Are you a
small, medium or large program?
We are a medium to large-sized program with 72 categorical
pediatric residents, 24 internal medicine/pediatric residents,
and two preliminary pediatric residents.
Where do you draw your residents from?
Residents in our program come primarily from Midwest medical
schools; however we currently have residents representing 42
different medical schools spread in more than 25 states and two
What careers do your residents choose after
It varies from year to year. Approximately 50% of our graduating
residents pursued subspecialty fellowships in 2010. Our residents
are known for being well trained and we have placed many residents
into the fellowships of their choice. In 2011, we had more
residents entering general pediatrics, including general academic
pediatrics, primary care, and the growing field of urgent care, and
What research opportunities exist?
Although we do not require a research project to graduate from our
program, many of our residents participate in research during their
residency. We are extremely proud of the incredible research being
performed by our residents. Please see our research page for ongoing
The BRNSTRM project is an
innovative way to bridge residents interested in research with the
faculty best able to mentor them. We have a research elective
opportunity for residents to pursue their projects under the
guidance of their mentors.
Can I see an example contract?
Yes, view a sample resident contract (pdf).
Are there yearly resident retreats?
Yes - we have yearly retreats for each class. The first- and
second-year retreats combine advocacy, education and fun. The third
year retreat is a great social escape for the senior residents.
Are you a free standing children's
Yes - Children's Mercy Hospital is a 300-plus bed free standing
children's hospital with every possible subspecialty represented.
We are a Level 1 trauma center and a Level 3C neonatal ICU with
ECMO capability. We have a 42-bed pediatric ICU with an active
congenital heart program. We are also consistently ranked as one of
the top places to work and are the number one recipient of
philanthropic support in Kansas City. We will be opening another
in-patient tower in the fall of 2012 that expands our PICU,
NICU, Hem/Onc, and Med/Surg by 73 beds. The new tower includes a
fetal health center, a new cancer center, two specially equipped
rooms to provide care for ECMO patients, and the Lisa Barth
Interfaith Chapel and Garden.
How many pediatric faculty members do you
There are more 300 faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics,
making it the largest department at the University of
Missouri-Kansas City. The faculty are enthusiastic, dedicated to
resident education, and represent every pediatric subspecialty.
Why would I want to move to Kansas City?
Kansas City is a friendly, accessible, and affordable place to
live. The metro area has grown to more than 2 million people. The
downtown area is invigorated with the Power and Light District and
the adjacent Crossroads Arts District, and is home to unique
restaurants, galleries, and loft apartments. The Plaza offers
upscale outdoor dining and shopping and the famous Christmas
Lights. There are several outstanding art museums and theaters as
well as a thriving scene. Please see our About KC page for more
Are there opportunities for my spouse/significant
The headquarters for Hallmark, H&R Block, American Century, The
Stowers Institute, Sprint, Cerner, AMC Theatres, DST Systems,
Garmin International, Great Plains Energy, Russell Stover,
Applebee's, and several other large companies are all located in