Archive: Feb 2017

Lack of Training Contributes to Burnout, Survey of Preschool Teachers Finds

Studies have shown that early childhood education programs can have a positive impact on a child’s success later in life. However, the annual turnover rate nationally for teachers of preschool-age children is approximately 30 percent. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have surveyed early childhood teachers and identified factors that may lead to stress and burnout.  “We know from previous research that early educational programs can benefit future school achievement, job performance and social behaviors,” said Laine Young-Walker, MD, associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the MU School of Medicine and lead author of the study. “However, many early childhood educators are not formally trained, requiring them to learn on the job. Our study assessed teachers’ perceptions of the challenges they face and their commitment to educating the very young.” Read More

MU Professor First in Nation to Develop Medical Curriculum Tailored to Native Americans

Of all racial minorities, Native Americans have the most dramatic health inequalities in the U.S., including significantly higher rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and substance abuse. Melissa Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the MU School of Medicine, led the first project in the nation to develop a mandatory medical school curriculum about indigenous health. Read More

MU School of Medicine Professor to Serve on Elite Medical Society

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has appointed James Stevermer, MD, professor of clinical family and community medicine at the MU School of Medicine, to a four-year term on the AAFP’s Commission on Health of the Public and Science. The AAFP represents 120,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. Read More