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KU Medical Center AHEC has three regional offices, in Hays, Kansas City and Pittsburg, which offer programs, continuing education and services to medicine, nursing and allied health students, as well as to rural providers in their part of the state.

History of KU Medical Center's AHEC

When Kansas implemented the requirement that health care professionals participate in continuing education in the 1970s, there was concern that practitioners in rural areas would not be able to easily access these continuing education opportunities. In 1978, the State of Kansas provided money to the University of Kansas Medical Center to establish the Area Health Education Center. Since then, the KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center continues to provide quality, accessibility continuing education opportunities for rural Kansas.

Each AHEC extends its programs into approximately one-third of Kansas counties, making programs and services available to citizens, rural providers and students. Quality training experiences in community settings away from the academic medical center expose students to practice opportunities and realities in rural communities, helping to encourage rural practice choices. The AHECs also address the needs of communities and health professionals by offering continuing education programs and strengthening collaboration among providers, educational institutions, hospitals, nursing homes, health organizations and county extensions.

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University of Kansas Medical Center
KU Area Health Education Center
1501 S. Joplin
4th Floor, Shirk Hall
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-235-4040