Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg

Via Christi Pittsburg

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

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

  • Family Medicine (1 month) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Internal Medicine (2 months) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Ob/Gyn (1 month) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Pediatrics (1 month) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Psychiatry (1 month) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Surgery (2 months) - Inpatient/Outpatient

This site schedules clinical experiences in one month increments.

Third-Year Selectives

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Gynecology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Hematopathology
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Medicine/Pediatrics
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Ob/Gyn
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Otolaryngology/ENT
  • Pain Management
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehab
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Theumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Urology

Fourth-Year Clerkships

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Gynecology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Hematopathology
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Medicine/Pediatrics
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Ob/Gyn
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Otolaryngology/ENT
  • Pain Management
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehab
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Theumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Urology

Residency Information

CoxHealth - Springfield, MO

  • Family Medicine

Freeman Health System - Joplin, MO

  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ENT

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 Students must communicate third-year clerkship obligations to site as soon as the Clerkship Match Process is finalized
  • Military Track Students must communicate third-year clerkship obligations to site as soon as the Clerkship Match Process is finalized
  • NBOME COMAT Subject Exams are proctored at this core site
  • Orientation is provided prior to the first clerkship
  • TB blood test required annually
  • TB Mask Fit provided on-site, at cost to student (approximately $45)
  • Travel may be required for third-year Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)
  • Travel required to meet third-year residency clerkship requirement

Additions or changes to this site's information may occur at any time - information last updated 11/4/19

Contact Information

  • KCU Clinical Clerkship Coordinator: Angela Imes
  • Core Site Contact: Kayla Piper 
  • Director of Medical Education: Mindi S Garner, DO, MBA