Campus Visit Options-St. Joseph Campus

The UMKC School of Medicine understands the importance of visiting campus to determine whether the School of Medicine can offer you the right experience for your medical education. There are various options for visiting and learning more about our M.D. Program.

Note: only information about the M.D. program will be shared in this session. For visit options for the combined degree, B.A./M.D. program, access our program visit page.

M.D. Information Sessions

The School of Medicine offers information sessions for the M.D program, seasonally, once a month. Your visit will consist of an information session and a Q&A with current M.D. students.  Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about the docent experience, academic and financial support, and the overall student experience.

Friday, June 18th

Friday, June 25th

Friday, July 9th

Friday, July 23rd

Friday, July 30th

Friday, August 20th

If registration becomes full or you are looking to register less than one week prior to the event, please contact the School of Medicine Office of Admissions – St. Joseph campus at or or 816-749-4906.

Please note: The information visit does not provide prospective students with an opportunity to review transcripts or discuss future class schedules. A more appropriate source to discuss this information with is an academic advisor at the student’s home institution.

We look forward to introducing you to all that UMKC’s School of Medicine has to offer. For more information on these visits or the program, please contact the School of Medicine Office of Admissions – St. Joseph campus at or or 816-749-4906.

St. Joseph Staff

Davin Turner, D.O., M.S. Mosaic Life Care Chief Medical Officer and President of Mosaic Life Care Center St. Joseph Associate Dean ClinicalCurriculum –St. Joseph Campus

Dr. Davin Turner is the Chief Medical Officer and President Mosaic Life Care Medical Center St. Joseph and has worked for the organization for over 25 years. He began working part-time in the Clinic President role on January1, 2012, moved to full-time Clinic President in October 2012. Mosaic Life Care Clinic is a multi-specialty practice consisting of over 205 physicians, 100 Advanced Practice Providers, and over 750 support staff in our 50 clinical locations in three states. As the Clinic President, he worked in a dyad role with the Medical Center President. He was promoted to Chief Medical Officer in 2019 to continue the organization’s focus on clinical quality, safety and operational excellence across the system. He took the role of President Mosaic Life Care Medical Center St. Joseph in 2019. Mosaic Medical Center Saint Joseph is a 352-bed tertiary care hospital, Mosaic Medical Center Maryville is an 81-bed community hospital, a 41-bed LTACH (long-term acute care hospital), and Mosaic Medical Center Albany a 25-bed critical access hospital. He still practices one half day a week at Comprehensive Family Care. Dr. Turner attended the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and trained at the University of Massachusetts –Fitchburg Family Practice in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He also trained at Brighton Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Dr. Turner completed his master’s degree through the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Turner is Board Certified in Family Practice.

Alex LukeSteven D. Waldman, M.D., J.D, Vice Dean UMKC School of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Professor Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Dr. Steven Waldman serves as Vice Dean – Strategic Initiatives and leads the UMKC School of Medicine St. Joseph Campus.  He holds joint academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics.  The author of 55 textbooks and numerous academic articles on the specialty of interventional pain management, ultrasound, and medical education, Dr. Waldman also continues his clinical work as an interventional pain management physician as well as an active member of the medical staffs at  Mosaic Life Care Truman Medical Center.

Kristen Kleffner

Kristen Kleffner, PhD will be serving as the Assistant Dean of the new St. Joseph Campus; she began her new role as of October 2020.

Dr. Kleffner has spent her career in medical education.  She attended the University of Missouri – Columbia where she completed a Master’s degree in Counseling and PhD in Higher Education Administration.  She worked for the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia before coming to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 2010. During her time at the UMKC School of Medicine, she has served in progressive roles in Admissions, Advising, Career Services, and now as Assistant Dean of the St. Joseph campus.   Dr. Kleffner has a passion for serving students, and in each of her respective roles has found joy in advocating for student needs.  She has served on several committees including the Chancellor’s LGBTQIA Initiative, the General Education 2.0 Committee, and currently as the advisor for the Student National Medical Association.  She intends to use her years in service to medical students to manage endeavors to support our new campus in St. Joseph, Missouri. Dr. Kleffner’s email address is

Nyla Duncan

Nyia Duncan will serve as the Education Team Coordinator at the new St. Joseph Campus.

Nyia comes to the team with two years of higher education experience, specifically in Student Affairs. Nyia recently graduated from Ottawa University where she received a MBA and served as a Residence Director/ Student Affairs Graduate Assistant. Her skills and experience in housing and Student Affairs have already been put to good use in St. Joseph.  Nyia is ecstatic to join the School of Medicine and see all the wonderful things that will be created.  If you would like to reach her, her email address is

James Shackelford

James Shackelford will serve as Senior Student Recruitment Specialist/Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives.

After taking a year off to run for public office, James returns to the UMKC SOM. In 2019, James worked in the Dean’s Office as an Office Support Assistant as well as the Executive Assistant to the Dean. As of December 2020, he graduated from the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management with a Master of Public Administration. James is thrilled to return to the UMKC SOM family up in St. Joseph and is excited to have a hand in improving health care disparities in northwest Missouri. You can email James at

Hilary Yager

Hilary Yager will serve as the Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for the new St. Joseph campus.  Hilary has a broad occupational history that includes working with students therapeutically to teaching to even running summer camps and other events.  She is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia but is looking forward to identifying as a ‘Roo too!  Hilary has worked hard to streamline connections made between the School of Medicine staff, faculty and students and our newest affiliate hospital Mosaic Life Care.  Hilary looks forward to building relationships with our students and being a valued resource for not only the St. Joe team but UMKC as a whole.  She can be reached at