M.D. Program

Current Student Profiles


Shelby Larson
Shelby Larson
Program of Study: M.D.
Hometown: Springfield, MO
Class of 2020
College/University Attended: Drury University
Why did you choose to attend the UMKC School of Medicine?

One of the reasons I aimed to attend UMKC was that the school partnered with Drury offering the Med Scholars program for early acceptance into medical school. This program relieved my stress that I saw my peers experiencing when apply to medical school. Additionally, I really enjoyed the idea of the docent team and working together in clinic just months after starting school. My peers at other schools do not get the opportunity to see patients so early in their curriculum, and this unique feature drew me to UMKC. I also love the atmosphere in Kansas City! There’s always something to do and a new restaurant to try.

What have you enjoyed most about your experience at UMKC?

My favorite part of my experience so far has been being a part of Blue 7, my docent unit team. Each docent team is so diverse, and I enjoy learning with and from the other students and my docent, Dr. Shah. I learn a lot in clinic every week, and I love seeing new patients. Plus, I always have people to bounce ideas off of and ask questions. It really is like a little family.  

Student organizations involved with/honors and awards:

I am a member of the Pediatric Interest Group, AMA, and The Osler Society of Greater Kansas City. In my free time, I volunteer with Rose Brooks Domestic Violence Shelter.



Dane Stephens
Dane Stephens
Program of Study: M.D.
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Class of 2020
College/University Attended: Texas Christian University
Why did you choose UMKC School of Medicine?

I choose UMKC School of Medicine due to its emphasis on early patient interaction and enhanced focus on team-based learning. The early patient interaction began the first week of medical school, and there hasn’t been a week since when I have not seen at least one patient in some capacity! The docent system is incredible and instantly gives you a group of a dozen students spanning through each year of the program. Your docent unit very quickly becomes your go-to source for advice and is a steadfast support system during your medical school years.

What have you enjoyed most?

My weekly time in the clinic has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of my medical school experience at the UMKC School of Medicine. It is an experience that is so unique to UMKC, and you start seeing patients in clinic within 8 months of starting your medical school classes. I can honestly say that I learn more during my time in clinic than if I were to spend that time reading or listening to a lecture alone. The docent experience offers an opportunity to hone my diagnostic skills, EMR skills, and patient interaction skills over the course of 4 years. I know that my time in clinic has already made me more successful in other aspects of medical school as well.

Student organizations involved with/honors and awards:

I am involved in several interest groups. I am the President of the Medical Humanities interest group and in the process of founding another interest group. I am also involved in research and have several active studies going on currently. I am on the board for the Children’s Miracle Network, KC Dance Marathon and also am active in a multitude of volunteer opportunities UMKC School of Medicine provides for its students.



Caleb Kennon
Caleb Kennon
Hometown: St. Joseph, MO
Class of 2019
College/University Attended: Missouri Western State University
Why did you choose to attend the UMKC School of Medicine:

The UMKC MD program is a great program that serves the community that I ultimately want to serve. The docent experience lines up with how I best learn, and I think that this system is the single best feature about the school. You have a mentor that is invested in your education just as much as you are, and you have that one-on-one relationship throughout your medical education. Additionally, if you look at the match, UMKC consistently places students in some of the most competitive specialties and in the most competitive programs around the nation. I think UMKC is unparalleled by other programs because they produce fantastic clinicians and leaders in healthcare.

What have you enjoyed the most about your experience?

The docent experience – Having this alongside our didactic learning objectives just hammered home concepts and made everything stick. The docent system allows individual development in a small deal approach, and that is both unique and advantageous. It’s one thing to learn about the XYZ but when you’re in the clinic and part of the healthcare team managing and evaluating that condition – it’s something that you remember and build upon. 10/10 would choose UMKC again.

Student Organizations involved with/Honors and Awards

I am a member of the Anesthesiology Interest Group and also a member of the Kansas City Dance Marathon.



Adiba Matin
Adiba Matin
Program of Study: M.D.
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Class of 2021
College/University Attended: University of Chicago
Why did you choose to attend the UMKC School of Medicine?

Arguably the most important aspect of the medical school search is fit. I loved the idea of gaining valuable clinical exposure and unique opportunities to work closely with esteemed faculty through the docent program. The idea of having autonomy in my medical school curriculum was important to me too and unique to UMKC SOM. Lastly, I wanted to be in a place that felt like home. Kansas City is the perfect balance of big city energy and small-town comfort. To me, the perfect fit was a place where I could follow my own path, where I would be able to thrive but encouraged to excel. For this, I chose UMKC.

What have you enjoyed most about your experience at UMKC?

The best part about UMKC thus far has been the docent program. In my first week of medical school, I was able to have direct, meaningful interactions with patients. This sort of hands-on education with careful guidance has taught me so much in such a short amount of time. It has helped me understand what it really means to serve patients—the responsibility, the barriers, and the ultimate rewards. As a result, I know I will be more perceptive, deliberate, and confident in my future clinical endeavors. Although I have a long road ahead, I am thankful to have this fulfilling experience incorporated early in my medical education because it reminds me why I decided to pursue medicine in the first place.

Student organizations involved with/honors and awards:

In my undergraduate career, I was lucky enough to gain a broad spectrum of experiences that ultimately propelled my desire to pursue medicine. I worked as a scientific editor for the University of Chicago Medicine as well as a clinical research assistant for the Hospitalist Project. In my free time, I was an EMR and became involved in two student-run scientific journals through The Triple Helix, with the intention of promoting scientific discourse on campus. I loved the ability to interact with people through medical science and got to actively take part in improving the health of patients in marginalized communities as a UChicago Fellow for Community and Social Medicine.

At UMKC, I am eager to continue my interests in clinical research, scientific journalism, and service, with the hopes of sparking a few new fires along the way. I am currently a Student Ambassador and involved with Interprofessionalism and Bioethics research. I am excited to be a new member of the Osler Society and the American Medical Association.