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Wichita medical students practice bedside manners in realistic setting

Feb. 24 at 10:03 a.m.

Students practice diagnosing actors pretending to be ill while professors critique their abilities.

  • Research improves health, makes economic impact

    Medical research in the United States has led to great improvements in health. Our average lifespan has more than doubled since the early 1900s. We lead the world in cancer care and have made great strides in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Nonetheless, we continue to face serious health challenges as a nation. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United States spends more than $7,900 per capita (33 percent more than Norway), which is second in expenditures of the 30 countries in the OECD. However, 27 countries have lower infant mortality rates and 22 have a higher life expectancy. Conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension make our children run the risk of having shorter, unhealthier lives than us or our parents.

  • Nurse navigators ease patients’ journey

    Advances in the treatment of cancer and other disease means more people are surviving diseases that once had high mortality rates.

  • Alzheimer’s treatment to be tested in Wichita

    Doctors at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita plan an 18-month clinical test of an experimental treatment they say might stop and even reverse Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Today’s med students learn to connect with patients

    Until recently, medical education had changed very little. The focus was on learning the science of the systems, treating problems and observing others. In the past decade and in the next, we’re seeing a shift toward patient-centered learning, prevention, simulation training and evidence-based, cost-effective medical practices. Today’s graduates are knowledgeable, compassionate, confident and trained to connect with their patients.

    Focusing on the person

  • Wesley set to open neuro critical care unit

    Wesley Medical Center plans to open its seven-bed Neuro/Stroke Critical Care Unit by early March, the second neurological critical care unit in the state. Via Christi’s 20-bed unit at its St. Francis campus has helped critical-care patients for 10 years.

  • Every patient, every time: What to expect with patient-centered care

    By now you have heard the good news that Galichia Heart Hospital has joined the health-care family of Wesley Medical Center. This acquisition joins two high-quality hospitals to strengthen patient care, improve medical outcomes and provide services more conveniently.

  • GraceMed clinic poised for $7.5 million expansion

    Having grown from a few exam rooms in a moldy warehouse to a modern medical, dental and vision practice, the low-cost GraceMed clinic is at the threshold of its most ambitious expansion yet — a $7.5 million facility to serve southern Wichita and Sedgwick County.

  • Helpful health websites

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act makes information available to help consumers compare doctors, hospitals and cost of procedures.


  • Breastfeeding clinic has help for moms

    Breastfeeding is a natural process, says Kathy Walker, but it doesn’t always come naturally.

  • HOPE helps seniors stay independent

    The state’s first all-inclusive managed care program that helps keep elderly folks independent is in great demand here in Wichita, but current state Medicaid caps are keeping many potential clients at bay.

  • Via Christi CEO: Let’s work together on health care system

    It is no secret that America’s current model of delivering health care to its citizens is unsustainable. The question is what to do about it. Regardless of what happens at the government level, change is coming to health care.

  • Hospitals’ robotic surgical systems reduce pain and recovery time

    It didn’t take much to convince 75-year-old Kenneth Brock that robotics surgery would be the best way to remove the throat cancer that was threatening to choke him.

  • Patient-doctor relationship should always come first

    Pundits and critics alike cite numerous “fixes” designed to heal our broken health care system. But any change to our health care system should start with the patient and the physician. Both have fundamental roles and responsibilities that, when adhered to, make the health care we deliver and receive in our region very effective. Let me explain:

  • Plans for health simulation center are moving forward

    A $14 million Wichita facility that will allow health professionals to train together in one place — simulating real situations — is making steady progress.

  • KU Cancer Center aims for ‘gold standard’

    The University of Kansas Cancer Center isn’t waiting to be designated as a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center to start acting one.

  • ‘Culture of wellness’: new lifestyles, new attitudes

    Americans are starting to take the old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” seriously. Some businesses and organizations are calling this model the “culture of wellness.”

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