May 12, 2016

KCU Celebrates Largest Graduating Class at Centennial Commencement Ceremony

With 343 students receiving their degrees during the May 7 Centennial Commencement Ceremony at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium, KCU celebrated its largest graduating class in history. The Class of 2016 represents the University's 100th year of graduating physicians and 11th year of graduating scientists.

During the ceremony, KCU presented an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to two distinguished guests: commencement keynote speaker Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, George Washington University; and Sylvester "Sly" James, Jr., Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. (read more)

May 9, 2016

Second-Year Med Students Gain Advanced Disaster Training

KCU's 260 second-year medical students gained certification in an Advanced Disaster Life Support Course during a training held May 1 - 5. The course trains first responders for disasters, including hurricanes, tornados, floods, bombs, chemical spills and building collapses.

In addition to navigating a simulated natural disaster, which features volunteers wearing theatrical makeup to portray various wound victims, students receive feedback from volunteers, as well as information on post-traumatic stress and how to handle related psychological issues.

KCU is committed to best preparing students for a variety of situations they may encounter in their medical careers and is the only medical school in the country to require certification of its students at this level. Watch the 41 Action News story about the training.

May 5, 2016

KCU Kicks Off “100 Trees Project” to Celebrate Centennial

In honor of our centennial celebration, KCU will plant 100 trees on and around campus in our Northeast Neighborhood during 2016. To kick off this initiative, KCU students, faculty and staff, alongside representatives from Pendleton Heights and the Giving Grove, planted paw paw, jujube, pear, apple and cherry trees in the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Orchard from 9 a.m. to noon on April 22nd, Earth Day. Check out the recent article in the Northeast News and the story on KSHB TV.

Following the Earth Day planting, KCU partnered with fourth-graders from Scuola Vita Nuova on April 28th to plant European pear, dwarf apple, cherry and fig trees in KCU's community garden. Each year, KCU's community garden provides more than 1,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Della Lamb food pantry, which serves local families. Once in full production, it's estimated the 37 trees planted thus far will alone yield an additional 9,800 pounds of fresh food annually for our neighborhood!

May 2, 2016

Local Middle School Students Get First-Hand Look at Med School

On April 27, KCU introduced a new Med Student for a Day program designed for local middle school students. The event replicates KCU's established initiative for high school students and demonstrates what it's like to attend medical school. Approximately 30 sixth- to eighth-grade students from Scuola Vita Nuova and Crossroads Academy visited KCU's campus to participate in this special program.

Med Student for a Day provides a hands-on experience that introduces Kansas City's youth to the idea of medical school early on to spur interest in a medical career. KCU hopes to expand this program in the future, holding one program per quarter.

Apr 19, 2016

Students Participate in MOMA Day, DO Day on the Hill

On April 13, KCU students attended the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) Missouri Osteopathic Medicine Awareness (MOMA) Day in Jefferson City. Coinciding with MOMA Month, MOMA Day brings together osteopathic physicians, medical students, advocates, industry leaders and lawmakers to celebrate the osteopathic profession and take part in advocacy activities. At MOMA Day, state officials read a resolution recognizing KCU's 100 years as an outstanding institution of higher learning and underscoring the University's impact on the state as a leading producer of physicians. View our photo gallery from the trip.

The same day, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) held DO Day on the Hill, where KCU students, A.T. Still students and representatives from MAOPS joined together in Washington, D.C. Students educated members of Congress on osteopathic medicine and took part in a legislative panel discussing issues currently facing medical school students, including growing concerns around rising student debt.

Apr 12, 2016

KCU Recognized for Excellence in Communications

The American Association of Osteopathic Medical Colleges (AACOM) awarded KCU "Best in Show" for its brand refresh and First Place for its 2015 annual report during the association's "Excellence in Communications" (EIC) awards program.

The brand refresh, rolled out last year, has helped strengthen KCU's identity, conveying both the University's osteopathic heritage and its role as a recognized leader in medical and scientific education. KCU's 2015 Annual Report: A Time of Transformation incorporates our brand refresh and communicates how we bring our mission to life through compelling stories of our academics, administration, operations and service.

The EIC Awards honor exceptional communications and marketing, media relations, public education and promotion, and were presented at an AACOM awards banquet April 8. (learn more)

Apr 11, 2016

Dr. Larry Anderson (COM '78) Appointed ACOFP President

KCU congratulates Larry Anderson, DO, a 1978 graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, on his recent induction as the 63rd president of the American College of Osteopathic Physicians (ACOFP). Dr. Anderson is the 2015 recipient of KCU's Alumnus of the Year award, which recognizes demonstrated leadership and outstanding service to the public and the profession, and the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award, which honors exceptional accomplishments in the science and art of osteopathic medicine. The official induction ceremony took place during a banquet at the 2016 ACOFP Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars April 8 in Puerto Rico. (learn more)