What kind of evaluation system do you use in your department to assess resident performance?

We use a variety of methods to assess the clinical competency of our residents, including:

  • Monthly evaluations from the staff anesthesiologists
  • Biannual evaluations for the American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Mock oral examinations conducted on a bimonthly basis for CA-3 residents
  • The ASA/ABA In-Training exam given annually (mandatory for all residents)
  • Residents’ conference presentations
  • Resident mentoring program
  • AKT examinations for CA-1 and CA-2 residents, annually
  • Biannual peer-to-peer evaluation


What is the performance of your residents on the ASA/ABA In-training exam?

Over the last decade, our CA-3 residents have excelled on the ASA/ABA In-Training exam. On average they exceed the 75th percentile in the nation in their growth and knowledge, as compared to their peers.


How well have your residents performed on their oral examinations for the American Board of Anesthesiology?

In the last 30 years, greater than 90 percent of our residents who have taken the oral examinations have passed.


Are all residents expected to take the ASA-ABA In-Training Examination, on an annual basis, and what score is required?

Residents are expected to take the ASA-ABA In-Training Examination, annually, beginning with their first year (CBY). Their scores are part of our internal evaluation process. Residents must score greater than the 25th percentile in the nation.


Is there a minimum USMLE score for the UMKC Anesthesiology program?

When reviewing applications, our selection committee will look first at applicants with scores of 80 (200) and above on first-try attempts for both Step 1 and Step 2.


Does Step 3 of the USMLE have to be completed prior to applying?

Step 1 must be complete and in your ERAS file before an interview will be granted. Completing Step 2 is not necessary to be offered an interview but should be completed as soon as possible to provide additional information for our selection committee. Step 3 is required prior to completion of the CA-1 year (University Requirement). No applicant will be placed on our Match rank list without providing a passing Step 2 score.


Are there preliminary positions available?

We are a four-year categorical program and accept applicants at the PGY-1 (Clinical Base Year) year.


Do your residents have access to computers?

Personal computers are available in the hospital and medical school libraries, the Departments of Anesthesiology and Medical Education, Residents’ Academic Resource Center and the residents’ call rooms. The computers are network-compatible, linked to the Internet and equipped with all the necessary software. In addition, residents can apply a $1,000 per year educational grant to the purchase of a personal computer. Additionally, a $300 stipend is provided toward the purchase price of an electronic/mobile device. Monthly cellular/data service charges must be paid by residents.


From what part of the country do you recruit most of your residents?

Because of our central location, most of our residents tend to come from the Midwest, but we do receive applications from all over the country. We believe in the diversity of our training program and encourage medical students from outside the region of Kansas City to apply to our program.


Do any of your residents end up in academic medicine?

In the past 30 years, approximately 10-12 percent of our residents have taken positions in academic medicine. We believe this is consistent with the general experience of most training programs in the country and reflects the commitment that our Institution and the Department has towards developing the clinical and academic skills of our residents.


What kind of library facilities do you have?

Each of the affiliated teaching hospitals has its own library. The hospital libraries are part of a private and public library consortium that extends to a 50-mile radius around Kansas City. Scientific materials can be obtained using daily courier service from these various library sites. Approximately 1 million titles are available, including the vast majority of journals. In addition, the resident has access to the medical school library and the vast resources of the library system located on the main campus of the University.

The Department’s library is divided into an Academic Resource Center, the Mid America Heart Institute library, and Pain Clinic library. Truman Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology has its own library facility.

Reference material is available to the residents without charge.


How many hours does an anesthesia resident work, on average, in your program?

On average, the anesthesia resident works between 60-65 hours per week.


What is your average resident case load?

Our residents will average approximately 500-525 cases per clinical year.


Does the UMKC Department of Anesthesiology consider applications from persons who are not citizens of the United States?

The Department considers applications from persons who are not citizens of the United States. Permanent Resident Status (“Green Card”) is preferred. J-1 (exchange) visas are considered if the applicant has a Social Security number. H-1B (temporary worker) visas are not accepted or sponsored. F-1 (practical training) visas are not accepted or sponsored. Graduation from a U.S. Medical School is a strong positive. Previous residency experience in a ACGME-accredited program is also considered a strong positive for such applications. Information about visas and green cards can be found at the ACGME website. Please follow our application procedure.

Who employs the residents?

All residents are employed by the University of Missouri – Kansas City and are under the academic authority of the Anesthesiology Program Director and the Dean of the School of Medicine.


Is the University of Missouri-Kansas City a complete university or an extension of the University of Missouri at Columbia?

UMKC is a complete and fully functioning university, but is also part of the Missouri higher educational system. UMKC has a complete undergraduate curriculum, plus graduate programs in almost every discipline and schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Law, Business, and Engineering.


Does the University of Missouri - Kansas City have a university-owned teaching hospital?

UMKC School of Medicine, like many universities in the country, does not own its own teaching hospital. UMKC partners with teaching hospitals in the local environment to provide the clinical and in some cases the resources for research for medical students, residents, and fellows. An example is Harvard University. UMKC is fortunate to have 5 extraordinary teaching hospitals that make up the UMKC teaching consortium. They include: 1) Saint Luke’s Hospital which is part of the Saint Luke’s Health System (11 hospital system), 2) Truman Medical Center, 3) Children’s Mercy Hospital, 4) Center for Behavioral Health, and 5) Kansas City VA Hospital. Each of these institutions is linked through affiliation agreements with the School of Medicine to provide educational instruction and faculty for the medical school. Each of these teaching hospitals is under the academic authority of the Dean of the School of Medicine. This 5 hospital teaching consortium provides some unique advantages for students and residents in that there is an increase in patient care experience and the number of faculty over a single hospital environment. Also, each of our teaching hospitals provides a diversity of cultures, patient types, IT and computer systems and patient care protocols that creates a very robust educational experience for our residents.


Are the Anesthesiology faculty, University or private practice faculty?

All of the faculty within the Department of Anesthesiology have unmodified academic appoints at the University and are under the educational authority of the Chairman of the Department and the Dean of the School of Medicine. Even though the faculty receive their compensation from a variety of sources, educationally they function within UMKC.