The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita sets a high standard for its medical training. The American Medical College recently ranked the school sixth in the country for sending family practice physicians into the medical field.
Since expanding from a two-year to a four-year program several years ago, KUSM-Wichita has more than tripled its enrollment.
In the past, medical students trained for two years at KU's main campus in Kansas City before gaining clinical experience in Wichita. Since debuting its four-year program in Wichita in 2010, the medical school has grown its ranks from eight first-year students to 28.
The school could eventually enroll up to 200 medical students, says Denice Bruce, director of public affairs for KUSM-Wichita.
One of the goals of the newly expanded program is to increase the number of doctors across the state, particularly in rural southwest Kansas, where the per capita supply of physicians is lower than the national average at 108 doctors per 100,000 residents.
KU's medical program in Wichita works closely with Wesley Medical Center, Via Christi Health and the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, and includes a rural community rotation that allows future doctors to train at hospitals, clinics or doctors' offices in surrounding rural areas.