Baumhardt Trust provides scholarship support to Schools of Medicine

Gift to the curators of the University of Missouri will establish a scholarship endowment for the medical schools at UMKC and MU

 

April 9, 2014

A $923,395 gift from the Edward E. Baumhardt Trust to the curators of the University of Missouri will establish a scholarship endowment for the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Medicine as well as the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Baumhardt, a Kansas City-area physician, wanted the trust to provide assistance for medical students in the region.

“Scholarship awards play a vital role in offering affordable medical education,” said Dean Betty Drees, M.D., F.A.C.P., of the UMKC School of Medicine. “This award will allow the school to provide financial assistance to our talented medical students.”

“At a time when the cost of medical education is rising throughout the U.S., it is wonderful to see this generous gift from Dr. Baumhardt helping to make medical education more affordable for our students,“ said Les Hall, M.D., interim dean of the MU School of Medicine.

At the UMKC School of Medicine, one or more annual scholarship awards, to be known as the Edward Baumhardt Scholarship, will be given to students enrolled in the medical school.  

In addition, the gift will fund a $2,000 award to a medical student or resident physician who writes the best paper on a subject related to schizophrenia. Beginning in 2016, the $2,000 award will be given during even years to a student or resident enrolled at the MU School of Medicine and during odd years to a UMKC medical student or resident.

Both medical schools focus on schizophrenia research in their departments of psychiatry. At UMKC School of Medicine, an interdisciplinary team including Nash Boutros, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Timothy Dellenbaugh, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry, along with Roger Sommi, Pharm.D, associate professor of psychiatry in the School of Pharmacy, continues to study pharmacological treatment in schizophrenia.

At MU, John Lauriello, M.D., the Chancellor’s Chair of Excellence in Psychiatry and medical director of the Missouri Psychiatric Center, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia.

The UMKC School of Medicine has advanced the health of the greater Kansas City metro area and Missouri since its founding in 1971 through cutting edge research and innovative, patient-driven medical education. The School of Medicine partners with six of the best hospitals in the region to provide its students with early patient interaction and high quality medical training. For more information about the UMKC School of Medicine, visit www.med.umkc.edu.

The MU School of Medicine’s more than 650 faculty physicians and scientists educate approximately 1,000 medical students, residents, fellows and others seeking advanced degrees. Their research is focused on lifesaving discoveries that address the most prevalent health problems. For more information, visit www.medicine.missouri.edu.