Sep 3, 2015

KCU Honors U.S. Veterans, Accepts "Give Them 20" Challenge

Last month, hundreds of KCU students, faculty and staff gathered on the campus grounds to answer MRIGlobal's "Give Them 20" video challenge honoring today's nearly 22 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

KCU, in turn, challenged the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Rockhurst College. Check out the video of our outstanding KCU team in action!

Aug 20, 2015

KCU Joplin Campus Continues to Gain Momentum

Progress continues on several fronts with the development of KCU's new osteopathic medical school in Joplin, Mo.
  • Design work will last through the end of the year on the former, temporary Mercy Hospital facility, which was donated to serve as the future home of KCU's Joplin campus. Renovation work is scheduled to begin in November or December of this year.
  • Recruitment of the medical school's faculty and dean has begun, as well as the development of clinical training opportunities and novel GME training in cooperation with Mercy, Freeman and other regional hospitals.
Stay tuned for more updates as we continue making strides on what will be the first new medical school in Missouri in nearly 50 years!

Aug 14, 2015

First Lecture in Bioethics Speaker Series Addresses Medical Marijuana Debate

KCU, in collaboration with the Center for Practical Bioethics (CPB), on August 13 welcomed guest lecturer David J. Casarett, MD, associate professor of medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and director of hospice and palliative care, University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Casarett presented "Is Marijuana Medicine?" — the first lecture in "Current Issues in Bioethics: 2015-2016."

The series, which invites both national and local leaders in the field of bioethics, will feature four speakers in the fall of 2015 and four speakers in the spring of 2016. Lecturers will speak to KCU, CPB, the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. All lectures will be live-streamed to the KCU YouTube channel.

The next lecture, scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, September 25, in KCU's Academic Center, will feature Richard Payne, MD, Esther Colliflower professor of medicine and divinity, Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C., who will present "Obligation to Treat Pain."

Aug 11, 2015

KCU Appoints John Dougherty, DO, Interim Dean of Joplin Campus

John Dougherty, DO, KCU senior associate dean for clinical affairs and graduate medical education, will serve as interim dean for our new osteopathic medical school in Joplin, Mo.

As interim dean, Dr. Dougherty will assist with curriculum design, faculty recruitment and campus development while the university recruits a permanent dean. Upon selection of the new dean for the Joplin campus, Dr. Dougherty will continue to serve as a senior administrator for KCU in Kansas City.

The development of the new KCU Joplin College of Osteopathic Medicine has been accelerated by the collaborative efforts of Mercy Hospital Joplin, Freeman Health System, the City of Joplin and philanthropic leadership for the surrounding community. Thus far, Joplin area partners have raised $21 million of the $30 million needed. KCU Joplin will be the first new medical school to open in Missouri in 45 years and will welcome its inaugural class of 150 students in 2017.

Aug 10, 2015

New Students Volunteer During WE CARE Day of Community Service

In keeping with our mission to improve the well-being of the communities we serve, both our incoming classes from the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and College of Biosciences (COB) participated in KCU's annual WE CARE Day of community service.

COM students participated in a variety of projects, including sorting donations and food at City Union Mission, working in the KCU community garden with students from Della Lamb Charter School, and assisting with neighborhood beautification projects for the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. COB students spent their day of community service sorting and repackaging food for Harvester's and providing a variety of assistance at Hope Faith Ministries, including serving breakfast, sorting donations, organizing the clothes closet and providing general cleaning. Be sure to check out our terrific first-year students in action in our photo gallery.

Aug 3, 2015

KCU Works to Improve the Well-Being of Kenyan Community

Eight newly finished first-year students joined Gautam Desai, DO, professor of primary care, and Joshua Cox, DO, associate professor and chair of primary care, for KCU Global Health Outreach: Kenya, a medical mission performed during June and July 2015. The group saw approximately 400 patients, including many children who were diagnosed with malaria and needed to receive therapy for two to three days.

KCU was a sponsor of medications, as well as rapid diagnostic tests for malaria. Drs. Desai and Cox donated stethoscopes to the medical officers, and the library staff donated books, which were greatly enjoyed by the children. The mission also performed community service, including the planting of several trees. See more in our photo gallery.

Jun 17, 2015

Going, Going, Gone ...

Kansas City witnessed the last vestiges of the Capri Motel this month, as its iconic sign was taken down June 11-12; the building was demolished in May. KCU purchased the motel this past spring as part of the University’s ongoing investment in our neighborhood and to further our mission to improve the wellbeing of the communities we serve.

KCU donated the sign to the Northeast neighborhood’s Kansas City Museum, which plans to refurbish it for future exhibit. The mid-century icon is symbolic of a more thriving era for the Northeast, during which time the inn served as a favorite stopover for many prominent guests and entertainers visiting Kansas City. The University has been working to level the lot and is in the process of returning the land to green space.