The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita said today it is more than halfway to its goal of raising $5 million for expansion.
The school said $2.7 million has been raised so far.
The expansion is primarily for extra classrooms and support to expand the Wichita program from two years of medical training to four years. The expansion includes the addition of a pharmacy training program at the Wichita campus.
Currently, students come to the Wichita campus to complete their third and fourth years of medical school.
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"The expansion of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita is a major step toward eliminating the physician shortage that has been present in Kansas for so long," Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation, said in a release.
KHF provided the lead gift for the expansion, an $800,000 donation.
Other donors include: Barry and Alice Bloom, $100,000; Don and Kay Brada, $100,000; Steve Howell, $100,000; Dennis and Ann Ross, $100,000; Cancer Center of Kansas, $100,000; Kansas Joint and Spine Institute, $100,000; Medical Practice Association, $100,000; Medical Society of Sedgwick County, $100,000; Via Christi Health, $200,000; Wesley Medical Center, $200,000; Wichita Community Foundation, $50,000; Wichita Radiological Group, $100,000; and Wichita Surgical Specialists, $100,000.