The Farber-McIntire campus was made possible by our community partners, including Mercy Hospital Joplin, Freeman Health System, the City of Joplin and philanthropic leadership from the surrounding community.
The building was once the former temporary hospital donated to KCU by Mercy Hospital Joplin. The renovations include an expansion of nearly 20,000 square feet that includes a large lecture hall, learning studio and lab dedicated to osteopathic manipulative medicine courses.
The school’s simulation suite includes 24 standardized patient exam rooms and three simulation rooms featuring high-fidelity, programmable robots in fully equipped medical, surgical, obstetrical and trauma settings.
Extended video conferencing capabilities connect the Joplin campus to the KC campus, allowing students, faculty and staff to share learning opportunities.
Building the Future of Medicine in Joplin
Brett Niles, OMS I KCU-Joplin
Paula Gregory, DO, MBA
Nestled in the southwest corner of Missouri, the city of Joplin is home to approximately 50,000 people with 400,000 people living in a 40-mile radius, making Joplin the 4th largest metropolitan area in Missouri. With a quarter of a million people coming into the city for work or health care daily, Joplin is a medical hub in the South Central U.S. with two major hospitals, Mercy Hospital Joplin and Freeman Health System. But with a growing, aging and rural population, the problem of providing adequate health care to its residents for the long term was on the horizon.
The solution: Open the first medical school in the southwest region of Missouri and place a strong emphasis on patient-centered primary care and rural health to help address the growing need for physicians in the area.
The Making of KCU-Joplin
KCU-Joplin welcomes esteemed faculty, staff and leaders from the local area and across the country to lead our high caliber of student doctors. In an exciting addition, KCU's growing number of partnerships with health care providers has created opportunities to complete clerkships, residencies and graduate education positions in the Joplin region.
As the only medical school in the southwest region of Missouri, KCU-Joplin now opens the door for students wanting to practice in area rather than having to relocate.
KCU has a 100-year history of student success. Welcoming our first students in 1916, KCU is one of the five original colleges of osteopathic medicine. It is now the second-largest provider of physicians in Missouri and Kansas with more than 60 percent of our alumni practicing in primary care specialties and 40 percent practicing in rural or underserved areas across the nation. With the addition of KCU-Joplin, we’re going to expand that reach and help tackle the approaching physician shortage.
The support from the entire Joplin community has been astounding. Starting with a $30 million pledge from the Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance and the donation of the former temporary Mercy Hospital Joplin the Farber-McIntire campus turned from a vision into a reality.
Partnerships with Mercy Hospital Joplin, Freeman Health Systems and local physicians continue to leverage that community support to create opportunities for student doctors during their time at KCU-Joplin and later in their careers as doctors.
Addressing the Physician Shortage
According to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the primary care physician shortage in the U.S. is projected to exceed 50,000 in 2025, greater than any other specialty. KCU-Joplin is a significant opportunity to contribute more primary care physicians in areas that need them most.
In addition to providing more students an exceptional medical education, KCU-Joplin impact the city itself. KCU-Joplin is estimated to bring in 100 new jobs and infused an estimated $111 million annually into the regional economy.