KU Medical Center works for Kansas

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  • KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Center (AHEC), with offices in Fairway, Hays and Pittsburg, provides consultation clinics, support for rural research, activities to promote health careers, continuing education programming for health care professionals and clinical placements of health professions students across Kansas.

Enhancing Student Education

  • 2,241 students from Kansas are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 264 Kansas 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.
  • More than 4,000 K-12 Kansas students 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 KU Area Health Education Center and Office for Cultural Enhancement and Diversity.
  • 17 Kansas high schools 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.
  • 10 Kansas campuses are part of 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.
  • The Community Health Project provides interprofessional, service-learning internships to enhance the educational experience of KU students in the health professions. The students are immersed in public health and social service settings across Kansas. The project is facilitated by Cheryl Gibson, PhD, Wendy Hildenbrand, MPH, OTR/L, and Stewart Babbott, MD, with support from the Kansas Health Foundation since 1992.

Strengthening the Health Care Workforce

  • 12,948 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Kansas.
  • 172 health care providers have been placed in rural and underserved Kansas communities from 2004-2014 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 Kansas.
  • 202 Kansas 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.
  • 94 shifts were covered by temporary physicians, which allowed Kansas physicians necessary time off in FY14. These coverages were made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
  • 51 Kansas 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.
  • 22,778 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences by Kansas health care professionals in FY14.
  • 2,400 professional education and administrative visits in Kansas occurred in FY14 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 University of Kansas Medical Center is the headquarters for Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, a network of scientists from across the Kansas City metropolitan area and the state of Kansas working on translational research-research that transforms laboratory discoveries into treatments and cures.
  • The Kansas Community Cancer Health Disparities Network focuses on reducing cancer disparities in two distinct rural populations: American Indians in northeast Kansas and Latinos in southwest Kansas. The goal is to work with the communities to improve treatment and increase awareness about cancer prevention, screening and risk-reduction. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH, is primary investigator on the U54 grant.
  • Hospitalization has been identified as a teachable moment in which patients may be more likely to quit smoking. In 2012, 35 Kansas hospitals participated in Kan Quit II, a study that provides smoking cessation counseling, treatment and case management services to inpatients. The study then evaluates the effectiveness of the smoking cessation services. The project is led by Edward Ellerbeck, MD, MPH, and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Nine Kansas counties are participating in a research study investigating the prevalence of developmental disabilities in rural children with epilepsy. The study is led by Suzanne Hawley, PhD, MPH.
  • Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer recurrence, and rural women are considered to be at a higher risk for obesity and to have less access to health care. Female patients from 60 counties are taking part in a weight-loss maintenance intervention program for breast cancer survivors in rural Kansas. The program connects survivors for long-term weight management using phone-based peer group support. The study then evaluates the effectiveness of the program over time. This research is led by Christie Befort, Ph.D. and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • Kansas residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 4,117 times 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.
  • Kansas residents visited KU Medical Center outreach clinics 785 times in FY14.
  • As of August 2014, 17 Kansas institutions were 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.

 Numbers updated August 2014

Last modified: Jan 02, 2015