Last updated January 2013
Atchison County is served by the East office of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Pittsburg, which serves the state through student education initiatives, professional education for health care providers, health screenings, clinics and public presentations on health topics.
Enhancing Student Education
- 6 students from Atchison County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- 3 health professions students received hands-on training in Atchison County in 2012 through placement programs in rural and underserved communities, including Rural Preceptorship Program for KU medical students and fieldwork experiences for other professions.
- Atchison County is part of the Eastern Medical Education Network with Robert Haskins, MD, a resident of Pittsburg, serving as the Medical Education Director. The medical education director helps coordinate the School of Medicine's efforts to mentor, train and place physicians throughout Kansas.
Strengthening the Health Care Workforce
- 33 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Atchison County.
- 5 Atchison County physicians received funding through the Kansas Bridging Plan, a loan-forgiveness program offered since 1991 to primary care medical residents who agree to practice in rural Kansas.
- 5 shifts were covered by temporary physicians, which allowed Atchison County physicians necessary time off in 2012. These coverages were made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
- 49 health care professionals from Atchison County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.
Advancing Health Care Access
- 4 Atchison County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers via telemedicine, an interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two, in 2012. These services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center provides patient and family education on a variety of health and wellness topics to residents of Atchison County. The project is in collaboration with Turing Point: The Center for Hope and Healing and funded in part by a federal grant from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth.
May 23, 2013