Emergency Medicine


Welcome to the Truman Medical Center / UMKC School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine. Big news this year is the expansion of the residency program to 11 residents per year (from 10) starting with this incoming class of PGY 1 residents. Additionally, we are about to begin a “Throughput Improvement Project” and for this we are expanding from 2 to 4 mid-level providers and by one physician in the next few months.

Truman Medical Center (TMC) is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri at Kansas City, School of Medicine. TMC Hospital Hill campus is a Missouri State designated Level I Trauma Center and the only hospital in downtown Kansas City, MO. The Emergency Department has about 67,000 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, 7 days a week. 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. In addition to traditional lectures, we provide on-line learning opportunities, simulation and the ever popular cadaver lab (for less frequently performed procedures.)

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. The ED just completed a 5-year, NIH sponsored study of MRSA and is in the midst of a CDC sponsored influenza testing study. We 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 – 2013. 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