The University of Kansas opened in 1866. In 1899 a 1year preparatory course for medical school was
initiated. Students who completed the course then
transferred to other medical schools. In 1906 clinical
training began at Bell Memorial Hospital and graduating with a medical degree became possible. In 1924 the
medical school and hospital expanded and moved to its
present location. The Medical Center now consists of
schools of Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health, and
Office of Graduate Studies.
4-year semimodern. The curriculum integrates normal
human structure and function with alterations caused
by disease. Clinical experiences that are provided during all 4 years reinforce the biomedical sciences. They
also provide students with an opportunity to learn the
essential principles of patient assessment, preventive
and behavioral medicine, and medical ethics. Training
is provided in community and ambulatory settings
including rural sites.Among the teaching methods used
are case-based instruction and small-group and computer-assisted learning. A generalist approach is used
that emphasizes the evaluation of patients with differentiated problems. First year: Focuses on the
introductory basic sciences using an organ system
approach. After a presentation of cellular and molecular biology, the other three 4-week segments of the first
semester are devoted to the cardiovascular, respiratory,
and musculoskeletal systems. The 4 segments of the
second semester are devoted to the gastrointestinal and
endocrine system as well as neuroscience. An Introduction to Clinical Medicine course extends
throughout the year. Second year: Devoted to disease
pathogenesis, pathogenic agents, pharmacotherapeutics, and subjects covering the advanced basic sciences.
The Introduction to Clinical Medicine extends
throughout the year. Third year: Provides for basic
experience by means of rotations through major clinical sciences as well as ambulatory medicine and
geriatrics. Fourth year: Consists of a subinternship,
rural preceptorship, ambulatory specialties, and public
health, as well as 16 weeks of electives.
Minority admissions: An active recruitment program
exists. Other degree programs: A combined MD-PhD
program is offered in a variety of disciplines.
The school requires a bachelor’s degree and minimum
premedical science courses. One semester of collegelevelmathematicsand1yearofEnglisharealsorequired.
The school is a state-supported institution. Preference is
given to residents, but nonresidents are accepted. Transfer and advanced standing: If vacancies exist, candidates
for the third-year class are considered from other U.S.
medical schools. Applicants must be Kansas residents
currently enrolled and in good standing.
A passing total score is required on Step 1 of the
USMLE for promotion to the third year and on Step 2
for graduation.There is a 5-level grading system: Superior/High Satisfactory/Satisfactory/Low Satisfactory/
Teaching: The school is part of the university’s Medical Center. Orr-Major Hall provides classrooms and
labs for teaching basic science courses as well as space
for individual research and departmental offices. The
University Hospital provides facilities used in clinical
training. Library: Dykes Medical Library contains
more than 110,000 volumes. Housing: There is no oncampus housing.