Sedgwick County

Updated December 2015

  • Sedgwick 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

  • 313 students from Sedgwick County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • Wichita is home to one of three University of Kansas School of Medicine campuses. Until 2011, the Wichita campus provided hands-on, clinical training to about 110 third- and fourth-year medical students. In the fall of 2011, the Wichita campus expanded to a full four-year campus. Read more about the KU School of Medicine expansion in Wichita.
    • Medical School Enrollment (as of December 2015): 203
    • Full-time Faculty: 75
    • Part-time Faculty: 74
    • Volunteer Faculty: 921
  • The KU School of Medicine—Wichita sponsors 13 fully-accredited residency and fellowship training programs through hospital partners Wesley Medical Center and Via Christi Health. Specialities include anesthesiology, family medicine and orthopaedic surgery.
  • 42 high school students in Sedgwick County participated in activities during the 2014-15 school year that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the KU AHECs.
  • Wichita High School is one of 19 schools statewide that used Mini Medical School during the 2014-15 school year, 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 AHECs and features physicians and experts from KU Medical Center and Kansas State University.
  • Wichita State 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.
  • Sedgwick County is part of the South-Central Medical Education Network with Greg Thomas, M.D., and Marla Ullom-Minnich, M.D., residents of McPherson and Moundridge, respectively, serving as the medical education directors. The directors help coordinate the School of Medicine's efforts to mentor, train and place physicians throughout Kansas.

Strengthening the Health Care Workforce

  • 1,408 KU Medical Center alumni live and/or practice in Sedgwick County.
  • 5 health care providers have been placed in Sedgwick 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.
  • 15 Sedgwick 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.
  • 2 Sedgwick County health care employers 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.
    • The School of Medicine—Wichita hosts one of the two annual Kansas Career Opportunities events each fall.
  • 3343 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education/professional development courses and conferences by Sedgwick 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.
  • 40 professional education and administrative visits occurred in FY15 in Sedgwick County 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.

Researching to Improve Health

  • The School of Medicine-Wichita's Office of Research regularly seeks participants for studies.
  • Researchers at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita are conducting a five-year study on promoting walking in African-Americans with Peripheral Arterial Disease. The objective is to determine the efficacy of their Patient-centered Assessment and Counseling for Exercise protocol, enhanced by adding motivational interviewing and culturally-sensitive print material, to improve lower limb function in African Americans with peripheral arterial disease. The study is led by Tracie Collins, M.D., MPH.
  • Sedgwick County is one of 14 Kansas locations in FY15 that offers clinical trials for patients with cancer in their local communities through the support 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.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • Sedgwick County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 20 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 KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
  • Via Christi Health in Wichita is a member 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.
    • 51 Kansans sought second opinions at MCA member sites, including Sedgwick County, in FY15.
    • MCA's Behavioral Health Therapist helps members support the psychological well-being of cancer patients from the first day of diagnosis through survivorship. In FY15, 584 Kansans used these services in Sedgwick County and other MCA sites.
    • 15 Sedgwick County residents took part in MCA cancer prevention outreach screenings in FY15.
  • The School of Medicine—Wichita Medical Practice Association (MPA) was established to provide medical education, research, and medical care through its members who are full-time faculty at the school. Physicians, psychologists, and other providers care for patients at 10 specialty outpatient clinics.
  • More than a decade ago, KU School of Medicine—Wichita students opened the JayDoc Community Clinic on Saturdays in Wichita's Guadalupe Clinic to care for the uninsured and underserved. Under volunteer physician supervision, medical students treat about 500 patients annually.
  • KU School of Medicine—Wichita hosts the Live & Learn Lecture Series, a free program to help educate the public on health matters, such as Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, obesity, migraines, stress, sleep disorders and more. Visit Live & Learn for upcoming lectures or listen to audio recordings of previous lectures.

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Last modified: Feb 22, 2016
KU expands to 4-year medical campus in Wichita

KU School of Medicine Wichita, Educating Doctors for Kansas

To address the critical shortage of rural physicians in the state, the University of Kansas School of Medicine expanded its existing Wichita branch from a two-year clinical program to a full, four-year program in fall 2011. Read more.