Friday, December 2, 2016

Kansas Project ECHO Team Encouraged by New ECHO Act S.2873

On November 29, 2016, The U.S. Senate advanced the ECHO Act. It was endorsed 97 to 0 by the 114th Congress, including Kansas’ senators. The expansion is very timely with KU Center for Telemedicine’s growing ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes) program, and upcoming ECHOs in pain management, pediatric behavioral health, pediatric obesity and asthma.

Family Medicine Wichita Winter Symposium

The 36th Annual Family Medicine Winter Symposium is designed to present new and updated topics useful to practicing family physicians and other primary care clinicians, with special emphasis on refining diagnostic and therapeutic skills.

KU Medical Center professor, Dr. Russell McCulloh, awarded $1.7 million grant

Rusty McCulloh, M.D., clinical assistant professor in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, has been awarded
a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for the Sunflower Pediatric Clinical Trials
Research Extension (SPeCTRE) for the newly formed IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials
Network (ISPCTN).

Winners Announced for the 11th annual Rural Kansas Photo Contest

We are proud to announce the winners of the 11th annual Rural Kansas Photo Contest. This contest was started to allow amateur and professional photographers to help showcase the beauty found in Kansas communities.

Esteemed KU Medical Center Pediatric Neurologist, Dr. Enrique Chaves, Retires

Dr. Enrique Chaves, one of the first telemedicine providers in Kansas, is retiring.

Health Resources and Services Administration Sponsors the Tribal Telehealth Conference

The Tribal Telehealth Conference was held on November 30-December 1. The training event drew Indian health, tribal, and urban Indian health programs and other leaders from across the region, with over 100 onsite and webinar participants.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

KU Medical Center dean visits Pittsburg area

Sally Maliski, Ph.D., dean of the University of Kansas School of Nursing, traveled to Pittsburg, Kansas on October 6, 2016, to learn more about the southeast part of the state and the people who live in the area.

Rural Medical Interest Group supports Kansas rural health

The Rural Medical Interest Group (RMIG) was founded in 2007 with the goal to promote rural medicine among the student body. RMIG is currently the largest student interest group at KU Medical Center. Membership is open to all students at any University of Kansas medical school who are interested in rural medicine, regardless of specialty interest.

Warding off the winter blues

Midwest Cancer Alliance is offering a six-step program to beat depression and develop a plan to keep the blues at bay this winter.

MOC credit now available for KU affiliated physicians across Kansas

The University of Kansas School of Medicine is now an approved sponsor of the American Board of Medical Specialties Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program™.

Celebrating the power of rural on National Rural Health Day

Kansas will join the nation in celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Night @ The Lab

The Night @ The Lab competitions are heating up across the state of Kansas as participants gear up for the statewide competition in Kansas City on November 16-17.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pain Management Intensive Course for Primary Care Practices

The Kansas Partnership for Chronic Pain and KU Medical Center Continuing Education and Professional Development will be hosting a two-day intensive course aimed at primary care practices.

New telehealth advisory group, KanTel

Driven by community interest, the Heartland Telehealth Resource Center (HTRC) and diverse Kansas stakeholders recently established KanTel, a telehealth advisory group.

Corps Community Month – Share Your Service

Throughout the month of October, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) will highlight the importance of primary care careers and the tremendous impact of Corps’ scholars and members, providers and other health professionals on communities that need them the most.

Night @ the Lab

The Night @ The Lab competitions, sponsored by the KU Area Health Education Center, are currently being held across Kansas. High school students are given the opportunity to explore the connections between health and science and showcase their knowledge to the community.

Chronic Pain Management with ECHO

Are you and your practice interested in updates on the latest evidence based treatment advances for patients experiencing chronic pain?  KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth encourages primary care practices to consider the research opportunity to participate in the state’s first Pain Management ECHO. The program will focus on medical, pharmacological, and psychological considerations to enhance patient functioning and quality of life.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Four Kansas community colleges join University of Kansas in innovative nursing education program that will allow students to stay in communities

Nursing students across Kansas will now be able to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) without leaving their home communities.

4th Annual Midwest Conference on Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Buddhadeb Dawn, M.D., director of Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center would like to extend an invitation to join him at the 4th Annual Midwest Conference on Cell therapy and Regenerative Medicine on September 16th and 17th, 2016, at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel.


