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.

KCU Gets On Board With the Green Commute Challenge

The results are in, and KCU's numbers are up for this year's Mid-America Regional Council's Green Commute Challenge! Our faculty, students and staff enthusiastically chose transportation modes other than "single car- single driver" to reduce ozone pollution during peak summer months.

KCU's number of participants more than doubled this year over 2015, saving an estimated 309 gallons of fuel through carpooling, taking public transportation, riding a bicycle, walking to campus or working from home. The combined efforts resulted in keeping more than 6,000 pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air. Congratulations to all for a job well done!

Sep 6, 2016

Dr. Schoen Kruse Offers Insights on Educating Educators

Schoen Kruse, PhD, KCU assistant dean and associate professor of pharmacology, recently posted an article on the Harvard Macy Institute blog, offering a glimpse into his early career as a teacher and transformative experience completing the HMI Program for Educators in Health Professions. Dr. Kruse's blog discusses course development using a learning-centric approach, which he illustrates through the development of his teaching and learning curriculum for the KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine Anatomy Fellows. (read more)