Freeman Health System

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Based in Joplin, Mo., Freeman Health System provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services, including cancer care, heart and vascular care, neurosciences, orthopaedics and women’s services. The area’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health system, Freeman has more than 300 physicians representing 60 specialties serving southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

The health system is licensed for 517 beds and serves a population of 350,000 – 400,000. Freeman has been recognized by Solucient as a “100 Top Hospital” in the teaching category.

Freeman Health System

School Affiliation

The hospital is affiliated with A.T. Still University of Health Sciences and KCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Hospital Statistics 

  • Bed Capacity - 348
  • Admissions - 19,670
  • ER Visits - 45,204
  • Births - 2,646
  • Inpatient Surgery - 4,620
  • Outpatient Surgery - 9,198
  • DOs on Staff - 69
  • MDs on Staff - 212

Third-Year Clerkships

  • Family Medicine (1 block) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Internal Medicine (2 blocks) Inpatient
  • Surgery (2 blocks) Inpatient
  • Ob/Gyn (1 block) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Pediatrics (1 block) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Psychiatry (1 block) Inpatient/Outpatient

This site schedules clinical experiences in one-month increments.

Third-Year Selectives

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ENT
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Orthopedics
  • Pathology
  • Radiology

Fourth-Year Clerkships

  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Ob/Gyn
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
  • as well as various sub-specialties 

Residency Information 

  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ENT

Resources & Benefits

  • Facility Resources: Students will have access to the medical library, computers, internet, printers and phones while on duty at the hospital.
  • Meal Benefits: Students receive food and beverage from the cafeteria while on duty.\
  • Visiting Student Housing: Housing is available to visiting students at a reduced rate.

Duties & Opportunities

  • Student Duties: Students are required to participate in weekend call.
  • Didactic Opportunities: Students are required to participate in morning report, lectures, patient rounds and required reading as assigned. 
  • OMT/OPP Opportunities: Opportunities for skill development in OMT/OPP is provided through lectures, patient rounds and in the clinical setting during family medicine, internal medicine, Ob/Gyn, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery clerkships.

Unique Site Characteristics     

  • Background Check and Drug Screen is required for third year only
  • TB Screening is required annually
  • BLS and ACLS Certifications must be current
  • Orientation is provided prior to the first clerkship
  • Hospital paperwork as required by site

Contact Information