Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

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Kansas City University
of Medicine and Biosciences
KCU Logo.png
Former names

Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery
Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine

University of Health Sciences
Type Private, Non-profit
Established 1916 (1916)
Endowment $70 million[1]
Chairman Marshall Walker[2]
President Marc B. Hahn, DO
Dean Gary M. Johnston, DO (Interim)
Academic staff
54[3][4]
Students 1,027[5]
Location Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
39°06′24″N 94°33′39″W / 39.1067°N 94.5608°W / 39.1067; -94.5608Coordinates: 39°06′24″N 94°33′39″W / 39.1067°N 94.5608°W / 39.1067; -94.5608
Campus Urban, 23 acres[6]
Nickname KCU
Website www.kcumb.edu

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) is a private, non-profit, graduate school for the health professions, with a main campus located on 23 acres in Kansas City, in the U.S. state of Missouri. Founded in 1916, KCU consists of both a College of Osteopathic Medicine and a College of Biosciences.

KCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[5] and recognized by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education for the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.[7]

History[edit]

Kansas City University opened in May 1916, as the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery. At the time, it was the fifth osteopathic medical school to be established.[8] In January 1921, the college moved its campus to the Northeast neighborhood, just east of downtown Kansas City. In 1940, Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery took over the assets of the Central College of Osteopathy, Kansas City, MO.[9]

In November 1970, the name of the college was changed to The Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCCOM), and again in July 1980 to The University of Health Sciences (UHS). In 1999, KCU joined with seven other research institutions to form the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI). As a founding KCALSI partner, KCU is working to biomedical research within the greater Kansas City area.

In 2004, the College of Biosciences opened, and the university's name was changed to "Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences."[9] The first students in the College of Biosciences began coursework in the fall of 2005, working towards a one-year master's degree in biomedical sciences. The College of Biosciences later expanded the program to a two-year master's degree. In 2008, the college began offering a Master of Arts in bioethics.

In 2009, the president of the university, Karen Pletz, pursued the possibility of offering a dual DO/MD degree.[10] The idea of a dual DO/MD degree was very controversial and raised concerns within the osteopathic medical community.[11] Several leaders of the profession formally requested the option be abandoned. Pletz was subsequently fired, but refrained from discussing the details of her dismissal as a lawsuit was underway.[10] The lawsuit and firing related to financial disagreements between Pletz and the university.[1] Later that day, Pletz filed a countersuit against the school for alleged wrongful termination.[12] Pletz was indicted by Federal Prosecutors on March 31, 2011 for embezzling $1.5 million from KCU.[13] Pletz committed suicide November 22, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida before the case went to trial.[14][15]

In January 2014, the university announced a $60 million expansion plan, which is expected to include a clinical training center, offices, classrooms, and a medical simulation building.[16][17] The school occupies the original site of Children's Mercy Hospital.[18]

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Academics[edit]

KCU offers graduate degrees in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences, clinical psychology, business, and bioethics.

College of Osteopathic Medicine[edit]

KCU Affiliated Hospitals[19]
Location
HCA Midwest Division[20] Kansas City Metro Area
Unity Health - White County Medical Center Searcy, Arkansas
Florida Hospital East Orlando, Florida
Gulf Coast Medical Center Ft Myers, Florida
St. John Oakland Hospital Madison Heights, Michigan
Freeman Hospital & Health System Joplin, Missouri
St. Mary's Hospital Blue Springs, Missouri
Beaumont Hospital-Farmington Hills Farmington Hills, Michigan
Des Peres Hospital St. Louis, Missouri
St. Francis Health Center Topeka, Kansas
Swedish Medical Center (Colorado) Denver, Colorado
Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center Denver, Colorado
OhioHealth Doctor's Hospital Columbus, Ohio
INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center Toledo, Ohio

Founded in 1916 as the university's inaugural program, the College of Osteopathic Medicine confers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of three medical schools in the United States to be recognized twice with the John Templeton Foundation’s Spirituality in Medicine Curricular Award, which recognizes outstanding medical education curricula incorporating spirituality in medicine.[citation needed] KCU is also one of three osteopathic medical schools nationwide working to enhance future physicians’ cultural competency and eliminate disparities in health care through a grant from the American Medical Student Association.[citation needed]

The curriculum at KCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine consists of four years of structured training leading to the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. The first two years are organized in a modified systems, clinical application based curriculum. Each system is repeated in years one and two. The first year focuses on normal structure and function, and the second year focuses on disease, process and clinical presentation.[21] Throughout year one and two, students have early clinical exposure in the curriculum through participation in Score 1 for Health (KCU-Kansas City), standardized patient encounters and human patient simulation. Years three and four, students are matched with a preceptor, or at hospital/ward at a KCU affiliated clerkship site in various areas of medicine and surgery.

