Addressing a crucial shortage
After earning his medical degree from the University of Kansas, Dr. Francisco Chacon chose to return to where he felt most needed — to Liberal, his hometown.
“When you’re a primary care doctor in your community, you get to know your patients,” said Chacon, who trained at the medical school’s Wichita campus and now has a busy practice not far from where he grew up.
“I knew I could make a difference here.”
Chacon’s story isn’t unusual among KU School of Medicine graduates.
KU-trained physicians practice in 87 percent of Kansas counties and make up half of all Kansas doctors.
Despite KU’s efforts, Kansas still does not have enough physicians, and KU’s medical education facilities in Kansas City have reached capacity. To train additional doctors for Kansas, in 2011 KU opened a new Salina campus and expanded its Wichita campus to a four-year program. This year, KU is seeking support for its Health Education Initiative, which would expand KU’s Kansas City facilities to train 50 additional medical students each year.
“Kansas needs doctors,” Chacon said. “KU recognizes this and is uniquely positioned to address this crucial shortage.”