With Kansas in need of more physicians, the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita opened in 1971 to provide hands-on clinical training to medical students in their third and fourth years. In 2011, KU School of Medicine-Wichita expanded to a full, four-year campus, welcoming its first class of first-year medical students.
5 reasons Kansas needs more doctors:
- Low physician-to-population ratios in 5 of 6 geographic regions
- Aging population needs more care
- More retirement-aged physicians
- Increased demand for care with reform
- Time to get through medical school and residency is 7+ years
While the majority of medical schools are tied to a hospital, KU School of Medicine-Wichita is community-based thanks to more than 1,000 volunteer faculty inside three partner hospitals (Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Wesley Medical Center, and Ascension Via Christi), as well as in doctors’ offices across the state.
In addition to educating doctors and other health care professionals for Kansas, KU School of Medicine-Wichita benefits the community and state by:
- Bringing clinical trials to residents
- Improving patient outcomes and lowering costs through research
- Impacting the economy by $80 million by 2015 as the campus expanded, according to 2009 studies
- Providing care to those in need
KU School of Medicine continues to lead the nation in medical students choosing to go into family medicine with a three-year average of more than 21 percent. A 2009 study ranks KU School of Medicine fifth out of 141 medical schools in the nation for its progress in fulfilling its social mission of students who practice primary care; students who work in underserved areas; and students who are minorities.