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.