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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 17, 2013) – Everything is up to date in Kansas City, especially in the field of biotechnology. That was a clear message that legislators heard as they toured health-related institutions in Kansas City during the Missouri Biotechnology Association’s 2013 BIO Benchmarking Tour on Wednesday, July 17. One stop was Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), host for lunch and a campus tour for the 14 state senators and representatives.
Marc B. Hahn, DO, president and chief executive officer, welcomed the group and introduced them to the osteopathic medical school that anchors the historic Northeast Neighborhood of Kansas City.
“KCU is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, the largest medical school in Missouri, and the second-greatest provider of physicians within Missouri,” Dr. Hahn said. “KCU focuses on the underserved and primary care, resulting in 72 percent of our graduates practicing in a primary care specialty and more than 40 percent of our graduates practicing in the rural or underserved areas of Missouri.”
In response to questions regarding student debt, Dr. Hahn highlighted the University’s concerted efforts to assist students through scholarships and tuition reduction.
“We’re so committed to our students that we dropped our tuition 1 percent this year,” Dr. Hahn said. “We’re the only private medical school in the United States that has done that this year.”
He also shared that another important way recent graduates can afford rural practice is through debt forgiveness programs on federal and local community levels.
“If I were to ask anything of this group, it would be to consider the development of programs in which graduates who practice in rural and underserved parts of Missouri could receive state debt forgiveness for a commitment of time of service,” Dr. Hahn said. “It would benefit the students, and benefit the community as well.”
About KCUMBKansas 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-greatest provider of physicians within the state of Missouri, with 72 percent practicing in a primary care specialty and 40 percent in rural areas.
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