• KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine Celebrates 127th Commencement

    COM Commencement - Jennings

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 18, 2013) – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine conferred the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree (DO) on 218 graduates during the College’s 127th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, in Weaver Auditorium on the KCU campus.

    In partnership with Rockhurst University, KCU also conferred the master of business administration in healthcare leadership dual degree to 20 graduates. KCUMB’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Biosciences jointly conferred the master of arts in bioethics dual degree to 16 graduates.

    Marshall D. Walker, DO, president and chief executive officer, presided over the ceremony. Marc B. Hahn, DO, executive vice president for academic and medical affairs, provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, administered the osteopathic oath.

    KCU alumnus Leonard Calabrese, DO, professor of medicine and vice chair of the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University delivered the keynote address.

    Dr. Calabrese shared a heartfelt keynote address with the 218 candidates on how, as physicians, they can deal with the stresses of each day.

    “We work in the most human of professions with circumstances that we can’t control and it’s stressful,” Dr. Calabrese said. “We may be fatigued. We may be irritable. You may have life-to-work imbalances that come with the turf.”

    Calabrese reassured the Class of 2013 that the vast majority of their time in medicine will be terrific, but there will be days that are difficult.

    Dr. Calabrese said that every physician must work at remaining calm under pressure and Dr. Calabrese detailed three key traits to accomplish this – resilience, self-monitoring and self-care.

    Dr. Calabrese closed with the same advice for KCU-COM’s graduates that he gave his own daughter, who is a third-generation osteopathic physician.

    “I want it to be said of you … when a nurse calls you from a unit or the emergency room or a difficult case, ‘The doctor is on her (or his) way and everything will be all right.’”

    Following his keynote address, a doctorate of humane letters was conferred on Dr. Calabrese. The honorary degree is the highest honor that KCU bestows on an individual, according Dr. Walker, DO

    “Dr. Calabrese has distinguished himself not only in medicine but in the greater context of humanity,” Dr. Walker said. “It is an honor for our University to present this degree to him for his exceptional leadership in medical research and substantial contributions to the study of prevention and treatment of AIDS.”

    KCU Awards Honorary Degree to Dr. Leonard Calabrese

    About KCUMB
    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is a fully accredited, private university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine. Founded in 1916, its College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state.

    Posted: 05/28/2013

    Category: Students, Osteopathic Medicine, Events