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.