KU Med Center asked to pump out more psychiatrists

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Some state agencies are looking to the University of Kansas Medical Center to train more psychiatrists to address a widespread shortage, but doing so will be neither cheap nor easy.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Shawn Sullivan, secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, says a consultant determined that his agency needs more than three extra psychiatrists to meet its service needs.

Sullivan says his department and other state agencies can meet mental health needs by telemedicine for now, but in the long run there needs to be more psychiatrists coming out of Medical Center.

William Gabrielli is chairman of the center's psychiatry department. He says the school currently has about 10 general psychiatry residencies for each year's class, and each costs the center $100,000.

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