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  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine - KC
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Kansas City
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

2019

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

No

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

Not applicable

What was your biology MCAT score?

12

What was your MCAT score?

505

What was your physics MCAT score?

8

What was your verbal MCAT score?

8

What was your undergrad GPA?

3.6

What was your undergrad science GPA?

3.6

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

92040

What is your race/ethnic background?

Asian or Pacific Islander

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

7 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"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

What do you like least about this school?

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

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

5 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

Please provide any other general comments on your school

No Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

2 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

3 out of 10

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Both

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Systems-based

How many courses are taken at a given time?

3

How long are you typically in class per day?

4-5 hours

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"1-2 times a week." Report Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Video recording

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

2

How many students per cadaver?

3-4

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

9 months

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

2 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?

yes

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

2 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?

yes

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

What books are unnecessary?

"Any anatomy book." 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

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"N/A" Report Response

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

1 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

What is the grading scale used during pre-clinical years?

"Currently on a normal A/B/C scale with +/-" Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Grades are based on NBME shelf exams" Report Response

Is the class ranked?

yes

Clinical Rotations

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

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

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

2 out of 10

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

2 out of 10

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

4 out of 10

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

8 out of 10

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

1 out of 10

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Call, night float, didactics are requirements for all sites in which students are placed on the wards." Report Response

What is the status/condition of the affiliated hospital(s)?

"Hospitals are AOA affiliates as well as affiliates with other colleges of osteopathic medicine." Report Response

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

No Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

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

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

7 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

2 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

No Response

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

All years

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

9 out of 10

Is on-campus housing available?

no

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

5 out of 10

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

"N/A" Report Response

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

No Response

Is couples housing available?

no

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

yes

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

8 out of 10

Social Environment

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

8 out of 10

What do the students typically like to do in the area?

No Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

9 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

9 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

4 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

3 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

5 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for married students?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

Post Graduation

How do graduates from this school fare in residency and clinical practice?

"Pretty good placement into a wide variety of PC and non-PC specialties that is strong when compared to the DO schools." Report Response

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

What do you believe residency directors think about graduates from this program?

"Of the residency programs that have current KCU grads in them, I believe these PD's see the graduates in a positive light." Report Response

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