Betty M. Drees Distinguished Alumnae Award

... supporting a legacy of influential women

CALL for NOMINATIONS DEADLINE is June 30th, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.

Betty Drees


The inaugural Betty M. Drees Distinguished Alumnae Award was presented as a surprise at the Annual WIMS Dinner, August 21, 2014. in honor of  Betty M. Drees, M.D., F.A.C.P., who after 12 years as dean of the UMKC School of Medicine, retired from the dean's position in the fall of 2014. Since graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1984, alumna Betty Drees has devoted herself to providing quality health care, research, dedication to academic medicine, and training others. Drees' leadership has provided tremendous benefit for students, their families and their patients as they become physicians, said UMKC Provost Gail Hackett. UMKC School of Medicine's accomplishments during Drees' deanship have included fiscal strength, collaboration, student success, new education programs, and research.

The women of WIMS express their gratitude to Dr. Drees for her continued involvement and support of our members, our leaders and the mission of our organization and her lifelong achievement of supporting a legacy of influential women.


To acknowledge alumnae who represent the best of our alumnae from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing or School of Health Professions whose efforts reflect a lifelong achievement of supporting a legacy of influential women,


Female alumnae from the KU School of Medicine, School of Nursing, or School of Health Professions who completed their training at least 10 years prior to being nominated for this award.


The candidate must exhibit evidence of:
  • Professional excellence in the individuals career
  • Recognition as a leader locally, nationally or internationally
  • Involvement in programs and initiatives related to the support of womens careers
  • Effort to influence or institute a positive cultural change regarding the careers of women


  • One award presented per year at the WIMS Annual Awards dinner, August 20, 2015
  • Crystal engraved vase
  • Award sponsor: Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS)

Nomination process

The WIMS Leadership Committee will select nominees based on the award criteria.  The call for nominations will be announced each year in May or June.  The nomination may be submitted in the form of a letter to Debra Brogden from anyone who can provide examples and evidence of achievements explained in the criteria of this award.

Evaluation process

  • The WIMS Recognition Committee will review the nomination materials and will rank candidates
  • The WIMS Recognition Committee will report rankings to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and to the WIMS Leadership Committee for final approval by vote.
  • All candidates will be notified of the decision by the committee prior to the annual WIMS fall dinner in August, where the award is presented.


  • Mid-June - Call for Nominations
  • End of June - Nomination Deadline
  • Early July- WIMS Recognition Committee meets to determine candidates to interview
  • Mid-July- Candidates are notified and the honoree is announced in advance of the dinner.
  • August 20, 2015 -  Annual WIMS Awards Dinner where the honoree is formally recognized.

Award presentation

The award winner will be a guest at the annual WIMS Awards Dinner in August, to receive her award.

Award Recipients

Betty Drees 2014 Betty M. Drees, MD, FACP

Last modified: Jun 16, 2015