University of Kansas School of Medicine
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The Kansas City campus is located at the University of Kansas Hospital.
Events leading to the creation of the University of Kansas School of Medicine began in the 1880s with instruction in medical topics in the undergraduate school. Chemistry professor Edgar Bailey was one of the leading influences behind this course of study. However, the idea was more fully developed when professor Samuel Wendell Williston came to Kansas from Yale in 1890, and advanced the idea that a specific two-year course of study for medicine should be implemented at KU. In 1899, Williston was named the first dean of this two-year "medical school" at KU. The official establishment of the KU Medical School came when the University of Kansas Board of Regents authorized the creation of a full four-year medical school at KU in 1905, accomplished by merging the existing two-year school in Lawrence with three Kansas City-area medical colleges.
The Wichita campus expanded to a 4 year medical school, welcoming its first class of 1st year medical students in 2011, after serving 3rd and 4th year medical students for over 35 years.