Kansas - Southwest

Joyce Grayson
Tel: (888) 503-4221 / (316) 293-2649

Here in southwest Kansas where the "Wild West" began, beautiful grassland prairies, green fields of irrigated corn, and wide open spaces abound. Dodge City, the most famous southwest Kansas community, was nicknamed in the 1870s the "Wickedest Little City in America." Relive the Wild West era at museums, saloons, high-noon shootouts, and in a stagecoach, all where Wyatt Earp came to keep the peace.

The Wizard of Oz's Yellow Brick Road lives on in Liberal, and the 108,000-acre Cimarron National Grasslands near Elkhart is a complete ecosystem of native wildlife and plants and is the greatest outdoor experience in Kansas for campers, hikers, and hunters. Buffalo graze the prairie at Big Basin near Ashland and roam the Finney County Wildlife Area near Garden City. This area, which has a population of 220,000, is also a hub of agricultural industry.

There are 17 hospitals in southwest Kansas.

Kansas participates in the State 30 (Conrad) J-1 Visa Waiver Program. Contact Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Application information is available at the web site http://www.kdheks.gov/olrh/

Other J-1 Notes: Instructions for making application for a J-1 visa waiver recommendation through the state of Kansas "Conrad 30" program are available at the Local and Rural Health website:



All program updates are posted to this website. Applications are now being accepted and must be submitted by a health care facility or employer on behalf of a physician with a J-1 visa. Physicians are not able to apply directly to the program.


J1 Contact Information

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Office of Local and Rural Health
1000 S.W. Jackson, Suite 340
Topeka, KS 66612-1365
Phone: (785) 296-2742

Joyce Grayson
University of Kansas Medical Center
Rural Health Education and Services
1010 N. Kansas
Wichita, KS 67214-3199
Phone: (888) 503-4221 / (316) 293-2649
Fax: (316) 293-2671
Rural Health Education and Services


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