Via Christi Regional Medical Center

  • Via Christi Regional Medical Center, part of Via Christi Health System, is the largest privately owned, not for-profit medical center in the region. There are two acute-care hospitals: Via Christi-St Francis with 907 licensed beds, and Via Christi-St. Joseph with 545 licensed beds; and Good Shepherd Psychiatric Hospital with 80 licensed beds. A total of 873 staff physicians provide care for the institutions. Our rehabilitation hospital, home health agency and outpatient services at several satellite locations are also available.

    The Medical Center has an interesting history and reputation for excellence in many areas, including burn care; behavioral health and addiction; cancer; cardiovascular disease; diabetes; emergency medicine; gerontology; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; surgery; heart, kidney and pancreas transplantation; Level I (highest level) trauma, Level III (highest level NICU), women’s health, research, education and wellness.

    Residency Programs: Dually Approved 

    Director of Medical Education for AOA Osteopathic Medical Education

    Marshall D. Walker, DO

    Program Director for the Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency

    G. Marc Stephens, DO

    Program Director for the ACGME Family Medicine Residency

    Richard Leu, MD  

    Program Director for the International Family Medicine

    Todd Stephens, MD 

    Program Director for Sports Medicine

    Mark Stovak, MD

    Family Medicine Residency Coordinator

    Marcia Beasley  

    Osteopathic Medical Student Coordinator

    Julie Harris

    Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Program
    ACGME Family Medicine Residency Program

    Fellowship Programs:

    • Sports Medicine (ACGME ) one year program, 2 fellows
    • Family Medicine International program, (one year program), 1 fellow 2008, with 6 fellows planned by 2011.

    Program Information

    Osteopathic/ACGME Dual Certified Family Medicine Residency Program
    AOA Residency: three-year program with four (4) positions per year, sponsored by Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
    ACGME Residency: three-year program with 14 positions per year sponsored by Kansas University School of Medicine
    Total: Family Medicine approved positions, 54


    One of the strongest full spectrum family practice obstetrical experiences (including operative obstetrics) in the country, without the competition of obstetrical residents. Full support is given from the attending family physicians and obstetricians in the training and education of our residents.

    Next generation residency training in all aspects of rural, urban and suburban practice with an emphasis on the expected transition from impatient to outpatient services and an eye toward preparing physicians for a changing healthcare environment.

    Broad procedural experience in the outpatient setting including endoscopy training (EGD, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy), OB sonography (in both the clinic and hospital settings), LEEP, cryotherapy, rhinolaryngoscopy, and treadmill testing. An excellent resident-to-faculty ratio (1 to 5), with 18 full time board certified family medicine physicians including a board-certified internist, pediatrician, and otolaryngologist, who help coordinate inpatient and outpatient training for our residents. Our faculty are high-energy individuals from diverse backgrounds in both rural and urban practice settings. The entire faculty is committed to teach and train our resident adult learners.

    Family Medicine Residency has been on paperless electronic record system since 2006 and installed a state-of-the-art audiovisual conference system in 2008.

    Quality inpatient and outpatient training with large and diverse service population cared for at each of our state of the art facilities. This is a residency program with vision, commitment and excellent community support.

    Program Benefits: FY 2011-12

    PGY   Annual rate
    1  $47,008
    2  $47,865
    3  $49,548

    Time off: 25 days vacation; 10 days sick leave; 5 days CME/year
    Health insurance: fully paid; family $100/month
    Life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance equal to resident’s annual salary; long term disability insurance; professional liability insurance, on-call meals; professional development allowance of $1000.00 per year; uniform reimbursement; pagers; parking; postgraduate permit; ; and uses of all hospital libraries.

    First-year and third-year residents provided with a “get away” retreat in the Colorado mountains in September to relax and share experiences. Biking, hiking, and golf enjoyed during this time. Resident’s spouses and children are encouraged to join in the fun.

    One National AOA meeting funded during the third year of residency.

    On-call requirements:

    • 5-6 calls per month for the 1st years
    • 3-4 calls per month for the 2nd years
    • 1-2 calls per month for the 3rd years

    Requirements for admission to training:

    • Graduation date from medical school must not exceed one year from the date when the application is received in our office
    • Applicant must have US citizenship, permanent Visa, or a J-1 Visa
    • All applicants must have successfully passed USMLE Step I or Comlex Step I and II examination
    • If an applicant has trained in a foreign medical school, he/she must be certified by ECFMG
    • Applicant must be able to be licensed in the state of Kansas
    • Applicants accepted into the program will need Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, which are given during the orientation week. An Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course is also given within 2 months of starting the program. Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) is encouraged. All exams are at no cost to the resident.

    Hospital Information

    Via Christi Regional Medical Center
    929 N. St. Francis
    Wichita, KS 67214-3821

    Hospital bed size: 1532
    Occupied bed size: 68%
    ER visits per year: 106,751
    OPTI Affiliation(s): Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

    Affiliated Hospitals

    Via Christi Regional Medical Center
    St. Joseph Campus
    Wichita, KS 67218
    Rotation: OB, Medicine, sub-specialties

    Via Christi Regional Medical Center
    St. Francis Campus
    Wichita, KS 67214
    Rotation: Peds, sub-specialties

    Osteopathic student training program

    Via-Christi is a KCU CORE training site. Third-year osteopathic medical students spend ten months of intensive clinical training at St. Francis, St. Joseph, and Wesley Medical Center. Many of the rotations are done with Kansas University School of Medicine students. Most of the rotations have resident involvement in the training process. Didactic lectures are associated with all rotations. The majority of the students do their fourth-year rotations in Wichita following completion of the third year.