Summer marks the beginning of several KUMC education and training programs.

June 07, 2012

Karen Miller
Karen Miller, RN, Ph.D., FAAN
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs; Dean, School of Nursing and School of Health Professions

Dr. Stites is out of town this week, but the EVC Leadership Team still has plenty of news to share.

During the summer months, the academic year at KUMC takes on a different pace. Folks spend more time outdoors enjoying the weather between classes and meetings. Friends gather for lunch at our crimson and blue umbrella picnic tables. Others use this time of year to complete projects that will improve the appearance and operation of our wide expanse of campus facilities.

Many faculty and staff begin to gear up to welcome a host of new students to the medical center. Summer marks the beginning of several KUMC education and training programs. Last week, School of Health Professions students began masters and clinical doctorate programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Nurse Anesthesia. While the majority of the other SHP disciplines begin programs in the fall, some summer-start students are here in Audiology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Respiratory Care and Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

The School of Nursing hosts its annual Summer Intensive for doctor of philosophy students in early June. This SON program currently has 55 students and is the only online Ph.D. program at the University of Kansas. Students just beginning doctoral study, as well as those who are at the end of years one and two, join colleagues on campus at KUMC for a one-week immersion study experience that includes synthesis workshops with faculty advisers and mentors. The workshops culminate in qualifying exams required for the next level of doctoral work.

In July, 175 new medical students will arrive. An additional 28 will begin their program in Wichita and another eight will begin medical school in Salina.This total number of 211 represents the largest number of new medical students beginning their training program at KUMC in the history of the School of Medicine.

Many graduate students in the basic sciences will begin their doctoral programs this summer, as well. There are 21 students in the Integrated Graduate Programs in the Basic Sciences (IGPBS). Several other SOM students will begin programs as direct admits to the basic sciences departments or the Department of Health Policy and Management.

The hundreds of students who join our campus community are bright, energetic, and accomplished. And all of them will need the expertise of our faculty and the support of our dedicated staff to achieve their academic goals. As new students move from the Registrar's Office to the library, labs and classrooms that will be "home" for the next few years, they bring fresh ideas and new energy to our campus. With hard work and dedications, each will leave KUMC well cared for and well educated. Thank you to everyone who helps to make the transition of each new student a success.

Throughout my career, I've learned of the importance of caring for oneself as necessary to caring for others. As you enjoy the beautiful summer months, please take time to get some rest and relaxation when you can - our students and colleagues and families will appreciate it.

One of our family medicine residents, Bethany Enoch, has been named a winner of the Bristol Myers Squibb Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Two winners were named from Kansas and only 10 winners were selected from across the country. Bethany will receive a cash award and will attend the AAFP meeting in Philadelphia on Oct.19.

The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians has selected Mary Beth Miller, M.D., a volunteer clinical assistant professor at the School of Medicine-Wichita, as the 2012 Exemplary Teaching Award winner in the volunteer category. Dr. Miller is a family physician at Cheyenne County Clinic in St. Francis.

Last modified: Jun 19, 2012