Emergency Medicine

FAQs


How do I apply?
Our residency program uses the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system for residency applications. See the AAMC handout on ERAS for more information or contact your medical school’s dean’s office for information about ERAS.
Can I get an interview?
Interviews are by invitation and generally conducted from early November through the end of January.
How do I get an interview?
Your application, USMLE scores, Dean’s letter, letters of reference, and your medical school transcript must be submitted via ERAS before a decision regarding an interview can be made. We use Interview Broker for invitations and scheduling.
What happens on interview day?
On your interview day you will tour our facility and CMH, have interviews with faculty and residents, eat lunch with several residents, and have the opportunity to talk with emergency medicine residents and faculty/staff. You will be interviewed by the Program Director, either the Associate or Assistant Program Director, an additional faculty member, and one of our Chief Residents. You are encouraged to meet some of our current residents at dinner the night before.
Is the program accredited?
Yes, the program has been fully accredited since emergency medicine residency programs were first reviewed and accredited. We recently completed a scheduled site survey by the Residency Review Committee (RRC-EM) and expect to receive full reaccreditation. Our last was in 2005 and we received full 8-year reaccreditation at that time (as part of a pilot program of top EM programs as opposed to the “gold standard” of 5-year accreditation).
How old is the residency?
The residency program started in 1973. The first class graduated in 1975.
Do you give preference to applicants from your own medical school?
No.
Do you give preference to applicants from a certain geographical area?
No.
Do you take applicants outside the Match?
No. You must apply through ERAS.
Should I do an externship at your hospital to improve my chances of matching?
This is not necessary. We are able to accommodate a limited number of externs each year, so it’s certainly not required to do an externship here in order to match here. However, we do encourage you to consider an externship if you’d like to get more familiar with the program.
May I drop by your ED for an unscheduled tour?
No.
May I speak to the Residency Director over the phone about my file?
No, only during your scheduled interview.
Should I e-mail the residency director to inquire about my application?
That is not necessary. You may do so; however our ability to reply promptly during application season is challenged by the number of inquiries received.
Do you accept foreign medical graduates?
All applications submitted through ERAS are reviewed, UMKC as an institution is only able to sponsor J-1 Visas.
Do you accept applicants who have had postgraduate training?
Yes. All applicants must submit applications through ERAS and will be considered with the entire applicant pool. We do not accept applicants outside of the Match.
Where do your residents go when they graduate?
About 10% of our graduates stay in academics; either in teaching positions, through fellowships, or both. The remainder enters clinical practice. Among our graduates are editors of major journals, residency directors, chairpersons, and medical school deans.
What are the resident benefits?
Please see the current resident benefits page.
What rotations do the residents do?
Please see the curriculum page.