A Fourth-Year Medical Student Details her Clinical Rotation in Rural Kansas

STEFANI FONTANA / KCUR 89.3
Stefani Fontana, a fourth-year medical student in the University of Kansas School of Medicine, shared her experiences of working with patients in rural Kansas during clinical rotation.

Recruiting for Retention Academy

Are you a Kansas health care organization recruiting providers to a rural or underserved area? If so, this Recruiting for Retention Academy is for you!

Back to School with Telemedicine

Along with new classes and friends, many Kansas students return to school with new telehealth options. KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth (KUCTT) welcomes new and returning families and schools across our rural and urban partners!

Balancing Work and Cancer

Midwest Cancer Alliance member, Via Christi Health in Wichita, is hosting a free Triage Cancer workshop at 6 p.m. on September 15 for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and health professionals on the challenges of balancing work and cancer.

KU Medical Center students volunteer their time and energy on community service days

Legions of students armed with paint brushes, shovels, rakes, gloves and reading glasses painted houses, toiled in gardens, cleaned buildings and read to children during a pair of community service days at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the KU School of Medicine's campuses in Salina and Wichita.

Handling Cancer-Related Fatigue

Midwest Cancer Alliance will host a cancer-related fatigue event on Wednesday, September 21 at 3 p.m. in Goodland, Pittsburg, Salina and Oberlin, Kansas.

Chronic Pain Management with ECHO

Are you and your practice interested in updates on the latest evidence based treatment advances for patients experiencing chronic pain?  KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth encourages primary care practices to consider the research opportunity to participate in the state’s first Pain Management ECHO. The program will focus on medical, pharmacological, and psychological considerations to enhance patient functioning and quality of life.

Wheat State Summit Geared Toward Education for Advanced Practice Nurses

The KU Area Health Education Center will hosting the 2016 Wheat State Summit which was created to serve the continuing education needs of advanced practice nurses across Kansas. The summit is held as two separate events: The Western Kansas Advanced Nursing Practice Symposium on October 21-22, 2016, at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas; and the Eastern Kansas Advanced Nursing Practice Symposium on December 9-10, 2016, on the campus of Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Intravenous Vitamin C - Integrative Therapies Conference

KU Integrative Medicine is hosting a conference on Intravenous Vitamin C - Integrative Therapies on September 30 through October 1, 2016. A diverse group of scientists will describe the expanding science of intravenous vitamin C from the basic science underpinnings to the practical clinical use.

Free cancer screenings in August and September

The Kansas Masonic Foundation and local Masonic Lodges will host screenings across Kansas in 2016 that are coordinated by Midwest Cancer Alliance and staffed by physicians from KU Medical Center.

Pool Cool recognized by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pool Cool, a sun safety program developed by Midwest Cancer Alliance and Kansas Cancer Partnership, has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a successful cancer control program.

Meet your next health care provider at Kansas Career Opportunities

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet resident physicians, health care job seekers, and students at the 22nd Kansas Career Opportunities (KCO).

Prepping for surgery: how to reduce stress and speed recovery

On Wednesday, August 17 at 3 p.m. (CT), in Goodland, Pittsburg, Salina and Oberlin, Kansas, Prepping for Surgery: How to Reduce Stress and Speed Recovery will be presented via interactive televideo.

Free smoking cessation program

Participants will learn about the many benefits of quitting, strategies to permanently quit, how to cope with triggers like stress and boredom and medications that may be helpful.

Outpacing Melanoma and Midwest Cancer Alliance are hosting a free skin cancer screening

Outpacing Melanoma and Midwest Cancer Alliance are excited to host a FREE skin cancer screening in Manhattan, Kansas on Saturday, August 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Chiropractic Family Health Center. Assessments of facial sun damage and bone density tests will also be available at our walk-in clinic.

Friday, July 1, 2016

University of Kansas Medical Center deans tour Garden City and Hays

As part of an ongoing commitment to improving health care throughout the state of Kansas, Dr. Robert Simari, KU School of Medicine dean, Dr. Sally Maliski, KU School of Nursing dean, and Dr. Abiodun Akinwuntan, dean of the KU School of Health Professions, toured academic and medical facilities in Garden City and Hays from June 30 to July 1 to better understand health care issues that face Kansans.

