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