As part of a request for $30 million in bonds from the state over the next 10 years, University of Kansas School of Medicine leaders in Kansas City, Kan., are requesting $2.8 million to hire faculty at the school’s Wichita campus.
The majority of the funding being requested by KU would go toward constructing a $75 million medical building at the medical center in Kansas City.
School officials said the plans are linked to Gov. Sam Brownback’s goal to elevate the KU medical school and facilities.
The overall plans would call for increased enrollment at the Wichita and Salina campuses to address a shortage of doctors in the state.
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“As the number of medical students increases, so will the clinical teaching demands on core and volunteer faculty in Wichita,” KU released in a fact sheet about the project.
The funds would go toward providing 16.4 full-time faculty members in Wichita.
The fact sheet stated that volunteer faculty in medical schools across the country are starting to require stipends to continue to teach, and that is likely to happen in Kansas.
The physician shortage is especially prevalent in rural areas, the fact sheet says.
Contributing: Associated Press