• COM Students Receive Orientation to School and Community

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 6, 2013) – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) welcomed members of the Class of 2017 on Monday, Aug. 5, on its campus in northeast Kansas City.

    Following two intense days of orientation, these 271 new students begin their training to become doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO) by participating in the University’s 17th annual WE CARE community service day.  This event provides more than 1,000 hours of service to the Northeast Neighborhood, where the University’s campus serves as an anchor.

    WE CARE has become a tradition for students, faculty and staff alike as the new students are introduced to the community and is one example how KCU lives out its mission to improve the well-being of the diverse communities it serves.

    Sara Selkirk, executive director of community and student affairs, said the event introduces the new class to the University’s emphasis on service.

    “Medical school is only the beginning of their commitment to a career of service,” Selkirk said. “We believe it is important to place emphasis on this aspect of caring for people and community even before a student attends his or her first class.”

    Projects at 14 different organizations, primarily in the Northeast Neighborhood and along Independence Avenue, will give the student doctors an up-close look at the volunteer opportunities that await them as they attend medical school at KCU.

    Many of the organizations, like Della Lamb Elementary Charter School, have partnered in KCUMB’s WE CARE project every year. This year, Della Lamb students will join KCU in the University’s community garden to learn about gardening, harvest produce, and participate in a hands-on demonstration by Harvester’s Kids in the Kitchen program.

    “Della Lamb has been an excellent partner and neighbor to KCU through the years,” Selkirk said. “It is equally fun and beneficial for the elementary children as well as our medical students when they come together.”

    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-largest provider of physicians within the state of Missouri, with 72 percent practicing in a primary care specialty and 41 percent in rural areas.

    Posted: 08/06/2013