• College of Biosciences Celebrates Commencement for Bioethics and Biomedical Sciences

    COB Commencement 2013 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 31, 2013) – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ College of Biosciences (KCU-COB) held its eighth commencement ceremony yesterday in Weaver Auditorium on KCUMB’s campus. Each of the 35 graduates was awarded a master of arts (MA) in bioethics or a master of science (MS) in biomedical sciences. 

    KCU-COB’s two programs teach the skills necessary for careers in medicine or the life sciences. The program for the MA in bioethics prepares graduates to face critical challenges in health care that revolve around ethical and humanistic issues. The program for the MS in biomedical sciences prepares graduates for a career as a research scientist in a biomedical laboratory.

    More than 60 percent of the graduates will continue their education by pursuing doctoral-level degrees in medicine. The majority of them will begin next week at KCUMB’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM), the largest medical school in Missouri and the second-greatest provider of physicians within the state.

    Although alumni of KCUMB−COM fill a broad spectrum of medical specialties nationwide, a large number of the University’s graduates traditionally choose to practice in primary care specialties, where there is a growing need, both nationally and regionally.

    “It’s important to note that 72 percent of KCUMB’s graduates practice in a primary care specialty in Missouri and 69 percent in Kansas,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, president and chief executive officer for KCU. “Additionally, our graduates exhibit a real tendency toward serving in rural areas and helping the underserved.”

    According to the National Center for the Analysis of Health Care Data, forty percent of KCU-COM’s graduates who practice in Missouri serve in rural areas.

    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. 

    Posted: 07/30/2013

    Category: Students, Alumni, Research, Campus Life, Events, General