At the University of Kansas Medical Center, we enjoy the privilege of serving the people of Kansas. Whether coming through our doors as a student, patient, research subject or visitor, each person expects and deserves our best. We are committed to meeting and exceeding that expectation.
Our Students | Our Patients | Our scientific Colleagues and Sponsors | Our Communities
"What do you think?" one student asked the group as they discussed a class exercise. Gathered around a table in the corner of the Murphy Hall lobby were four KU Medical Center students: one from medicine, one from nursing, one from pharmacy and one from physical therapy. Each participant in the discussion voiced an opinion; each listened with interest and respect. As part of the Interprofessional Clinic, the students are strengthening communication and teamwork skills and modeling behavior that will result in the best patient care. Interprofessional education develops future professionals who will, indeed, lead healthcare.
High expectations for graduates
Dr. Karen Miller, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, has a high expectation for our graduates: that they be hired preferentially by future employers. KU Medical Center graduates should be first among applicants as they seek jobs, residencies and fellowships. To achieve this, we recognize the need to have an innovative curriculum, and interprofessional education (IPE) is an important part of such a curriculum. Our IPE program began in 2010 and has been growing since then.
It's 2:55 p.m. on a December day, and a woman takes a moment to look at a sign in the Delp corridor. A staff member asks if she needs help finding her way. "No," she replies, "I'm really familiar with this place. I've been coming here for years," longer, in fact, than the staff member has worked at KU Medical Center.
They walk along the corridor - from Delp to Wescoe and around the corner into Murphy - the staff member lending an ear to a visitor who needs to talk. It turns out that her son is having his 92nd surgery; on this day he is having a tumor removed from his brain. On her face are the lines of years of worry for a child whose body is ravaged by disease. In her eyes and in her voice, though, is the strength of a survivor, and in her words are confidence and faith in the knowledge and skill of her son's healthcare team.
She has chosen KU for the best care for her son.
Each day, our patients present us with myriad moments to serve and to care. Whether it's helping someone find their way to a clinic or performing a surgery that will save a life, each faculty and staff member plays a role in our mission to heal.
The best care
Because it is the only academic medical center in the state, the citizens of Kansas look to KU Medical Center for the best care. Along with our clinical partners, KU Medical Center healthcare providers handle the toughest, most complex cases and do so with compassion and quality and expertise.
KU Medical Center's primary partner in Kansas City is The University of Kansas Hospital, and it is there that KUMC faculty physicians provide care. It is a partnership that delivers amazing results.
In Wichita, the KU School of Medicine partners with Via Christi Health and Wesley Medical Center.
In Salina, Salina Regional Health Center is KU Medical Center's primary partner.
The Veterans Administration Health Care System in eastern Kansas is another important partner to KU Medical Center. In addition to training KU Medical Center residents, members of the medical staff at the Veterans Administration Hospitals hold faculty appointments at KU Medical Center.
In 2013, KU Medical Center, along with The University of Kansas Hospital, The University of Kansas Physicians and Children's Mercy Hospital, worked toward developing an integrated pediatrics program, which was finalized at the beginning of 2014.
Our Scientific Colleagues and Sponsors
Reena Rao was sitting at a crowded table in the Varnes Conference Center as the facilitator asked the room, "What's your 'why?'"
Dr. Rao, an assistant professor in Medicine, Nephrology and Hypertension, was a participant in Leading the Jayhawk Way, a leadership development program that she was attending to further develop supervisory skills that could result in more effective lab management.
Dr. Rao spoke up, "My 'why'" -- the personal vision one has for oneself and one's work she said, "is I believe that I can cure Polycystic Kidney Disease." The simplicity and sincerity of her "why" left little doubt among the other program participants that Dr. Rao would be successful.
Dr. Rao's "why" is just one example of the many astonishing, awe-inspiring "why's" that are expanding knowledge, finding cures and fulfilling our mission to discover.
Research is the engine that powers discovery, leading to treatments and cures that impact lives - in Kansas and around the world. Astonishing research and revolutionary discoveries are taking place at KU Medical Center in all areas of the health sciences.
Across every department at KU Medical Center astonishing research is taking place, both externally funded and internally supported. Our goal is to continue making our mark, not just in national rankings, but in changing lives for the better.
"In 1905, the University of Kansas Medical Center was established on the most eastern edge of Kansas facing West to remind us why we go to work: We work for Kansans."
It's hard to get further west in Kansas than Morton County. In the southwest corner of the state, Morton County is served by one of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). AHECs serve the state through student education initiatives, professional education for healthcare providers, health screenings, clinics and public presentations on health-related topics. In Morton County, our students have received hands-on training through the Rural Preceptorship Program, our graduates live and practice in the county, area healthcare providers participate in continuing education provided by KU Medical Center, and county residents have benefitted from care provided through our clinical outreach activities. This is just one county in the great state of Kansas.
Results for Kansas
 Goal A.I and G in the original plan / Educate boxes 2 and 4 and Collaboration and Professionalism competencies in the refined plan
 Goal G in the original plan / Diversity and Inclusion competencies in the refined plan
 Goal C.III in the original plan / Heal boxes 1, 2 and 3 in the refined plan
 Goal C.II in the original plan / Heal box 2 and 4 in the refined plan
 Goal B.I in the original plan / Discover box 4 in the refined plan
 Goal D.II in the original plan / Engage box 1 in the refined plan
 Goals D.II and IV in the original plan / Engage boxes 1 and 2 in the refined plan
 Goal D.IV in the original plan / Engage box 1 in the refined plan