Emily A. Hillman, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Medical Director Simulation - UMKC Clinical Training Facility, Assistant Program Director, Student Clerkship Director
Department(s) of Emergency Medicine
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
Education and Background

M.D. - University of Missouri - Kansas CIty
Residency - Emergency Medicine - University of Missouri - Kansas City / Truman Medical Center
ABEM Diplomate - 2012

Meet Emily Hillman
What do enjoy doing outside of your busy schedule as a physician, teacher and researcher?

I’ve always been into physical fitness. I have three little girls now who are age three and under. That in itself is a workout that I had no idea was so intense, but I love spending time with my girls and my husband.

How did you stay physically fit before children?

I used to be a fitness competitor and a body builder. One time, I won the award for “best pose.” I also am a past winner of the Miss Kansas Body Builder competition. Since I’ve had children, I’ve gotten out of competition, but I still enjoy being fit.

Do you have other hobbies?

My husband and I like to go to the movies. I’m into 80’s movies – “Dirty Dancing” is my favorite. I don’t know what it is about that movie, but I’ve watched it a lot. We also love music and going to concerts. We’ve seen Pink, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Madonna and Lady Gaga. Beach vacations are another favorite activity, and we’ve enjoyed trips to Jamaica, Barbados and Mexico. We also have visited Paris, Italy and Germany and were actually in Germany during the October Festival. That was fun.


I was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. I am a graduate of the UMKC 6-year combined BA/MD program. I did my residency training at UMKC/Truman Medical center and graduated in 2011. I worked for a year in community emergency medicine and I enjoyed the experience but I missed being at an academic center. I realized how much I enjoyed resident and medical student education. I became a full time faculty member with our residency program in the summer of 2012.

I am currently the assistant program director and student clerkship director. I am actively involved with our student interest group. I enjoy simulation education and I am presently involved with simulation research. I enjoy spending time with my husband, our daughter, and our 2 cocker spaniels.

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Emergency Medicine

Research Focus

Education Research

Taking simulation activities into scholarship learning, Hillman’s research explores the best ways to teach and assess learners in clinical, classroom and simulation settings.

Research Summary

Emergency Department iPads for the EM clerkship- assessing whether implementation and use improved NBME exam performance. Working on data analysis.

Mixed methods study assessing paramedic-physician hand off communication. Working on qualitative data analysis.

Assessment of pain med prescribing habits of ED providers. Working on abstract revision.

Survey on high school students regarding their participation in a summer simulation educational experience. Working on abstract/manuscript.