Sedgwick County

Updated February 2013

Sedgwick County is served by the Southwest office of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Garden City, 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

  • 283 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.
  • 30 K-12 students in Sedgwick County participated in activities during 2012 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.
  • Sedgwick County is part of the Southcentral Medical Education Network with Greg Thomas, MD, and Marla Ullom-Minnich, MD,, a resident of McPherson and Moundridge, respectively, 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

  • 1,324 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Sedgwick County.
  • 4 health care providers have been placed in Sedgwick County since 2003 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.
  • 12 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.
  • 12 shifts were covered by temporary physicians, which allowed Sedgwick County physicians necessary time off in 2012. These coverages were made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
  • 2 Sedgwick County health care employers exhibited with 2012 Kansas Career Opportunities, which is designed to introduce medical students, residents and other health care professionals to rural communities looking to hire.
  • 494 health care professionals from Sedgwick County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.
  • 42 professional education and administrative visits in Sedgwick County occurred in 2012 via telemedicine, an interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two. The technology is operated by the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
  • 49 percent of KU School of Medicine--Wichita medical school graduates practice in Kansas. Nationally, only 29 percent of phsyicians practice in the same state where they graduated medical school.
  • The KU School of Medicine--Wichita sponsors 13 residency programs in specialities such as anesthesiology, family medicine and orthopaedic surgery and employs more than 200 residents.
  •  65 percent of KU School of Medicine--Wichita graduates from both the school and one of our 13 residency programs practice in Kansas.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • 1 Sedgwick County resident made a visits to a KU Medical Center health care provider at an outreach clinic in 2012.
  • 53 Sedgwick 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.
  • 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.

Serving Communities

  • 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. Click here to see upcoming lectures or listen to audio recordings of previous lectures.
  • More than five years 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.
  • The KU School of Medicine-Wichita had an annual economic impact of $49.7 million in 2009. It is expected to rise to $80 million by 2015 with the medical school expansion and the addition of the KU School of Pharmacy-Wichita.
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Last modified: May 22, 2013
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.