Medical Student Helps Those Suffering a Loss
Medical Sciences faculty are privileged to instruct students who often accomplish amazing things during their time "off" during the summer after their first year of medical school. Christopher Stanley, a second-year student on the Wichita campus and a rare transfer after completing the first year in Kansas City, was instrumental in the development of a new resource for those suffering a period of intense grief following the death of a loved one. Christopher worked with the Office of Marriage and Family Life of the Diocese of Wichita to develop a bereavement web page where resources such as support groups, suggested readings and online discussion forums are grouped by the source of the bereavement. Christopher plans to pursue a career in family medicine and public health.
First and Second-Year Classes Reach Full Capacity
28 first-year medical students, the Class of 2017, were officially "cloaked" with white coats emblematic of the profession along with their fellow students from Kansas City and Salina on July 26, 2013. Along with 29 students currently in the second-year of the curriculum, including a rare transfer from the Kansas City campus, the total number of medical students in all four years on the Wichita campus has reached an all-time high of 187. Faculty in Medical Sciences serve as instructors in many of the local small group sessions on the Wichita campus along with faculty colleagues from several other KUSM-W departments.
International Audience Informed About Wichita Expansion
The challenges faced in expanding a regional campus to a full four-year medical program were discussed in a poster presented at the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) annual conference, June 8-11, in St. Andrews, Scotland. It identifies major costs and sources of revenue using the Wichita expansion as a model.
Dennis Valenzeno, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Dean of Medical Sciences; Stephen Charles, M.S., Director of Medical Education and Medical Sciences faculty member; and H. David Wilson, past Dean of KUSM-Wichita, presented the poster in the Curriculum Innovation & Management category, at the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) annual conference, June 8-11, in St. Andrews, Scotland.
IAMSE provides opportunities to enhance excellence and innovations in curriculum development, assessment, human simulation, and many other areas.
Wichita Students Named Clendening Summer Fellows
Christina Bourne and Claire Thomas, first-year medical students on the Wichita campus, have been awarded prestigious Clendening Summer Fellowships for 2013. Clendening fellows gain the opportunity to grow personally and professionally through individually-created projects that explore the social, moral, and historical dimensions of medicine and healing. Bourne and Thomas will both conduct studies in Horconcitos, Honduras.
Bourne will work in the Blumenschein Clinic, conducting a health belief survey about chronic disease management. The findings of her survey will be used to improve communication between patients and healthcare providers and implement evidence-based education programs encouraging medication adherence and lifestyle changes.
Thomas will complete a health needs assessment of communities served by the same rural community health clinic, compiling data she collects into a report that will present an overview of the demographic makeup of the communities and identify current health needs that could serve as the focus of future health initiatives in the area.
Stephen Charles, M.S., director of medical education and Medical Sciences faculty member, received a Pioneer Award from Education Management Solutions (EMS) for pioneering new ways of clinical simulation training. Steve was nominated for the award by an EMS sales representative who recognized him for the creation of a Standardized Patient Certification Program, which will provide community members training in education, communication, and acting theories; physical examination skills; mentoring more inexperienced standardized patients; and reviewing video tapes of their own encounters. The new program includes a 100-item multiple-choice examination and a complete head-to-toe physical examination. Steve accepted the award at the annual EMS dinner held during the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare conference in Orlando, Florida in January.
Learning about HPV
The second-year class is back in the news, this time for creating a publicly available web page to educate teens and young adults about the value of immunization against human papillomavirus. The Facebook page was created in response to a class assignment on how to communicate effectively with young patients who have little or no knowledge of basic biology. The creative artwork, graphics, and text are all the work of this group of eight imaginative students.
AAMC Central Region Representative
Dennis Valenzeno, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Dean of Medical Sciences, was appointed as the Central Region Representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Group on Regional Medical Campuses (GRMC) Steering Committee in November.
The GRMC provides a forum to explore and promote common interests of more than 100 medical school regional campuses in the US and Canada. The GRMC recognizes the wide range of responsibilities inherent in providing quality medical programs on regional campuses, and the increasingly important role such programs serve in the preparation of tomorrow's doctors. Regional campuses provide the same high-quality educational environments for medical students, residents, and fellows as their home institutions, often in innovative ways.
Students Plant Tree in Honor of Donors
On September 1, 2012, the second-year medical students (Class of 2015), Wichita campus, planted a tree in remembrance of all those who have donated their bodies to the KU anatomy program. These donations have allowed generations of medical students to acquire the essential and intricate knowledge of human anatomy expected of a practicing physician. Each year, in the donor's honor, a Willed Body Ceremony has been held on the Kansas City campus, but with the expansion to a full four-year curriculum, the Class of 2015 though it fitting to honor them in Wichita also. "It is a tremendous gift they have given and we just wanted to give a little back," said second-year medical student Kyle Rowe. The tree, donated by Pierpoint Tree Farm in Valley Center, will always be on the KU Wichita campus to remind everyone of the remarkable gift these donors and their families have so selflessly given.
