Emergency Medicine

Residency: Welcome


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Welcome to the Truman Medical Center (TMC)/University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency where our motto is “Ex traditione, exellentia”, Latin for “from tradition, excellence”. Established in 1973, we are very proud to have one of the oldest EM residency programs in the country. To quote one of our former residents, UMKC has a “balance of distinguished heritage and young, energetic leadership.” We are pleased to have ongoing accreditation for our program with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The mission of our residency program is to cultivate compassionate and competent emergency medicine specialists through a comprehensive training program that emphasizes the development of strong clinical skills, teamwork, and a broad knowledge base with an emphasis on evidence- based medicine. With a high volume Level 1 Trauma center as our primary teaching site, that mission is accomplished as our residents gain exposure to a diverse patient population with a wide range of acuity and pathology. Our residents also gain outstanding pediatric experience at nationally renowned Children’s Mercy Hospital. In short, we feel our residents are prepared to work and excel in any setting post-graduation; from high-volume trauma centers, to academics, to community or rural practice.

One of our programs greatest strengths is its people; both faculty and residents. We attract residents who are bright, energetic, and highly committed yet also manage to maintain a friendly, laid back “Midwest” vibe. Our residents come from all regions and backgrounds to become a cohesive, tight-knit group who truly enjoy each other’s company, both at work and at play. The same can be said of our faculty, who are known for their approachability and enthusiasm for teaching.

Faculty dedication to leadership and resident education, both at the bedside and during weekly didactics, is a huge strength of our program. Many of our faculty hold leadership roles both locally and nationally including a past-president of ABEM, the current Chief Medical Officer for TMC, and two Deans in the UMKC School of Medicine. We have multiple fellowship-trained faculty members, including the fields of Toxicology, Ultrasound, EMS, and International Medicine. Our department is also fortunate to have a dedicated Pharm D, PhD Research Director, and three Research Coordinators.

Another unique feature of our program is the amount of resident input placed into the curriculum and program. We meet with residents frequently (at least bi-monthly) to facilitate continuous improvement of all aspects of the resident experience. Residents are members on both departmental and hospital committees. We value the feedback that our residents provide regarding their education and often adapt our curriculum and rotations based on their feedback. We also feel that a resident can’t improve without knowing what to work on; therefore, we are committed to providing frequent and meaningful feedback.

The UMKC School of Medicine requires senior medical students to rotate in our Emergency Department which fosters our residents as teachers. In addition, our residents also serve as ACLS instructors for all specialty residents, house staff and the medical students at UMKC. Our residents will have an ongoing opportunity to participate both as teachers and learners in conjunction with the School of Medicine’s EMS Training Program. We are frequently able to utilize UMKC’s state-of-the-art simulation center for both resident and student education, so our residents become quite adept with the use of simulation as well.

I fell in love with the UMKC program when I rotated here as a medical student, was fortunate to train here as a resident, and am now very honored to be the residency program director. We have a fantastic leadership team that is highly invested in the program and enthusiastic about teaching and mentoring residents.

Kansas City is also an amazing place to live; many say it is a big city with a small-town feel. I like to think that our residency program is similar; we work at a high-volume urban trauma center, yet we also foster an atmosphere of community and approachability that the Midwest is known for.

I am very proud of what our program has accomplished and look forward to our continued growth. We would love for you to come check us out!

Amy Stubbs M.D.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine Program Director

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