Magazine ranks KU’s Wichita medical school 6th for producing primary care physicians

A study by the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Academic Medicine magazine has ranked the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita sixth in the country for producing family practice physicians, according to a news release.

Overall, the U.S. has a shortage of family physicians, and so do many rural areas of Kansas, according to the study’s authors and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The study examined 759 medical residency sites to see where their graduates were practicing three to five years after residency.

Between 2006 and 2008, 233 doctors graduated from a KU School of Medicine–Wichita residency program, and about 46 percent went on to practice primary care. Of those 233, 46 were in rural areas.

Programs that ranked at the bottom of the list saw fewer than 7 percent of their graduates practicing primary care.

Overall, 4.8 percent of graduates practiced in rural areas, and 198 institutions produced no rural physicians, according to the study.