Feb 3, 2014

KCUMB Adds Military Track to Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree Program

KCUMB is investing in our men and women in military service by adding a new military track to the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) curriculum. This offering makes KCUMB one of only two osteopathic medical schools in the United States to provide this specialized program.

The track is designed for medical students in the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). Beginning in Fall 2014, HPSP students will receive 20 to 25 additional contact hours of training each semester. Hands-on didactic experiences and lectures focusing on trauma, disaster life support, tropical diseases and post-traumatic stress disorder will make up a portion of the simulations and training.

We recently announced the new track during a special presentation featuring Maj. Gen. Philip Volpe, D.O., U.S. Army (retired), former commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio. Volpe is a skilled and highly decorated officer who served as command surgeon during the Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia and on deployments during Hurricane Andrew relief in Florida and Hurricane Fran in North Carolina. He also served on the Joint Surgeons Operations Task Force in Haiti.

This new track helps us fulfill our mission to care for the well-being of the diverse communities we serve, which includes our nation’s men and women in service. But more importantly, it will better prepare our students for a career in military medicine.

Surgical Cut Suit Demonstration

As part of the announcement of the military track, KCUMB students recently participated in a demonstration of Surgical Cut Suit, a wearable simulation suit that safely allows students to perform real procedures, such as surgical intervention, on a patient.

This type of medical training device can help prepare students for military trauma situations.

Click here to see a video of the demonstration at KCUMB. (Warning: Graphic content).


KCUMB Earns HLC Accreditation Reaffirmation

I am proud to share with you that KCUMB recently received notice of accreditation reaffirmation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association. This is the outcome from the positive site visit that took place Sept. 23-25, 2013. The Higher Learning Commission is an independent organization that is responsible for regional accreditation of universities and colleges in the North Central region of the United States.

The HLC reported that KCUMB met all standards, no findings were identified, and we continue with full accreditation until our next inspection cycle during the 2023-2024 academic year. We could not have had a better outcome from this process.

Our faculty, staff and administration did a superb job preparing for this inspection. More importantly, the self-study process helped us to develop new methods and procedures that will better serve our institution going forward.

KCUMB's collaborative spirit made this accreditation process a success and will help us reach our primary vision of becoming the most student-focused medical university in the nation.

Plans for Future Put KCUMB in Spotlight

KCUMB garnered significant media attention recently regarding our plans for the future. The Kansas City Star published an original piece on Jan. 8, sharing with its readers the good news about our Campus Master Plan, our new clinical partnerships and preparations for the upcoming centennial celebration.
The article was subsequently picked up by the Associated Press wire service, resulting in publication in more than a dozen newspapers throughout the U.S., as well as being highlighted in USA Today and regional broadcast media outlets.

National Coverage included:
USA Today

Fox 22/Columbia, Mo.
The Missourian/Columbia, Mo.
The Tribune/San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Bellingham Herald
The Register-Guard/Eugene, Ore.

Check back to our KCUMB in the News section of our website to read how KCUMB, our faculty and alumni are being recognized by local and national media.

Alumnus G. Michael Johnston Named Vice Dean

KCUMB recently named G. Michael Johnston, D.O. (COM '73), MACOI, as vice dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. As vice dean, Dr. Johnston facilitates coordination between disciplines within the College of Osteopathic Medicine, promotes strategic thinking and continues to enhance the quality of the student experience.

Dr. Johnston has served our University since 2000. His most recent appointment was as interim dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, while we conducted a national search to fill the position. He formerly served as senior assistant dean for clinical education, as well as regional dean for the Kansas City region.

Dr. Johnston is a member of the Class of 1973 and performed a rotating internship and residency in internal medicine at Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He is recognized as a leader and an outstanding clinician throughout osteopathic professional organizations. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Ingram's Magazine in 2010.  The American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) has recognized him as a master fellow and, in 2001, named him Internist of the Year.

We are grateful for Dr. Johnston’s ongoing service to our institution, our faculty and our students. He consistently demonstrates his commitment and dedication to KCUMB, and we look forward to his continued service as he takes on these new responsibilities.