Shawnee County

Updated December 2015

  • Shawnee County is served by KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), which serve the state through student education initiatives, professional education for health care providers, health screenings, clinics and public presentations on health topics.

Enhancing Student Education

  • 106 students from Shawnee County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • Washburn University is one 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, Ph.D., serves as the program director.
  • KU School of Medicine (KC and Wichita campuses) residents and fellows train at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Kansas City, Mo., Leavenworth, Topeka and Wichita. The VA helps to fund the trainees who rotate to their sites, and this affiliation offers a unique patient population to our learners.
  • Shawnee County is part of the Eastern Medical Education Network withJon Sides, M.D., a resident of Burlington, 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

  • 715 KU Medical Center alumni live and/or practice in Shawnee County.
  • 1 health care provider has been placed in Shawnee County since 2005 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.
  • 1 Shawnee County health care employer exhibited with 2015 Kansas Career Opportunities, which is designed to introduce medical students, residents and other health care professionals to rural communities looking to hire.
  • 540 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education/professional development courses and conferences by Shawnee County health care professionals in Fiscal Year 2015. Continuing education programming is offered by KU Medical Center's Continuing Education and Professional Development and KU AHECs.
  • 74 professional education and administrative visits in Shawnee County occurred in FY15 via telemedicine, an interactive video technology that eliminates distance as a barrier to health care, continuing education and interprofessional collaboration. The technology is operated by the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • Shawnee County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 8 times via telemedicine in FY15. An interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two, telemedicine services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare and St. Francis Health Center, both of Topeka, are members of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, a network of hospitals, physicians groups, and cancer support and patient advocacy organizations bringing cancer research, care, and professional support together to advance the quality and reach of cancer care, prevention, early detection, and survivorship in the Heartland.
  • The University of Kansas Medical Center provides patient and family education on a variety of health and wellness topics to residents of Shawnee County. The project is in collaboration with Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing and funded in part by a federal grant from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth.

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Last modified: Mar 18, 2016
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