Dec 22, 2015

KCU and MSSU Partner to Provide Advanced Medical Acceptance Program

KCU and Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) announced the "It's Yours To Lose" (YTL) advanced medical acceptance program on Dec. 18, which will grant up to 25 MSSU students admission into the KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine each year following completion of MSSU curriculum.

In addition to fostering student success at both KCU and MSSU, this collaboration will help address access to medical care for Joplin and the surrounding rural communities by providing more high-quality primary care doctors for the region. (read more)

Dec 11, 2015

Dr. Jingsong Zhou Awarded Victor E. Speas Foundation Grant

KCU Research Investigator and Professor of Physiology, Jingsong Zhou, PhD, received a grant of $165,000 from the Victor E. Speas Foundation, which will fund continued research on muscle-bone crosstalk in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The study will focus on the impact certain organs can have on the progression of the disease.

The Speas Foundation exclusively awards grants to organizations that improve the quality of health care in the Kansas City area. Read more about Dr. Zhou's recent grant. Hear more about her journey to study ALS in the Kansas City Life Sciences Institute's Expert Exchange.

Dr. Anne VanGarsse Named CMO at the Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County

The Health Partnership of Johnson County (HPC) has appointed KCU Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Anne VanGarsse, MD, as its chief medical officer (CMO).

HPC is a federally qualified health center that provides valuable medical, dental and behavioral health services for under- and uninsured patients in Johnson County. As CMO, Dr. VanGarsse will lead and manage all clinical services at HPC, as well as supervise the clinic's providers.

Read more about Dr. VanGarsse's recent appointment.

Nov 30, 2015

Support for KCU Joplin Campus Continues

On behalf of KCU's new Joplin, Mo., medical school, the Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance recently received $1.5 million in funds to aid campus development and start-up costs.

The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri announced a half million-dollar grant from the Joplin Recovery Fund, Joplin Tomorrow announced a $750,000 donation, and Missouri Southern Foundation announced its donation of $250,000.

The University expansion will help address the growing shortage of primary care physicians in the surrounding rural and underserved areas. The Joplin campus, which is scheduled to open in 2017, will be the first new medical school in the state in nearly 50 years. Learn more about plans for the KCU medical school in Joplin.

Nov 20, 2015

Sigma Sigma Phi Organizes Community Blood Drive

The KCU chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi, a national osteopathic honor and service fraternity, invited students, faculty and staff to participate in its annual blood drive with the Community Blood Center on Nov. 19.

The Blood Center registered 29 volunteer donors and collected 35 units of blood — enough for five heart surgeries or one bone marrow transplant. There were 11 first-time donors.

For membership in Sigma Sigma Phi, students must be in the top 30 percent of their class, participate in extracurricular activities while in medical school, and work to further the osteopathic profession. The blood drive is just one example of the fraternity's service projects that  help fulfill the University's mission to give back to the communities we serve.

Nov 18, 2015

Student Club Serves Thanksgiving Dinner At Local Community Center

Advocates for Diversity in Medicine (ADM), a KCU student club, held its annual Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 17 at the Riverview Gardens Community Center. ADM is dedicated to bringing cultural diversity and awareness to the KCU campus and Kansas City community.

ADM's Riverview Thanksgiving Dinner is part of the organization's Riverside Tutoring Program, which provides tutoring and mentoring services to the children at Riverview Gardens. Founded in 2011, the tutoring program has grown to include a summer curriculum, creative playtime activities and a focus on healthy lifestyles.

Nov 16, 2015

KCU, Harris-Stowe Increase Med School Opportunities for Underrepresented Minorities

KCU announced a partnership with Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), the highest-ranking institution in Missouri for granting degrees in mathematics and statistics to African-American students.

The agreement, signed on Nov. 13, creates a dual undergraduate and graduate degree program, as well as automatic acceptance into KCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, pending fulfillment of all admissions requirements. Five HSSU students will be selected each year to participate.

Through this partnership, KCU and HSSU provide a pathway for underrepresented minorities to enter the profession of medicine and create a physician base that is more representative of the ever-changing face of the communities they serve. (read more)

Nov 9, 2015

Leonard Calabrese, DO, Joins KCU Board of Trustees

Leonard Calabrese, DO, of the Cleveland Clinic, has joined the KCU Board of Trustees. A 1975 graduate of KCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Calabrese is world renowned for his work in rheumatology and immunodeficiency diseases, particularly HIV and Hepatitis-C.

