Vision research involves novel cryopreservation technique
Vision research involves novel cryopreservation technique

Vision research involves novel cryopreservation technique

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Vision Research Center is part of a $1.5-million National Institutes of Health grant-funded project exploring the capability of a novel, ultra-fast technique of cryopreservation that could help meet those far-reaching clinical needs in ophthalmology and a number of other fields of medicine. More >>

Following a childhood dream
Following a childhood dream

Following a childhood dream

A love of science led Marlena Long from the family farm to UMKC's six-year medical program. More >>

Health for all an elusive goal
Health for all an elusive goal

Health for all an elusive goal

UMKC Engagement Showcase, the university’s signature event celebrating Engagement Week, included a panel discussion on health equity led by the director of the new UMKC Health Equity Institute, Jannette Berkley-Patton, Ph.D., of the UMKC School of Medicine. More >>

Reaching the Community
Reaching the Community

Reaching the Community

School of Medicine researcher Kim Smolderen, Ph.D., is leading a project to raise community awareness of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and the cardiovascular risks associated with it in one of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. 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.


Beloved administrator Marilyn McGuyre remembered

Marilyn McGuyre, loved across four decades by the students she served at the School of Medicine, died Jan. 9 in Kansas City at the age of 73. McGuyre was an

SOM researcher working to prevent age-related vision loss

Backed by a $1.16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, UMKC School of Medicine vision researcher Peter Koulen, Ph.D., is studying new chemical compounds to treat and prevent

Dr. Inboriboon appointed assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education

The School of Medicine announced that Charles Inboriboon, M.D., associate professor and associate program director for emergency medicine, has been appointed assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education. He will work

School of Medicine recognizes December grads, honors recipients

The School of Medicine recognized four December graduates at UMKC Mid-Year Commencement Ceremony on Dec. 14 at Swinney Recreation Center. Students who participated in the ceremony and received their M.D.

New School of Medicine program designed to support underrepresented minority faculty

A new program launched earlier this year at the School of Medicine is helping develop and prepare underrepresented minority faculty for advancement from junior to senior faculty positions. The URM

UMKC Health Professions Students and Coterie Theatre Have Important Message for Kansas City Teens

Dramatic collaboration shows the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV Gus Frank begins to share his story with a group of Kansas City teenagers. For about 20 minutes, he

Spertus involved in big stent study

A leading UMKC and Saint Luke’s Health System researcher, John Spertus, M.D., M.P.H., was heavily involved in important heart-procedure research that was published earlier this month and presented at the

UMKC researcher part of $1.5-million NIH grant-funded project on novel tissue-preservation technique

Surgeons world-wide currently perform more than 240,000 corneal transplants a year to address a wide range of eye diseases. Researchers and physicians, however, estimate as many as 10 million patients


Health Sciences Dean’s Seminar Series
Jan 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Stefan Lohfeld, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Oral and Cranioficial Sciences
UMKC School of Dentistry

3D Printing with Microspheres for Bone Tissue Engineering Scaffolds

January 29, 2020
Noon – 1 p.m.
School of Medicine, Theater C
Lunch Provided

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend

Music in Medicine: How Music Adds Meaning to Our Lives
Feb 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm


The KU School of Medicine in collaboration with UMKC SOM and Theater departments, and the Kansas City Art Institute presents the “What if” series of the Arts + Medicine program to bring together learners from different perspectives to explore the intersection of Art & Medicine.

We are excited to present our session “Music in Medicine: How Music Adds Meaning to Our Lives”. Participants are encouraged to give some thought in advance of their favorite piece of music or a piece that has been particularly meaningful in their life. Drs. Martin and Munro will lead off with examples of their own and the audience will then be invited to participate by sharing theirs. Any genre of music is acceptable, ideally the piece can be accessed on YouTube to allow it to be shared easily with the entire group.

Please RSVP at the link below if you will be able to join us on Monday, February 17th from 5:30-7:00 pm at Diastole Scholars’ Center on the campus of UMKC School of Medicine (2501 Holmes St.)

Admission is FREE and light refreshments will be served.

Noback-Burton Lectureship
Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm

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How the Medical Humanities Can Creatively Confront and Defuse Moral Distress That Arises in Day-to-Day Clinical Practice

John Lantos, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, UMKC School of Medicine
Director of Pediatric Bioethics, Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Noon – Wednesday, April 15, 2020
School of Medicine, Theater C

UMKC Health Sciences Student Research Summit
Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Student Research Summit Poster

UMKC Health Sciences Student Research Summit

April 22, 2020
3 – 5 p.m.
UMKC Student Union
4th floor – Room 401

Highlights the health sciences research being conducted in the UMKC Schools of Biological Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing and Health Studies.

School of Medicine 2020 Alumni Reunion – Save the Date!
Apr 24 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 25 @ 12:00 am
2020 Alumni Reunion

Save the Dates!

Friday, April 24 – Saturday, April 25

Click here to make your reservations at the
InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
401 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112

– – – More details to follow – – –

Faculty Development Activity
May 8 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

QIPS Faculty Development Activity 2020


For all GME Program Directors and Faculty interested in QI

8:30-9:45 AM
Ted-QI Talks from Hospital Affiliates on Transitions of Care Activities

10-11:30 AM
Faculty Development Workshop: Title TBD



Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality & Patient Safety Day
May 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

SOM Quality & Patient Safety Day Save the Date


Seventh Annual
Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality & Patient Safety Day

Keynote Speaker:
Courtney L. Scaife, M.D.
Chief, Section of Surgical Oncology
University of Utah

UMKC School of Medicine Commencement Spring 2020
May 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

• Live Stream •
Medical School Commencement

Please click here

Additional commencement information:

RSVPFor admittance: Please RSVP at the Commencement Website by April 30th. If your guest numbers change after your RSVP, please contact Brent McCoy.

School of Medicine informationplease click here.

If you have additional questions regarding commencement, please contact:

Brent McCoy, Student Affairs Coordinator
Phone: 816-235-1906

Memorial Day Holiday – University Closed
May 25 all-day
Independence Day Holiday – University Closed
Jul 3 all-day

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