Jun 23, 2014

Enrollment Numbers Rise Across All Programs

If the number of applications is any indication, a degree from KCUMB is as highly sought after as it has ever been. Application numbers for the 2014 entering class were up across the board for both our College of Osteopathic Medicine and our College of Biosciences.

The number of students applying to KCUMB’s College of Osteopathic Medicine increased 10 percent over the previous academic year, reaching record-high levels. A total of 4,274 applications were received for the incoming first-year class. And, if that wasn’t impressive enough, the quality of osteopathic medical students accepted also increased. Accepted students had an average score of 28.08 on the Medical College Admission Test, nearly a full point higher than the previous year.

Applications also soared 166 percent for our College of Biosciences, with a combined 282 applicants for the biomedical sciences and bioethics programs. (Note: The bioethics program will shift to the College of Osteopathic Medicine beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year.)

Jun 20, 2014

University Adds Another Layer of Security

The geo fence established by KCUMB with Guardly.
KCUMB’s Safety and Emergency Management Department is preparing to add another layer of security for our students, faculty and staff, thanks to a new app.

Starting in mid-July, we will begin using the Guardly Mobile Safety App. The opt-in mobile phone application enables the University to extend the reach of our emergency blue-light phones on campus by putting a virtual emergency phone on personal smartphones carried by those within the KCUMB community.

In addition, the app will allow the Safety and Emergency Management Department to track changes in the location of emergencies as they happen, while simultaneously communicating with the victim throughout the incident. The app will notify KCUMB of emergencies within the geo fence it established with Guardly, pictured above.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is a high priority for all of us at KCUMB.

Jun 18, 2014

KCUMB Realigns Academic Departments to Foster Collaboration, Communication

Beginning with the new academic year, KCUMB is restructuring several academic departments in an effort to increase collaboration and communication.

Our changes reflect national trends that demonstrate a shift away from small, one- or two-person departments to larger multi-disciplinary groups. The rationale stems from the idea that the flow of academic ideas and creativity is enhanced through a larger and more collaborative group effort. In addition, communication is greatly enhanced when groups have the opportunity to come together as one.

Bruce Dubin, D.O., J.D., executive vice president of academic affairs, provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, announced these changes to the KCUMB community June 17. Among the changes announced by Dr. Dubin:

  • The Department of Family and Community Medicine will merge with the Department of Pediatrics to form the Department of Primary Care, which will be chaired by W. Joshua Cox, D.O. (COM ’00).
  • A new Department of Specialty Medicine will be created and include those formerly in the Department of Internal Medicine and various medical subspecialties (Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Neurology, etc.). Kevin Hubbard, D.O. (COM ’86), will serve as interim chair of the Department of Specialty Medicine.
  • The Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine has been separated from Family Medicine, and the interim chair will be Kevin Treffer, D.O. (COM ’87).
  • A new Division of Social Medicine will be formed within the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Score1 for Health will reside within the Division of Social Medicine, as will other initiatives centering on community health.
  • The bioethics program will move into the College of Osteopathic Medicine beginning with the new academic year. This will assist in strategic planning for the bioethics program and further enhance the dual-degree D.O./M.A. in bioethics program.
  • As the D’Angelo Library becomes more involved in the arena of academics and teaching with the development of a new Medical Informatics course in the medical school, the D’Angelo Library will now report directly to the Office of the Provost.

We anticipate these structural changes to create new efficiencies in our operations as the University takes steps toward a bright future.

Jun 17, 2014

Annual Golf Outing Raises Money for KCUMB's Score 1 for Health Program

Approximately 150 golfers joined forces with local sports celebrities June 17 to help ensure that Kansas City children get a healthy start in life.

The Deron Cherry Celebrity Invitational raises money for KCUMB’s Score 1 for Health program, which works to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach his or her potential, without allowing undiagnosed health issues to stand in the way. The Score 1 for Health program is one of the biggest examples of how our University is living up to our mission of "improving the well-being of the communities we serve."

While a final fund-raising total from this year’s event is not yet known, the event traditionally serves as one of the program’s largest fund-raising efforts of the year.

