Freeman Health System

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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.

Based in Joplin, Mo., Freeman Health System provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services, including cancer care, heart and vascular care, neurosciences, orthopaedics and women’s services. The area’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health system, Freeman has more than 300 physicians representing 70 specialties serving southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

The health system is licensed for 517 beds and serves a population of 350,000 – 400,000. Freeman has been recognized by Solucient as a “100 Top Hospital” in the teaching category.

Freeman Health System

School Affiliation

  • KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Hospital Statistics 

  • Total Beds - 391
  • Admissions - 19,670
  • ER Visits - 45,204
  • Births - 2,646
  • Inpatient Surgery - 4,620
  • Outpatient Surgery - 9,198
  • DOs on Staff - 87
  • MDs on Staff - 212

Third-Year Clerkships

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

Availability of all third-year selectives listed above varies based upon placement of fourth-year students and residents

Residency Information 

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

Resources & Benefits

  • Facility Resources: Students have access to computers, dining room, internet, medical library, phones, printers, secured storage area, study space and WiFi while on duty at the hospital
  • Meal Benefits: Students receive food and beverage from the cafeteria while on duty
  • Student Housing: Not available

Duties & Opportunities

  • Student Duties: Students are required to participate in weekend call
  • Didactic Opportunities: Students are required to participate in morning report, lectures, patient rounds and required reading as assigned
  • OMT/OPP Opportunities: Students are required to participate in the monthly OMM Lab held on the KCU-Joplin Campus

Unique Site Characteristics     

  • Background check and drug screen required third year only (on-site drug screen may also be required)
  • BLS and ACLS certifications must be current
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) must be submitted prior to Clerkship Match
  • Global Track and Military Track Students must communicate third-year clerkship obligations to site as soon as the Clerkship Match Process is finalized
  • Orientation provided prior to the first clerkship
  • TB screening required annually (only two-step skin test or blood test accepted)
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: Stephanie Lea
  • Vice President of Medical Education: Robert McNab, DO
Additions or changes to this site's information may occur at any time - information last updated 10.27.2022