Works in progress at KU

SUBSTITUTE DOCTORS: Rural Health Education and Services at the KU Medical Center oversees Kansas Locum Tenens, which provides residents and faculty physicians to rural communities whose doctors are away for continuing education, maternity or paternity leave, or vacation. More than 3,400 requests from about 85 communities such as Oberlin, Liberal, and Plainville have been met in the last 10 years.

ACTING OUT THE PAIN: Every year actors and actresses go to KU’s School of Pharmacy to portray patients with real-life symptoms or problems so more than 300 students can apply what they have learned. Through the innovative program developed by faculty members Ron Ragan and David Virtue, students are evaluated on the care they provide and their knowledge of drugs and drug management. The goal is to strengthen the students’ professional and interpersonal career skills.

HIGH WATER FORECASTS: After floods in 2007, KU researchers compiled a digital map library from satellite and airborne images that will help predict potential flooding along major waterways in 20 southeast Kansas counties. Thanks to the work by the Kansas Biological Survey’s Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program, led by Kevin Dobbs, emergency officials now will have access to real-time information to help with disaster preparedness and response.

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