The school has an early matriculation program, called the Partnership Plan, with several undergraduate institutions. In this program students can apply to in their sophomore year of college and be accepted by their junior year.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine offers two dual-degree programs through a partnership with Rockhurst University’s Helzberg School of Management. Dual-degree students complete both programs in 4 years and graduate with other members of their KCU class.[22]

College of Biosciences[edit]

The College of Biosciences was established in 2005 and currently offers two degrees including a Master of Science of Biomedical Sciences, and a Master of Science of Bioethics.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program[edit]

KCU’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program will be a five-year, practice-oriented program. Students are exposed to a broad base of discipline-specific knowledge and trained in profession-wide competencies set by the American Psychological Association. KCU will offer the only PsyD program in Missouri or Kansas. This program will work synergistically with the College of Osteopathic Medicine to enhance clinical education.

Campus[edit]

The Kansas City University campus is located on a 23 acres, and consists of 13 buildings.[6] The Administrative Building, the prior site of Children's Mercy Hospital, which houses the administrative offices and support facilities. The Annex Building, with 2,200+ seat lecture halls, consists primarily of classroom space. The D'Angelo Library opened in the spring of 2011 and includes a learning resources center, collection and reference rooms, several training and conference rooms, an audio-visual/multimedia room, a special collections room, and group study rooms and numerous offices for library support personnel. The library was named for Vincent D'Angelo, D.O. (class of 1957) and his wife, Cleo D'Angelo.[23] The Leonard Smith Hall houses more than 50 individual and small-group study rooms, a computer lab, student lounge, and a state-of-the-art Bioethics classroom. The Mary Lou Butterworth, D.O., Alumni Center is a meeting center for students, faculty, and alumni.

The Dybedal Center for Research is the focus of research activities at KCU. The 45,000-square-foot (4,200 m2) center is equipped for Biosafety Levels I and II research and includes more than 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of basic science laboratories. Opened in 2004, the Dybedal Center includes an 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) clinical research center, the only adult academic clinical research center in Kansas City that conducts Phase I-IV studies.[23]

The Kesselheim Center for Clinical Competence was completed in 2006, and provides a facility for patient simulations for first and second year medical students, both human "Standardized Patients," and technologic simulations.[24]

The Strickland Education Pavilion opened in 1996 and houses anatomy and OMT laboratories, a classroom for biomedical sciences students, a 250-seat auditorium, a cafeteria, and meeting rooms.

The Student Activities Center, which opened in early 2011, includes a student lounge, Common Grounds Cafe, meetings and conference rooms, Matthews Bookstore, a multi-dimensional fitness center with cardiovascular and weight training equipment, an aerobics facility, and game room. The building is connected to Weaver Auditorium, a 1,500-seat auditorium, which opened in 2007.

KCU will enroll its first class in the KCU-Joplin campus, in Joplin, Missouri, which will begin classes in the fall of 2017.[25]

The KCU-Joplin campus features a 150,000 square foot building on approximately 40 acres of land. This building feautres state-of-the-art facilities, technology, inlcuding a 200-person lecture hall, cutting-edge simulation center, and new anatomy and OMM labs.[26]

Students[edit]

KCU Demographics[3]
Students
Asian 18%
Black/African American 1%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Two or more 2%
White/Non-Hispanic 72%
Non-resident alien 2%
Unknown 2%

There were 1,106 students enrolled for the 2015-16 academic year.[3] About 44 percent of KCU students are female,[3] and students range from 18 to 40 years of age.[27] About 18% of students are Asian, 1% Black/African American, 2% Hispanic/Latino, 72% White/Caucasian, 2% identify as two or more races or ethnicities, and the remainder are of unknown race/ethnicity. Students on campus participate in a number of clubs, which include:[28]

People[edit]

Since 1916, more than 10,500 students have graduated from KCU.[29]

Alumni[edit]

Of KCU osteopathic physician alumni, about 70 percent practice primary care medicine, and 40 percent practice in rural settings.[30]

Score 1 for Health[edit]

Score 1 for Health is a non-profit organization that administers free, comprehensive health screenings to elementary-aged children living in Kansas City's urban core. The program gives students hands-on clinical training while still in their first and second year of medical school. The programs screens up to 13,000 kids for vision, dental, hearing, blood pressure, height/weight and more every year. Registered nurses follow up with kids who have a referral and their families to connect them to health resources in the community.[32]

Accreditation[edit]

KCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[5] and recognized by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education for the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.[7]

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  13. ^ "KCUMB President Pletz indicted for Embezzlement". 
  14. ^ Bavley, Alan (February 10, 2012). "Karen Pletz's Death Was a Suicide, Coronor Says". The Kansas City Star. 
  15. ^ Bavley, Alan (June 12, 2012). "Feds settle claim against Karen Pletz estate". The Kansas City Star. 
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  20. ^ https://www.kcumb.edu/blog/medical-education/hca-midwest-health-and-kansas-city-university-announce-a-clinical-rotation-collaboration-to-help-educate-medical-students
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