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Teaching without Lectures?

Medical School without lectures would have seemed impossible just 10 years ago, but today it is a realistic possibility given our current understanding about the relative effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of lectures. Faculty from medical sciences and other KUSM-W departments shared their vision with faculty from medical schools across the country and around the world at a workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Internation Association of Medical Science Educators in San Diego on June 16. They reported on the promising results of a pilot offering such a curriculum (see August 2014 item below). The workshop was well-attended, generated vigorous discussion, and awakened many faculty to possibilities they had not yet considered.
-June 2015

Wichita's Inaugural First Year Class Finishing Fourth Year

Nearly four years ago the Department of Medical Sciences was created to provide curriculum to Wichita students during their first two years of medical school, a new initiative for the 40-year-old Wichita campus. Eight excited and adventurous new medical students accepted the opportunity to become part of the inaugural class.  Four years later thanks, in part, to the efforts of Department faculty working with their colleagues in Wichita, Salina and Kansas City, the first two years of the curriculum are smoothly functioning, and that inaugural group of students, the "Great Eight Pioneers," are poised to graduate.  Click on the picture, below, to see their story in a short video.

Inaugural Eight Wichita 1st Year Medical Students

- March 2015


Medical Sciences Faculty Present Digital Poster at AAMC

Faculty from Medical Sciences were joined by other KUSM-W faculty in presenting the results of the Pilot Course of the Case-Driven Curriculum (August 2014 News Item) in a new digital format at the Association of American Colleges Annual Meeting in Chicago.  Posters were shown on large plasma displays in the exhibit hall.  Click on the graphic to see a full-size version of the poster.
- November 2014


Medical Students Pilot a Case-Driven Curriculum on the Wichita Campus

cdc storyCan a curriculum with no lectures really work? Six rising second-year medical students and one entering medical student piloted an eight-week lecture-free medical curriculum on the Wichita campus this summer. While faculty were present for problem-based learning (PBL) sessions, they did not comment on the content of the cases, leaving students the primary responsibility for knowledge acquisition. A different clinical case was featured in three of the eight weeks. As the students learned more about each case, they developed learning issues to research for their next PBL session at which they presented their findings to their peers. A wrap-up session at the end of each of these weeks included a patient exhibiting the condition examined during the week. In addition to clinical cases, each student developed a 9- to 12-page report on how to apply a current medical education issue in the Case-Driven Curriculum. Topics included application of adult learning theory, assessment, and implementation of interprofessional education. Students also participated in innovative formative and summative exercises, creating group peer assessments, participating in triple jump exams, and completing objectives through the use of quizzes and faculty observation.
-August 2014


Upward Bound High School Students at WSU Learn About a Career in Medicine

TRIO Upward Bound students at Wichita State UniversityMedical student Cole Gillenwater, M2, and Tomica Blocker, M1 (inset, lower right), joined Dennis Valenzeno, Associate Dean and Chair of Medical Sciences and Stephen Charles, Director of Medical Education and Medical Sciences faculty to discuss careers in medicine.  To demonstrate the power of teamwork in health care the students individually completed a quiz about medical career choices, later completed the same quiz in small groups of 4 or 5 and finally in a plenary session of all 50.  The value of the collective team was shown as scores increased with each iteration.  The session is part of an intensive summer residential experience in the Upward Bound Wichita Prep program at Wichita State University.  The program helps low-income, disabled and first-generation college students currently in high school to prepare for post-secondary education, complete secondary school and acquire skills and abilities for educational success.
- June 2014


KUSM-W and Medical Sciences Serve as Model for Oklahoma ExpansionOU School of Community Medicine logo

Visitors from the University of Oklahoma (OU) visited KUSM-W on April 15 to learn more about how we use interactive television to offer the first and second year curriculum among our three campuses in the School of Medicine.  OU is planning to expand the School of Community Medicine at its Tulsa campus to include first and second years in the fall of 2015.  They sent faculty and administrators from both Tulsa and Oklahoma City to learn from Medical Sciences personnel as well as Dean Minns, representatives from Academic and Student Affairs, and Information Technology.  From Wichita they travelled to Kansas City to see how the main campus deals with distance education issues.
- April 2014


