A healthy Kansas starts here
The University of Kansas School of Medicine—Wichita adheres to the mission of educating tomorrow’s physicians and health care leaders through community partnership, improving the health of Kansans.
Our centrally located campus opened in 1971. To help alleviate Kansas’ physician shortage, we expanded in 2011 to a full, four-year campus, adding first-year students.
While the majority of medical schools are tied to a hospital, the KU School of Medicine—Wichita (KUSM—Wichita) is unique in that it’s community-based with a reputation for providing medical students with incredible hands-on learning opportunities thanks to more than 1,100 paid and volunteer faculty inside three partner hospitals (Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Via Christi Health and Wesley Medical Center) as well as in doctors’ offices and clinics across the state.
Wichita medical school graduates stay in Wichita as well as go all over the country for their residency training in specialties such as neurology, vascular surgery, family medicine, oncology and emergency medicine.
In addition, KUSM—Wichita benefits the community and state by bringing clinical trials to residents, improving patient outcomes and lowering costs through research and providing care to those in need.
Once medical students graduate as doctors, they go on to residency training. KUSM—Wichita sponsors 13 residency and fellowship training programs in partnership with Wesley Medical Center and Via Christi Health.
Points of Pride
1st in the nation in percentage of graduates who go to rural areas
2nd in the nation in percentage of graduates who go to Health Personnel Shortage Areas (HPSA)
6th in the nation in producing primary care physicians
66 of 105 Kansas counties have KU School of Medicine—Wichita graduates
50+ percent of the doctors in Sedgwick County are graduates of the KU School of Medicine—Wichita or its residency programs