About Us

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The Office of Rural Medical Education (ORME) became a division of the School of Medicine in January 2007. The Office of Rural Medical Education coordinates each campus' rural and outreach programs, which address the various medical education needs for rural Kansas and assists students during their four years of medical school.


Michael Kennedy, M.D., was named in 2005 as the inaugural recipient of the McCann Professorship in Rural Health Education. In this role he has served as the Director of ORME and the Associate Dean for Rural Health Education. Contact him at mkennedy@kumc.edu.

Debra Lea, Administrator, joined ORME in January 2007. Contact her at dlea@kumc.edu.

Hannah Rachford, Senior Coordinator, joined ORME in June 2014, and is directly responsible for the KC and Salina campus' medical student education activities in rural settings across the state of Kansas. Contact her at hrachford@kumc.edu.

• Learn more about Rural Medical Education Opportunities

Last modified: Mar 18, 2015