamb, Shannon Demehri and Hunter Faris. Read more about them here.
Look for the next issue of Booster Shots in June. We’ll have a report on graduation and look ahead to back-to-school activities such as the special information session and reception we hold each fall for parents of our new students.
Join us or renew
Joining the Friends of the UMKC School of Medicine is easy, as is renewing your Friend membership. Just click here.