A nonprofit institution committed to training leaders in health care,
inspired by excellence and innovation.

Connecting Kansans to Better Health Care

Everyone deserves access to quality health care. However, this isn’t the reality for many in our community. Many of our citizens lack basic access to health care, and there is a nationwide shortage of physicians, which is anticipated to increase over the next 10 years. This will directly impact our state and the citizens who need access to care. One study found that 92 counties in Kansas are considered partially or wholly underserved, due to a lack of physicians. Rural areas in Kansas would need 83 new primary care physicians each year to fill the void.

At Kansas Health Science Center, we’re bringing our communities together to solve this issue, harnessing the power of collaboration and local partnerships to reshape the way we approach health care in Kansas. We believe in training local physicians to serve local communities and using a team-based approach to medicine that focuses on the whole patient—not just symptoms.

Our Values

  • The overall health and well-being of a community that we enter into, or are a part of, is paramount.
  • Long-term community relations based on trust and promised action is essential in building a healthy population.
  • Our educational community is founded on respect for one another that values differences and promotes diversity and inclusion.
  • Take a genuine interest in all others within and related to the organization.
  • Create an environment that is highly cooperative.
  • Seek other person’s perspective or circumstance.
  • Understand what other people are experiencing and use that understanding to solve problems and to drive positive change.
  • Provide first-class service to all of those with whom you interact.
  • Recognize the value in everyone you interact with and focus on improving the day for each person you encounter.
  • Be welcoming to all with dignity and respect.
  • Act and lead in a manner that reflects or expresses inclusiveness and respect for others.
  • Be self-aware and admit mistakes.
  • Treat people the way that you would want to be treated.
  • Solicit, seek, embrace, and adopt diverse thoughts and opinions.
  • Build strong and healthy relationships with colleagues.
  • Approach difficult situations with respect and open-mindedness.
  • Be responsible and do what you say you are going to do.
  • Act with honor and truthfulness.
  • Adhere to high standards of professionalism.
  • Consistently demonstrate ethical behavior in all interactions with employees, students, and external constituents.
  • Raise issues of concern in good faith.
  • Care about the integrity and reputation of the organization, its employees, and students.
  • Embrace change when it holds the promise of a better future.
  • Create forward-thinking solutions.
  • Find ways to continuously improve what you are doing.
  • Identify and develop impactful technologies that improve the educational environment and/or student learning outcomes.
  • Engage in quick experiments of evidence-based discovery that proves/disproves an outcome.  Experiments that disprove a hypothesis should not be seen as failure. Rather, learn quickly from the outcome and be open to new hypotheses and possible change in direction.
  • Collaborate with fellow colleagues with the goal of the team achieving success together.
  • Take ownership and personal responsibility for your part in a project/task.
  • Listen to one another with respect.
  • Create a responsibility culture that strives for continuous improvement.
  • Be inquisitive, share knowledge, seek input, and invite alternative opinions/hypotheses with the goal of improving product or outcomes.
  • Strive to achieve the best outcomes in every detail and situation.
  • Create world-class experiences for others by attentiveness to details and thoughtfulness to processes.
  • Focus on excellence in individual responsibilities and understand how they relate to the impact of our student outcomes and advancing the mission.

The mission of Kansas Health Science Center (KHSC) is to prepare forward-thinking, empathic osteopathic physicians and leaders at the intersection of health
and converging fields. KHSC upholds quality and innovation as guiding principles to develop rigorous academic programming adaptable to future needs. With community as a core value, KHSC is dedicated to finding collective solutions locally and globally and advancing impact in underserved communities.

KHSC’s vision is to graduate forward-thinking leaders who are vanguards in their field and to work together, as a community, to make a positive impact around the globe.

KHSC seeks to provide an excellent education with a conscious eye on future trends and changes in the health care field. Operating with integrity, KHSC works to provide educational opportunities that will benefit the community-at-large by exploring new ways to solve problems through synergistic efforts.

Transforming Modern Medical Education

The development of our new innovative medical school in Wichita will create a reliable talent pipeline within the region that facilitates future physicians from school to residency to their professional careers—strengthening their connection to our surrounding communities along the way.

Our state-of-the art facilities will equip physicians with knowledge about the latest advances in medical technology to pair with their innate desire to help others. Additionally, we will develop well-rounded physicians through leadership training, entrepreneurship training, and mental health training to better address the diverse needs of our community. Upon graduation, these skilled and compassionate doctors will be capable of employing whole-person approaches to treatment and care—understanding the importance of our interconnected systems and how lifestyle or environment can affect our well-being.