Where did you grow up? I grew up just down Highway 40 in Blue Springs, MO before moving to western Kansas when I was 12. After graduating high school, I came back to the Kansas City area and did my undergraduate degree at Johnson County Community College and KU.
What are your goals and interests? I want to help my patients live long and healthy lives by acting as their health coordinator. I also want to do a mix of acute/urgent care and managing chronic conditions. I am also interested in Sports Medicine and applying Osteopathic techniques in my practice. I also love procedures.
Best day as a doctor? My best day as a doctor so far came the first day I stepped on the floor for rounds as a 3rd year medical student. I was on internal medicine for my first rotation at one of the largest hospitals in Iowa. My attending handed me a list of patients and said, “Here you go, see a couple of them and we’ll meet up later.” Needless to say, I was a little nervous being thrown into the fire, but I was also really pumped about getting to finally apply everything I was learning and to see things in real life, not just in textbooks.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I chose UMKC for residency because I loved the family atmosphere and camaraderie that the Family Medicine program fosters. Everyone is willing to help out and shoulder the load of work in residency here, and I am glad to be able to chip in. I also love Kansas City and am excited to be returning home after four long years of medical school in Iowa!
Misty Bowen, DO
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa most of my life
What are your goals and interests? My interests are primary care with an emphasis on obstetrics. I hope to obtain a Surgical Obstetrics fellowship position after residency.
Best day as a doctor? Delivering a baby by myself for the first time. It was the most amazing and awe-inspiring feeling. I have come to learn that I feel like this every time I have a delivery which is why I love this aspect of family medicine so much.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? UMKC has, in my opinion, one of the best family medicine OB programs in the country. I love that they are an unopposed residency and it really feels like home there. There is also a wide variety of fellowship positions available after residency.
Kristen Duncan, MD
Where did you grow up? Emporia, KS
What are your goals and interests? My goal is to become an excellent family physician that is able to practice in a wide variety of settings. I intend to complete a Sports Medicine fellowship and work with athletes as well as focus on lifestyle medicine. My interests include family, music, and good cinema. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Blake. We like to go to Sporting KC matches and Chiefs games. I also love to watch all sports but my favorite is soccer! I am a huge Real Madrid as well as Arsenal fan.
Best day as a doctor? Every day I get to practice medicine is a great day!
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I chose UMKC because I felt very welcomed by the staff and residents and liked what the program had to offer as far as a thorough education in the full scope of family medicine. I knew I wanted to stay close to home and felt it was the best program in the area that fit my interests.
Chris Gifford, DO
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Wichita, Ks and attended Goddard High School in Goddard, Ks. I then went to Butler Community College and Tabor College to complete my bachelors degree in Christian Ministry and then went to Wichita State University to complete my premedical studies before attending Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences for medical school. I am married to Ashley and have two children Micah, 7 and Micaja, 6.
What are your goals and interests? I am interested in international medicine. I hope to practice medicine somewhere in the developing world, likely Africa. This means that I want to know and be as good at everything as I can be.
Best day as a doctor? My best days as a doctor are those days when I can look back over the day and know that I have been able to really help someone achieve a healthier way of life.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I chose UMKC for the quality of the leadership and residents that I met during my interview. I believe it can provide the full-scope family practice experience that will enable me to accomplish all of my goals.
G. Houseman, DO, MPH
Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Pace, Florida (a very small town near Pensacola) and later moved to Atlanta, Georgia before my freshman year of high school. I completed my undergraduate degree in Atlanta while attending Georgia Tech, and later moved to Augusta, GA to earn my MPH. I moved to the Midwest for medical school, which will be my home for many years to come.
What are your goals and interests? Professionally, my goal for the next few years is to become the most well-rounded and competent physician that I can be. I plan to practice the full scope of family medicine (seeing patients in the clinic, following them when admitted into the hospital, and performing deliveries). I have a special interest in preventative medicine, and love working with adolescents. I feel that this is the prime age to educate patients, and to instill healthy habits and lifestyles. My personal goals are to have a family of my own one day, and to complete a triathlon. In my free time I enjoy swimming, being outside in the sun, listening to live music, and spending time with family and friends.
