Freeman Health System

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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 60 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

  • AT Still Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Hospital Statistics 

  • Total Beds - 348
  • Admissions - 19,670
  • ER Visits - 45,204
  • Births - 2,646
  • Inpatient Surgery - 4,620
  • Outpatient Surgery - 9,198
  • DOs on Staff - 69
  • MDs on Staff - 212

Third-Year Clerkships

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

This site schedules clinical experiences in one month increments.

Third-Year Selectives

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ENT/Otolaryngology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • ICU/Critical Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • NICU
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology/ENT
  • Physical Medicine & Rehab
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Wound Care

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

Fourth-Year Clerkships

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ENT/Otolaryngology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • ICU/Critical Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • NICU
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology/ENT
  • Pathology
  • Physical Medicine & Rehab
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Wound Care

Residency Information 

  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ENT

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
  • Visiting Student Housing: Housing is available to visiting students at a reduced rate

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 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
  • Orientation provided prior to the first clerkship
  • NBOME COMAT Subject Exams are proctored at the KCU-Joplin Campus
  • TB Screening required annually (two-step)

Additions or changes to this site's information may occur at any time - information last updated 10/7/19

Contact Information

  • KCU Clinical Clerkship Coordinator: Angela Imes
  • Core Site Contact: Stephanie Lea
  • Director of Medical Education: Robert McNab, DO