Jul 23, 2014

Kansas City Newspaper Publishes Guest Column on Access to Health Care, Physician Shortage

As we are all aware, the United States is currently facing a shortage of physicians that contributes to difficulties patients face in accessing health care. It is a problem that will only worsen over time, unless we address the cap on graduate medical education (GME) funding.

The Kansas City Star published an article July 22 in its “As I See It” column that I submitted on behalf of our University regarding access to health care and the looming shortage of physicians, especially in primary care.

Medical schools can address the initial education of physicians, as we have already done by increasing the size of incoming classes at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Our College of Osteopathic Medicine will welcome 270
first-year students next week, making it the largest class size in the region.

GME is primarily funded through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). A report on GME governance and funding is due from the Institute of Medicine in the next few weeks, and will likely make some difficult recommendations.

Solving the problems that have plagued our GME system for nearly two decades will take a team effort. The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences stands ready to assist in making the changes necessary to help our own graduates fulfill their career goals, while also increasing patients’ access to health care in the future. Please consider what you can also do to become part of the solution.

Jul 21, 2014

Unified GME Accreditation System Offers New Opportunities

During its annual meeting July 19 in Chicago, the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates voted to endorse the AOA’s decision to pursue a new, single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) in the United States. This is important news that marks a milestone for the future of osteopathic medicine and for graduates of our College of Osteopathic Medicine.

When fully implemented in July 2020, the new system will allow graduates of osteopathic and allopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and to demonstrate achievement of common milestones and competencies.

The historic vote by the AOA’s House of Delegates, which represents approximately 104,000 osteopathic physicians and osteopathic medical students, comes after an announcement in February that the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the AOA and the ACGME had reached an agreement to work together to prepare future generations of physicians.

This can be viewed as a win for the public, as well as for graduates in training. All will benefit from a single, standardized system to evaluate the effectiveness of GME programs for producing competent physicians. The new GME accreditation system will recognize the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic medical profession and its contributions to health care n the United States through osteopathic-focused residency programs.

Although there is much to be done to effectively usher in this new accreditation process, the opportunities this will present to our graduates will be limitless.

Read the statement released by the AOA. Read the statement released by the ACGME.

KCUMB Earns Media Coverage

We have been fortunate over the past month to have our University, faculty, staff and students garner positive media coverage for a variety of ways we are “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.”

KCPT Coverage of Medical Student for a Day Program
KCPT, Kansas City’s public TV station, covered KCUMB’s “Medical Student for a Day” program in a story that first aired July 17. KCUMB hosted more than 60 students form area high schools Feb. 21 as part of the program. KCPT’s segment features interviews with students, staff and others who made the event successful.

KCALSI a Part of World’s First Academic Research Exchange
The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) recently announced a partnership with Assay Depot Inc. to build the world’s first academic research exchange, which will allow researchers to more easily collaborate. KCUMB is one of 10 key stakeholders in KCALSI.

Doctors’ Emotional Intelligence Impacts Patient Satisfaction
James Dugan, Ph.D., director of counseling and support services, wrote an article, “A Longitudinal Study of Emotional Intelligence Training for Otolaryngology Residents and Faculty,” which was published online July 10 in JAMA Otolaryngology.

Score 1 Nurse in KC Star’s Civil Rights at 50 Section
Mary Grimaldi, a registered nurse for KCUMB’s Score 1 for Health program, and her family were featured in a special "Civil Rights Act at 50" section recently in The Kansas City Star.

Jul 20, 2014

AOA Installs KCUMB Alum as President for 2014-2015

As late New York Yankees great Yogi Berra might say, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

That’s because when Robert Juhasz, D.O. (COM ’81), was officially installed as president of the American Osteopathic Association on July 19, he became the fourteenth AOA president from KCUMB – the second from his class, even.

Dr. Juhasz serves as president of South Pointe Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, and as associate dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Cleveland Clinic Extension Campus.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Juhasz on this important leadership role.

Jul 18, 2014

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Selects KCUMB's Vice Provost for Prestigious Leadership Program

Please join all of us at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in congratulating Richard Winslow, Ph.D., vice provost for student and enrollment services, on his selection as a member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions Leadership Program.

Since 1976, Centurions has earned a reputation for being a training ground for future Kansas City leaders. The two-year program focuses on building leadership skills and community awareness by organizing and participating in community initiatives. Learn more about Centurions by visiting its website.

KCUMB has been an active supporter of Centurions for more than a decade, sponsoring employees to represent the University in each class since 2003. Centurions’ mission aligns closely with our own at KCUMB, and we are proud of Dr. Winslow for his participation in bettering our community. Read more about it on the KCUMB website.

Academic Center Nears Opening, Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

We will host a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon on Saturday, Aug. 2, to mark the official opening of our new Academic Center. If you will be in town, I encourage you to come be part of the celebration by joining our faculty, staff, students and members of the community for a tour of this spectacular facility.


The Academic Center, nestled between the D’Angelo Library and the Student Activities Center, is a state-of-the-art facility housing two large lecture halls, as well as breakout rooms for smaller study groups. It is a key component of KCUMB’s five-year, $60 million Campus Master Plan, which will create a state-of-the-art medical and health sciences campus for the future.

By renovating the former Weaver Auditorium space, KCUMB was able to complete the Academic Center for approximately half the cost of new construction. In addition, a large percentage of the materials used in the previous building were reused, sold or donated to other organizations.

The Academic Center is also poised to become KCUMB’s first LEED-certified building. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices, based upon four levels of certification. KCUMB has submitted the documentation necessary to apply for a LEED Silver rating.

For more information or to see progress on other portions of the Campus Master Plan, visit www.kcumb.edu/Future.

Jul 17, 2014

Join KCUMB for the 2014 AOA Conference in Seattle

Make plans now to join fellow KCUMB alumni and other osteopathic physicians from across the country Oct. 25-29 during the 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle.

OMED is the year’s premier osteopathic event, offering continuing medical education opportunities, professional development sessions and plenty of time for networking with fellow osteopathic physicians from across the country. For more information or to register, visit the OMED website.

While there, be sure to attend a special reception for KCUMB alumni at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle. Watch for more details coming soon.