Dr. Calabrese currently heads Cleveland Clinic's Section of Clinical Immunology and manages its Clinical Immunology Clinic. He also is a professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, vice chair of the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases, and co-director of the Center for Vasculitis Care and Research. We welcome Dr. Calabrese and look forward to his expertise in helping advance the University's strategic vision (read more).  

Nov 6, 2015

KCU Partners in Cliff Hanger Run, Raises Funds for Underinsured

More than 950 participants turned out Nov. 1 for the 30th annual Cliff Hanger Run, which was hosted by KCU for the third consecutive year. The run raised more than $9,000 — up $1,000 over last year — for Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor, a non-profit organization that provides access to health care for underserved residents in the area (read more). Be sure to visit our photo gallery for some great shots of the run and of our neighborhood elementary school students in training.

Nov 5, 2015

AIA Recognizes KCU Academic Center for Excellence in Design

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central States Region recognized KCU's recently renovated Academic Center for its complete transformation from the original structure at the annual Excellence in Design Awards. KCU partnered with Helix Architecture + Design to create a state-of-the-art learning facility and hub for student activity (read more).

Nov 3, 2015

Bioethics Speaker Addresses End-of-Life Care

Andrea J. Chatburn, DO, MA, presented "When Stakes are High and Emotions Run Strong: Dilemmas in Ethics at the End of Life" on Oct. 27 as part of KCU's ongoing Bioethics Speaker Series. Dr. Chatburn is a palliative care physician and director of ethics for Providence Health and Services in Spokane, Wash.

Be sure to watch Dr. Chatburn's presentation on our YouTube channel.

Nov 2, 2015

KCU's Improvements to Neighborhood Help Spur $30-Million HUD Grant

KCU's continued investment in Kansas City's Historic Northeast Neighborhood helped lay the groundwork for a recent $30-million grant awarded by HUD Choice Neighborhoods.

In particular, the University's purchase and demolition of the nearby Capri Motel earlier this year helped garner support for the grant, which will be used to rebuild public housing and improve local education, business development and social services. Read more about the HUD grant, as well as the many other investments KCU makes in the community.   

Oct 30, 2015

AOF Names Craig Dietz, DO, Physician of the Year

The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) named Craig Dietz, DO, KCU clinical adjunct faculty as an associate professor of internal medicine, and medical director for the Kansas City CARE Clinic, as its 2015 Physician of the Year.

The award recognizes an osteopathic physician who achieves greatness through integrity, commitment to service and community involvement, which Dr. Dietz continues to demonstrate through his various organizational affiliations and ongoing initiatives. He was recognized at AOF Honors 2015 in Orlando on Oct. 16. Read more about Dr. Dietz's achievements.

Oct 29, 2015

ACOI Honors KCU-COM Faculty

The American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) honored three KCU faculty, including Bruce Dubin, DO, and Kevin Hubbard, DO, who were inducted into the Gillum Society of Master Fellows; and Jozia McGowen, DO, who was inducted as an ACOI Fellow (read more).

One of the ACOI's highest honors for service to the college and profession, the Gillum Society of Master Fellows celebrates members who have demonstrated exceptional service and dedication to both the college and profession. The award of ACOI Fellow honors members for their continued professional accomplishments and scholarship. Congratulations to our much-deserving KCU faculty! 

Oct 23, 2015

KCU Honors Fallen Firefighters

Two brave members of the Kansas City Fire Department lost their lives Monday night fighting a fire, just blocks from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences campus on Independence Avenue. 

KCU is blessed that our campus and neighborhood are protected by fearless and tireless members of our own Department of Safety and Emergency Management, the Kansas City Police Department and the Kansas City Fire Department. 

In memory of 43-year-old Larry J. Leggio, a 17-year department veteran assigned to Truck 2, and 39-year-old John V. Mesh, a 13-year department veteran working on Pumper 10; and by authority of Governor Nixon, University flags will be flown at half-mast. 

The KCU community keeps these firefighters' families in our thoughts and prayers and extend our appreciation to all those who risk their lives to protect and improve the well-being of our community.

Oct 12, 2015

KCU Safety and Emergency Management Named "Top Department"

KCU's Department of Safety and Emergency Management has been nationally recognized for its efforts to make a difference in campus safety. The National Campus Safety Summit ranked nominees for the "Top 25 University Departments," and KCU placed 25th nationwide.

