Friday, June 3, 2016

The University of Kansas Cancer Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital to co-host Twitter chat on HPV

Did you know that Kansas has the lowest HPV vaccination rate in the United States? On June 21, 1-2 p.m. (CST), The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital are teaming up to host, via Twitter, an online discussion about HPV and the importance of the vaccine to help prevent cancer. The chat will be moderated by a team of eight medical professionals from both institutions. Parents, patients and cancer survivors, as well as doctors, nurses and other health professionals will be participating.

The goal of this chat is to educate those who want to learn more about the virus and the vaccine, while also addressing concerns and dispelling misconceptions.

How to join:

The more participants, the more people we can educate! You can join the conversation and help amplify this important cancer prevention information by retweeting and posing/answering questions. Even if you’re not comfortable with Twitter, you can easily follow the conversation by searching for the hashtag, #HPVChat, on Twitter.

If you are new to Twitter chats, you can use the following steps to sign up and participate. 

  • Create a Twitter account at
  • Search for the @KUcancercenter and @ChildrensMercy Twitter accounts and click “Follow.” 
  • Sign in to your Twitter account on Tuesday, June 21st at 1:00 p.m. CST and search #HPVchat in Twitter’s search bar. 
  • Click “More options” and then “Save this search” to follow the ongoing dialogue. 
  • To participate in the Twitter chat, tweet your comment or question and include the hashtag #HPVchat. Then, click refresh to view your tweet. 
To receive notifications about the upcoming chat via Twitter, please email your Twitter handle to Pauline Horton,

Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center Celebrates 200th Placement

The Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center (KRRC) is proud to announce its 200th placement.
KRRC Placements by Region

Holly Gault, M.D. is heading to Pittsburg, Kansas, to join the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in September. Dr. Gault received her medical degree from The University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas, in May 2013. She will complete her residency with Research Family Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, this June.

The KRRC offers services designed to assist Kansas communities in recruiting and retaining health professionals. KRRC partners with hospitals, private physician practices and community health centers to bolster health care in communities across Kansas.

KRRC recruitment specialists work one-on-one with the health care employers to develop an opportunity description, identify key characteristics of an ideal candidate, create a marketing plan to recruit candidates and offer guidance throughout the interview and hiring process. Although this program offers services to all of Kansas, a strong focus is on rural and underserved communities.

Along with assisting Kansas communities, the KRRC also provides services designed to assist health care providers throughout the job search process and provide assistance in finding the right practice opportunity.

The KRRC is a program administered by Rural Health Education and Services (RHES) and The University of Kansas Medical Center. Since 1990, RHES has provided quality, responsive services to Kansas health care organizations, health care providers, communities and statewide associations. RHES coordinates a variety of programs and initiatives across the
State to help improve access to health care in Kansas communities.

Placements at a Glance

Many placements practice in small Kansas communities:
61% - less than 20,000 residents
23% - 20,001 to 40,000 residents
16% - more than 40,000 residents

Digestive Disease Week 2016 Highlights Dinner Program

Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2016 Highlights , a continuing medical education dinner program, is being held Wednesday evening, June 22, 2016, at the Overland Park Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. It is sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Medicine and University of Kansas Medical Center Continuing Education and Professional Development.

For the past 15 years, DDW has been the best rated continuing medical education program in the Kansas City metro area. It is attended by more than 75 area gastroenterologists and endoscopists. Since many practicing physicians cannot attend DDW 2016 in Washington D.C., they look forward to receiving updates through this program.

The goal of DDW is to improve competence and practice performance in the diagnosis and management of common gastrointestinal disorders by providing cutting-edge information on guidelines and treatment strategies. All speakers will have attended DDW 2016 in Washington, D.C.  A brief synopsis of recent relevant issues in gastrointestinal diseases for clinical gastroenterologists will be covered. Each topic will include a presentation and discussion of 10 to 12 clinically important and seminal abstracts presented during DDW 2016 in Washington D.C., followed by an interactive question and answer session. Various types of GI diseases such as Crohn’s disease, Barrett’s esophagus, GI bleeding and pancreatic disease will be covered.

Dr. Prateek Sharma, M.D., professor of medicine and section chief at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and practicing gastroenterologist at the Kansas City VA Medical Center, is the course director of this annual meeting.

To read more or to register to attend, please visit the program website at

Teacher Summer Externship slated for June 14-16

Once again, the KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is hosting its annual Teacher Summer Externship. The program serves as part of AHEC’s goal of boosting health care education in rural Kansas by providing a learning experience for health career pathways teachers across the state.

This year’s externship will be held June 14-16 on the campus of KU Medical Center. Participation in this three-day program is free to teachers. During the program, participants will get hands-on lessons from several departments within KU Medical Center, including the School of Nursing skills lab, the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center, the Orthopedic Research Lab and many more.

This year, 15 teachers, including one from Columbia, Missouri, will take part in the externship. Participants this year include:

Ann Leppke - Peabody-Burns High School - Marion, Kansas
Maggie Hasenkamp - Nemaha Central High School - Nemaha, Kansas
Andrea Pyle - Eudora High School - Eudora, Kansas
Robert Oliver - Shawnee Mission North High School - Shawnee, Kansas
Tracey Waldeier - Tonganoxie High School - Tonganoxie, Kansas
Ashley Schmidt - Emporia High School - Emporia, Kansas
Heather Stewart - West High School - Park City, Kansas
Jana Hickman - Columbus Unified High School - Columbus, Kansas
Kristi Blair - Girard High School - Girard, Kansas
Erin Hayes - Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies - Overland Park, Kansas
Mark Padfield - Tonganoxie High School - Tonganoxie, Kansas
Pesha Ptacek - Southeast of Saline - Gypsum, Kansas
Kim Hoover - Herington High School - Herington, Kansas
Tara George - Tonganoxie High School - Tonganoxie, Kansas
Erin Snelling - Hallsville High School - Columbia, Missouri