"A Higher Calling To Save Lives"
KSAL Staff - Fri 12:46 PM 09/28/2012
Senator Jerry Moan speaks with medical students at the Salina campus of the University of Kansas School of Medicine Friday morning.
Senator Jerry Moran stopped in Salina Friday morning to visit with a group of future doctors. The Senator spoke with students, and toured the Salina campus of the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
Class size at the Salina campus is limited to eight, making it the smallest four-year medical-education site in the country. With the small class size university leaders believe it can serve as a model for the nation.
There are currently two classes enrolled, a total of 16 students. The first class of eight will graduate in 2015.
Prior to touring the facility, the Senator had a question and answer session with the students. Topics ranged from rural health care, to the new Affordable Health Care Law that passed in Washington DC. Moran said that he opposed the law. He said the biggest flaw is that in some cases there is not enough money to cover the health care services, much less compensating the doctor.
Moran told the students that he admires their dedication to a "higher calling to help save lives". He assured them that he will do everything he can to make sure they do not have to worry about compensation.
Student Bill Pruett told the Senator "if we are in this for the money, then we are in it for the wrong reasons".
Doctors who graduate from the program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Salina will more than likely practice in rural communities.