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)

Apr 5, 2016

KCU Pitches In for Urban Youth Academy

On April 3rd, KCU students and staff participated in "Relay the Way," the longest Major League Baseball opening-day first pitch across Kansas City to raise money for the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy. Located at 18th and Vine Streets and operated by the Kansas City Royals, the Academy will teach baseball, softball and life skills to hundreds of kids ages 6 to 18 years. Approximately 2,500 Royals supporters joined the relay, throwing and catching a ball over a 10-mile stretch from Union Station to the pitcher's mound in Kauffman Stadium. KCU served as a sponsor for the event, further demonstrating our commitment to improve the well-being of our community. See photos from the event.

Apr 1, 2016

KCU Breaks Ground on Joplin Campus

Joplin community leaders, government officials and University leadership proudly dug their shovels in during a groundbreaking ceremony for our second college of osteopathic medicine in Joplin, Missouri, on March 30. The event took place on the grounds of Mercy Hospital Joplin's former, temporary location, which was donated to serve as the home to the new medical school campus.

KCU-Joplin represents the realization of a shared vision for the region; it is estimated the new medical school will have a $111 million economic impact on the Joplin community once fully enrolled. This vision was made possible through a collaboration among KCU, Mercy Hospital Joplin, Freeman Health System, the City of Joplin and philanthropic leadership from the surrounding community. KCU-Joplin will open in 2017.

View photos from the groundbreaking ceremony and read a related article in the Kansas City Star.


Mar 28, 2016

Annual Symposium Highlights KCU Student, Faculty Research

"A Century of Achievement in Health and Research" brought together our KCU community on March 25 to recognize important work in scientific and medical research by students and faculty alike. This year's Centennial Symposium featured five oral presentations and 45 posters on a variety of research in biomedical or clinical science.

Attendees also heard from KCU medical student Ryan Coute, one of just 14 recipients nationally of the distinguished Sarnoff Fellowship for Cardiovascular Research, and special keynote speaker Dr. Randy Schekman, the 2013 Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine.

Learn more and check out our photo gallery.

Mar 25, 2016

KCMO High School Students Experience "Day in the Life" of Med Ed

Fifty students from three high schools in the Kansas City, Missouri, School District got a first-hand look at what it's like to be a med student during KCU's fourth annual "Med Student for a Day." Held March 23rd on KCU's campus, students from East High School, Northeast High School and Hogan Preparatory Academy participated in practical workshops in osteopathic manipulative medicine, pathology, microbiology and human-patient simulation.

This annual, hands-on event allows KCU to engage with members of our Kansas City community and helps inspire the next generation of highly qualified, compassionate osteopathic physicians. Check out all of our photos from this year's event.

Mar 23, 2016

KCU Welcomes New Staff

KCU is pleased to welcome J. Stuart Hoffman, CFRE, and Elizabeth Alex to our Kansas City campus.

Hoffman joins KCU as alumni relations and annual giving officer for the Office of Institutional Advancement. In this role, he will focus on growing existing relationships with KCU alumni and deepening their engagement with the University each year. (read more in the Kansas City Business Journal)

Alex serves as public relations as community outreach manager for University Relations. She helps tell the University's 100-year story of educating physicians and scientists, and strengthens the University's engagement with and support of organizations and partners in the community. (read more in the Kansas City Business Journal)