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.

Jun 15, 2015

KCU Academic Center Achieves Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification

KCU’s newly renovated Academic Center has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy-efficient, high-performing design and construction. The University partnered with Kansas City, Mo.-based Helix Architecture + Design on the renovation as part of our five-year Campus Master Plan.
Creating an environment that saves money and resources, while promoting renewable, clean energy and a positive impact on health, supports both KCU’s vision to become the most student-focused medical school in the nation and our strategic commitment to sustainability.

The new Academic Center was certified, in part, because of the repurposing of 90 percent of the materials from Weaver Auditorium, the previous building on the site. After a year of renovation, the structure was transformed into a cutting-edge academic learning center housing two lecture halls with a combined capacity of more than 700 students.

Jun 5, 2015

KCU Has 100% Residency Placement

All eligible KCU-COM students were placed into post-graduate medical education programs for 2015, with just under half entering into primary care specialties. This is good news for our country, which continues to face a growing shortage of primary care physicians — projections reach as high as 45,000 by 2020. See details of our residency placement numbers below.

Internal Medicine - 46                Family Medicine - 46
Emergency Medicine - 24          Pediatrics - 18
Rotating Internship - 18             Anesthesiology - 17
Psychiatry - 13                           Pathology - 12
Obstetrics - 12                           General Surgery - 12
Orthopedics - 7                          Neuro-Peds, Neuro-Adult, Neurosurgery - 6                   Radiology - 5
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - 2
Dermatology - 1     

Jun 1, 2015

Article by KCU's John Dougherty, DO, Looks at Implications of GME Accreditation Merger

“A Brave New World of Graduate Medical Education Accreditation,” by John J. Dougherty, DO, senior associate dean of clinical affairs and graduate medical education for KCU, appears in the April 2015 issue of Kansas City Medicine. The article provides insights on the challenges of transitioning to a single system of graduate medical education accreditation (for osteopathic and allopathic medical schools) and what these changes will mean for the osteopathic profession moving forward.

May 19, 2015

KCU Graduates Largest Class in University’s History

KCU graduated a record 300 students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Biosciences at our 2015 Commencement May 9 at Municipal Auditorium. An audience of more than 3,000 gathered to recognize the largest graduating class in our university's history.

Robert S. Juhasz, DO, president of the American Osteopathic Association, delivered the keynote address, which emphasized today’s changing health care landscape and the reasons osteopathic physicians are particularly well positioned to meet the increased demand for primary care. Dr. Juhasz also was presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters, the University’s highest tribute to an individual for his or her contributions — both personal and professional — to the betterment of humanity. See our photo gallery for more images from this year’s commencement ceremony.

May 15, 2015

University Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

KCU recognized Cinco de Mayo with a celebration that included recorded mariachi music, Mexican-themed decorations, a specially priced Cottonwood Café Mexican menu, and the chance for students, faculty and staff to wield an oversized bat in hopes of reaping the contents of a festive chili pepper piñata.

The event was organized by a volunteer group of employees and sponsored by KCU’s Department of Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation and Inclusion.

May 11, 2015

Bioethics Symposium Addresses Treatment of Chronic Pain

KCU hosted the Center for Practical Bioethics’ (CPB) annual Joan Berkley Bioethics Symposium April 30, providing a forum for individuals to gather to discuss real-life ethical situations and collaborate on solutions to complex issues for health and health care.

This year’s symposium explored major trends and issues in the treatment of chronic pain and featured guest speakers Keith Wailoo, PhD, professor of history and public affairs, and vice dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; and Kathleen M. Foley, MD, neurologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Caner Center and professor of neurology, neuroscience and clinical pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

KCU continues to increase our emphasis in bioethics, including incorporating bioethics in years one and two in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, expanding our citywide partnership in bioethics education, partnering with CPB to expand our Certificate in Bioethics offering, and improving our curricular offerings in pain and symptom management. In addition, Bruce Dubin, DO, JD, FCLM, FACO, KCU executive vice president of Academic Affairs, provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, now serves as a member of CPB’s board of directors; Tarris Rosell, the Rosemary Flanigan Chair for CPB, serves as KCU’s chair in bioethics.