Medical Sciences Welcomes Newest Faculty Member Paul H. Wooley

jamesbannPaul Wooley, Ph.D. joined the Medical Sciences faculty this academic year.  With expertise in immunology and orthopedics he leads small groups of medical students as they grapple with concepts in immunology.  Dr. Wooley has an impressive array of accomplishments.  He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Immunology and Infectious Disease, is a Kansas Bioscience Authority Eminent Scholar  and is the Chief Scientific Officer at the National Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research.  He formerly held faculty positions at the Mayo Clinic and at Wayne State University School of Medicine where he served as course chair for medical immunology and as Director of Biomedical Research.
- February 2014


Dr. James Bann appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences jamesbann

James Bann, Ph.D., Medical Sciences, has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Bann joined the department in 2011, bringing his expertise in biochemical mechanisms of human health and disease. He is also an active participant in KUSM-W's Medical Education Brown Bag Group working on innovations in medical curriculum. Bann's research efforts focus on anthrax protective antigen, bacterial pilus assembly, and fluorinated amino acids.
- January 2014


healthcare simulationStudents Gain Life-Like Experience in Simulation Exercise

Mannequins that simulate human signs and symptoms and that respond to drugs with appropriate physiological responses, just like a living patient, provide compelling experiences for physicians in training. First-year medical students in Wichita recently dealt with such "patients" that were demonstrating different forms of shock. The students' task was to apply physiological principles from lectures to determine the kind of shock being displayed — cardiogenic, hypovolemic, or distributive — all done in a safe environment where the consequences of mistakes aren't so grave. This is the first year this exercise was provided locally with support from the Mid-Continent Center for Health Care Simulation and KUSM–W faculty. Wesley Medical Center provided a life-like ICU environment for the event.
- December 2013


Medical Student Helps Those Suffering a Loss

Christopher StanleyMedical Sciences faculty are privileged to instruct students who often accomplish amazing things during their time "off" during the summer after their first year of medical school. Christopher Stanley, a second-year student on the Wichita campus and a rare transfer after completing the first year in Kansas City, was instrumental in the development of a new resource for those suffering a period of intense grief following the death of a loved one. Christopher worked with the Office of Marriage and Family Life of the Diocese of Wichita to develop a bereavement web page where resources such as support groups, suggested readings and online discussion forums are grouped by the source of the bereavement. Christopher plans to pursue a career in family medicine and public health.
- September 2013


white coat ceremony class of 2017First and Second-Year Classes Reach Full Capacity

 28 first-year medical students, the Class of 2017, were officially "cloaked" with white coats emblematic of the profession along with their fellow students from Kansas City and Salina on July 26, 2013. Along with 29 students currently in the second-year of the curriculum, including a rare transfer from the Kansas City campus, the total number of medical students in all four years on the Wichita campus has reached an all-time high of 187. Faculty in Medical Sciences serve as instructors in many of the local small group sessions on the Wichita campus along with faculty colleagues from several other KUSM-W departments.
 - July 2013


International Audience Informed About Wichita Expansion

IAMSE Poster, June 2013, Saint Andrews, ScotlandThe challenges faced in expanding a regional campus to a full four-year medical program were discussed in a poster presented at the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) annual conference, June 8-11, in St. Andrews, Scotland. It identifies major costs and sources of revenue using the Wichita expansion as a model.

Dennis Valenzeno, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Dean of Medical Sciences; Stephen Charles, M.S., Director of Medical Education and Medical Sciences faculty member; and H. David Wilson, past Dean of KUSM-Wichita, presented the poster in the Curriculum Innovation & Management category, at the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) annual conference, June 8-11, in St. Andrews, Scotland.

IAMSE provides opportunities to enhance excellence and innovations in curriculum development, assessment, human simulation, and many other areas.
- June 2013


Wichita Students Named Clendening Summer Fellows

Christina Bourne and Claire Thomas, first-year medical students on the Wichita campus, have been awarded prestigious Clendening Summer Fellowships for 2013. Clendening fellows gain the opportunity to grow personally and professionally through individually-created projects that explore the social, moral, and historical Christina Bournedimensions of medicine and healing. Bourne and Thomas will both conduct studies in Horconcitos, Honduras.