Scholars in Rural Health Enter Medical School in Wichita
Three Wichita students are among the 14 Scholars in Rural Health accepted into the KU School of Medicine's Class of 2016. They represent just one way that the KU School of Medicine is working to address the shortage of rural physicians.
The Scholars program identifies and encourages students from rural Kansas who are interested in establishing careers as physicians in medically underserved areas. During their junior and senior years, university students learn alongside a physician-mentor in or near their home community, discovering the rewards and challenges of rural practice as part of their preparation for medical school.
Jacob Clarke, Medicine Lodge, Kan., participated in the Scholars program as an undergraduate at Kansas State University. He was mentored in Manhattan, Kan. by family/bariatric medicine physician, Debra Doubek, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Family and Community Medicine, KUSM-W.
Caleb McCormick, Benton, Kan., participated as an undergraduate at Newman University, and was mentored by Brenda Schewe, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Internal Medicine, KUSM-W, of El Dorado, Kan.
Participating as an undergraduate at Emporia State University, Joe Sliter, Hartford, Kan., was mentored by Pam Harrison, M.D., family physician in Emporia. Joe indicated he feels, "Not only more prepared for the clinical years of medical school, but more excited about practicing medicine in rural Kansas in the future."
Student Donates Bone Marrow
Second-year medical student Whitney Weixelman (Class of 2015) responded to an e-mail coming through the KU listserve last December asking students to participate in a bone marrow “test drive.” Three months later, she received word she was a potential match for a little boy. After more in-depth testing, and then a complete body full physical exam in Georgetown, she was identified as a “really great match” and the hour-and-a-half procedure was performed. A week later, she was informed the transplant was successful. “I am going to be a physician,” said Whitney, “and to be able to be in this position already, as a second year med student, to be able to potentially save someone's life, it's a really great gift.” In a year, she hopes to meet the little boy whose life she saved. Whitney is one of eight medical students in the inaugural first-year class of medical students on the Wichita Campus of the KU School of Medicine. See more here.
First Year Class Expands to Twenty-Eight
Twenty-eight first-year medical students, the Class of 2016, were welcomed as junior colleagues into the profession of medicine in the annual “White Coat Ceremony” on the Kansas City campus on July 27. Class instruction began on the Wichita campus July 30. They join the eight members of the Class of 2015 who successfully moved on to their second year of the curriculum. Some members of the new class are from Wichita and Kansas City; others are from smaller communities such as Medicine Lodge, Dexter, Johnson City, Satanta, Halstead, and Norwich. Most of the Class of 2016 earned degrees from Kansas universities including KU, Wichita State, Newman, K-State, Friends, Pittsburgh State, Kansas Wesleyan, Emporia State, and Ottawa. Others earned degrees at Syracuse, Mount Holyoke, or Washington University. Four hold Masters degrees. The entering students represent a wide variety of experiences and accomplishments, but all appear eager to continue their medical education and earn their M.D. degree in the next four years.
- July 2012
Medical Sciences Faculty Discuss Innovations at International Meeting
Flipped classrooms, no-lecture curricula and computer-driven objective tracking databases are all components of a patient-centered curriculum that was explored in a poster presentation by two faculty members of the Medical Sciences Department at the annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Sciences Educators in June. The poster authored by Steve Charles and Dennis Valenzeno asked “Can Clinical Cases Drive All Components of a Medical Curriculum?” Discussions at the meeting revealed that while several institutions include the various components of the model individually, none are currently using the combination to fully educate medical students in a case-based, patient-centered curriculum that drives all curriculum components, including lectures.
- June 2012
Pathways into Health Careers
Pathways into Health Careers, a Wichita area coalition of institutions with educational missions, met at KUSM-W on April 6, hosted by the Medical Sciences Department. Members from public K-12 schools, undergraduate institutions, and the KU School of Medicine, learned about health pathway programs at Wichita State University and at the KU School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine. An interactive televideo connection allowed participation of members in Kansas City, as well as Wichita. Previous meetings were held at Exploration Place in Wichita and at Butler Community College in El Dorado. For more information about Pathways into Health Careers click here.
- April 2012
Wichita Eagle Recognizes First-Year Students
KU Med - Wichita medical students develop patient interaction skills: The Wichita Eagle highlighted our first-year medical class as they worked with standardized patients to develop the skills to handle sensitive communications. See the full story here.
- February 2012
Stephen Charles, M.S., director of medical education and Medical Sciences faculty member, received a Top 10 Under 10 award from the Elon University Alumni Association. The awards recognize outstanding Elon University graduates of the past 10 years who have excelled professionally, made an impact on their communities, or loyally supported Elon. For more information click here.
- January 2012