WICHITA | The University of Kansas Medical Center has raised more than half the money it needs to expand its campus in Wichita.
David Wilson, dean of the Wichita campus, says $2.7 million of the $5 million goal has been raised.
The Kansas Health Foundation has donated $800,000 to the effort to expand the Wichita campus to a four-year program. The goal is to address the shortage of doctors in Kansas, especially in rural areas.
The Wichita campus currently trains a total of 150 third- and fourth-year medical students who get their initial training in Kansas City, Kan. The first eight four-year students will begin classes in Wichita next fall. Wilson told The Lawrence Journal-World Thursday that he hopes to increase that number to a total of 100 first-year and second-year students.