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Kansas City, MO 64108

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

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Introduction

In 1971 a combined 6-year undergraduate and graduate program of study was offered at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine for the first time; thus, rather than being patterned after the traditional program of 4 years of undergraduate study followed by 4 years of medical school, the program at this school is designed to accept high school graduates, who will spend 6 years and receive combined baccalaureate-medical degrees at the completion of their studies. The school is located on a 135-acre campus.

Academics

6-year modern. Program operates on a 48-week year and has the objective of preparing physicians committed to comprehensive health care. Years 1 and 2: These years comprise liberal arts and introductory medical courses. Emphasis is on team approach and courses integrate patient interviews and examinations with basic medical sciences, psychology, and sociology. Years 3 through 6: A clinical scholar is assigned for each small group of students and will act as their guide during the balance of study. Clinical sciences are taught in the affiliate hospitals, with a problem-centered approach. Student attains a specific set of clinical competencies as a precondition to attaining degree. Each student is given the opportunity to acquire a broad base of information in the basic, clinical, and behavioral sciences. The program also provides the students with a realistic knowledge of community health problems and resources. Education is provided in a positive learning environment, enhanced by strong student support services. An alternative extended study program is also available. The graduate should be prepared for advanced training, should qualify for medical licensure, and should be stimulated for a career involving lifelong learning.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: A Minority Recruitment Committee works to identify and recruit health science students early in their secondary schooling. Other degree programs: None.

Admissions

Major emphasis of school is the combined 6-year BA-MD program for graduating high school seniors. Only limited number of places will be open for Missouri residents completing the usual premedical college program. For year 1: High school students should have strong science background and take other courses that will prepare them for a medical school education that is community oriented. For year 3: Minimum of a baccalaureate degree is required. Selection is based on an applicant’s academic potential as reflected by high school performance and scores on the ACT. Personal qualities sought are maturity, proper motivation, interpersonal skills, reliability, sense of compassion, and interests. Potentially qualified applicants are invited for interviews at the medical school campus. Transfer and advanced standing: Not applicable.

Students

A Pass/Fail system is used, and obtaining a total passing score on Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE is required for promotion and graduation, respectively. Teaching: A new medical school building has been completed. Clinical facilities include Children’s Mercy Hospital, a major acute Psychiatric Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Truman Medical Center, the primary adult care teaching hospital.Other: Several community hospitals are associated with the school and provide beds for teaching. Library: The Health Sciences Library is located on the second floor of the medical school building. Housing: Students are expected to live in the university residence hall on the main campus for the first year.


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