M.D. Program

Current Student Profiles


Molly Carnahan
Molly Carnahan
Hometown: Springfield, MO
Class of 2017
College/University Attended: Wake Forest University
Why did you choose to attend the UMKC School of Medicine?

One of the main factors in choosing UMKC was attending a medical school closer to home. I spent the past 4.5 years on the east coast and I have loved it, but I am ready to be closer to my family. When deciding on a medical school, I also knew that it was important for me to feel comfortable in the school and community. While at my UMKC interview, the other potential medical students were extremely friendly and I enjoyed learning more about them. Lastly, I chose UMKC because of the increased clinical exposure early on in our medical education.

What have you enjoyed most about your experience?

My favorite aspects of the UMKC School of Medicine MD Program are the early patient encounters and being part of a docent team. Starting in January we were on MD-Only docent teams where we were able to interact and interview patients weekly at Truman Medical Center and the Center for Behavioral Medicine. Following the White Coat Ceremony in August when we joined our new docent units and every Monday morning I attend clinic with my senior partner and other students from my team. I have really enjoyed the peer and docent mentoring that the docent unit system supplies. Older years in my docent unit have given helpful advice on coursework and patient care. Although slightly overwhelming at first, being able to see patients and apply what we are learning in our basic medical science courses is a unique and extremely valuable aspect of the UMKC School of Medicine curriculum.

Student Organizations involved with/Honors and Awards

I am the current vice-president of the UMKC MD-Only Student Organization. In addition, I am the former treasurer and current Year 6 Class representative for the American Medical Women’s Association, and an active member and participant of The Osler Society of Greater Kansas City. In my free time, I volunteer with the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, providing hospital advocacy for sexual assault victims.



Mary Nguyen
Mary Nguyen
Hometown: Temple City, CA
Class of 2016
College/University Attended: University of California, San Diego
Why did you choose to attend the UMKC School of Medicine?

UMKC SOM provides a lot of student and patient interaction. Prior to medical school, I had not had a lot of clinical experience and UMKC SOM weekly clinic has provided me with a lot of clinical experience.

What have you enjoyed most about your experience?

My best experience would by joining my unit and getting to know them during our internal med rotation.

Student Organizations involved with/Honors and Awards
  • Historian of Pediatric Interest Group
  • Dean’s Scholarship recipient for 2012 and 2013


Jasleen Ghuman
Jasleen Ghuman
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Class of 2017
College/University Attended: University of Washington
Why did you choose to attend the UMKC School of Medicine?

I was born in India, and I lived there for the first 20 years of my life. Most of that time was spent in a boarding school or a hostel, and I had become accustomed to being surrounded by diversity. Since emigrating from India, I had been living in the Pacific Northwest and after college, I was ready for a change. I had heard about the unique B.A./M.D. program, docent system, and junior-senior partnership at UMKC School of Medicine. All of it really intrigued me, and reminded me of my childhood boarding school/hostels, so I accepted their interview offer for the M.D. program and understood that I would integrate with the B.A./M.D. students. On my interview day, one of my interviewers’ pointed out my errors in pronunciation of certain words; something that only close family members and friends had done in the past. At that moment, I knew that I had made a connection, and that I would be very happy if I came to UMKC School of Medicine.

What have you enjoyed the most about your experience?

UMKC has allowed me to grow and become comfortable with who I am. I may have faced multiple challenges along the way, but each of them have allowed me to find ways to stay strong even during the toughest times. I have made lifelong friends and developed relationships that I will always cherish.

Besides making good physicians, this school helps make good humans through participation in programs like The Osler Society of Greater Kansas City. Medical education can be daunting without proper guidance, but here I have found help in every corner.

Student Organizations involved with/Honor and Awards

I have been inducted to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi. I serve as a senior manager for Sojourner’s Free Health Clinic. I am Medical School Advisory Council’s (MSAC) philanthropy chair. In addition, I am a founding member and president of UMKC Dream Project, and an active member and participant of The Osler Society of Greater Kansas City.



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.