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.

May 11, 2015

Bioethics Symposium Addresses Treatment of Chronic Pain

KCU hosted the Center for Practical Bioethics’ (CPB) annual Joan Berkley Bioethics Symposium April 30, providing a forum for individuals to gather to discuss real-life ethical situations and collaborate on solutions to complex issues for health and health care.

This year’s symposium explored major trends and issues in the treatment of chronic pain and featured guest speakers Keith Wailoo, PhD, professor of history and public affairs, and vice dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; and Kathleen M. Foley, MD, neurologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Caner Center and professor of neurology, neuroscience and clinical pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

KCU continues to increase our emphasis in bioethics, including incorporating bioethics in years one and two in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, expanding our citywide partnership in bioethics education, partnering with CPB to expand our Certificate in Bioethics offering, and improving our curricular offerings in pain and symptom management. In addition, Bruce Dubin, DO, JD, FCLM, FACO, KCU executive vice president of Academic Affairs, provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, now serves as a member of CPB’s board of directors; Tarris Rosell, the Rosemary Flanigan Chair for CPB, serves as KCU’s chair in bioethics.

May 5, 2015

KCU Joins Joplin Leaders To Announce New Medical School Site

Leadership from KCU joined Joplin, Mo., business and civic leaders at a gathering April 21 to announce plans for KCU’s second medical school location there. The event, held at Mercy Hospital Joplin’s former, temporary facility — soon to be the home of KCU Joplin, thanks to the health system’s generous donation — provided an opportunity for community members to ask questions and served as the official kick-off for fundraising efforts.

Thus far, the Joplin community and its medical providers, through the Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance, have pledged $30 million to assist in the development of the Joplin campus, including a multi-million-dollar commitment from Freeman Health System. Both Mercy and Freeman will provide clinical education and help develop a new graduate medical education program for the school.

KCU Joplin will be transformative for the region, as well as for our university, and will help address the growing need for physicians in rural America. The new school will welcome its inaugural class of 150 students in the fall of 2017.

May 1, 2015

KCU Academic Center Receives Prestigious Design Award

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ (KCU) Academic Center received major industry awards for its design and renovation work by Kansas City-based Helix Architecture + Design. The Mid-America Design Awards program, sponsored by the International Interior Design Awards, presented twenty awards in 10 categories.

KCU’s Academic Center took the top honor in the Higher Education and Research category, and Best of Show among all 20 projects recognized for design excellence. The new, state-of-the-art facility houses two lecture halls having a combined capacity of more than 700 students, and was built repurposing more than 90 percent of its original materials.