UMKC medical school expands to St. Joseph

In an effort to fill the gap in rural health care, the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s medical school is expanding to St. Joseph, KCUR reports.

The program, which will launch in January, allows the medical school to add 20 students per year in St. Joseph.

Missouri will face a shortage of 1,200 primary-care providers by 2025, according to a federal report.

“The disparities in care in rural areas result in higher rates of death, disability and chronic disease for rural Americans,” Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, Dean of the UMKC School of Medicine, told KCUR.

The expansion was made possible by a four-year, $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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