School of Medicine welcomes President Choi
School of Medicine welcomes President Choi

School of Medicine welcomes President Choi

The UMKC School of Medicine welcomed University of Missouri System President Mun Choi on Tuesday, as he toured the medical school with Dean Kanter and UMKC Interim Chancellor and Provost Bichelmeyer. During his visit, President Choi met students, learned about our Docent System and was updated on the new initiative, the UMKC Health Sciences District.

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Faculty celebration
Faculty celebration

Faculty celebration

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. More

Interdisciplinary Ph.D.
Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

Students in UMKC’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program are working toward their degree with a primary emphasis on bioinformatics through the School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics. More



The UMKC School of Medicine welcomed 106 first-year medical students during the annual InDOCtrination Ceremony. More

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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.


Alumns 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

Biomedical research now a primary discipline of UMKC’s I-Ph.D. program

Four graduate students in UMKC’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. (I-Ph.D.) program have begun working toward their doctorate degree with a primary emphasis on bioinformatics through the School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical

UMKC School of Medicine featured in July/August issue of Missouri Medicine

The UMKC School of Medicine and the school’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery are prominently featured in the July/August issue of Missouri State Medical Association journal, Missouri Medicine. A report written

In Memoriam: Dr. Eugene Fibuch

Long-time UMKC School of Medicine faculty member and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Eugene Fibuch, M.D., died on Aug. 20 at the Hospice House of Kansas City. Full obituary

Faris receives UMKC Project ADVANCER award

Third-year medical student Hunter Faris has been selected for a student research award from the UMKC strategic funding award initiative, Project ADVANCER (Academic Development Via Applied aNd Cutting-Edge Research). The

Med school experience begins for Class of 2023

Looking out at the faces of the 106 first-year medical students, Joshua Hill remembered being in their shoes. It was just a year ago when he sat where they were

Neurology residency, endocrinology fellowship add to school’s offerings

The School of Medicine’s graduate programs have expanded with a residency in neurology and a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. The neurology residency started July 1 with two residents,

School of Medicine to sponsor Aug. 19 career fair

The School of Medicine’s Career Services Office has planned the next career fair for all students from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the School of Dentistry

UMKC School of Medicine announces new chair, vice chair of Biomedical Sciences

UMKC School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., is pleased to announce two key appointments as the school continues to align itself for the future. Paula Monaghan-Nichols, Ph.D., has been

White Coat Ceremony marks a rite of passage

For third-year medical students at the UMKC School of Medicine, the White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage that marks a transition to the more intensive clinical phase of

Dr. Masoud chosen as Outstanding Year 1 and 2 Docent

Amgad Masoud, M.D., was honored as recipient of the Outstanding Year 1 and 2 Docent Teaching Award at the annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 6 at White Recital Hall.

Hasnie focusing attention on global, public health

Usman Hasnie knows well the importance of clean and adequate water supplies. As a high school student, he saw it first-hand while serving in Pakistan as a volunteer with SOS

Med School scientist receives American Heart Association grant for research study

The American Heart Association has awarded a $154,000 grant to UMKC School of Medicine scientist Mingui Fu, Ph.D., to conduct a two-pronged study that could lead to the development of

Donors set sights on work at Vision Research Center

Situated prominently on the corner of 21st and Charlotte is UMKC School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Research Center, a bustling center of excellence within the new UMKC

Lead remains a hazard for children, alumnus writes in Pediatrics

Public health systems still are failing to prevent lead poisoning in children, Bruce Lanphear, M.D. ’86, writes in an editorial in the journal Pediatrics. Lanphear, whose research on lead poisoning

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Health Sciences Deans’ Seminar Series – Karl Kador, Ph.D.
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D. – Outstanding Women in Medicine Lectureship 2017
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Founders’ Week 2017
Sep 30 – Oct 8 all-day

Celebrate with us at UMKC Founders’ Week, September 30 through October 8! Built around the university’s founding on October 1, events throughout the week bring together students, alumni, and the campus and Kansas City communities. Check out the 2017 events schedule at the link below – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!


IPE Poverty Simulation – Sept. 30th
Sep 30 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
UMKC SOM Wellness – Tea & Cookie Tuesdays
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Understanding the Opiod Epidemic: What We Know, What We Can Do
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
IPE Poverty Simulation – Oct. 18th
Oct 18 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
IPE Poverty Simulation – Oct. 25th
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
William Goodson Jr., M.D. Memorial Lectureship – Pieter Cohen, M.D.
Nov 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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