Spotlight shines on Kansas City Free Eye Clinic
Spotlight shines on Kansas City Free Eye Clinic

Spotlight shines on Kansas City Free Eye Clinic

UMKC School of Medicine volunteers from the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic attended Clinton Global Initiative University to pitch their plans for expanding their service to the refugee community in Kansas City. More

Exploring Health Care Policy
Exploring Health Care Policy

Exploring Health Care Policy

Second-year physician assistant student Kyle McLafferty participated in a three-day workshop in Washington, D.C., as a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association Student Health Policy Fellowship program. More

Research Fellowships on the Rise
Research Fellowships on the Rise

Research Fellowships on the Rise

A growing number of students at the UMKC School of Medicine are taking part in research fellowships from summer programs to year-long fellowships throughout the country. Find out more about student research fellowship opportunities.

Meet Our Students
Meet Our Students

Meet Our Students

Fifth-year medical student Logan Burrow is from a small town, but she came to the UMKC School of Medicine with big dreams. See how she's making her desire to be a doctor become a reality. More

Pro Re Nata

P.R.N. (“as circumstances require”) highlights current and upcoming events, trends, awards, and news for faculty/staff, students, residents, including various spotlights of departments, people, and other happenings within the School of Medicine.

P.R.N. began its existence as a printed monthly publication. It has since transitioned to an online publication, providing a forum for more up-to-date information you need to be in the know about the School of Medicine.


Gummi, Nizamuddin take Kansas City Free Eye Clinic to national stage

Volunteers with the student-operated Kansas City Free Eye Clinic (KCFEC) are working to extend free eye care to the city’s refugee community. The plan took a national stage in October

Celebrating lives saved by TMC lung cancer screening

The UMKC Health Sciences District marked Lung Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday with “Smokin’ Out Lung Cancer,” a midday event that outlined the district’s early lung cancer screening, treatment and

‘Slow Medicine’ aims to foster more thoughtful care

In an age of rapidly advancing technology and conflicting economic forces, it is important to guard against overuse of medical treatments and interventions, according to Pieter Cohen, M.D. He was

Hundreds of Hospital Hill students participate in IPE poverty simulation

More than 400 students from the UMKC School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Dentistry and School of Nursing and Health Studies have taken part this fall in five

The right dose of research could help children, professor says

The challenge of finding the right dosage of medicines for young patients is complex and requires fresh thinking, J. Steven Leeder, Pharm.D., Ph.D., told the audience for the latest installment

School of Medicine announces new chair of Biomedical and Health Informatics

School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., has announced the appointment of Shui Qing Ye, M.D., Ph.D. as chair of the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics. The appointment will

New research fellowship explores pediatric headache treatment

Two students at the UMKC School of Medicine have received a new award from the Children’s Mercy Hospital Philanthropy Fund to support research interests in neurology. Dane Stephens, a fourth-year

AAMC journal recognizes Dr. Louise Arnold

Retirement hasn’t stopped Louise Arnold, Ph.D., from being a major proponent for medical education and research. The School of Medicine’s former associate dean recently joined the list of master reviewers

Fifteen selected to join UMKC chapter of AOA honor society

The UMKC School of Medicine’s Missouri Delta chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society recently announced its newest members. The society selected 15 sixth-year students who will be

“Smokin’ Out Lung Cancer”

The UMKC Health Sciences District kicked off November’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month by hosting “Smokin’ Out Lung Cancer.” Truman Medical Centers took the lead in the BBQ luncheon event, which

UMKC researchers to present late-breaking studies at cardiovascular symposium

Research studies by UMKC School of Medicine faculty researchers at the Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute have been selected for presentation at the world’s largest educational meeting for interventional

Stanford explores physicians’ role in countering intimate partner violence

Domestic violence deeply touched the life of Carol Stanford, M.D. ’79, when one of her colleagues was murdered many years ago. At a Sept. 28 lecture at the UMKC School

UMKC physician assistant student taking part in health policy fellowship

Kyle McLafferty kept one eye on his classwork and another on the legislative process during the latest legislative session in Jefferson City, Missouri. The second-year physician assistant student at the

SOM students place second, third in Missouri ACP research competition

Hunter Faris, MS 5, and Ravali Gummi, MS 6, received two of the top student research awards from the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Physicians. The UMKC students

Alumni join SOM faculty as newest docents

It had been four years since Monica Lau Katamura, M.D., ’13, last stepped inside the UMKC School of Medicine. So when the school’s newest docent returned in August, she wasted

Dr. Gardner appointed Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education

School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., announced that Sara Gardner, M.D., associate professor and director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program, has been appointed assistant dean for Graduate Medical

Munger takes reins of national family physicians group

  Mike Munger, M.D. ’83, a family physician in Overland Park, Kansas, this month became president of the American Academy of Family Physicians at its annual convention. The academy represents

School of Medicine celebrates faculty achievements, honors

The School of Medicine recognized members of its faculty who have recently received promotions and tenure and presented awards for faculty achievements at its annual reception on Sept. 7. This

SOM professor explores history of locally-owned mummies

Randall Thompson, M.D., professor of medicine and cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, used a hospital CT scan to look at the history of a pair of locally-owned

Brain tumor research follows unusual path

A promising therapy to combat brain tumors in children has emerged from a confluence of bold research, scientific insight and luck, a Children’s Mercy research director said Aug. 30 in

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Ophthalmology IG – Research in Ophthalmology with Dr. Komal Desai
Nov 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Thanksgiving Day Holiday – University Holiday – University offices are closed.
Nov 23 – Nov 24 all-day
SNMA – Health through the Eyes of Culture
Nov 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Health Sciences Deans’ Seminar Series – John Q. Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Interpreting PFTS – Pulmonary/CC IG
Nov 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Dr. Christopher Papasian – Retirement Reception
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
UMKC SOM Wellness – Tea & Cookie Tuesdays
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
UMKC School of Medicine Mid-year Commencement 2017
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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