The University of Kansas School of Medicine has named a director for what is to become a four-year medical school program in Salina.
William Cathcart-Rake, a Salina-based oncologist, will head the expansion program in Salina, the medical school said.
The program will target students interested in practicing in rural Kansas after graduation. KU still must obtain accreditation and funding for the program but hopes to have its first class in 2011 or 2012, the school said.
Efforts also are under way to expand the Wichita campus of the medical school to a four-year program.
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Cathcart-Rake is medical director of the Tammy Walker Cancer Center in Salina and attending staff physician at the Salina Regional Health Center, and has run a private practice.