At KU School of Medicine-Wichita, our mission is to educate tomorrow's physicians and health care leaders through community partnership to improve the health of Kansans.
With Kansas in need of more physicians, KU School of Medicine opened the Wichita Campus 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, the Wichita campus 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.
Once medical students graduate as doctors, they go on to residency training. KU School of Medicine-Wichita sponsors 13 residency and fellowship training programs in partnership with Wesley Medical Center and Ascension Via Christi.
Ranked as the sixth best community health graduate degree in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the Master of Public Health degree program at the University of Kansas has campuses in both Wichita and Kansas City. KU MPH graduates serve in a wide variety of public health fields, including clinical medicine, research, health education, disease surveillance as well as in academic settings.
KU School of Medicine-Wichita faculty and residents provide patient care in a multitude of settings, including: KU Wichita Internal Medicine, KU Wichita Gastroenterology, KU Wichita Internal Medicine-Midtown, KU Wichita Pediatrics, and KU Wichita Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.
To serve the underserved and uninsured, KU School of Medicine-Wichita students provide care under faculty supervision at the JayDoc Community Clinic, serving more than 500 patients a year.
The Office of Research collaborates with professionals in the community to improve the health of Kansans through research and innovation.