Couple commits $1 million to support internal medicine program at KU School of Medicine in Wichita

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Dr. Scott Smiley, an alumnus of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, at right, and his wife Dr. Julie Smiley, left, are pictured in this contributed photo from the University of Kansas.

An Emporia couple has committed $1 million to support the internal medicine program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, KU announced Wednesday.

The $1 million from Scott Smiley, an alumnus of the school, and Julie Smiley will be divided into three funds: One will benefit the Department of Internal Medicine, another will support residents in the internal medicine program, and the last will fund student scholarships, with preference given to students interested in internal medicine, KU said in a news release.

“Julie and I understand the importance of support, of helping encourage people and helping to defray some of the costs of medical school,” Scott Smiley said in the release.

Scott Smiley is a physician and Julie Smiley is a veterinarian. They both practice in Emporia.

“The forethought of Julie and Scott’s support is inspiring. We appreciate how it will give the department flexibility and assist residents and medical students interested in internal medicine,” Garold Minns, dean of the School of Medicine in Wichita, said in the release.


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