Rural Health Education and Services is hosting a Rural Health Care Marketing Workshop

Rural Health Education and Services will present a Rural Health Care Marketing Workshop on August 2 and 3, 2016 in Wichita. The workshop is designed to give rural Kansas health care professionals tips on how to incorporate marketing strategies into their practices.

Faculty Award for Scholarship in Community Engagement presented to Cheryl Gibson, Ph.D.

Cheryl Gibson, Ph.D., associate professor of general and geriatric medicine, received the 2016 Faculty Award for Scholarship in Community Engagement for leading the Community Health Project for 13 years, among many other research and service activities, particularly in Wyandotte County.

Free Smoking Cessation program available in Garden City, Topeka and Salina

Participants will learn about the many benefits of quitting, strategies to permanently quit, how to cope with triggers like stress and boredom and medications that may be helpful.

Housing Challenges in Kansas Rural Education

For 65 years, the University of Kansas School of Medicine has sent students throughout Kansas to participate in rural clinical rotations during the first, third and fourth years of medical school.

Free Cancer Screenings in July

The Kansas Masonic Foundation and local Masonic Lodges will host screenings across Kansas in 2016 that are coordinated by MCA and staffed by physicians from KU Medical Center.

Annual Sizzlin’ Summer symposium slated for July 14-15, 2016

The KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center’s Sizzlin’ Summer symposium continues on July 14-15, 2016 in Hays, Kansas. The two-day program is being held at Whiskey Creek, 3203 N. Vine St.

Friday, June 3, 2016

The University of Kansas Cancer Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital to co-host Twitter chat on HPV

Did you know that Kansas has the lowest HPV vaccination rate in the United States? On June 21, 1-2 p.m. (CST), The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital are teaming up to host, via Twitter, an online discussion about HPV and the importance of the vaccine to help prevent cancer. The chat will be moderated by a team of eight medical professionals from both institutions. Parents, patients and cancer survivors, as well as doctors, nurses and other health professionals will be participating.

The goal of this chat is to educate those who want to learn more about the virus and the vaccine, while also addressing concerns and dispelling misconceptions.

How to join:

The more participants, the more people we can educate! You can join the conversation and help amplify this important cancer prevention information by retweeting and posing/answering questions. Even if you’re not comfortable with Twitter, you can easily follow the conversation by searching for the hashtag, #HPVChat, on Twitter.

If you are new to Twitter chats, you can use the following steps to sign up and participate. 

  • Create a Twitter account at Twitter.com
  • Search for the @KUcancercenter and @ChildrensMercy Twitter accounts and click “Follow.” 
  • Sign in to your Twitter account on Tuesday, June 21st at 1:00 p.m. CST and search #HPVchat in Twitter’s search bar. 
  • Click “More options” and then “Save this search” to follow the ongoing dialogue. 
  • To participate in the Twitter chat, tweet your comment or question and include the hashtag #HPVchat. Then, click refresh to view your tweet. 
To receive notifications about the upcoming chat via Twitter, please email your Twitter handle to Pauline Horton, phorton2@kumc.edu.

Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center Celebrates 200th Placement

The Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center (KRRC) is proud to announce its 200th placement.
KRRC Placements by Region

Holly Gault, M.D. is heading to Pittsburg, Kansas, to join the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in September. Dr. Gault received her medical degree from The University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas, in May 2013. She will complete her residency with Research Family Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, this June.

The KRRC offers services designed to assist Kansas communities in recruiting and retaining health professionals. KRRC partners with hospitals, private physician practices and community health centers to bolster health care in communities across Kansas.

KRRC recruitment specialists work one-on-one with the health care employers to develop an opportunity description, identify key characteristics of an ideal candidate, create a marketing plan to recruit candidates and offer guidance throughout the interview and hiring process. Although this program offers services to all of Kansas, a strong focus is on rural and underserved communities.

Along with assisting Kansas communities, the KRRC also provides services designed to assist health care providers throughout the job search process and provide assistance in finding the right practice opportunity.

The KRRC is a program administered by Rural Health Education and Services (RHES) and The University of Kansas Medical Center. Since 1990, RHES has provided quality, responsive services to Kansas health care organizations, health care providers, communities and statewide associations. RHES coordinates a variety of programs and initiatives across the
State to help improve access to health care in Kansas communities.

