Our community partnerships with rural health care systems and local leaders allow us to show students a level of engagement and connection not commonly seen in urban settings.
The Office of Rural Medical Education is first and foremost concerned with nurturing students throughout their curriculum with educational opportunities in rural Kansas.
Our mission is to give students a comprehensive understanding of what practicing rewarding, high-quality health care in rural Kansan is like by fostering educational experiences in rural settings. The Office of Rural Medical Education focuses attention on the challenges the current physician workforce faces in rural locations.
Partnering with health care systems and local leaders in rural towns shows students a level of engagement not commonly seen in urban settings. Rural communities care deeply about each other due to the small-town culture and medical students with "rural roots" value these ideals. Offering students a chance to complete a portion of their medical education in familiar rural settings reinforces their desire to return home to practice.
Approximately 200 volunteer faculty preceptors are active in 75 rural practice sites. Students consistently report that their rural experience is one of the most valuable of their medical education.
Growth and Expansion
For more information, please visit Rural Medical Education Opportunities for Students.
How you can help:
- Host a student
- Attend a conference at KU Medical Center
- Learn more about the Kansas Career Opportunities Conference
- Get information from Rural Health Education and Services