Medical Missions


    Through an organized student chapter and faculty involvement, the University has offered opportunities for student participation in medical mission trips since 1996.

    KCU annually participates in international mission trips through DOCARE International, an osteopathic medical outreach organization dedicated to providing much-needed health care to indigent and isolated people in remote areas around the world.

    If you would be interested in volunteering or sponsoring a current student for a DOCARE mission trip, contact Gautam J. Desai, DO, professor of primary care, at


    KCU faculty, students and volunteers have made annual medical mission trips to Guatemala for more than a decade. Each February, KCU medical students and faculty work with students and faculty from the University of Missouri-Kansas City to provide care to thousands of patients in Guatemala, many of whom have not seen a physician in years. Patients are provided with a diagnosis and medications free of charge, and many receive osteopathic manipulative treatments for the first time in their lives. 

    Dominican Republic

    Since 2009, KCU students and faculty have traveled annually to the Dominican Republic to provide medical outreach to various communities in need. In addition, the University administers sports physicals to players at the Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy.