KCU Opens First New Medical School in Missouri in 46 Years to Serve as Model for Nation

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Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences opens a second medical school in Joplin, Mo. that will train future physicians to serve rural areas

Dr. Marc B. Hahn, DO cuts the ribbon at KCU-Joplin

"This is the dawning of a new era for educating osteopathic physicians to serve the primary care and rural health needs of Southwest Missouri and Beyond."

Leaders from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) joined partners and friends from the Joplin regional community to celebrate the realization of a long-awaited dream with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the KCU Farber-McIntire campus, and the opening of the first new medical school in Missouri in nearly half a century, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

“This is indeed an amazing day,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, president and CEO of KCU. “Together, we have established an innovative and collaborative approach to medical education that will serve as a model for our country.”

In July of 2017 KCU-Joplin will welcome its first class of more than 162 medical students. Many of these students grew up in the surrounding area and have expressed plans to remain in the region in order to help improve access to high-quality primary medical care.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the primary care physician shortage in the United States is projected to exceed 50,000 by 2025, greater than in any other specialties. The total physician shortage across all specialties is projected to reach more than 100,000.

“This is the dawning of a new era for educating osteopathic physicians locally to serve the primary care and rural health needs of Southwest Missouri and beyond,” Hahn said.

KCU-Joplin has been made possible through collaboration among KCU, Mercy Hospital Joplin, Freeman Health System, the City of Joplin and philanthropic leadership from the surrounding community.

The KCU-Joplin campus is located on the site of Mercy’s former hospital, which was constructed in 2012 to serve as a temporary facility following the destruction of St. John’s Hospital during the devastating Joplin tornado in 2011. “Our university is extremely proud to be part of the story that is the continuing rebirth of Joplin,” noted Hahn. "We are honored to be opening this medical school on the hallowed grounds of the former St. John’s Hospital. It is indeed, like the 'Phoenix rising from the ashes.'”

KCU-Joplin will feature cutting-edge technology, anatomy and physical diagnosis laboratories, advanced robotics for patient simulation and other unique features.

The Joplin region and the entire nation want and deserve well-trained physicians who treat patients as people, not as a set of symptoms or a disease. KCU-Joplin will lead the way in educating future generations of doctors dedicated to a whole-person approach to medical care, and to improving the lives of the communities they serve.

About Kansas City University
The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private not-for-profit university with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state. KCU is the second-leading producer of physicians for both the states of Missouri and Kansas.

KCU will open a second medical school in Joplin, Mo., in 2017 to help address the growing need for primary care physicians in the region’s rural communities.

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