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Training doctors for KansaDr. Francisco Chacon trained at KUs

Dr. Francisco Chacon trained at KU

The Health Education Initiative

Training more doctors for Kansas

The University of Kansas School of Medicine is the only medical school in Kansas and a premier institution for training primary care and rural physicians. To meet the state’s growing need for doctors, the school in 2011 opened a new campus in Salina and expanded its Wichita campus.

Despite these efforts, Kansas still faces a crucial shortage of physicians. Meanwhile, KU’s health education facilities in Kansas City have reached capacity, meaning we can't train more doctors.

That's why KU is seeking support for our Health Education Initiative, which seeks to build a new Health Education Building in Kansas City so we can train more doctors for Kansas.

Kansas' doctor shortage

39th: Kansas' national rank in doctors per capita

89: Kansas counties designated by KDHE as primary care health care provider shortage areas

285: New physicians needed each year for Kansas to rise to the national average of physicians per capita by 2030

213: New physicians needed each year for Kansas to maintain its current level of physicians per capita by 2030

30%: Percent of current physicians will be lost to retirement and other attrition over the next 10 years

Fact sheets

Below are fact sheets related to the Health Education Initiative and the healthcare services KU provides across the state.


Health Education Initiative story ideas

KU has assembled dozens of news releases and story ideas to help Kansas media write about the Health Education Initiative and the state's physician shortage. Click here.

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