B.A. / M.D. Program

Current Student Profiles


Nathan LaVoy
Nathan LaVoy
Hometown: Springfield, MO
Class of 2017
Specialty Interest: Pediatrics, Emergency Med, or Oncology
Why did you choose to attend the B.A./M.D. program at UMKC?

To me, there is no greater benefit than starting on your career as soon as possible.  UMKC School of Medicine allowed me to dive right in to pursue my future career as a physician.  Being exposed to clinical settings and interviewing patients as a first year is something not a lot of medical schools have to offer.  I will have six full years of patient interaction under my belt as I continue on to residency.  I knew it would be an easy transition from home because UMKC School of Medicine is located in a city that has so much to offer.  When I am tired of studying, I am able to take advantage of such an amazing atmosphere that Kansas City provides.

What have you enjoyed most about your experience at UMKC?

Coming from a city not full of a lot of diversity, I have embraced what UMKC School of Medicine has to offer. I have met so many different people from different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and upbringings.  I feel so blessed to be able to be a part of a program where all these people from different parts of the world can come together in order to work towards a common goal of patient care.  Also the continuous chain of knowledge and mentors is outstanding.  From our Education Team Coordinators and Docents to my fellow colleagues, older students, and teachers, I never feel alone when it comes to asking for advice and learning as much as I can.

Student Organizations involved with/Honors and Awards

I was a Peer Mentor for the class of 2018 along with being the Class of 2017 Treasurer.   I am currently a Student Ambassador as well as Treasurer for AMA.  One of my biggest commitments lies with the annual INDUS talent show, participating in a class run dance the past two years.  I plan on co-choreographing our dance for this upcoming year.  I have been honored to be involved in the UMKC School of Medicine promo video as well as the school’s magazine, Panorama.  I was chosen to teach a cadaver dissection during the Summer Scholars program at UMKC School of Medicine this past summer.  I have also been involved in the various interest groups that UMKC School of Medicine has to offer, such as Pediatric Interest Group, Family Med Interest Group, Emergency Med Interest Group, and Spanish in Medicine.



Kayla Briggs
Kayla Briggs
Hometown: Liberty, MO
Class of 2017
Specialty Interest: OB/GYN
Why did you choose to attend the B.A./M.D. program at UMKC?

I chose to attend the UMKC School of Medicine because I was positive I wanted to pursue a career as a physician but could not imagine waiting another four years after high school to begin the journey.  The program provides immediate, weekly clinical experience that keeps you motivated throughout your coursework and gives you early patient exposure that traditional programs do not offer until the beginning of third year.  Prior to admission, I shadowed many graduates of the UMKC School of Medicine; their outstanding competencies in medicine combined with a genuine ability to care for and about their patients confirmed this program would allow me to become the well-rounded physician I strive to be.

What have you enjoyed most about your experience at UMKC?

I have enjoyed the people that the UMKC School of Medicine brings together most.  Living in the dorms the first year of the program brings people from across the country and from different backgrounds together, everyone sharing a common love for medicine and the willingness to commitment to the field at a young age.  The cohesion the class forms remains as a support system and friendships made within each class and throughout the school are for the long haul.

Student Organizations involved with/Honors and Awards
  • Dramatic Health Education Project, Osler Society/Osler Society Hospice Class of 2013, AMA


Dayne Voelker
Dayne Voelker
Hometown: Perryville, MO
Class of 2017
Why did you choose to attend medical school at UMKC?

My decision to choose the UMKC School of Medicine centered on many reasons. Knowing from an early age that I wanted to be a doctor, I loved the early clinical opportunities that UMKC offered compared to other medical schools. No other university offered clinical experience in the first year of schooling like UMKC does. Also, I loved the location of the UMKC School of Medicine. Being from a small town in Southeast Missouri I did not want to be too far away from home and I also wanted to attend college in a city where I felt at home. Kansas City is a large city, but I also got the small town feel in Kansas City which made me feel comfortable leaving home. The challenge of directly entering medical school upon completion of high school was also a reason why I chose UMKC. Having determined that I wanted to be a doctor I did not want to have to complete an undergraduate degree before applying to medical school. If I wanted to become a doctor, then UMKC would directly offer that since it is a combined program where the student is automatically accepted into medical school on the first day of college.

What have you enjoyed most about your experience at UMKC?

From my experience at the UMKC School of Medicine, I have most enjoyed the family atmosphere that the school provides. Being in a class of over one hundred students from day one of college, allowed for my classmates and me to really bond and grow a great relationship. Over my time at UMKC, my fellow classmates have been valuable resources and I have made lifelong friends here that will continue on after medical school. Also, within each class of medical students there is so much diversity and that is another aspect of UMKC School of Medicine that I enjoyed. Not only were my classmates pushing me to do better in school and were great social resources when I wanted a break from studying, they were also a way to become more diverse and learn about different cultures.

Student Organizations involved with/Honors and Awards
  • Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
  • Year One/Two representative for the Student Interest Group of Neurosurgery
  • Vice President of UMKC School of Medicine Class of 2017 for two years
  • Elected as Year Two Representative on the Council of Evaluation
  • Selected as a Student Ambassador for the UMKC School of Medicine
  • Years One and Two UMKC School of Medicine Scholarship
  • Years 3-6 UMKC School of Medicine Flarsheim Scholarship


BJ Osterberger
BJ Osterberger
Hometown: Harrison, AK
Class of 2019
Specialty Interest: Radiology or Cardiology
Why did you choose to attend medical school at UMKC?

I chose UMKC SOM for its curriculum which is specifically designed for aspiring high school students wanting to practice medicine. After discovering that I would be learning from physicians and interacting with patients the second week of school I knew that UMKC was where I wanted to go.

What have you enjoyed most about your experience at UMKC?

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning I put on my ironed white coat, and pin my nametag on that says “Bj Osterberger, Medical Student”.  It may be 8:00 in the morning, but I’m excited and ready to start docent.  Unlike a traditional college freshman, I get to use the material covered in the classroom and apply it in a real world clinical setting which makes learning a much more exciting and fruitful experience.

Student Organizations involved with/Honors and Awards
  • American Medical Association
  • Internal Affairs Officer for GlobeMed
  • DAR Citizenship Award
  • Election results pending for position of class president