Why study medicine at UMKC?
UMKC School of Medicine is an innovative institution advancing health care. The school combines a team approach to teaching patient care combined with hands-on learning and cutting-edge research. For students who have earned or will soon earn a bachelor’s degree and plan to apply for medical school, UMKC has expanded its M.D. program to an additional location in affiliation with Mosaic Health System in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Whether in Kansas City or St. Joseph, students receive the same education and learning opportunities, including being a part of our docent system of learning, where students are teamed with the same physician mentor and student group as they advance through their years at the school. Other advantages aligned with our Kansas City Health Sciences District campus include early, continuous patient-care experiences; integrated studies in arts and humanities; exposure to medical innovations and technologies; and exciting research opportunities.
Our students in St. Joseph gain an additional benefit: a focus on rural medicine.
The UMKC School of Medicine-St. Joseph Campus is committed to meeting the critical need for rural physicians, especially in northwest Missouri. In parts of the state, a shortage of primary health care providers makes it difficult for low-income, uninsured and geographically isolated Missourians to receive health care. The School of Medicine’s newest campus – and its graduates – will work to bridge this gap. Our St. Joseph students will graduate with the skills and training needed to be well-prepared practitioners and effective leaders in rural health care.
Why study medicine at our St. Joseph, Missouri, campus?
As your home base throughout medical school and beyond, St. Joseph has much to offer. Just 50 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri, the community combines incredible history and architecture, arts and state parks in a city of 80,000. With a growing reputation for research and technology, St. Joseph is a place that celebrates both its past and future.
It is also a city full of modern-day amenities – a vibrant downtown revival, a supportive business community, and neighborhoods offering new construction, loft living or historic homes. There is always something to do, from visiting 13 distinctive area museums to enjoying 12 annual festivals, from touring architectural wonders on the National Register to attending the Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training Camp. Moreover, there is shopping, dining and a lively arts culture, along with endless outdoor recreation throughout the city’s 48 parks and 26-mile-long Parkway System.
It won’t take long for you to feel part of the School of Medicine and at home in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Why study medicine with our partner Mosaic Life Care?
Mosaic Life Care is the UMKC School of Medicine’s training partner in St. Joseph, Missouri. It is one of the largest private rural primary-care networks in the United States and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Students will train onsite within Mosaic’s rural health care network and work alongside its physicians and team of health care professionals.
Students at the St. Joseph campus will have broad exposure to rural medicine through Mosaic’s wide community reach. That includes a busy, 352-bed tertiary care medical center averaging 50,000 emergency room visits, 2,000 newborn deliveries and 400 open heart surgeries each year; a full complement of subspecialty providers; 60 clinical facilities throughout 21 counties in northwest Missouri, northeast Kansas and southeast Nebraska; and two small hospitals in Albany, Missouri, and Maryville, Missouri.
Mosaic, the largest employer in the region, has developed an innovative life-care model that includes traditional health care, as well as a focus on other aspects of patients’ lifestyles that affect their overall wellness. The School of Medicine-Mosaic partnership is committed to educating future physicians with the skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent medical care designed to best serve each patient.