Placements at a Glance

Many placements practice in small Kansas communities:
61% - less than 20,000 residents
23% - 20,001 to 40,000 residents
16% - more than 40,000 residents

Digestive Disease Week 2016 Highlights Dinner Program

Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2016 Highlights , a continuing medical education dinner program, is being held Wednesday evening, June 22, 2016, at the Overland Park Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. It is sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Medicine and University of Kansas Medical Center Continuing Education and Professional Development.

For the past 15 years, DDW has been the best rated continuing medical education program in the Kansas City metro area. It is attended by more than 75 area gastroenterologists and endoscopists. Since many practicing physicians cannot attend DDW 2016 in Washington D.C., they look forward to receiving updates through this program.

The goal of DDW is to improve competence and practice performance in the diagnosis and management of common gastrointestinal disorders by providing cutting-edge information on guidelines and treatment strategies. All speakers will have attended DDW 2016 in Washington, D.C.  A brief synopsis of recent relevant issues in gastrointestinal diseases for clinical gastroenterologists will be covered. Each topic will include a presentation and discussion of 10 to 12 clinically important and seminal abstracts presented during DDW 2016 in Washington D.C., followed by an interactive question and answer session. Various types of GI diseases such as Crohn’s disease, Barrett’s esophagus, GI bleeding and pancreatic disease will be covered.

Dr. Prateek Sharma, M.D., professor of medicine and section chief at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and practicing gastroenterologist at the Kansas City VA Medical Center, is the course director of this annual meeting.

To read more or to register to attend, please visit the program website at www.kumc.edu/ce.

Teacher Summer Externship slated for June 14-16

Once again, the KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is hosting its annual Teacher Summer Externship. The program serves as part of AHEC’s goal of boosting health care education in rural Kansas by providing a learning experience for health career pathways teachers across the state.

This year’s externship will be held June 14-16 on the campus of KU Medical Center. Participation in this three-day program is free to teachers. During the program, participants will get hands-on lessons from several departments within KU Medical Center, including the School of Nursing skills lab, the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center, the Orthopedic Research Lab and many more.

This year, 15 teachers, including one from Columbia, Missouri, will take part in the externship. Participants this year include:

Ann Leppke - Peabody-Burns High School - Marion, Kansas
Maggie Hasenkamp - Nemaha Central High School - Nemaha, Kansas
Andrea Pyle - Eudora High School - Eudora, Kansas
Robert Oliver - Shawnee Mission North High School - Shawnee, Kansas
Tracey Waldeier - Tonganoxie High School - Tonganoxie, Kansas
Ashley Schmidt - Emporia High School - Emporia, Kansas
Heather Stewart - West High School - Park City, Kansas
Jana Hickman - Columbus Unified High School - Columbus, Kansas
Kristi Blair - Girard High School - Girard, Kansas
Erin Hayes - Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies - Overland Park, Kansas
Mark Padfield - Tonganoxie High School - Tonganoxie, Kansas
Pesha Ptacek - Southeast of Saline - Gypsum, Kansas
Kim Hoover - Herington High School - Herington, Kansas
Tara George - Tonganoxie High School - Tonganoxie, Kansas
Erin Snelling - Hallsville High School - Columbia, Missouri

Friday, May 6, 2016

Oncology professionals gather for symposium in southwest Kansas

More than 50 medical professionals registered to attend the Oncology Symposium presented by Central Care Cancer Center at the newly expanded Heartland Cancer Center in Garden City, Kansas, on Saturday, April 30.


Child Behavioral ECHO: Pediatric psychopharmacology pilot serving southeast Kansas

The KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth (KUCTT) has launched a Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) pilot to help primary care providers and pediatricians in southeast Kansas enhance their skills in treating children with developmental and behavioral disorders.

Southeast Kansas students gather to learn about health care professions

More than 80 students from 11 different southeast Kansas high schools attended two CampMed programs to get a hands-on look at a variety of different health care career options including pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, and more.

KU Medical Center Offers Movement Disorder Review Course

The KU Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development (OCEPD) is excited to share information about the ongoing Movement Disorder Review Course.

