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  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Kansas City
Individual Feedback 5 6 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 1
2011 0
2012 0
2013 2
2014 0
2015 0
2016 0
2017 0
2018 0
2019 3
2020 0
2021 0
2022 0
2023 0
2024 0

Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?

Response # Responders
No 3
BA/DO 0
BS/DO 0
DO/JD 0
DO/MA 0
DO/MBA 1
DO/MPH 0
DO/MS 0
DO/PhD 0
MD/JD 0
MD/MBA 1
MD/MPH 1
MD/MS 0
MD/PhD 0

Are you considered in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes?

Response # Responders
in-state 1
out-of-state 1
international 0
Not applicable 4

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 2
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 2
Native American/ Native Alaskan 1
Other/Multiracial 0

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 6

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

What is the reputation of the school in the medical community?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 6

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What is the reputation of the research that goes on at this school?

Response Avg # Responders
5.33 6

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
506 6

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.67 6

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.65 6

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?

60464

92692

92040

65809

94709

82718

What do you like most about this school?

"Friendly and collaborative environment, innovative and dynamic curriculum." | Report Response

"The curriculum is innovative" | Report Response

"Curriculum design is dynamic and innovative, ensuring students get exposure to all pertinent systems twice in a step-wise fashion. There is camaraderie between faculty and students that is friendly, cordial , and nurturing." | Report Response

"The curriculum is very strong. This is a good school to learn in and become a great physician." | Report Response

"The class shares a lot of stuff with each other. The current president/CEO/chair of board (Dr. Weaver) has an open door policy. Anyone can go in and talk with him. It's great. I also love the cafeteria food. Certain professors (Dr. Johnston & Friedlander) are so awesome intelligent that it blows your mind. Some of our professors actually write the questions for the boards. Score 1 and the other community projects are great learning experiences. You learn how to do exams and apply it in the real world soon (first few months of med school)." | Report Response

"The atmosphere. It's the students who go here that make me LOVE this school. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Second years go out of their way to tutor the first years and third years even come into class when they can to give us heads up on boards." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Nothing." | Report Response

"The osteopathic portion of the education is undergoing many changes and frankly we don't get a great understanding of the material and our test do not represent what we were taught" | Report Response

"Clinical rotations are quite variable in terms of types of exposure, availability of didactics, and scheduling. These inconsistencies are concerning." | Report Response

"I did not like that the grades are all distributed on a bell curve and also that there has been a lot of faculty turnover and the students are not told the reasons why." | Report Response

"Some of the professors are really busy." | Report Response

"The administration is very badly organized. Each branch of the admin doesn't really communicate with the rest and that makes dealing with them a big pain. they don't get information about rotations or other big events out until the day before which is always irritating." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Good place to get a strong education and do well on both the COMLEX and USMLE. Most students at KCUMB to into alliopathic residencies but many also go in to very competitive osteopathic residencies." | Report Response

"I love how the unofficial dorms (Century Towers) is right across from the school. The current president is working really hard to maintain our tuition or decrease the tuition." | Report Response

"The systems based curriculum makes understanding the information presented a little more manageable (which in med school is saying a lot). I can't imagine doing it any other way. The teachers are also here for the students and you can tell they actually care about teaching! The school also claims to be very traditional as far as a dress code and mandatory class attendance, but in reality they don't enforce any of it except no jeans. It makes life much easier and i know plenty of kids who don't go to class at all." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 6
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

Response # Responders
1 0
2 1
3 1
4 2
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0

How long are you typically in class per day?

Response # Responders
<1 hour 0
1-2 hours 0
2-3 hours 0
3-4 hours 0
4-5 hours 4
5-6 hours 2
6> hours 0

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 6
Free note taking service 0
Fee-based note taking service 1
Powerpoint slides provided only 2
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

Response # Responders
1 3
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 0
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

Response # Responders
Prosections only 0
1-2 0
3-4 2
5-6 3
7-8 0
>8 1

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 1
6 months 1
9 months 2
12 months 1
24 months 1

Is the curriculum lecture-centric or small-group centric?

Response Avg # Responders
2.50 6

0 = 100% lecture, 10 = 100% small group

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 6
no 0

How much patient interaction is there in the pre-clinical years?

Response Avg # Responders
4.83 6

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 6
no 0

What books are necessary?

"1st year: Costanzo Physiology, Panini's Medical Biochemistry, BRS Physiology End of 1st year: Big Robbins (will be tested directly from it), Clinical Micro Made Ridiculously Simply (will be tested directly from it). 2nd year: Big Robbins, Pathoma, BRS Physio" | Report Response

"Not many, most learning is from the notes which are provided." | Report Response

"1) Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine 2) An Osteopathic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment 3) Bates" | Report Response

"Only board study books and Netter. All the rest of the information is provided in printed handouts made by teachers." | Report Response

What books are unnecessary?

