In a move designed to help address the state's critical need for more doctors, the University of Kansas School of Medicine opened doors on its new campus in Salina in 2011. With a class size of eight students, the Salina campus is the smallest four-year medical education site in the country. Salina is one of the smallest communities in North America to host a four-year medical degree-granting campus. The innovative medical education program offered in Salina is aimed at students with a strong desire to practice in rural areas. Enrollment on the Salina campus is not limited to students from rural communities or those intending to practice primary care in rural communities. KU School of Medicine-Salina wants to attract motivated students who wish to join a small cohort of peers and desire a quality medical education in a non-metropolitan atmosphere where students will receive extraordinary attention because of the small class size. .
The curriculum on the Salina campus is identical to our Kansas City and Wichita counterparts. Much of the foundational science instruction during the first two years of medical school is delivered by interactive televideo presentations or by podcasts from the main campus in Kansas City. Anatomy and histopathology labs, problem-based learning sessions and small group meetings are conducted in Salina and led by Salina faculty. We are fortunate to have a group of local physicians of various specialties who invest considerable time and energy in furthering our students' education. Foundational science instruction is enriched by ample clinical experiences. During the third and fourth years of medical school - the clinical years - medical students work with a talented group of experienced communities. Students witness the quality of care being delivered in rural Kansas and the quality of life afforded by living in these communities.
KUSoM-Salina now has a five-year history. The academic performance of our students is equivalent to that of students on the Kansas City and Wichita campuses, and student satisfaction with support services, facilities, faculty, and community amenities are consistently rated high. Our students are securing residency positions in the disciplines of their choosing across the nation. We are very proud of our accomplishments so far and will continue to strive for excellence in medical education.
William Cathcart-Rake, MD
Dean, KU School of Medicine-Salina