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Baumhardt Trust Provides Scholarship Support for MU, UMKC Schools of Medicine

Gift awards medical student with best paper on schizophrenia

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 School of Medicine as well as the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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

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

"Scholarship awards play a vital role in offering affordable medical education," said Betty Drees, MD, dean of the UMKC School of Medicine. "This award will allow the school to recognize scholarship and provide assistance to our talented students."

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

At the UMKC School of Medicine, Tim Dellenbaugh, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, and Roger Sommi, associate professor of psychiatry, continue to study the pharmacological treatment in schizophrenia.

The MU School of Medicine has improved health, education and research in Missouri and beyond for more than 165 years. MU physicians treat patients from every county in the state, and more Missouri physicians received their medical degree from MU than from any other university. The 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.

The UMKC School of Medicine was founded in 1971 as an innovative combined degree program. From its baccalaureate/MD curriculum to a docent system that emphasizes small group learning, the school has remained a trendsetter in medical education and research.

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