Welcome to the UMKC School of Medicine! As a student here, you will become a part of our mission: to provide and foster excellence, innovation and scholarship in education, research and medical care. Through classroom and community-based experiences, you will learn in an environment that promotes student engagement and community participation. We offer a number of innovative programs within a vibrant learning community including a six-year B.A./M.D. program, M.D. program, Master of Science in Anesthesia, Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant, Master of Science in Bioinformatics, and Master in Health Professions Education, in addition to graduate certificate programs.
B.A./M.D. Program, Year 1-2 Docent Experience
The B.A./M.D. program is our largest program, admitting approximately 110-115 students each year. The program admits high school graduates and first-year college students directly into medical school to complete both their baccalaureate and Doctor of Medicine degrees in six years. B.A./M.D. students gain clinical experience immediately in the first year of the program by participating in docent teams. A docent is a teaching physician who mentors students in the fundamentals of medicine. For two to four hours each week, our docents go on patient rounds with a group of 10 to 15 students in a clinical setting. Students learn to take vital signs and record a patient’s history, among other foundational, medical skills.
B.A./M.D. Program, Volker Campus Experience
In addition to the clinical experiences gained in the first two years, students complete required undergraduate and medical school coursework on the UMKC Volker Campus. Located four miles south of the Hospital Hill Campus, where the School of Medicine is located, the Volker campus offers a collegiate, urban setting. The Volker Campus is home to the Swinney Recreation Center, the Miller Nichols Library, the UMKC Student Union, as well as Oak Street Residence Hall, where students in their first year of the B.A./M.D. program are required to live.
B.A./M.D. Program, White Coat Ceremony, Transition to Year 3
In the spring of their second year, B.A./M.D. students begin to take courses at the Hospital Hill campus. This is also the time when students admitted to our M.D. program, the medical school option for students who have already earned an undergraduate degree, enter the School of Medicine. At the completion of the spring semester, all students participate in the White Coat Ceremony, a formal event honoring a student's transition into the medical school curriculum. At this time, all students join a new docent team which, in many ways, becomes their medical school family for the next four years.
B.A./M.D. and M.D. Programs, Year 3-6 Docent Experience
Docent teams in years three through six are made up of twelve to fourteen students who are in years three through six of the program. In addition to a docent, each team is assigned a clinical pharmacologist, an education team coordinator, a clinical medical librarian, as well as other health care professionals to help guide students. Within this docent team, students spend a half day every week assisting with outpatient care in clinics at one of our two partner hospitals. In addition, students participate in Docent Rotation, a two-month internal medicine rotation that occurs annually in years four, five and six.
B.A./M.D. and M.D. Programs, Clinics
Month-long clinical rotations, work in continuing care clinics and docent rotations make up most of the final three years of the medical program. In addition, students have the opportunity to work with faculty in both clinical and research settings. UMKC students who have participated in research have received fellowships at nationally recognized research institutions such as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. The School of Medicine is also a proponent of academic service learning, in which students develop community partnerships and provide hands-on care in the Kansas City metro. Students participate in service-based programs such as the Sojourner Clinic and the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic, which are outpatient clinics managed by our students.
B.A./M.D. and M.D. Programs, Rotations/Electives
In addition to docent rotation, research and academic service learning, students enroll in medical school courses such as Pharmacology and Behavioral Science. Students in the last four years of the program also participate in four- or eight-week clerkships in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Surgery. In the final year, students are given opportunities to develop more advanced skills in patient care, professionalism, communication and systems-based practice to prepare for graduation. Our graduating students enter the National Residency Match Program, like other U.S. medical students, with about 1/3 of our graduates entering Primary Care specialties, 1/3 entering Internal Medicine and 1/3 entering other specialties such as anesthesiology, radiology or dermatology.
MSA and PA Programs
In addition to our programs leading to the M.D. degree, the School of Medicine also offers Master degree programs in other areas. The Master of Science in Anesthesia Program is focused on educating skilled, patient-centered anesthesiologist assistants to work within the Anesthesia Care team, while the Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Program is dedicated to the education of competent, compassionate, culturally-aware physician assistants who meet the health care needs of our community. These seven-semester, 29-month programs include both didactic and clinical curriculum components.
MSA and PA Programs, Skills Lab
Students spend the first few semesters taking foundational coursework focused on the basic sciences, while also engaging in hands-on experiences in the simulation lab. Simulation labs are incorporated early to teach technical skills required for the profession, allowing for an integral combination of classroom and clinical learning. In the remaining semesters, students participate in increased clinical work, while gaining additional experience in the profession to prepare for graduation.
The UMKC School of Medicine also offers a Master of Science in Bioinformatics, which allows students to become competent in biological research, clinical and population health research or innovative information systems research. Through focusing on one of three emphasis areas – clinical research, genomics or computational – our students become health researchers who emphasize patient-oriented research in the context of state-of-the-art medical informatics. This program is offered through a joint effort by the Schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Computing and Engineering, and can be completed within two years. Students who are not interested in the master's program, but still desire to gain skills in bioinformatics, may complete a graduate certificate in clinical research.
Health Professions Education
Finally, the School of Medicine believes it is important to provide an educational research foundation for teaching, assessment and leadership in health professions education. Our Master or Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education provides an opportunity for students to better understand and apply educational research in health professions education, design evidence-based educational programs appropriate for a diverse population of learners, effectively use assessment tools to promote student learning, and develop cultural competency in all aspects of health professions education.
After viewing and learning more about the opportunities at the UMKC School of Medicine, we hope you will consider joining our medical community. By coming to this exciting metro area, you will benefit from all that Kansas City has to offer – cultural events, concerts, food, sports teams, shopping and nightlife. We look forward to welcoming you soon to Kansas City and to the UMKC School of Medicine. If you have any questions about our programs, please feel free to contact the UMKC School of Medicine Office of Admissions at 816-235-1870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.