The ACGME Accredited Pediatric Surgery Training Program began in 1975 when one Pediatric Surgery Resident (PSR) was accepted for a 2-year period of training. In 1988, the Residency Review Committee approved expansion of this program to one resident per year. The Sponsoring Institution for the program is the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. The 9 Pediatric Surgeons who serve as the teaching staff for the Pediatric Surgery Training Program include: George W. Holcomb, III, MD, MBA, Charles L. Snyder, MD, Walter S. Andrews, MD, John J. Gatti, MD, Richard J. Hendrickson, MD, and Shawn D. St. Peter, MD.
The Pediatric Surgey Training Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Residents who wish to apply for a two-year position as a PSR are required to submit a Common Application Form, Personal Statement, and three letters of recommendation through Electronic Resident Application Services (ERAS).
During the two years of training, the PSR will encounter a broad exposure to general, thoracic, urologic, and minimally invasive surgery. In addition, the residents may spend up to three months of their 24-month residency on clinical services other than pediatric surgery. During the first year, one month will be spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Goals and objectives of this rotation include a thorough understanding of the nutritional requirements, ventilatory management, management of the infant on ECMO as well as basic neonatal care. During the second year, there is also a one month period when the PSR may pursue an elective rotation, most of which have been either anesthesia, gastroenterology, surgical pathology, radiology, or cardiac surgery. As the resident progresses through this two-year period, he/she will be expected to make the transition from a novice in the area of pediatric surgery to being capable of practicing pediatric surgery independently and confidently in either an academic or private setting. Because of an extensive operative case-load, the PSRs reach the completion of their two years in the training program with an operative experience which allows them to transition into a staff position with a great deal of confidence in their own judgment and technical capabilities.
The resident will be allowed gradual responsibility for formulating the differential diagnosis for a patient's symptoms, for developing a plan of treatment and for implementing the treatment plan. One resident will always be a Senior Resident to the other residents and will serve as an educational resource to the more Junior Residents. The Senior Residents primary responsibility for the education of the pediatric surgical residents lies with the attending staff. All Residents are "on call" with and supervised by one of the staff surgeons.