KCUMB TO become second U.S. osteopathic college to offer military track

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 29, 2014) – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB) announced today the addition of a military track to the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) curriculum, making it one of only two osteopathic medical schools in the United States to offer this specialized program.

Bruce Dubin, D.O., dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, said the track is designed for medical students in the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). Through the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, HPSP pays for medical education in exchange for service as a commissioned medical department officer upon completion of a medical degree.

Beginning in Fall 2014, Dr. Dubin said HPSP students will receive 20 to 25 additional contact hours of training each semester. Hands-on didactic experiences and lectures focusing on trauma, disaster life support, tropical diseases and post-traumatic stress disorder will make up a portion of the simulations and training.

“As physicians in the U.S. Armed Forces, our military students will certainly face unique medical challenges of combat care,” Dr. Dubin said. “This track will supplement their medical curriculum with hands-on didactic experiences focusing on what they are likely to face on a battlefield or in crisis situations. It will better suit and prepare them for a career in military medicine.”

Dr. Dubin announced the new track during a special presentation on KCUMB’s campus that featured Major General Philip Volpe, D.O., U.S. Army (retired), former commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, Tex.

Dr. Dubin said lectures by military physicians, such as Volpe, will give students firsthand insights into situations they can expect to encounter both at home and abroad.

“Maj. Gen. Volpe is a skilled and highly-decorated officer who can paint a very realistic picture of military medicine,” Dr. Dubin said. “He served as command surgeon during the Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia and on deployments during Hurricane Andrew relief in Florida and Hurricane Fran in North Carolina. He also served on the Joint Surgeons Operations Task Force in Haiti.”

Dr. Dubin said that the addition of the military track fills multiple needs for the University and for students who are HPSP participants.

“Establishing this track helps KCUMB fulfill our mission to care for well-being of the diverse communities we serve, one of which is our men and women in service,” he said. “Additionally, it addresses the need of our military students to better understand the situations they are very likely to face during their career. And, finally, it fulfills part of our unwritten social contract to care for our men and women serving in the military.”

About KCUMB Kansas 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-largest provider of physicians within the states of Missouri and Kansas, with 72 percent practicing in a primary care specialty in Missouri and 69 percent in Kansas.

CUTLINE: Maj. Gen. Volpe (center) with G. Michael Johnston, D.O., KCUMB-COM vice dean, (left) and Bruce Dubin, D.O., KCUMB-COM dean (right).

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