Thursday, November 4, 2010
Students will now have three choices for four-year medical school programs in Kansas City, Salina, and Wichita.
Current students in the University of Kansas School of Medicine spend their first two years at the Kansas City campus before having the option to go to Wichita for two years of hands-on, clinical training.
University officials say the expansions will address the critical shortage of rural physicians in Kansas.
"It's a dream come true for a lot of people who wanted to see a full medical school in Wichita some 35 years ago. And it's an opportunity for us to do what's needed for the state," said H. David Wilson, MD, School of Medicine-Wichita Dean.
Starting Fall 2011, students will be able to spend all four years in Wichita. Students interested in rural health careers will be able to complete all four years of their training in Salina.
Students in Wichita will listen to lectures along with their peers in Kansas City and Salina via interactive television and podcasts, while web-based systems will support most of the curriculum's laboratory components.
University leaders estimate that the annual economic impact of the Wichita campus will increase from $49.7 million to about $80 million with the growth of the medical school and the addition of the KU School of Pharmacy-Wichita.