Jun 15, 2016

KCU Mentioned in Media Coverage on Combatting Suicide, Opioid Addiction

The steady increase in U.S. suicide rates during the past 15 years is a troubling trend that has gained much media attention as of late. With training focused on consideration of the patient as a whole, DOs are ideally positioned to recognize early signs of depression and suicidal thoughts in their patients. The DO magazine recently published an article discussing this trend and what osteopathic physicians are doing to reverse it.

Opioid addiction is one culprit contributing to the high rates of suicide and accidental overdose. According to KCUR and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid abuse accounted for more than 28,000 deaths in the U.S, with Missourians representing more than 1,000 of those. Read the full article to learn how KCU is helping to address the issue through prescriber education for our students.

Jun 10, 2016

Score 1 for Health Receives Grant to Fight Obesity

KCU's Score 1 for Health, a preventative health program for elementary-aged children, has received a two-year grant in the amount of $175,000 from the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City. The funding will be used to expand CHAMPS (Coaching Health and Movement Program with Students), a pilot program that enlists volunteer medical students as health coaches for children identified as at risk for obesity. In the first year of the pilot program, 28 medical students were trained and 51 children from our community were coached during individual sessions. (learn more)

Jun 2, 2016

KCU Welcomes Jim Barber to University Staff

Jim Barber joined our KCU community June 1 as senior vice president of community engagement. Barber will oversee and manage several departments, including Government Relations, Advancement and University Relations. He also will provide strategic direction to ensure the KCU brand and messaging are most effectively communicated to all constituencies.

Barber brings more than 30 years of experience in fundraising and development, health care and higher education. We look forward to his leadership expertise in advancing the strategic goals of the University. (read more)

Jun 1, 2016

Dr. Barth Wright Provides Glimpse Into Education of Body Worlds Exhibit

On exhibit in Kansas City for the first time, Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life invites attendees to Union Station to consider the form and function of the human body. KCU's Dr. Barth Wright, associate professor of anatomy, is playing a key role in teaching the community about the exhibit and its educational importance. Dr. Wright has been featured on local TV news stations, including a segment on Fox 4, where he discusses several of the items on display. The exhibit ends October 30.

Dr. Robert White Completes Harvard Macy Institute Program

Congratulations to Robert White, PhD, dean of the KCU College of Biosciences, who recently completed the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions. The program is designed to enhance the professional development of physicians, basic scientists and other health care professionals as educators. It provides a select group of participants with the knowledge base and skills to build expertise in both conducting an educational project of their own design and taking a leadership role in the education activities at their institutions. Dr. White presented a poster on his research project, "Development of a PhD Program in Anatomical Sciences." Learn more about the Harvard Macy Institute.

May 20, 2016

1965 Alumnus Receives International Humanitarian Award

Congratulations to Dr. Royce Keilers, a member of KCU's 1965 graduating class, for earning Heart to Heart International's (HHI) 2016 Power of One Award. HHI presents the award to an individual who exemplifies compassion toward the underserved and victims of crisis by significantly supporting the organization's humanitarian mission.

Dr. Keilers was recognized for his life's work to advance primary care medicine and build bridges among people, organizations and culture. Specifically, Dr. Keilers led the way in forming the International Primary Care Alliance with the goal of bringing together physicians, health care providers, foundations, governments and industries to enrich global health through primary care education. He was honored during the HHI Compassion Gala at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel on May 7. (learn more) Watch the YouTube video.

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)