The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences officially opened its second campus Tuesday in Joplin, an expansion that school officials say will help rural areas short on doctors.
The osteopathic medicine school’s Farber-McIntire campus is expected to host about 150 students for classes that start next month. Combined with more than 1,000 students on the main campus in Kansas City, it will make KCU one of the nation’s largest medical institutions.
The Joplin location will be Missouri’s first new medical school in 44 years. Marc Hahn, KCU’s president and CEO, said the expansion will help the region address a physician shortage estimated to grow to 100,000 nationwide by 2025.
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