The University of Missouri opened a medical school in Kansas City in 1971 to meet the health care needs of Missouri and the nation. Using an alternative approach to medical education from that of the traditional four-year school, the UMKC School of Medicine accepts students directly out of high school for the combined baccalaureate/ Doctor of Medicine program, which allows students to graduate in six years with their medical degree.
The School’s innovative curriculum provides students with early and continuous patient-care experience and fully integrates liberal arts/humanities, basic sciences and clinical medicine. The learning environment de-emphasizes competition and encourages learning through close faculty-student interaction and student partnerships.
Students begin learning about medicine and interacting with patients from the first day of class. They also learn the skills and attitudes that foster compassion, honesty and integrity. Hands-on learning and clinical experience are integrated throughout all the years of the program. The UMKC School of Medicine also offers the M.D. Program to students who have obtained, or will soon earn, a baccalaureate degree. These students may complete their medical degree in four years following their undergraduate programs.
The School of Medicine partners with six of the leading hospitals in Kansas City to provide students and residents outstanding medical education as they rotate through the various clinical departments. These hospitals include Truman Medical Centers, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Saint Luke’s Hospital, Center for Behavioral Medicine, the Kansas City VA Medical Center, and Research Medical Center. The School does not operate its own hospital, however many of the doctors who practice at these hospitals also hold faculty positions with the School.
Our offerings are growing. The UMKC School of Medicine offers three master’s programs: the Master of Science in Anesthesia, Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant, and the Master of Science in Bioinformatics. An interdisciplinary Ph.D. program allows students to integrate clinical research skills into their doctoral programs. In collaboration with the School of Education, the School of Medicine also offers a master of Health Professions Education.
All medical schools are reviewed and accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, a national body representing the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association. This committee has endorsed the academic philosophy and plan, and the School is fully accredited.