Mar 28, 2016

Annual Symposium Highlights KCU Student, Faculty Research

"A Century of Achievement in Health and Research" brought together our KCU community on March 25 to recognize important work in scientific and medical research by students and faculty alike. This year's Centennial Symposium featured five oral presentations and 45 posters on a variety of research in biomedical or clinical science.

Attendees also heard from KCU medical student Ryan Coute, one of just 14 recipients nationally of the distinguished Sarnoff Fellowship for Cardiovascular Research, and special keynote speaker Dr. Randy Schekman, the 2013 Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine.

Learn more and check out our photo gallery.

Mar 25, 2016

KCMO High School Students Experience "Day in the Life" of Med Ed

Fifty students from three high schools in the Kansas City, Missouri, School District got a first-hand look at what it's like to be a med student during KCU's fourth annual "Med Student for a Day." Held March 23rd on KCU's campus, students from East High School, Northeast High School and Hogan Preparatory Academy participated in practical workshops in osteopathic manipulative medicine, pathology, microbiology and human-patient simulation.

This annual, hands-on event allows KCU to engage with members of our Kansas City community and helps inspire the next generation of highly qualified, compassionate osteopathic physicians. Check out all of our photos from this year's event.

Mar 23, 2016

KCU Welcomes New Staff

KCU is pleased to welcome J. Stuart Hoffman, CFRE, and Elizabeth Alex to our Kansas City campus.

Hoffman joins KCU as alumni relations and annual giving officer for the Office of Institutional Advancement. In this role, he will focus on growing existing relationships with KCU alumni and deepening their engagement with the University each year. (read more in the Kansas City Business Journal)

Alex serves as public relations as community outreach manager for University Relations. She helps tell the University's 100-year story of educating physicians and scientists, and strengthens the University's engagement with and support of organizations and partners in the community. (read more in the Kansas City Business Journal)

Class of 2016 Achieves 100 Percent Residency Match

By 9:30 p.m. on "Match Day," all of this year's 245 graduating medical students from KCU matched with a residency program of their choice, with 49 percent matching in primary care programs. This is the fourth year in a row that KCU has achieved a 100 percent match rate. Other specialties in which KCU students placed range from anesthesiology, neurology and obstetrics and gynecology, to psychiatry, otolaryngology, general surgery and more.

We continue to be impressed by our students' diligence and hard work, as well as by the dedication of our faculty, who provide extensive support and preparation to students. Efforts include early counseling on the availability of programs; a strong emphasis on primary care with role models, educators and advisors; a strong emphasis in our curriculum on physician fundamentals, including both the basic and clinical sciences; dedicated student support during the fourth year; and formalized national board review courses, to name a few. (learn more)

Mar 15, 2016

Dr. Paula Gregory Joins KCU-Joplin as Dean

KCU is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula M. Gregory, DO, as dean of our new college of osteopathic medicine in Joplin, Missouri, effective June 1, 2016.

Dr. Gregory brings a comprehensive background in medical education, family practice and rural medicine to KCU's Joplin campus. As dean, she will lead faculty and students in academics and co-curricular activities, while helping KCU continue to lead in new and innovative methods of medical education.

Read more in the The Kansas City Business Journal and The Joplin Globe.

Mar 14, 2016

Schoen W. Kruse, PhD, Named 2016 NAOME Fellow

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine has named Schoen W. Kruse, PhD, KCU assistant dean for academic affairs, a 2016 National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME) Fellow. Dr. Kruse joins John Graneto, DO, associate dean, and Diane Karius, PhD, associate professor of physiology and director of human patient simulation, as NAOME Fellows. Members serve as leaders and mentors for academic scholarship and excellence within the osteopathic medical education community, serving a five-year term. (read more)

Mar 9, 2016

KCU Says Goodbye to Dr. William Legg

We are saddened by the passing of William Legg, DO, a 1953 graduate of the University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Legg was highly regarded by faculty and students for his commitment to KCU and osteopathic sports medicine. In 2004, the University established the "Legg Lecture Series" in honor of his significant contributions.

A dedicated physician, U.S. veteran and teacher, Dr. Legg will be greatly missed, but his contributions to KCU will not be forgotten. To learn more about Dr. Legg's life and work, read The Kansas City Star's 2014 profile on him.

Mar 8, 2016

Joplin Community Raises Nearly $40 Million for KCU-Joplin

KCU is closing in on $40 million in donations toward the planned development of a new college of osteopathic medicine in Joplin, Missouri. This additional campus location represents the first new medical school in Missouri in nearly 50 years.

The Regional Medical School Alliance, a not-for-profit foundation formed through an alliance of medical and community leaders in the Joplin area, has raised $29.6 million toward its $30 million pledge to KCU for the project. Additionally, an in-kind donation of land and former hospital building from Mercy Hospital Joplin is valued at $9.5 million.

Visit our website and read The Joplin Globe's article for further details.

Mar 2, 2016

Barth W. Wright, PhD, Co-Authors Scientific Article in Nature Communications

Barth W. Wright, PhD, associate professor for KCU's Department of Anatomy, co-authored "Mechanical evidence that Australopithecus sediba was limited in its ability to eat hard foods," which appeared in the Feb. 8 issue of Nature Communications. This important study sheds light on how environmental changes disrupted gracile australopith niches, in turn leading to changes in diet that set the stage for the emergence of our genus Homo. (read the full article)