May 20, 2016

1965 Alumnus Receives International Humanitarian Award

Congratulations to Dr. Royce Keilers, a member of KCU's 1965 graduating class, for earning Heart to Heart International's (HHI) 2016 Power of One Award. HHI presents the award to an individual who exemplifies compassion toward the underserved and victims of crisis by significantly supporting the organization's humanitarian mission.

Dr. Keilers was recognized for his life's work to advance primary care medicine and build bridges among people, organizations and culture. Specifically, Dr. Keilers led the way in forming the International Primary Care Alliance with the goal of bringing together physicians, health care providers, foundations, governments and industries to enrich global health through primary care education. He was honored during the HHI Compassion Gala at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel on May 7. (learn more) Watch the YouTube video.

May 12, 2016

KCU Celebrates Largest Graduating Class at Centennial Commencement Ceremony

With 343 students receiving their degrees during the May 7 Centennial Commencement Ceremony at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium, KCU celebrated its largest graduating class in history. The Class of 2016 represents the University's 100th year of graduating physicians and 11th year of graduating scientists.

During the ceremony, KCU presented an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to two distinguished guests: commencement keynote speaker Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, George Washington University; and Sylvester "Sly" James, Jr., Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. (read more)

May 9, 2016

Second-Year Med Students Gain Advanced Disaster Training

KCU's 260 second-year medical students gained certification in an Advanced Disaster Life Support Course during a training held May 1 - 5. The course trains first responders for disasters, including hurricanes, tornados, floods, bombs, chemical spills and building collapses.

In addition to navigating a simulated natural disaster, which features volunteers wearing theatrical makeup to portray various wound victims, students receive feedback from volunteers, as well as information on post-traumatic stress and how to handle related psychological issues.

KCU is committed to best preparing students for a variety of situations they may encounter in their medical careers and is the only medical school in the country to require certification of its students at this level. Watch the 41 Action News story about the training.

May 5, 2016

KCU Kicks Off “100 Trees Project” to Celebrate Centennial

In honor of our centennial celebration, KCU will plant 100 trees on and around campus in our Northeast Neighborhood during 2016. To kick off this initiative, KCU students, faculty and staff, alongside representatives from Pendleton Heights and the Giving Grove, planted paw paw, jujube, pear, apple and cherry trees in the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Orchard from 9 a.m. to noon on April 22nd, Earth Day. Check out the recent article in the Northeast News and the story on KSHB TV.

Following the Earth Day planting, KCU partnered with fourth-graders from Scuola Vita Nuova on April 28th to plant European pear, dwarf apple, cherry and fig trees in KCU's community garden. Each year, KCU's community garden provides more than 1,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Della Lamb food pantry, which serves local families. Once in full production, it's estimated the 37 trees planted thus far will alone yield an additional 9,800 pounds of fresh food annually for our neighborhood!

May 2, 2016

Local Middle School Students Get First-Hand Look at Med School

On April 27, KCU introduced a new Med Student for a Day program designed for local middle school students. The event replicates KCU's established initiative for high school students and demonstrates what it's like to attend medical school. Approximately 30 sixth- to eighth-grade students from Scuola Vita Nuova and Crossroads Academy visited KCU's campus to participate in this special program.

Med Student for a Day provides a hands-on experience that introduces Kansas City's youth to the idea of medical school early on to spur interest in a medical career. KCU hopes to expand this program in the future, holding one program per quarter.