For more than 20 years, Score 1 for Health and its teams of volunteers – a majority of whom are KCUMB osteopathic medical students and faculty – have provided free, in-school health assessments, preventive health education and mentors for children.

Deron Cherry, a former Kansas City Chiefs player who cofounded Score 1 for Health 1993 with the late Robert Ricci, D.O., said he is proud of the impact the program has made.

“You all can be successful, you can dream the biggest dreams,” he said, recalling a frequent message to the children he encounters though the program. “But, you need to be healthy to give yourself that chance.”

Key Hires Fill Critical Personnel Needs

KCUMB continues to make key hires in critical areas of the University, propelling us forward in our quest to achieve our vision of creating the best University team in the profession. Recent hires include:

  • Reid Smith, M.D., FACP, associate professor of internal medicine, started June 16.
  • Schoen Kruse, Ph.D., assistant dean of pharmacology and associate professor of pharmacology, started June 18.
  • Timothy Saxe, director of capital projects in the Facilities Department, started June 16.
  • Cheryl McCormick, Ph.D., assistant dean of physiology and professor of physiology, starts July 1.
  • Kerrie Jordan, M.S., C-TAGME, administrative director of graduate medical education, starts July 1.
  • Kathryn Harvel, CFRE, senior director of institutional advancement, starts July 7.

Jun 16, 2014

University Sets a New Course for Future Research, Shifts Focus to Translational Research and Collaboration

In a concerted effort to elevate our institution’s standing among those in the Kansas City research community and beyond, we recently announced a fundamental shift in our research operations to focus on advancing the scientific exploration of biomedical and translational research. 

The shift in strategic direction marks an important step toward achieving KCUMB’s strategic goal of enhancing research activity and positioning the University as a magnet for students pursuing degrees in the biomedical sciences. It also provides us with additional opportunities to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Children’s Mercy Hospital and other key stakeholders in the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute.

With this change, we will make significant, long-term investments that will be transformative, including:
  • Recruiting an internationally recognized investigator and team
  • Expanding laboratory space on campus
  • Establishing a scientific core in the neurosciences
  • Purchasing state-of-the-art equipment that benefits both investigators and the entire University community
As a result of this shift, KCUMB will no longer pursue industry-sponsored clinical trials. We are currently working to transition our existing industry-sponsored clinical trials to other providers.

Congressman Visits KCUMB Campus, Tours Community Garden

KCUMB was fortunate recently to host a special guest, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II.

Rep. Cleaver visited the KCUMB campus June 16, and I had the privilege of discussing with him the University’s role as an anchor in the Northeast Neighborhood and as a leading provider of physicians for Missouri and Kansas.

The highlight of Rep. Cleaver’s trip was a visit to KCUMB’s Community Garden, where first-graders from Scuola Vita Nuova harvested snap peas, onions and kale.

Our Community Garden was established in 2010. Since then, faculty, staff and students have annually grown and harvested nearly 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables, which we donate to nonprofit organizations in the Northeast Neighborhood. It is one of many
ways KCUMB is accomplishing our mission of "improving the well-being of the communities we serve."

Rep. Cleaver was particularly impressed by our regular efforts to involve area children in the planting, growing and harvesting process as a way of encouraging them to live healthy.

Jun 5, 2014

Kansas City Business Journal Honors Massman as a CFO of the Year

The Kansas City Business Journal recently honored our own Joe Massman, MBA, C.P.A.,
by naming him as a 2014 CFO of the Year in the large, nonprofit category.

Joe Massman, MBA, C.P.A.
Mr. Massman, who has been with KCUMB for the past three years, serves as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. He will be recognized June 27 during the Kansas City Business Journal's Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Overland Park (Kan.).

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Massman on this achievement. He is a tremendous asset to our University, who has brought stability and confidence to our institution, while also initiating the necessary changes to move us toward achieving our vision and mission.

He has also been instrumental in leading initiatives to improve and expand the physical campus, update technology systems and enhance compensation and benefit programs.