History of the Salina campus

William Cathcart-Rake and first 8 students
William Cathcart-Rake, MD, Director, KU School of Medicine-Salina, welcomes the inaugural class of eight students. more photos >>

In a move designed to help address the state's critical need for more doctors, the University of Kansas School of Medicine opened its new campus in Salina in July 2011. The innovative medical education program is aimed at students with a strong desire to practice in rural areas.

With a class size of eight students, KU's Salina campus is the smallest four-year medical-education site in the country. University leaders believe it can serve as a model for the nation.

The opening of the school received extensive media coverage.

The Salina Journal wrote several stories about the new campus, including:

"Medical Aid: Many contributions ensure success for Salina medical school" (March 15, 2011)
"The first incision: Ribbon cutting held for University of Kansas School of Medicine" (July 31, 2011)

The campus opening also earned a front-page story in The New York Times, as well as national coverage from Reuters and regional coverage from the Kansas Health Institute News Service. Numerous Kansas papers also covered the opening:

"Med school unique in U.S.," The Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City)
"KU School of Medicine Prepares to open its new campus in Salina," The Clyde Republican (Clyde)
"KU Med to open Salina Campus," The Daily Union (Junction City)
"KU School of Medicine–Salina opens innovative new campus," Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City)
"KU School of Medicine campus in Salina opens," Emporia Gazette (Emporia)
"Gray-Little praises Salina plans for KU Med School," Hutchinson News (Hutchinson)
"KU Medical School in Salina to open," Lindsborg News-Record (Lindsborg)
"KU School of Medicine Prepares to Open Its New Campus in Salina," Miltonvale Record (Miltonvale)
"Community News," bottom of fifth column, Phillips County Review (Phillipsburg)
"KU's goal is more primary care, rural doctors," Scott County Record (Scott City)

The Sabetha Herald also ran a lengthy profile of Sabetha native Barbara Lukert, MD, namesake of the new Salina academic society.

Other highlights of the opening included a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 30, 2011, when KU School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, Heidi Chumley, read a Seussian poem about the creation of the campus. A copy of the poem is here

Last modified: Feb 15, 2012