• High School Students Begin Forum on Medicine in Kansas City


    Kansas City, MO (July 23, 2013) – The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED) began this week in Kansas City in partnership with medical schools and allied health institutions throughout the Kansas City area. As a partner in the program, today, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) hosted approximately 50 students on its campus. 

    For more than 25 years, the National Youth Leadership Forum has united with medical schools throughout the nation to expose high-achieving high school students to meaningful careers in medicine.

    As part of their NYLF/MED experience, students participating in the program’s Kansas City session are housed on the campus of Kansas City’s Rockhurst University during the 10-day program. Students receive hands-on medical experience, learn about medical ethics and research, shadow practicing physicians and visit top medical centers such as KCU and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

    “Each of these students may very well be the face of the future of medicine,” said Dr. Marguerite C. Regan, NYLF Dean of Academic Affairs. We are grateful to have medical school partners such as the Kansas City University School of Medicine and Biosciences to provide behind-the-scenes perspectives on health care careers for our students. For many, this is the beginning of a journey to a well-informed career path in the medical field.”

    Sara Selkirk, executive director of student affairs and community relations for KCU, coordinated a full day of workshops and roundtable discussions with osteopathic medical students to provide forum participants a comprehensive perspective of medical school. Workshops led by faculty on osteopathic manipulative medicine, anatomy, patient simulation and sports medicine provided the high school students with hands-on laboratory experiences and examinations.

    “We hope their time spent at KCU peaked their interest in medicine and gave them a broad overview of how to begin a career in health care,” Selkirk said. “We’re always hopeful that in the foreseeable future we’ll see some of them on our campus as students.”

    About the National Youth Leadership Forum
    The National Youth Leadership Forum is an educational organization that brings various professions to life, empowering outstanding young people with the skills and experiences they need for success in college, in careers and in life.

    About KCUMB
    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state. It is the second-greatest provider of physicians within the state of Missouri, with 72 percent practicing in a primary care specialty and 41 percent in rural areas.

    Posted: 07/23/2013

    Category: Students, Faculty, Campus Life, Osteopathic Medicine, Events, General