Emergency Medicine


Welcome to the Truman Medical Center / UMKC School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine. Big news in the last year includes adding two new faculty members, one fellowship trained in Ultrasound and the other in EMS; successful implementation of our most recent throughput improvement project which allowed us to add two more advanced-practice providers to bring our complement to four; and the publication of the most peer-reviewed papers we have ever done in a given year!

Truman Medical Center (TMC) is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri at Kansas City, School of Medicine.  TMC is a Missouri State designated Level I Trauma Center and the only hospital in downtown Kansas City, MO.  The Emergency Department has about 62,000 adult patient visits per year.  The residency has 11 residents per year in a 1, 2, 3 format.  The ED has 48 exam rooms including 3 trauma rooms and a 7-bed urgent care area staffed by nurse practitioners.  Radiology is in the ED and includes a 128 slice CT scanner.

As any academic medical center, TMC has multiple missions.  Our primary focus is on providing excellent patient care.  We have faculty physician double coverage 16 hours a day, seven days a week, and now several days with 24/7 faculty double coverage.  We have many patients with complex medical and social problems.  To help better serve them, we have 16 hours a day of social services coverage and a case manager who is available for several specific patient populations.  In addition we have 24/7 access to behavioral health crisis staff who help us with our psychiatric patients.  We also have a full time PharmD in the department who helps us with a variety of issues.

Because our emergency medicine residents are integral to helping us provide excellent care, we focus on clinical (bedside) teaching while at the same time having a very strong didactic program.  This year we are implementing a “teaching resident” shift three days a week. The teaching resident is responsible for checking out medical students and more junior residents, and taking time to focus on bedside teaching.

Faculty and residents are involved in several areas of research. The department has been a member of the Emergency ID Net group for well over a decade and performs numerous studies for that group.  We are in the midst of a CDC-sponsored influenza testing study and are embarking on an ACEP-sponsored smoking in trauma patients study. In addition, the department has developed some expertise in educationally related research, especially involving communications and interpersonal skills.  Others in the department have been involved in EMS-related research for years.

Of course, this is just a brief introduction to the department and you will learn more as you explore the site.

One particular area you may find interesting is the link to our updated Emergency Department Strategic Plan – 2015.  We have spent much time and energy planning for the future, and I am sure that we will continue to better our department in every way.


Matt Gratton, M.D., FAAEM
Professor and Chair
Truman Medical Center and UMKC School of Medicine