Professional Development

As an employee at KUSM-W, you have access to world-class professional development opportunities. More information about our core programs is listed below. Can't find what you're looking for? Contact Crystal Nevins in Human Resources at 293-1802 or to discuss the possibility of developing something to fit your specific needs.


The KU School of Medicine-Wichita uses Gallup's Clifton StrengthsFinder®. Gallup research proves that people succeed when they focus on what they do best. When they identify their talents and develop them into strengths, people are more productive, perform better, and are more engaged.

The StrengthsFinder assessment is the first step in helping people identify their talents. The results give people a way to discuss and develop their unique combination of skills, talents, and knowledge -- also known as strengths. This assessment asks a series of questions that determines natural tendencies, then the individual receives five words - or Talent Themes - that best fit them as a person.

Upon new hire, full-time staff employees will automatically receive an invitation to take the assessment. Full-time faculty and all part-time employees may take the assessment upon request.

Individual and Team Coaching Sessions

To realize the full benefit of strengths, it is critical that you focus on developing them completely. Partnering with a coach can be the difference between simply knowing your strengths and truly living a strengths-based life.

Employees who take the assessment will be scheduled for strengths orientation and coaching sessions with Crystal Nevins, a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Individual sessions go into more depth and help employees understand how to apply their Talent Themes.

Team sessions are also available and are a great teambuilding opportunity.

Clifton StrengthsFinder® is a registered trademark of Gallup, Inc.  A complete list of Gallup's trademarks can be found on Gallup's Terms of Use webpage. KUSM-W and/or Crystal Nevins are not authorized representatives of Gallup.  The non-Gallup information you are receiving has not been approved and is not sanctioned or endorsed by Gallup in any way.  Opinions, views, and interpretations of StrengthsFinder® results are solely the beliefs of KUSM-W and/or Crystal Nevins.


Other current offerings that may be scheduled by your group upon request:

  • Appreciation at Work training (Full 8-hour or 2-hour condensed versions available)
  • Negotiation Basics
  • Introduction to Development Planning
  • MicroMessaging (interpersonal communication)
  • Introduction to DiSC Personality Styles and Managing Conflict with DiSC (2 part series)
  • Problem Solving 101
  • Basic Planning Skills for Projects
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Legal Compliance (FMLA, ADA)
  • Teambuilding Sessions (various format options available)

Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center is available to all employees and is another avenue for professional development.  Located in the George J. Farha Medical Library, it contains books, tapes, videos and CD-ROMS on subjects such as personal and professional development, management and computer skills.  Items may be checked out in accordance with library policies.


Last modified: Nov 23, 2015
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