KCU's safety and security staff was selected for its efforts to provide a safe campus through the coordination of highly effective safety management tools, extensive coverage of the campus by blue phones/emergency towers, the Guardly Mobile App and the Rave Alert System (read more). Congratulations and thanks to our
outstanding safety and security team.

Sep 25, 2015

Dr. Jingsong Zhou Receives Grant to Study ALS Progression

 Jingsong Zhou, PhD, research investigator and professor of physiology at KCU; and Jun Sun, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry at Rush University Medical Center, are recipients of an ALS Association research grant to explore targeting the microbiota to alleviate the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The grant is part of The ALS Association's support of 58 new Global Research Awards totaling $11.6 million to find treatments and a cure for the disease.

Learn more about Dr. Zhou's ALS grant and hear about her journey to study this disease in the Kansas City Life Sciences Institute's Expert Exchange.

Sep 3, 2015

KCU Honors U.S. Veterans, Accepts "Give Them 20" Challenge

Last month, hundreds of KCU students, faculty and staff gathered on the campus grounds to answer MRIGlobal's "Give Them 20" video challenge honoring today's nearly 22 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

KCU, in turn, challenged the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Rockhurst College. Check out the video of our outstanding KCU team in action!

Aug 20, 2015

KCU Joplin Campus Continues to Gain Momentum

Progress continues on several fronts with the development of KCU's new osteopathic medical school in Joplin, Mo.
  • Design work will last through the end of the year on the former, temporary Mercy Hospital facility, which was donated to serve as the future home of KCU's Joplin campus. Renovation work is scheduled to begin in November or December of this year.
  • Recruitment of the medical school's faculty and dean has begun, as well as the development of clinical training opportunities and novel GME training in cooperation with Mercy, Freeman and other regional hospitals.
Stay tuned for more updates as we continue making strides on what will be the first new medical school in Missouri in nearly 50 years!

Aug 14, 2015

First Lecture in Bioethics Speaker Series Addresses Medical Marijuana Debate

KCU, in collaboration with the Center for Practical Bioethics (CPB), on August 13 welcomed guest lecturer David J. Casarett, MD, associate professor of medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and director of hospice and palliative care, University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Casarett presented "Is Marijuana Medicine?" — the first lecture in "Current Issues in Bioethics: 2015-2016."

The series, which invites both national and local leaders in the field of bioethics, will feature four speakers in the fall of 2015 and four speakers in the spring of 2016. Lecturers will speak to KCU, CPB, the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. All lectures will be live-streamed to the KCU YouTube channel.

The next lecture, scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, September 25, in KCU's Academic Center, will feature Richard Payne, MD, Esther Colliflower professor of medicine and divinity, Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C., who will present "Obligation to Treat Pain."

Aug 10, 2015

New Students Volunteer During WE CARE Day of Community Service

In keeping with our mission to improve the well-being of the communities we serve, both our incoming classes from the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and College of Biosciences (COB) participated in KCU's annual WE CARE Day of community service.

COM students participated in a variety of projects, including sorting donations and food at City Union Mission, working in the KCU community garden with students from Della Lamb Charter School, and assisting with neighborhood beautification projects for the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. COB students spent their day of community service sorting and repackaging food for Harvester's and providing a variety of assistance at Hope Faith Ministries, including serving breakfast, sorting donations, organizing the clothes closet and providing general cleaning. Be sure to check out our terrific first-year students in action in our photo gallery.

Aug 3, 2015

KCU Works to Improve the Well-Being of Kenyan Community

Eight newly finished first-year students joined Gautam Desai, DO, professor of primary care, and Joshua Cox, DO, associate professor and chair of primary care, for KCU Global Health Outreach: Kenya, a medical mission performed during June and July 2015. The group saw approximately 400 patients, including many children who were diagnosed with malaria and needed to receive therapy for two to three days.

KCU was a sponsor of medications, as well as rapid diagnostic tests for malaria. Drs. Desai and Cox donated stethoscopes to the medical officers, and the library staff donated books, which were greatly enjoyed by the children. The mission also performed community service, including the planting of several trees. See more in our photo gallery.

Jun 17, 2015

Going, Going, Gone ...

