Oct 31, 2016

KCU-Joplin Recruiting Is Well Underway

KCU-Joplin student recruiting for the inaugural Class of 2021 is on track and going strong. Just two months after having received the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation's (COCA) approval to begin recruiting efforts, the University's Office of Admissions has been attending recruiting events nationwide and reports outstanding reception and applications from across the U.S. To date, 48 students have been conditionally accepted into the program.

The first KCU-Joplin class will convene July 31, 2017. And while nine months remain before that date, we are confident that the campus will be filled with a full initial cohort of 150 new students next year, and we eagerly anticipate their arrival!

KCU Director of Admissions Patricia Harper talked with the Joplin Regional Business Journal about the application and recruiting process for our first class. (read the article)

Oct 28, 2016

KCU Holds Centennial Gala, Announces $1 Million Challenge Grant

KCU's centennial culminated in a festive fundraising gala Oct. 22 at Kansas City's Union Station. Sponsored by numerous alumni and other University supporters, the grand event drew more than 1,100 people who gathered to celebrate our 100-year history of educating osteopathic physicians and scientists, advancing research and providing service to our communities.

The gala served as a backdrop for the announcement of a $1 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, which will fund the University's planned state-of-the-art Center for Medical and Surgical Simulation. The new simulation center will provide advanced hands-on training to improve patient safety, create opportunities for collaboration with peer institutions in Kansas City to expand training, and improve patient outcomes in our community.

To learn more about KCU's 100 years of excellence, view our centennial video. See the full list of gala sponsors here.

Oct 17, 2016

KCU Centennial History Book Now Available

“A Century of Triumphs,” the centennial history of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, tells the story of overarching resilience in the face of adversity. Founded in 1916 as one of the five original colleges of osteopathic medicine, KCU overcame a number of obstacles with dignity and innovation, emerging as one of the top producers of highly qualified, compassionate osteopathic physicians in the U.S. today. Learn more and order the book.

Sep 28, 2016

KCU-Joplin Receives Approval to Begin Recruiting Students

Efforts to recruit 150 medical students for the Class of 2021 at our new campus in Joplin, Missouri, have now begun! Last month, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) voted to allow KCU to begin operations, including admission of students. KCU received the official green light last week.

Construction of the new campus is scheduled for completion in April 2017, with students arriving in July 2017. KCU-Joplin is the first new medical school in Missouri in nearly 50 years. The University will place a strong emphasis on primary and rural health care to help meet the growing need for physicians in the region. (read more)

Sep 27, 2016

KCU Class of 2018 Crushes COMLEX 1 National Averages

The Class of 2018 has excelled on its Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) Level 1 test scores, with a 98.8% first-time pass rate (5.5% above the national average) and a mean score of 551.92 (30 points above the national average).

COMLEX Level 1 is the first of three challenging exams administered by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. It is typically taken at the conclusion of a student's second year of medical school and is an important factor in determining medical students' competitiveness when applying to residency programs.

Congratulations to our outstanding third-year students and our dedicated KCU faculty,
who teach and guide them along the way!

Sep 23, 2016

Dr. Laurence Belkoff Honored By American College Of Osteophathic Surgeons

KCU alumnus Laurence Belkoff, DO (COM ’82) has been named the 2016 recipient of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) Charles L. Ballinger Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award. Dr. Belkoff is recognized for his outstanding accomplishments and leadership in the field of urological surgery and for furthering the osteopathic profession.

Dr. Belkoff is the recipient of numerous awards for his dedication and service to his profession as a surgeon, educator, leader and researcher. He holds a Master of Science degree in Urology and an honorary law degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is an active member of the ACOS. (read more)

Sep 20, 2016

Three Alumni Recognized for 25 Years of Giving to KCU

Betty Jo White, DO (COM '63), M. Bruce Farkas, DO (COM '64) and Mal Riddell, DO (COM '77) are now among the esteemed members of KCU's Gold Society who have made annual gifts to our University for 25 consecutive years. Their generosity has contributed significantly to KCU's success, and we extend our sincere appreciation for their loyal support. Drs. White, Farkas and Riddell will be honored during the alumni awards reception at our centennial homecoming event in October.

The Gold Society is one of four giving societies and clubs recognized by KCU. Contributions from alumni and friends of the University pave the way for continued student success and graduation of the finest osteopathic physicians and scientists in the country.  (learn more)

Sep 19, 2016

Kids Receive Important Health Checks on KCU Campus

KCU’s community health outreach program, Score 1 for Health, held a screening event on the University’s campus September 16 for students of Scuola Vita Nuova charter middle school. Nearly 200 children were seen by 270 second-year KCU medical students. Under the program, medical students perform supervised health screenings that include physical, blood pressure, height and weight, dental and vision assessments.

Score 1 for Health reaches 13,000 urban core elementary and middle-school students annually, providing health care to underserved populations and valuable training to KCU students. (learn more)

Sep 15, 2016

Dr. Barth Wright Imagines a Day Without Water

KCU Associate Professor of Anatomy Barth Wright, PhD, was recently asked to imagine what a day would be like without water at KCU. This question was posed to a number of organizations throughout the area as part of The Value Of Water Coalition’s national advocacy and education event designed to raise awareness of the importance of water and the infrastructure that supplies it. Dr. Wright’s response emphasizes the essential nature of uninterrupted water supply, especially in an anatomy laboratory setting.