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Clinical Education Opportunities

University of Kansas Medical Center offers a wide variety of clinical experiences for students, residents and fellows. Studying at an academic medical center ensures that students can train alongside top health care professionals.

Students have many opportunities to gain clinical experience throughout the state of Kansas, which helps improve the health of Kansans while advancing students' educational experiences.

School of Medicine

Dr. Greiner with KU School of Medicine students at health fair

School of Medicine students begin interacting with patients in the first semester of medical school and continue through the next four years. The new ACE (Active, Competency-based, and Excellence-driven) curriculum is designed to produce physicians who are lifelong learners and can adapt to the ever-evolving science and practice of medicine. The foundation of the ACE curriculum is active learning: interactive and often group activities related to the material. Like the Salina and Wichita campuses, the new Health Education Building at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, with its open study spaces, simulation facilities and dedicated small-group learning spaces, facilitates these hands-on collaborative ways of learning.  The new curriculum provides enrichment experiences to give students the opportunity to explore medicine beyond the classroom.  Students are encouraged to follow their natural curiosity and select various educational opportunities that offer experiences in rural Kansas, within the local community or in an academic practice.  The ACE curriculum requires students to actively participate in clinical clerkships during the third and fourth years, including a required rural clinical preceptorship. Additionally, students can volunteer at student-run medical clinics that provide services to the medically underserved. Each School of Medicine location has a clinic within close proximity to campus, allowing students to gain clinical skills outside of the classroom.

Kansas City

The Kansas City campus of the University of Kansas Medical Center shares a campus with The University of Kansas Health System. Faculty physicians provide inpatient and outpatient care and serve as staff members at the health system, giving our students the opportunities for clinical experience as well as residency and fellowship training. The JayDoc Free Clinic is a student-run clinic offering primary and preventative care services to nearly 2,000 uninsured Wyandotte County patients each year. Students volunteering in the clinic gain valuable hands-on clinical experience. In addition to many educational opportunities in the local community, students can also elect to gain clinical experience with additional area partnerships at the Kansas City VA Medical Center and Children's Mercy.


On the Salina campus, students train alongside practicing physicians at Salina Regional Health Center. The School of Medicine in Salina is well known for its family medicine focus. Medical students have the opportunity to gain experience in the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program.


The JayDoc Community Clinic in Wichita is also a student-run clinic providing free care to medically underserved patients. Students at the School of Medicine - Wichita are able to gain valuable clinical experience by volunteering with the clinic. Students studying in Wichita also have the opportunity to provide for patients at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Via Christi Health and Wesley Medical Center.

Throughout Kansas

Students have many opportunities to travel throughout the state for preceptorships and work in a wide variety of health care settings, from small rural medical practices to large health systems.

School of Health Professions

Physical Therapy student working with patient

The School of Health Professions encompasses more than 25 academic programs having professional career pathways in health care. Each meets discipline-specific national accreditation standards, and provides students with in-depth experiences bridging academic classrooms and professional practice settings. A team of dedicated faculty, staff and experienced community practitioners partner together in support of our students as they gain important insights, in a variety of settings, including medical clinics, technology-driven business enterprises, primary education classrooms or community service outreach environments. The School of Health Professions believes the needs of its students and Kansas communities are best served by working collaboratively with other health care professionals to guide students as they gain experience in patient- and client-centered care locations.

School of Nursing

School of Nursing student at health fair

Undergraduate and graduate nursing students are required to complete hundreds of hours of clinical learning to graduate. For Bachelor of Science in Nursing students, the third year includes a seven-week clinical rotation at The University of Kansas Hospital or Salina Regional Medical Center.  Students interested in a pediatric rotation may opt to participate in a 16-week rotation at Children's Mercy. Students who are not interested in the pediatric rotation may continue at The University of Kansas Hospital or Salina Regional Medical Center. During the fourth year, students rotate through various specialty areas, such as obstetrics, mental health or critical care, to gain additional clinical skills as well as experience population-based clinical care. The fourth year also includes a capstone, which can include further clinical experience.  

Last modified: May 13, 2020