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About the University of Kansas Medical Center

Murphy building on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus

The University of Kansas Medical Center's mission is to improve lives and communities in Kansas and beyond through innovation in education, research and health care.


KU Medical Center strives to educate exceptional health care professionals through a full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional, postdoctoral and continuing education programs. We operate three schools:

For student enrollment numbers, please see KU Medical Center Fast Facts.



KU Medical Center actively seeks to advance the health sciences through world-class research programs.

For information on KU Medical Center's research funding, please see KU Medical Center Fast Facts.

Patient Care

KU Medical Center has a long-standing reputation for compassionate and state-of-the-art patient care in an academic medical center environment. Every day, our staff provides the highest-quality clinical treatment and care with a single purpose in mind: helping the patient.

Kansas City
• Our faculty physicians provide inpatient care and constitute the staff of The University of Kansas Hospital and provide ambulatory care through the University of Kansas Physicians on our campus and across Kansas City, giving our students opportunities for clinical experience and residency training.

The JayDoc Free Clinic, run by medical students and supervised by volunteer faculty, provides important primary and preventive care services to approximately 2,000 uninsured Wyandotte County patients per year.

Silver City Health Center, a nonprofit clinical enterprise operated by the KU Schools of Health Professions and Nursing, offers affordable, high-quality primary care, in-depth clinical evaluation and a range of health services to English- and Spanish-speaking residents of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties.

• KU School of Medicine residents and fellows train at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Kansas City, Leavenworth and Topeka, Kan. The VA helps to fund the trainees who rotate to their sites, and this affiliation offers a unique patient population to our learners.

KU School of Medicine-Wichita paid and volunteer faculty, students and residents provide care for patients at various community-based ambulatory clinics and at three partner hospitals: Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Via Christi Health and Wesley Medical Center.

The JayDoc Community Clinic is run by Medical students who provide free health care to the medically underserved.

KU School of Medicine-Salina students are trained by physicians practicing all specialties at the Salina Regional Health Center, a 390-bed regional hospital with a strong family medicine residency program.

Throughout Kansas
• The KUMC Outreach Aircraft allows our professionals to provide rural residents with increased access to medical care by bringing specialists to various locations statewide.

• The KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth has more than 100 sites across the state and has delivered tens of thousands of clinical consultations and educational events across numerous medical, nursing and health professions specialties since it began in 1991.

• Kansas Medical Resource and the Kansas Locum Tenens program provide temporary medical coverage to physicians in rural communities for general surgery, psychiatry, radiation oncology, anesthesiology, obstetrics/gynecology, family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics and other health care specialties. 

Community Engagement

KU Medical Center works with communities in every Kansas county to improve the health of Kansans. KU Medical Center also supports similar initiatives that improve the health of our region and our world.

These activities include:

  • Student educational opportunities to enhance appreciation for and understanding of rural and underserved health care for students in the health professions and Kansas students from kindergarten through college.
  • Strengthening the health care workforce through continuing education, health professional recruitment for employers in rural communities, and temporary physician practice coverage.
  • Community-based research to find solutions to the critical health issues, such as cancer, tobacco use and obesity, that cost Kansas thousands of lives and millions of dollars each year.
  • Increasing access to health care for rural and vulnerable populations through clinical services and health fairs across the state.


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Last modified: Mar 30, 2021