Our Mission

To serve our community at the crossroads of compassionate healthcare and professional education.

For over 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 94% 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. Salina Family Healthcare Center has been a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and is the only Level 3 Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Family Medicine Residency Program in the state of Kansas recognized by NCQA under the 2014 Standards.