WorkSmart Workshop Helps Recruit and Retain Rural Providers

The Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center is hosting a WorkSmart Workshop specifically designed to help rural health care organizations recruit and retain providers.


Friday, April 1, 2016

KUMC Convenes Statewide Advisory Board

The University of Kansas Medical Center Institute for Community Engagement and Office of Rural Medical Education announce the formation of a Statewide Advisory Board (SAB). The Board was created to advise KUMC outreach leadership on its numerous engaged scholarship initiatives in education, research and clinical care across Kansas, many of which are facilitated by the Institute for Community Engagement and the Office of Rural Medical Education.

Children and Youth with Epilepsy ECHO® engages community care for complex condition

KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth is excited to share information about the growing Project ECHO® (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes) program. Developed in New Mexico, Project ECHO, educational sessions support collaborative learning by linking specialist teams and community health care professionals. ECHO is an opportunity for primary care providers and other healthcare professionals to participate in "virtual curbside consultation" and collaborate with specialist teams in a technology-supported community of practice.

Eastern Medical Education Network Site Changes Leadership

On March 8th the Office of Rural Medical Education (ORME) and the AHEC office celebrated the retirement of Dr. Robert Haskins, the Medical Education Director for the Eastern site. The reception was held at the Nest Extended Stay Hotel in Chanute, Kansas. Several colleagues, friends, and family members were there to say thank you and offer well-wishes. Dr. Haskins worked for the University of Kansas School of Medicine for more than thirty years and impacted the lives of thousands of students.

Free screening of Someone you Love: The HPV Epidemic documentary in Pittsburg April 27th

Someone You Love
Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, is collaborating with numerous Kansas health care organizations on a free showing of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) documentary, Someone You Love, on April 27, 2016.

Program seeks rural Kansas college students interested in careers in medicine

Do you know a rural Kansas student who wants to become a physician? KU Medical Center is seeing students for the annual Scholars in Rural Health program.

Scholars in Rural Health is designed to identify and encourage undergraduate students from rural Kansas who are interested in building successful careers as physicians in rural areas. Students apply for the program in the second semester of their sophomore year in college.

Upcoming MCA programs and cancer screenings

Throughout the year, the MCA offers a variety of outreach programs focused on cancer prevention, screening, early detection and survivorship, which are conducted at member sites and other sites across the region.

KU Medical Center welcomes two new deans

Abiodun Akinwuntan and Sally Maliski
A new era of leadership began at the University of Kansas Medical Center in January when Sally Maliski, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, and Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, arrived as the deans of the Schools of Nursing and Health Professions, respectively. Although they come from opposite coasts and were born a world apart, the two new deans share a passion for interprofessional collaboration and a dedication to the success of their schools.

Read more at KUMC.edu: http://www.kumc.edu/news-listing-page/ku-medical-center-welcomes-two-new-deans.html

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Welcome message from Vice Chancellor Spaulding

Kansas health care providers, colleagues and friends,
We are excited to share this inaugural edition of KU Medical Center’s Communities blog and newsletter with you. It is the first KU Medical Center publication dedicated to community health news and information across the entire state of Kansas.

March 21-23 - Kansas HOSA Spring Leadership Conference

Kansas high school students are heading to Pittsburg March 21-23 for the annual Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference.

Five telehealth start-up tips

Implementing telehealth services can seem daunting. With all the factors to consider, hospital administrators and provider often are unsure of where or how to start.

March 30 - Women's Health Symposium, Hays

The Women's Health Symposium is designed to update health care professionals on women's health issues including heart disease, breast cancer, menopause and other topics.

Why I'm a rural preceptor - Rick Whitlow, M.D.

It takes a community to raise a doctor. 

March 31 symposium - Achieving health equity in Kansas: Where do we go from here?

Leaders from Kansas and around the country will address topics on the current state of health disparities and innovative approaches to reduce health inequities in urban and rural populations.

Best practices: Making a difference, one trip at a time

After a disheartening rise in no-shows for doctor's appointments and stacks of not-picked-up prescriptions, a health center in southeast Kansas decided something must be done. 

Free community HPV documentary screenings

The Midwest Cancer Alliance is teaming up with some of its members in Kansas and Missouri to show a moving film on the devastating effects of HPV and the importance of getting the vaccine.