Bourne will work in the Blumenschein Clinic, conducting a health belief survey about chronic disease management. The findings of her survey will be used to improve communication between patients and healthcare providers and implement evidence-based education programs encouraging medication adherence and lifestyle changes.

Claire Thomas 

Thomas will complete a health needs assessment of communities served by the same rural community health clinic, compiling data she collects into a report that will present an overview of the demographic makeup of the communities and identify current health needs that could serve as the focus of future health initiatives in the area.
- March 2013


Pioneer Award

Stephen Charles, M.S., director of medical education and Medical Sciences faculty member, received a Pioneer Award from Education Management Solutions (EMS) for pioneering new ways of clinical simulation training. Steve was nominated for the award by an EMS sales representative who recognized him for the creation of a Standardized Patient Certification Program, which will provide community members training in education, communication, and acting theories; physical examination skills; mentoring more inexperienced standardized patients; and reviewing video tapes of their own encounters. The new program includes a 100-item multiple-choice examination and a complete head-to-toe physical examination. Steve accepted the award at the annual EMS dinner held during the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare conference in Orlando, Florida in January.
- February 2013


HPVLearning about HPV

The second-year class is back in the news, this time for creating a publicly available web page to educate teens and young adults about the value of immunization against human papillomavirus. The Facebook page was created in response to a class assignment on how to communicate effectively with young patients who have little or no knowledge of basic biology. The creative artwork, graphics, and text are all the work of this group of eight imaginative students.
- January 2013


 AAMC Central Region Representative

Dennis Valenzeno, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Dean of Medical Sciences, was appointed as the Central Region Representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Group on Regional Medical Campuses (GRMC) Steering Committee in November.

The GRMC provides a forum to explore and promote common interests of more than 100 medical school regional campuses in the US and Canada. The GRMC recognizes the wide range of responsibilities inherent in providing quality medical programs on regional campuses, and the increasingly important role such programs serve in the preparation of tomorrow's doctors. Regional campuses provide the same high-quality educational environments for medical students, residents, and fellows as their home institutions, often in innovative ways.
- December 2012


Students Plant Tree in Honor of Donors

treeOn September 1, 2012, the second-year medical students (Class of 2015), Wichita campus, planted a tree in remembrance of all those who have donated their bodies to the KU anatomy program. These donations have allowed generations of medical students to acquire the essential and intricate knowledge of human anatomy expected of a practicing physician. Each year, in the donor's honor, a Willed Body Ceremony has been held on the Kansas City campus, but with the expansion to a full four-year curriculum, the Class of 2015 though it fitting to honor them in Wichita also. "It is a tremendous gift they have given and we just wanted to give a little back," said second-year medical student Kyle Rowe. The tree, donated by Pierpoint Tree Farm in Valley Center, will always be on the KU Wichita campus to remind everyone of the remarkable gift these donors and their families have so selflessly given.
- November 2012


Scholars in Rural Health Enter Medical School in Wichita 

2012 Rural Health ScholarsThree Wichita students are among the 14 Scholars in Rural Health accepted into the KU School of Medicine's Class of 2016. They represent just one way that the KU School of Medicine is working to address the shortage of rural physicians.

The Scholars program identifies and encourages students from rural Kansas who are interested in establishing careers as physicians in medically underserved areas. During their junior and senior years, university students learn alongside a physician-mentor in or near their home community, discovering the rewards and challenges of rural practice as part of their preparation for medical school.

Jacob Clarke, Medicine Lodge, Kan., participated in the Scholars program as an undergraduate at Kansas State University. He was mentored in Manhattan, Kan. by family/bariatric medicine physician, Debra Doubek, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Family and Community Medicine, KUSM-W.

Caleb McCormick, Benton, Kan., participated as an undergraduate at Newman University, and was mentored by Brenda Schewe, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Internal Medicine, KUSM-W, of El Dorado, Kan.

