WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The dean of the University of Kansas’ School of Medicine in Wichita says a private medical school proposed in the city could overburden the state’s health care system and its capacity to train medical students.
Dean Garrold Minns say that the planned Kansas Health Science Center would mean more hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices would need to handle the increase in students doing rotations.
City spokeswoman Elyse Mohler says Wichita can’t speculate how a new facility might impact clinical training rotations.
Many Wichita leaders say the private school of osteopathic medicine could boost economic development.
The City Council approved a nonbinding development agreement last week and hopes to finalize plans in the coming months. A memorandum of understanding says the new school could open by August 2022.