Jul 23, 2014

The Kansas City Star Newspaper Publishes Our Op-Ed 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

Our dedicated University faculty, staff and students have garnered media coverage this past month 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 from 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.

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.

Jul 16, 2014

Submit Your Nominations Today for the 2014 Alumni Awards

The KCUMB Alumni Association will present its annual Alumni Awards Oct. 27 at a special KCUMB reception during the American Osteopathic Association’s 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle.

We need nominations! Active members of KCUMB’s Alumni Association are eligible to submit nominations for the Alumni Awards. Visit www.kcumb.edu/AlumniAwards to nominate a deserving individual today.

Awards that may be presented are:

  • Alumnus of the Year Award
  • Alumni Achievement Award
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Alumni Service Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Star-Spangled Banner Medallion

Jul 15, 2014

Don't Miss Homecoming "Beneath the Cottonwood" Sept. 18-20

Make plans to join your classmates “Beneath the Cottonwood” for Homecoming Sept. 18-20 on the KCUMB campus. Register at www.kcumb.edu/Homecoming.

  • Reminisce with former classmates, friends and faculty
  • Earn up to 25 hours of CME credit by attending the 14th annual Fall CME Scientific Seminar and Update in Clinical Medicine
  • Take a student-led tour of KCUMB's beautiful campus, including the new Academic Center
  • Attend a special alumni reception
  • Learn more about the Campus Master Plan and view an architectural model of planned improvements
  • Participate in special reunion gatherings for the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009. (Watch for more details coming soon from your class agent.)

Jul 9, 2014

D'Angelo Library Undergoes Transformation Over Summer Months

KCUMB integrated tablet technology (Apple iPads) into the curriculum for all our programs in 2013, providing both an increase in sustainability on campus and enhanced student proficiency with technology. The use of iPads replaced many books, journals, handouts and paper examinations throughout the past academic year.

During the summer months, the D’Angelo Library staff has followed suit with this digital transformation by increasing the number of electronic resources available, while also cutting back on printed books.

The statistics tell the story of a remarkable change:

  • Only three months ago, in April 2014, the D’Angelo Library housed 37,871 books.
  • Today, we have 8,104 printed books, plus access to 1,504 e-books, 1,708 e-journals and 37 online databases with thousands of additional resources – all at our students’ fingertips, whether they are sitting in the D’Angelo Library or at a picnic table in Montana.

As an added bonus, students returning from the summer break will now find more space available for studying on the second floor of the D’Angelo Library.

Jul 7, 2014

Score 1 for Health Community Report Reveals Child Health Trends, Barriers to Care for Underprivileged

Nearly 41 percent of the approximately 12,300 children screened by Score 1 for Health during the 2011-2012 academic year were overweight or obese. That’s just one of many noteworthy statistics revealed in the 2008-2012 Score 1 for Health Community Report, which was released earlier this month.

View the 2008-2012 Score 1 for Health Community Report online at www.kcumb.edu/Score1 or request a printed copy by contacting Score 1 for Health at 816-654-7960 or score1@kcumb.edu.

Score 1 for Health, a program of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, works to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach his or her potential, without allowing health issues to stand in the way. The program has provided free, in-school health assessments, preventive health education and mentors for children for more than 20 years.

While the program at its core is about helping children and their families identify and address health concerns, we recognize the importance of proactively sharing the data collected so that researchers and other organizations can find new ways to promote healthy lifestyles for children.

Score 1 for Health is a shining example of how KCUMB is fulfilling its mission of “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.”

Jul 1, 2014

KCUMB President Signs Car Benefitting the Wounded Warriors Family Support Effort

Jim Doiron, a patrol agent in our Safety and Emergency Management Department, is an active member of the Wounded Warriors Family Support effort. He invited me to attend a special meet-and-greet event June 23 with Lt. Gen. John Sylvester (Ret.), a decorated Army veteran of the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War, who also completed three tours of duty in the Balkans with U.S. and NATO troops.

While there, I was honored to be invited to sign a special Ford Mustang that is touring the country and will eventually be auctioned off to benefit wounded warriors and their families. As an American and as a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Army, I am proud to do whatever possible to support our troops.

Learn more about the High Five Tour to benefit the Wounded Warriors Family Support effort and how you can help by visiting the organization's website.

City Manager Tours KCUMB Campus, Discusses University's Investment in City

Troy Schulte, city manager for Kansas City, Mo., visited the KCUMB campus June 30. We talked at length about KCUMB’s investment in the Northeast area of the city and our University’s role as an anchor for the neighborhood. In addition, I had the pleasure of showing Mr. Schulte around our new Academic Center.