Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg

Via Christi Pittsburg

Core Site assignments are for year three only. Clerkship placement during year four is based solely on the site’s availability and approval. Students must follow the scheduling protocols outlined by the location and the Clinical Education Guidelines.

In 1903, when the Sisters of St. Joseph came to Pittsburg, Kan., they opened Mt. Carmel Hospital, known today as Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, a regional leader in health care. Continuing the Sisters' legacy, we strive every day to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. We're committed to our mission of serving as a healing presence with special concern for our neighbors who are vulnerable.

Among our hospital's features are:

  • A new 40,000-square-foot Surgery Center that includes state-of-the-art technology, including robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgeries with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.
  • The Dr. M.K. Parsi Women's Center, which includes a level II nursery and central fetal monitoring system.
  • The Via Christi Heart Center, which supported by our newly renovated $2.6 million Cardiac Stepdown Unit, features a state-of-the-art catheterization lab.
  • Our Emergency Room, which is recognized as a Level III Trauma Center by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Our extensive specialty service lines, which include diagnostics, surgery, physical therapy and occupational health.

Ascension Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg

School Affiliations

  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • AT Still - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hospital Statistics

  • Total Beds - 110
  • Admissions - 2,965
  • ER Visits - 15,028
  • Outpatient Visits: 93,791
  • Births - 535
  • Inpatient Surgeries - 711
  • Outpatient Surgeries - 2,465
  • Trauma Center - No
  • DOs on Staff - 15
  • MDs on Staff - 34

Third-Year Clerkships

  • Behavioral Health (1 month) - Outpatient
  • Child and Adolescent Health (1 month) - Outpatient
  • Family Medicine (1 month) - Outpatient
  • Internal Medicine (2 months) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Surgery (2 months) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Women's Health (1 month) - Inpatient/Outpatient

This site schedules clinical experiences in one month increments.

Third-Year Selectives

  • These are clinical experiences completed in addition to the third-year core clerkships.  The student may have some ability to choose from a list of available selective clerkships.  The Core Site determines the selective clerkships available based on the resources at the Core SiteIf applicable, selective opportunities will be communicated to students at the core site’s discretion after the match.

  • Selective clerkship opportunities are not available away from the Core Site during the third year.  Exceptions to this policy may occur for students officially enrolled in the Military and Global Health Tracks or completing third-year selective(s) away from the Core Site as part of the Specialty Track requirements.

Residency Information

CoxHealth - Springfield, MO

  • Family Medicine

Freeman Health System - Joplin, MO

  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ENT
  • Family Medicine
  • Psychiatry

Via Christi Hospitals Inc - Wichita, KS

  • Family Medicine

Resources & Benefits

  • Facility Resources: Students will have access to a computers, internet, lounge, medical library, medical records, phones and printers while on duty at the hospital
  • Meal Benefits: None at this time
  • Visiting Student Housing: Housing is unavailable at this time

Duties & Opportunities

  • Student Duties: Students are required to participate in weekly rounds, night call and weekend rounds as assigned
  • Didactic Opportunities: Students are required to participate in sessions provided 4 times per month
  • OMT/OPP Opportunities: Students are required to participate in the OMM Lab held on the KCU-Joplin Campus

Unique Site Characteristics

  • Background check and drug screen is required annually
  • BLS, ACLS and PALS certifications must be current
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) required annually
  • Global Track and Military Track Students must communicate third-year clerkship obligations to site as soon as the Clerkship Match Process is finalized
  • Orientation is provided prior to the first clerkship
  • Tuberculosis screening required annually (two-step or blood test)
  • TB Mask Fit provided on-site, at cost to student (approximately $45)
  • TB screening required annually (only two-step skin test or blood test accepted)
  • Travel required to meet third-year residency clerkship requirement
Once the Clerkship Site Match is finalized for your class, KCU Clinical Education will notify students when contacting clerkship sites directly is permitted.  

Contact Information

  • Contact Clinical Education
  • Core Site Contact: Kayla Piper 
  • Director of Medical Education: Mindi S Garner, DO, MBA
Additions or changes to this site's information may occur at any time - information last updated 10.27.22