Educating Medical Students in a Clinical Environment Throughout the Entire Curriculum

Presented by Brenda Rogers, MD, FAAP, FACP on October 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Innovative approaches to medical student education in the US have recently been discussed again as the cost of higher education and medical school continue to increase. Creative options have been proposed, including elimination of clinical experiences, requiring historical medical school coursework to be completed in the undergraduate years and shortening the duration of medical school, among others. In this webinar, information about a six year combined Baccalaureate/MD program will be provided. In this program, students are admitted directly from high school and immediately begin integrated undergraduate and medical school coursework. Similar to medical schooling in other countries, this program has over 40 years experience educating students in the heart of the US.  With over 3000 graduates, the program has alumni who are instrumental in many aspects of medicine, achieve great success and hold remarkable leadership positions throughout the United States.


  • Provide a description of the unique six year combined degree program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
  • Discuss the curriculum and how integrating traditional classroom and clinical experiences together benefits student education.
  • Compare objective performance information to national standards.
  • Review of unique issues that occur among the student population, which is younger than that of traditional US medical schools.
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Presenter Bios

Dr. Brenda Rogers is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, where she is also Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is the Past Chair of the Group on Combined Baccalaureate/MD programs, a national organization composed of representatives of over seventy such programs throughout the United States. Dr. Rogers’s academic interests include the development of professionalism expectations and remediation for students, interdisciplinary educational opportunities and the development of a healthy and well rounded learning environment for students and faculty.

Dr. Rogers served as the combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program Director from 2001-09. She served as Medical Director for Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners from 2005-09 where she worked on the development of a case manager program to assist patients as well as creating quality indicators that resulted in provider education programs. She has been a clinical instructor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City since 2000 and continues to work with students and residents daily in the clinical setting. She is the recipient of teaching and mentoring awards, as well as a member of the Gold Humanism Society and Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Rogers is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, a combined baccalaureate/MD program, where she obtained degrees in biology and medicine. She completed two years of her four year residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Creighton University. She completed the final two years at the University of Missouri-Kansas City after transferring training programs to be in proximity to her husband. She and her husband are the parents of two daughters and two dogs.