Kansas City witnessed the last vestiges of the Capri Motel this month, as its iconic sign was taken down June 11-12; the building was demolished in May. KCU purchased the motel this past spring as part of the University’s ongoing investment in our neighborhood and to further our mission to improve the wellbeing of the communities we serve.

KCU donated the sign to the Northeast neighborhood’s Kansas City Museum, which plans to refurbish it for future exhibit. The mid-century icon is symbolic of a more thriving era for the Northeast, during which time the inn served as a favorite stopover for many prominent guests and entertainers visiting Kansas City. The University has been working to level the lot and is in the process of returning the land to green space.

KCU Helps Clean Up Northeast Neighborhood

KCU's Fit Doctors Association student organization, Safety and Emergency Management team, and Office of Student Affairs joined forces to sponsor the University's Clean-Up Day to beautify our local neighborhood.

Thirty-five staff and faculty members along with 12 students comprised three crews: two cleaned litter from five miles of road and trails along Cliff and Reservoir Drives in Kessler Park; a third cleared brush and overgrown weeds from the Pendleton Heights Orchard located at Lexington and Montgall Avenues.

Following the cleanup, crews met at the orchard to enjoy shaved ice from the Kona Ice Truck. Thanks to everyone for all of your hard work to improve our neighborhood! (see photo gallery)

Jun 15, 2015

KCU Academic Center Achieves Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification

KCU’s newly renovated Academic Center has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy-efficient, high-performing design and construction. The University partnered with Kansas City, Mo.-based Helix Architecture + Design on the renovation as part of our five-year Campus Master Plan.
Creating an environment that saves money and resources, while promoting renewable, clean energy and a positive impact on health, supports both KCU’s vision to become the most student-focused medical school in the nation and our strategic commitment to sustainability.

The new Academic Center was certified, in part, because of the repurposing of 90 percent of the materials from Weaver Auditorium, the previous building on the site. After a year of renovation, the structure was transformed into a cutting-edge academic learning center housing two lecture halls with a combined capacity of more than 700 students.

Jun 5, 2015

KCU Has 100% Residency Placement

All eligible KCU-COM students were placed into post-graduate medical education programs for 2015, with just under half entering into primary care specialties. This is good news for our country, which continues to face a growing shortage of primary care physicians — projections reach as high as 45,000 by 2020. See details of our residency placement numbers below.

Internal Medicine - 46                Family Medicine - 46
Emergency Medicine - 24          Pediatrics - 18
Rotating Internship - 18             Anesthesiology - 17
Psychiatry - 13                           Pathology - 12
Obstetrics - 12                           General Surgery - 12
Orthopedics - 7                          Neuro-Peds, Neuro-Adult, Neurosurgery - 6                   Radiology - 5
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - 2
Dermatology - 1     

Jun 1, 2015

Article by KCU's John Dougherty, DO, Looks at Implications of GME Accreditation Merger

“A Brave New World of Graduate Medical Education Accreditation,” by John J. Dougherty, DO, senior associate dean of clinical affairs and graduate medical education for KCU, appears in the April 2015 issue of Kansas City Medicine. The article provides insights on the challenges of transitioning to a single system of graduate medical education accreditation (for osteopathic and allopathic medical schools) and what these changes will mean for the osteopathic profession moving forward.

May 19, 2015

KCU Graduates Largest Class in University’s History

KCU graduated a record 300 students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Biosciences at our 2015 Commencement May 9 at Municipal Auditorium. An audience of more than 3,000 gathered to recognize the largest graduating class in our university's history.

Robert S. Juhasz, DO, president of the American Osteopathic Association, delivered the keynote address, which emphasized today’s changing health care landscape and the reasons osteopathic physicians are particularly well positioned to meet the increased demand for primary care. Dr. Juhasz also was presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters, the University’s highest tribute to an individual for his or her contributions — both personal and professional — to the betterment of humanity. See our photo gallery for more images from this year’s commencement ceremony.

May 15, 2015

University Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

KCU recognized Cinco de Mayo with a celebration that included recorded mariachi music, Mexican-themed decorations, a specially priced Cottonwood Café Mexican menu, and the chance for students, faculty and staff to wield an oversized bat in hopes of reaping the contents of a festive chili pepper piñata.

The event was organized by a volunteer group of employees and sponsored by KCU’s Department of Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation and Inclusion.