Mar 31, 2015

Demolition of Capri Motel Slated for Spring

We have just completed the purchase of the Capri Motel, with plans to demolish the structure this spring and return the land it sits on to green space. As part of our continued commitment to improve the well-being of the communities we serve, this decision represents a win-win-win for the City, the Northeast Neighborhood and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU).

Mar 30, 2015

Applications Increase Across the Board

We have realized tremendous growth in the number of students applying for admission to all of our degree programs. Overall, applications at KCU are increasing at a rate that is more than double the average of that for all U.S. medical schools — DO and MD.
  • As of March 4, KCU had received 6,004 applications to the College of Osteopathic Medicine — a year-over-year increase of more than 36 percent.
  • The number of applications to the one-year bioethics program has jumped up to 98, compared to just 19 applications last year.
  • Combined applications to both the one- and two-year biomedical sciences tracks in the College of Biosciences have increased more than six-fold since last year, from 158 to 961.

Mar 25, 2015

Magazine Honors Two From KCU as 2015 'Heroes in Health Care'

Two of KCU's own were among those honored March 24 as “Heroes in Health Care” for 2015 by Ingram’s Magazine. Gautam Desai, DO, and Edythe Lindsey were recognized during a reception earlier today at the InterContinental Kansas City on the Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

Dr. Desai was honored as a “Hero in Health Care” in the medical missions category. A member of the KCU faculty since 2000, he currently serves as professor of primary care medicine, in addition to leading the University’s new global health honors track. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Desai has participated in more than 15 medical missions through his work with DOCARE International and conservatively estimates that he and other volunteers from KCU have cared for approximately 50,000 patients during that time.

Lindsey was honored as a “Hero in Health Care” in the auxiliary staff category. Lindsey, a building services custodian, has worked at KCU for more than 51 years. During that time, she has witnessed the growth of the University and experienced its many changes. She has remained loyal and dedicated to the University, she says, thanks to her love for the people at KCU, especially the students.

Mar 10, 2015

Donor Support Remains Strong for KCU and Our Students

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) is proud to offer our students high-quality educational experiences, the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities. However, we can’t do it alone.

Philanthropic support of the University is critical to the future success of KCU and our students. With the generosity of our alumni and friends, we will:
  • Build one of the largest centers for medical simulation, transforming our ability to provide advanced training to meet the health care needs of the future.
  • Provide additional scholarship support to help make medical and science education for our students more affordable.
  • Increase opportunities for research activities, expand scientific experiences and drive intellectual curiosity.
We, therefore, gratefully acknowledge the following recent gifts of $50,000 or more:
  • William T. Kemper Foundation, $250,000 for the Center for Medical Simulation
  • J.E. Dunn Construction, $250,000 for the Center for Medical Simulation
  • Terrence P. and Peggy Dunn, $100,000 for the Center for Medical Simulation
  • Marc B. Hahn, DO, and Robin K. Hahn, $100,000 for capital needs
  • Claire Giannini Fund, $63,000 for Score 1 for Health
  • Larry L. Odekirk, DO (COM ‘63), and Gerry Odekirk, $100,000 IRA estate gift intention forming an endowment for scholarships and other needs
  • Reach Healthcare Foundation, $66,300 for Score 1 for Health
  • Victor E. Speas Foundation, U.S. Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, $82,000 for research equipment
For more information about how you can support KCU, please contact the Advancement Office at 816-654-7280 or

Make Plans Now to Attend Homecoming 2015 and Take Advantage of Free CME Credits

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) – now more than ever – is committed to promoting lifelong learning for our students and alumni. As evidence of that commitment, we announced last year that we will offer all KCU-College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni free CME credits for life in conjunction with future Homecoming events.

Make plans now to take advantage of this special offer for the first time during the 2015 KCU Update in Medicine, scheduled for Sept. 17-19, during Homecoming. Watch your inbox for more information and registration details coming soon!