• KCU to Host Statewide Conference for First-Year Medical Students

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Dec. 14, 2012) - First-year students from each of the six Missouri medical schools will convene Jan. 18-19, 2013, at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences for the sixth annual MO M-1 Conference.

    The MO M-1 Conference brings together students from Missouri’s two osteopathic medical (DO) schools and four allopathic (MD) schools to network and share common ground as they train to become physicians.

    In addition to networking activities, the agenda will include lectures, round table discussions and break-out sessions on topics covering pathology, international medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment.

    According to Maurice Oelklaus, DO, associate professor of family medicine and associate dean for student affairs at KCUMB-College of Osteopathic Medicine, the MO M-1 Conference contributes to a relationship-building process that will benefit future physicians.

    “This conference brings together DO students and MD students early in their training,” Dr. Oelklaus said. “In just four years, they will be working side-by-side during residencies or post-graduate training. This conference provides them with an opportunity to begin forging professional bonds with colleagues whom they have a good chance of practicing alongside later on.”

    According to Kristina Marburger, a second-year medical student and KCUMB’s MO M-1 representative, a busy academic schedule affords few opportunities and little time to meet students from other medical schools.

    “We don’t have many chances to meet our future colleagues because of the time constraints due to studying,” Marburger said. “This conference is a great time to network and perhaps meet future physicians that I’ll have the privilege of working beside one day.”

    Each year, approximately 900 students enter Missouri’s six medical schools: KCUMB-College of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, St. Louis University School of Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine.

    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: 12/14/2012

    Category: Students, Faculty, Events, General