"Any anatomy book." | Report Response

"Almost all." | Report Response

"Don't buy anything else until you get here and have been here for a bit. You can buy stuff off of 2nd+ years. Most of the required texts are provided for you online for free to you. There are the books on reserve and certain pages that you need for things are available for copying in the library." | Report Response

"All of them." | Report Response

Is the curriculum designed to promote a specialty? If so, which specialty?

"Clinical curriculum in 3rd/4th year have specific honors track in FM, OB Gyn, IM, Surgery, Ortho, EM, and Behavioral Health/Psych that are honed in to provide specific didactic exposure, additional training, and secured electives for that specialty." | Report Response

"All osteopathic schools promote primary care medicine but KCUMB does much less than most others. We place many students into primary care and specialties." | Report Response

"No. It is very open to all specialties." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
5.17 6

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
6.17 6

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
3.67 6

0 = Non-existent, 10 = Extensive & convenient

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

Response # Responders
Pre-clinical years 1
Clinical years 3
All years 2
No 0

If a car is required for education, how available and convenient is the parking provided to students?

Response Avg # Responders
9.83 6

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 5

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 6

0 = terrible, 10 = great

What percentage of your medical school classmates would you estimate live on campus, if on-campus housing is available?

Response Avg # Responders
3.67 6

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 2

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 6
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 6

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Please describe the on-campus housing if available (i.e., cost, type - studios, 1-br, 2-br, etc.)?

"N/A" | Report Response

"We have fake on-campus housing. It's actually off-campus housing (Century Towers) where more than 50% of the pre-clinical year students live. It has a dorm-esque feeling to it." | Report Response

"There isn't a place on-campus but there is a med student apt building across the street that over half the class lives in. I consider it on-cmapus. I highly recommend it. It has 1 & 2 bed available and very cheap utilities. it is a very dorm-like experience. Lots of fun." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
2.67 6

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 6

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
4.17 6

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 0
Merit-based 0
Both 5

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
7.17 6

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

Are faculty members very available to students via email/message board?

Response Avg # Responders
8.17 6

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

Are there many opportunities to shadow/work with clinical faculty?

Response Avg # Responders
3.17 6

0 = none, 10 = lots

Are the faculty willing to mentor students in regards to career guidance?

Response Avg # Responders
7.17 6

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 6
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"1st year - many PhD's and a few MD/PhD's that teach the basic sciences. Near the end there is initial exposure to a variety of pathologists and microbiologist who teach a M1-M2 transition block" | Report Response

"Most are good, some are exceptional, others are bad. There is a large variety of different faculty members and lectures so there is a wide mix." | Report Response

"Seems decent so far (7 months into med school)" | Report Response

"Good. They all want to be teaching and they care about it. There a few boring/dry profs but there are also exciting/hilarious profs as well. I think its a great balance." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
4.33 6

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.17 6

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 6

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 6

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
4.50 6

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
3.50 6

0 = far away, 10 = close

How are clinical rotations scheduled? What are the required rotations?

"Scheduling is determined by a site coordinator." | Report Response

"Scheduled by the site coordinator and the school." | Report Response

"You choose your top 3 locations. They run it thru a compuer." | Report Response

"2 family med, 2 IM, 2 Surgery, Peds, psych, rural med/international med, cardiology, ER, OB/GYN The order is determined by which site you go to. You choose your site by entering a lottery match your second year when you put in your top 3 choices and the school tries to "match" you to your choices. This is done using a computer program. They try to "match" the top choices of the most students possible. They usually get about 70% of the class at their first choice." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Depends on the site you are at." | Report Response

"inner city" | Report Response

Social Environment

Do students do a lot of activities outside of school together?

Response Avg # Responders
6.83 6

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
8.17 6

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 6

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
5.33 6

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
4.83 6

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 6

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.17 6

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 6

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for older/non-traditional students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 6

0 = no, 10 = very
Post Graduation

Is this school known for producing physicians strong in a certain area? If so, which area?

"Due to the schools vicinity near Childrens Mercy Hospital as well as the integration of a Score 1 (pediatric screening in underserved areas) many go into pediatrics. There is also a niche for orthopedic surgery due to a strong affiliation with an ortho residency in Blue Springs, MO" | Report Response

"Very strong in pathology. Also strong in anatomy and probably general medicine." | Report Response

"I am not aware of this" | Report Response

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