Sedgwick County

Updated December 2014

  • Sedgwick County is served by KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Center (AHEC), 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

  • 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 July 2014): 196
    • Residents: 287
    • Full-time Employees: 189
    • Part-time Employees: 202
    • Volunteer Faculty: 1,012
  • 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.
    • 65 percent of KU School of Medicine—Wichita graduates, from both the school and one of their 13 residency programs, practice in Kansas.
  • 18 high school students in Sedgwick County participated in activities during the 2013-14 school year that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the KU Area Health Education Center.
  • Wichita High School is one of 17 schools statewide that used Mini Medical School during the 2013-14 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 Area Health Education Center 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, PhD, serves as the program director.
  • 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

  • 1,353 KU Medical Center graduates 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.
  • 4 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 2014 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.
  • 1,776 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences by Sedgwick County health care professionals in FY14.

Researching to Improve Health

  • 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, MD, MPH.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • Sedgwick County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 14 times via telemedicine in FY14. 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.
  • 86 Kansans received free medical attention and education in 2013 through preventive screenings and events hosted in Sedgwick County with support from KU Medical Center programs.
  • Sedgwick County residents made 25 visits to KU Medical Center health care providers in outreach clinics held outside of Kansas City in FY14.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Click here to see upcoming lectures or listen to audio recordings of previous lectures.

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Last modified: Jun 24, 2015
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.