Douglas County

Updated August 2014

Enhancing Student Education

  • 152 students from Douglas County are studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 10 Douglas County physicians serve as volunteer KU Medical Center faculty, providing medical students with hands-on training in rural and underserved communities as part of the Rural Preceptorship Program.
  • The University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University in Douglas County are two of 10 campuses involved with Kansas Institutional Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE), a multidisciplinary program to enhance Kansas' research capacity through faculty development, retention and infrastructure, as well as inspire undergraduate researchers to pursue careers in biomedical research. KU Medical Center serves as the lead institution, and Douglas Wright, PhD, serves as the program director.
  • 65 K-12 students in Douglas County participated in activities during Fiscal Year 2014 that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the Area Health Education Centers and Office for Cultural Enhancement and Diversity.
  • Eudora and Lawrence high schools in Douglas County are two of 17 schools statewide that used Mini Medical School in Fiscal Year 2014, a resource kit for upper level high school teachers in the biological sciences. The kit is designed to supplement and enhance their curriculum while simultaneously introducing students to various aspects of the health field through fun and exciting projects. Mini Medical School was created by the KU Area Health Education Centers and features physicians and experts from KU Medical Center and Kansas State University.
  • Douglas 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

  • 843 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Douglas County.
  • 1 health care provider has been placed in Douglas County since 2004 through the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center, which provides placement assistance to rural health organizations and seeks to enhance the quality and quantity of health care professionals in rural Kansas.
  • 52 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences by Douglas County health care professionals in FY14.
  • Douglas County is part of The Kansas Sepsis Project. Led by KU Medical Center Professor Steven Simpson, MD, the project seeks to reduce the death rates of patients with severe sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. The program teaches health professionals in all specialties to recognize severe sepsis and to take rapid, organized steps to treat severe sepsis.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • 18 Douglas 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 FY14. These services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
  • 258 Kansans received free medical attention and education in 2013 through preventive screenings and events hosted in Douglas County with support from KU Medical Center programs.

Serving Communities

  • Douglas 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.

 

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Last modified: Sep 30, 2014
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