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KEE Program Eligibility

The KEE program provides opportunities for visitors ranging from high school and college students to working professionals

The program offers noncurricular educational experiences that supplement a variety of programs already in place at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Update: Non-KUMC Medical Students

In order to prioritize the needs of our KU Medical Center medical students, applications from external med students will be accepted after KU Medical Center students have been placed and by physician or researcher invitation only (no placements will be provided by the KEE Program).

Research Learners - approved summer experiences will be allowed for May-July. Please submit your application via the KEE portal and list approved sponsor.

Clinical Learners – approved summer experiences will be allowed for June and July.  Please contact the Clinical Observational Experience Coordinator (hpodrebarac@kumc.edu) for more information on applying.

Students seeking 4th year elective VSLO opportunities should contact the School of Medicine directly.

KEE Research Experiences

High School Students
  • High school students seeking an educational experience as either an observer or active learner in a University of Kansas Medical Center laboratory, research area or animal facility are eligible for the KEE program if they are at least 16 years of age.
  • Those participating in student rotations carried out for academic credit or to meet the program requirements of another institution.
    • These rotations require a written affiliation agreement between the University of Kansas Medical Center and the individual's home educational institution. The Office of General Counsel must approve all such agreements and they must comply with the applicable policies of the KU school hosting the rotation or practicum experience.

All Other Students and Working Professionals

  • Visiting undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to participate in KEE research experiences.
  • Visiting working professionals are also eligible to participate in KEE research experiences.
  • Those participating in student rotations carried out for academic credit or to meet the program requirements of another institution.
    • These rotations require a written affiliation agreement between the University of Kansas Medical Center and the individual's home educational institution. The Office of General Counsel must approve all such agreements and they must comply with the applicable policies of the KU school hosting the rotation or practicum experience.

Those Ineligible for KEE Research Experiences

  • University of Kansas Medical Center students and employees.
  • Visitors from other medical schools (see policy update above)
    • Visiting medical students who apply and get approval for senior electives through the Association of American Medical Colleges Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) can participate in research experiences at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Contact the School of Medicine Dean's Office with questions.
  • Foreign nationals (visitors who are not U.S. Citizens, permanent residents or DACA students)
  • Visiting faculty who have received a visiting faculty appointment through the Office of Faculty Affairs.
  • Researchers visiting the University of Kansas Medical Center to engage in research collaboration.

KEE Clinical Observational Experiences

High School Students
  • High school students who would like to observe in a clinical setting must be at least 16 years of age.
  • High school students cannot observe in emergency departments, operating rooms or any other areas identified by unit management.

Physicians

  • Visiting physicians should coordinate their clinical observational experience directly with their sponsoring department. The Clinical Observational Experiences Coordinator will help the physician complete their required KEE Program documentation and paperwork, verify sponsorship, facilitate the badging appointment and retain the completed paperwork. 
  • Visiting scholars: Fully trained physicians who meet the criteria for appointment as a visiting scholar should make their request with the relevant academic department in the School of Medicine. The Office of Faculty Affairs reviews these requests as well.

All Other Students and Working Professionals

  • If you are an undergraduate student, a graduate school student or a working professional, you are eligible to participate in a clinical observational experience.

Medical Students

  • KU Medical Center medical students are eligible to participate in clinical observational experiences and do not need to go through the KEE program application; they merely coordinate with the sponsoring department.
  • Please refer to the update on external medical students for eligibility and additional information.

Nursing Students

  • Nursing students not currently in a KU Medical Center clinical rotation are eligible to participate in the KEE program and should complete the KEE application process.

TUKHS and KUMC Employees

  • Employees of The University of Kansas Health System (TUKHS) who are seeking a personal shadowing opportunity do not need to apply through KEE to shadow. Please coordinate a shadowing experience with your desired department, identify a sponsor, and dates for your shadowing experience. Once all details are determined, please submit a survey via this link: TUKHS Employee Personal Shadows (kumc.edu). Once submitted, you and your sponsor will receive confirmation of your shadowing experience.

Those Ineligible for KEE Clinical Observational Experiences

  • Foreign nationals (visitors who are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents or DACA students)
  • Students participating in rotations carried out for academic credit or to meet the program requirements of another institution
    • Students must accomplish these rotations pursuant to a written affiliation agreement between The University of Kansas Health System and the individual's home educational institution.
    • Graduate Advanced Practice Provider students, including APRN and physician assistants, do not go through the KEE program for clinical placement.

Questions?

For general questions, email us.

For questions specific to a clinical experience, email Hillary Podrebarac.

For questions specific to a research experience, email Barb Manning, or Tereasa Gilmore.

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