Advocating for the Aging

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UMKC awarded national grant to help older Kansas Citians

All University of Missouri-Kansas City health professions schools — the School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Dentistry and School of Medicine — and the School of Law were awarded a national grant to work together to advocate for older adults at the Don Bosco Senior Center and Reconciliation Services, both located in medically underserved areas in Kansas City.

By the year 2030, the U.S. population age 65 and older will have doubled, making older adults the fastest-growing group in the nation. Yet the vast majority of curriculum for health professions students does not include specific instruction dedicated to the needs of geriatric health. Designed for UMKC advanced practice nursing and graduate medical, dental, pharmacy and law students, the project will focus on enhancing active listening and empathic understanding in preparing student teams to advocate for older adults. READ MORE

National Recognition for Making an Impact

Students and faculty at 2016 Research Summit

Tony Huke, who received national recognition for being a preceptor from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, was one of the judges at the UMKC Health Sciences Research Summit in 2016.

Training the next generation of pharmacists is part of Tony Huke’s identity.

Now the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy preceptor is earning national recognition for the role.

Huke was named a master preceptor this spring by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Huke is one of seven to receive the honor for his dedication and commitment to excellence in experiential education and professional practice. READ MORE

Surprise Party

Professor Ashim Mitra Wins UM System President’s Award

Ashim Mitra being awarded prize

Ashim Mitra, right, discovers he was selected for a President’s Award.
Photo by Janet Rogers / Strategic Marketing and Communications

In a stealth move, School of Pharmacy colleagues surprised Ashim K. Mitra, curators’ professor of pharmacy, with a President’s Award for Sustained Career Excellence.