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450.020 Overall Plan for Operation of UMKC Medical School

Bd. Min. 6-25-71, p. 35,926; Bd. Min. 3-22-02; Revised Bd. Min. 11-21-13.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (herinafter School of Medicine) was founded in 1971 as an innovative medical education system based on an integrated, six-year baccalaureate/MD format. This novel curriculum and format contribute to a high successful medical education program for medical students. Students with existing undergraduate or graduate degrees are also admitted each year to the medical school at Year 3 and these students pursue their medical degree over four years.

Mission: The mission of the UMKC School of Medicine is to provide and foster excellence, innovation and scholarship in education, research and medical care.

Vision: The vision of the UMKC School of Medicine is to be a leader in academic medicine through innovative programs and vibrant community partnerships.

The medical student education proram is accredited by Liaison Committee on Medical Education. In addition to the medical student education program, the School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as the institutional sponsor for residency and fellowship training programs at its affiliated hospitals. All programs are tailored to incorporate the key elements of hands-on clinical experience, didactic teaching, research, and professional and peer interaction into a clinical environment ideal for developing the techniques to become a highly competent, skilled physician. The School of Medicine offers certificate and graduate programs at the masters level and collaborates with other programs on interdisciplinary PhDs.

Affiliation agreements and/or contracts are in place with several institutions to provide access to hospitals and health centers and to the teaching time of their staff. These agreements provide the School of Medicine with priority access to the institution's educational resources and oversight authority for the education programs of the School of Medicine's learners. Affiliated institutions are responsible for the clinical care that they provide and the university does not accept fiscal responsibility for patient care or service. The affiliation arrangement relates entirely to support of professional education.

The School of Medicine also utilizes other sources of teaching support: (a) coordinated teaching with basic sciences schools, including the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences and the UMKC School of Biological Sciences, (b) intensive personal instruction and longitudinal mentoring by competent, comprehensive care clinicians (Docents), and (c) collaborative relationships with other health professional schools, including the UMKC Schools of Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, which reside with the School of Medicine on UMKC's Hospital Hill campus.

To provide the coordinating, administrative management structure, The School of Medicine recognizes clinical and basic science departments and associated department chairpersons. The administration of the professional education programs is coordinated via a medical school council structure. Individual councils report directly to the  Coordinating Committee (senior medical school policy setting body) which directly advises the School of Medicine dean. The faculty are represented by a Faculty Council that is advisory directly to the School of Medicine dean. The graduate programs report through the Graduate Council to the School of Medicine dean and the School of Graduate Studies. 

The faculty structure for the School of Medicine consists of faculty either directly employed by the university and/or by one of the affiliated providers. Faculty appointments are made in accordance with the Collected Rules and Regulations.

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