Pro Re Nata

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.


    • Research Summit posters, abstracts due March 17

      School of Medicine students participating in the annual Health Sciences Research Summit are reminded that March 17 is the final deadline for abstract and poster submissions. This year’s research summit is April 26 at UMKC Student Union. Students must submit  their abstracts through the Health …
    • School of Medicine announces new curriculum council chair

      The School of Medicine announced the appointment of Nurry Pirani, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, as the next Associate Dean for Curriculum and Chair of the Curriculum Council. Her appointment begins February 13, 2017. Stefanie Ellison, M.D., professor of emergency medicine, has completed a seven-year …
    • New chief medical officer values KC, UMKC roots

      For Olevia Pitts, B.A./M.D. ’86, becoming Research Medical Center’s  chief medical officer was a logical next step in the city she loves.  “I’ve always practiced in the Kansas City area,” Pitts said in an interview after her whirlwind first week at her new post. “And …
    • TMC legal counsel discusses ‘right to die’ in America

      More and more often, families are faced with the difficult choice of extending a loved one’s life only through the prolonged use of medical technology. Having that choice has not always been the case. Throughout much of recorded history, there was no such thing as …
    • School of Medicine welcomes 2017 inductees to Gold Humanism Honor Society

      The School of Medicine’s Gold Humanism Honor Society welcomed the 2017 class of inductees during its annual induction ceremony on Jan. 21 at Diastole. It is the 14th consecutive year that the UMKC chapter has recognized students with induction into the national organization. The 18 …
    • Vision research students receive UMKC research awards

      Two students working on research projects with the School of Medicine’s Vision Research Center have received awards to support their efforts. Ravali Gummi, a fifth-year medical student, received an award from the 2017 Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund for glaucoma research. William Dexter, a graduate …
    • School of Medicine students supported by 2017 awards from UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund

      The UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund has announced its awards for 2017, comprising 14 Outstanding Merit Awards and the financing of 74 fellowships. Four of the recipients from across the university are from the School of Medicine: Ravali Gummi, for glaucoma research; Kaitlyn Hill, …
    • His goal? Connecting alumni to UMKC

      Fred Schlichting, who spent 18 seasons with the UMKC men’s soccer team as assistant and then associate coach, has joined the School of Medicine as director of advancement. In his coaching role, he was responsible for coordinating soccer recruiting, events and day-to-day administrative operations — skills …
    • Curcuru uses national post to spread knowledge about anesthesiology

      A fifth-year student in the UMKC School of Medicine’s B.A./M.D. program, Caitlin Curcuru, is using her post as national student secretary of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) to spread knowledge about the field. “I discovered a passion for anesthesiology early on,” said Curcuru, who …
    • First Aid for med students

      UMKC’s Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan provides a helping hand for Step 1 exam Medical students across the country can thank Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan for helping them pass their U.S. Medical Licensing Exam. Vaidyanathan, a fifth-year medical student at the UMKC School of Medicine, is a contributing author to …
    • Research office opens online submissions for Student Research Summit

      School of Medicine students planning to participate in the annual Health Sciences Research Summit on April 26 at the UMKC Student Union can now submit their abstracts through an online portal. Abstracts and posters must be submitted to the School of Medicine’s Office of Research …
    • British Medical Association says Waldman book on pain diagnosis among best of 2016

      A unique textbook by Steven Waldman, M.D. ’77, has won a British Medical Association Book Award for 2016. The book, the third edition of Physical Diagnosis of Pain: An Atlas of Signs and Symptoms, was the winner in one of 20 award categories for the …
    • Weidling chosen for public health scholars program

      Robert Weidling, a fifth year medical student at the School of Medicine, has been selected to participate in a scholars program that prepares public health professionals to meet population health challenges at the community and national levels. The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program helps students develop …
    • UMKC fellow receives Ob/Gyn scientific awards at national meeting

      Gustavo Vilchez, M.D., a maternal-fetal medicine fellow in the School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received two major scientific awards from the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Vilchez received the Central Prize Award, the association’s major scientific award, for his abstract, “The …
    • School of Medicine to honor degree, graduate certificate recipients

      Eleven students from School of Medicine programs will be honored during the UMKC Mid-Year Commencement ceremony on Dec. 17 at Swinney Recreation Center. Students graduating with their M.D. degrees are Gabrielle Curry, Amit Roy, Mark Spaw and Joshua Williams. Five students receiving their Master of …
    • Students reach out to community with free health fairs

      UMKC School of Medicine members of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association reached out to underserved populations of the community with two free health fairs. Students conducted glucose and blood pressure screenings, and cholesterol and lipid profiles at an Oct. 15 health fair for …
    • The Snow Symposium: Cultural exchange with a medical twist

      Traditional Chinese medicine and its potential for helping with U.S. pain-killer addictions were among the topics explored at the 17th Edgar Snow Symposium in Beijing and Tianjin. The symposium is an academic and cultural exchange between UMKC, Kansas City and China. It takes place every …
    • UMKC SOM plays host to medical women’s association regional conference

      The UMKC School of Medicine chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association played host to its regional conference on Nov. 20. More than 80 students and faculty from six Midwest medical schools participated in the  event focusing on advancing women in medicine. The conference featured …
    • Longtime soccer coach joins School of Medicine as advancement director

      Fred Schlichting, who spent 18 seasons as a coach with the UMKC men’s soccer team, has joined the School of Medicine as Director of Advancement. Schlichting brings an extensive background in event and logistics management, communications and relationship building to his new role. Schlichting was …
    • Eight receive Sarah Morrison Student Research Award

      The School of Medicine’s Student Research Program has announced winners of the October 2016 Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. Eight students received awards to support their research efforts and help fund their presentations at conferences and scientific meetings. Seven of the recipients are B.A./M.D. students: …