Medical School Expansion Highlights Missouri’s Commitment To Future Talent

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences held the grand opening for their new campus in Joplin, Missouri. The KCU-Joplin campus is the first new medical school in the Show-Me State in 46 years.

The campus is expected to bring more than 70 new jobs to the Joplin region, and will service more than 150 students starting this fall, with the capacity to teach up to 600 students in the coming years.

KCU-Joplin will feature cutting-edge technology, anatomy and physical diagnosis laboratories, and advanced robotics for patient simulation and other unique features.

The Joplin campus will emphasize primary care and rural health, in order to address a growing concern of not enough physicians in rural areas. According to the American Association of Colleges and Osteopathic Medicine, the primary care physician shortage is expected to surpass 50,000 doctors by 2025.

Another example of how Missouri is helping to reduce the future shortage came last year when St. Louis-based Mercy health systems launched the world’s first virtual care center. Branded a “hospital without beds” the Virtual Care Center provides remote support for intensive-care units, emergency rooms, physician’s offices and even in patients homes.

Missouri is home to some of the most prestigious hospitals, medical schools and health companies in the world. Every day cutting-edge biomedical research is taking place across the state, in world-renowned research hospitals, and innovation communities such as Cortex and the Missouri Innovation Center.

For more information on Missouri’s health innovation industry, contact Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.725.2688 or via our contact form, with any questions you might have, and learn how Missouri Partnership can help with your business expansion and investment needs.

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