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For over the last thirty years, Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program has produced dedicated, well-trained family physicians serving rural Kansas communities. The state of Kansas established Smoky Hill by legislative mandate in 1977 for this express purpose and since that time we have placed 93% of our graduates in rural communities.


Smoky Hill was designed from the ground up with the needs of practicing rural family physicians in mind. Located in beautiful and vibrant Salina, Kansas, Smoky Hill is perfectly positioned to train doctors for rural practice. Salina Regional Health Center offers a world-class hospital setting in a non-tertiary care environment. Rural-focused procedural medicine, emergency care and full-range outpatient experiences are integral to our residents' training.


As recognition of Smoky Hill's dedication and leadership in rural health care, we have been the fortunate recipient of nationally-competitive residency training grants, a gift from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund of Kansas, funding from the National Health Service Corps Health Professional Educational Linkage, community funding from Salina Regional Health Center and state funding from the State of Kansas. In 1996, the National Rural Health Association honored Smoky Hill as the Outstanding Rural Health Program in America.