Participating as an undergraduate at Emporia State University, Joe Sliter, Hartford, Kan., was mentored by Pam Harrison, M.D., family physician in Emporia. Joe indicated he feels, "Not only more prepared for the clinical years of medical school, but more excited about practicing medicine in rural Kansas in the future."

Click here to learn more about the Scholars in Rural Health program.
- October 2012


Student Donates Bone Marrow

Whitney WeixelmanSecond-year medical student Whitney Weixelman (Class of 2015) responded to an e-mail coming through the KU listserve last December asking students to participate in a bone marrow “test drive.”  Three months later, she received word she was a potential match for a little boy.  After more in-depth testing, and then a complete body full physical exam in Georgetown, she was identified as a “really great match” and the hour-and-a-half procedure was performed.  A week later, she was informed the transplant was successful.  “I am going to be a physician,” said Whitney, “and to be able to be in this position already, as a second year med student, to be able to potentially save someone's life, it's a really great gift.”  In a year, she hopes to meet the little boy whose life she saved.  Whitney is one of eight medical students in the inaugural first-year class of medical students on the Wichita Campus of the KU School of Medicine.  See more here.
- September 2012 


First Year Class Expands to Twenty-Eight

Twenty-eight first-year medical students, the Class of 2016, were welcomed as junior colleagues into the profession of medicine in the annual “White Coat Ceremony” on the Kansas City campus on July 27.  Class instruction began on the Wichita campus July 30.  They join the eight members of the Class of 2015 who successfully moved on to their second year of the curriculum.  Some members of the new class are from Wichita and Kansas City; others are from smaller communities such as Medicine Lodge, Dexter, Johnson City, Satanta, Halstead, and Norwich.  Most of the Class of 2016 earned degrees from Kansas universities including KU, Wichita State, Newman, K-State, Friends, Pittsburgh State, Kansas Wesleyan, Emporia State, and Ottawa.  Others earned degrees at Syracuse, Mount Holyoke, or Washington University.  Four hold Masters degrees.  The entering students represent a wide variety of experiences and accomplishments, but all appear eager to continue their medical education and earn their M.D. degree in the next four years.
July 2012


 Medical Sciences Faculty Discuss Innovations at International Meeting

IAMSE Poster June 2012Flipped classrooms, no-lecture curricula and computer-driven objective tracking databases are all components of a patient-centered curriculum that was explored in a poster presentation by two faculty members of the Medical Sciences Department at the annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Sciences Educators in June.  The poster authored by Steve Charles and Dennis Valenzeno asked “Can Clinical Cases Drive All Components of a Medical Curriculum?” Discussions at the meeting revealed that while several institutions include the various components of the model individually, none are currently using the combination to fully educate medical students in a case-based, patient-centered curriculum that drives all curriculum components, including lectures.
- June 2012


Pathways into Health Careers

Pathways into Health CareersPathways into Health Careers, a Wichita area coalition of institutions with educational missions, met at KUSM-W on April 6, hosted by the Medical Sciences Department.  Members from public K-12 schools, undergraduate institutions, and the KU School of Medicine, learned about health pathway programs at Wichita State University and at the KU School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine.  An interactive televideo connection allowed participation of members in Kansas City, as well as Wichita.  Previous meetings were held at Exploration Place in Wichita and at Butler Community College in El Dorado. For more information about Pathways into Health Careers click here.
- April 2012


Wichita Eagle Recognizes First-Year Students

KU Med - Wichita medical students develop patient interaction skills:  The Wichita Eagle highlighted our first-year medical class as they worked with standardized patients to develop the skills to handle sensitive communications.  See the full story here.
- February 2012


Stephen Charles, M.A., M.S.Elon Award

Stephen Charles, M.S., director of medical education and Medical Sciences faculty member, received a Top 10 Under 10 award from the Elon University Alumni Association. The awards recognize outstanding Elon University graduates of the past 10 years who have excelled professionally, made an impact on their communities, or loyally supported Elon.  For more information click here.
- January 2012



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