Feb 26, 2015

New Research Consortium Brings Together Scientists from KCU, KU and UMKC to Focus on Musculoskeletal Diseases

A newly announced Musculoskeletal Disease Consortium formed by the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Kansas Medical Center marks the first time the Kansas City area’s three health sciences universities have joined forces to advance biomedical and translational research.

The consortium, announced Feb. 25, combined the individual strengths and resources of the three institutions, and offers key opportunities, including:

  • Facilitating research and pursuit of large-scale funding
  • Improving educational opportunities for our students
  • Accelerating the process of turning discoveries into clinical treatments

Our announcement received local and national media coverage in a variety of publications, including the Kansas City Business Journal, PR Newswire and Medical News. It represents a defining moment for KCU in that it both demonstrates our commitment to the advancement of science, as well as defines us as a steadfast collaborator in the biomedical research community of Kansas City.

Feb 23, 2015

High School Students Learn About Medical School, Health Professions During KCU Visit

High school students from several area schools visited the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) campus Feb. 20 as part of the University’s Medical Student for a Day program. The event allowed students interested in pursuing careers in medical or health sciences professions an opportunity to participate in a variety of hand-on workshops and interact with KCU students.

Feb 20, 2015

Students Participate in Disaster Life Support Training

Osteopathic medical students at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) recently practiced how they would care for people injured in various types of disasters. All second-year medical students participated in the five-day course, Feb. 17-21, which was organized by the National Disaster Life Support Foundation.

Training included classroom lectures, as well as five disaster simulations designed to provide hands-on learning experiences similar to what might happen in real-world scenarios. Simulations included sounds of gunfire, explosions and use of one of KCU’s cut suits. Students learned what they should do in mass-casualty situations, how to use personal protective equipment, how to decontaminate victims and other first responders, and tactics for dealing with the unexpected. Watch video of the exercises taken by The Kansas City Star.

Feb 12, 2015

KCU Hosts Reception and Panel Discussion for New Deans of Kansas City's Three Medical Schools

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) hosted community leaders, colleagues in academic medicine and research, and other distinguished guests to a special panel discussion and reception Feb. 11 introducing the new deans for each of Kansas City's three medical schools:

  • Bruce Dubin, DO, JD, our own provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Steven Kanter, MD, dean of the UMKC School of Medicine
  • Robert Simari, MD, executive dean of the KU School of Medicine

Approximately 300 people gathered our Academic Center to hear each dean present his own perspective on current issues in medical education and in our community. It was evident that these three high-caliber physician educators are blending their experience and expertise in medical education, research and clinical acumen to make significant impact on the future of medicine in this region.

This event marked the first time the three universities have come together to showcase the collaborative impact we have on our community. Kansas City is unique because we have three medical schools, a significant fact for a mid-size city. Together, the three schools graduate more than 600 physicians each year and we can each benefit from our close proximity to one another in order to advance medical education, research initiatives and clinical service. No other region has the opportunity to have such an impact.

Please take a moment to read the positive coverage we received in The Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Business Journal. In addition, here is a collection of 'tweets' about the event and a photo gallery from that evening.

Feb 10, 2015

KCU Earns Placement on President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2014

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) was recently recognized for our dedication to serving others by being named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2014. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service, honored KCU in the General Community Service category.

Our achievement illustrates our continued commitment to service-learning activities for our students and to fulfilling the University’s mission of “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.”

Feb 6, 2015

University Announces Tuition Decrease for All Students

All of us at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) are dedicated to achieving our vision of becoming the most student-focused medical university in the nation. We know the long-term impact that academic debt has on our students. During the past three years, our administration has been examining approaches to help control that debt and to ensure that our academic programs represent the best possible value.

As further evidence of that commitment, we are proud to share that we recently announced a modest reduction in tuition for all students for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year. This latest tuition decrease – our second in the past three years – comes at a time when most U.S. medical universities are raising tuition by 3-5 percent. While it is unlikely we can continue this trend long-term, this is a significant achievement for our campus, but more importantly, it represents our continued commitment to our students, the next generation of physicians and scientists.