Best day as a doctor? I have had so many memorable experiences during medical school that it is hard to narrow down which day was the best. Every day that I have the opportunity to interact with patients is wonderful, but some of my favorite moments include: my first delivery, the first time I sutured without any supervision (chin laceration), when I found a basal cell carcinoma on a routine exam, when I found and isolated scabies under a microscope, my first diagnosis (lung cancer), and when I made the decision to become a family physician and later matched to UMKC.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I chose UMKC because it had everything I was looking for in a Family Medicine program. It was an unopposed program in a community hospital setting, which I feel better prepares physicians to practice the full scope of medicine. The program is also dually accredited (AOA/ACGME), which creates the opportunity to become more proficient with OMM in all clinical settings (clinic, hospital, and labor/delivery floor). The program is innovative, constantly improving from direct resident feedback, and provides exceptional training. Most importantly, while rotating with the program as a 4th year medical student, I felt at home with the residents, faculty, and staff. Everyone is supportive, which creates a positive learning environment for the next 3 years of training.
James Kirkpatrick, MD, PhD
Saint Louis University
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Imperial, MO, which is a town about 30 minutes south of St. Louis.
What are your goals and interests? I hope to be the best doctor I can be for my patients and still enjoy my family and friends.
Best day as a doctor? My best day so far would be the first time I knew what to do with a patient without missing anything. I saw the patient, made an assessment of what was going on, and knew how to treat them. It was a great feeling and really let me know that all my studying was paying off.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? UMKC was my choice because of the great people and surrounding community. It was also important to me to go to a program where I would have the freedom to guide my own training.
Christine Luke, DO
Where did you grow up? I grew up in St. Louis, MO.
What are your goals and interests? My goals are to keep learning day in and day out and to continually dedicate myself to being the biggest advocate for my patients. I am interested in continuing to hone my osteopathic manipulation skills so that I can treat my patients holistically and help their bodies heal themselves. I am also interested in working with athletes in sports medicine to help improve their performance quality and extend their years of involvement.
Best day as a doctor? My best day as a doctor was on one of my family medicine rotations when a patient who had been struggling to control his HgbA1C for several years came in to review his blood tests and his HgbA1C was decreased to a healthy level. I asked the patient what he had done differently and he simply said, “I stopped drinking, started eating right, and started exercising.” It was on that day that I realized that you really can make a difference in your patients’ lives, that if you take the time to develop a nurturing relationship with them, that you really are able to improve their quality of life!
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I chose UMKC for residency because I felt so comfortable here as a student. The residents and doctors were all very willing to help me learn and take care of patients. I also liked the organized education sessions every day at lunch because then you are guaranteed to learn at least one new thing every day!
Caitlyn Nguyen, MD
University of Kansas
Where did you grow up? My family and I immigrated to the U.S. in 1993 and I grew up in a small town called Liberal, KS.
What are your goals and interests? My hope is to receive training that would allow me to be a competent physician in a rural setting. My interests include DIY crafts/projects, college basketball (RCJH!), and playing tennis.
Best day as a doctor? Best day as a doctor is seeing a smile on a patient’s face at the end of the day knowing that I, perhaps, impacted his/her day in some small way.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I was really impressed with UMKC’s commitment to service, not only within the residency with servant leadership but also to the community servicing those in need, and I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of. Location was also important to me. I wanted to have support from my family through residency so choosing to stay in Kansas City to be close to them was an easy decision. Along with all the great things this program has to offer, I found the residents and staff to be genuine and will go out of their way to help when needed.
Cory Offut, MD
University of Missouri Columbia
Where did you grow up? Lebanon, MO
What are your goals and interests? I take things one step at a time. Right now, my goal is to excel in my residency program. I have specialized interests in women's health, obstetrics and pediatrics.
Best day as a doctor? The first time I delivered a baby on my own at the end of my first year of medical school.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I have lived in Missouri the majority of my life, and the pediatrics and obstetrics in the Family Medicine program are amazing and ranked among the highest in the country.
Laura Peterson, MD
University of Nebraska
Where did you grow up? Born in Omaha, grew up in Lincoln, NE. High school and college in Lincoln. Medical School at UNMC in Omaha.
What are your goals and interests? Goals: To learn how to become the best doctor I can be. And to find a man, get married, kids???
Best day as a doctor? I had a S/P pancreatic transplant admitted for long periods of time. I brought her nail polish one day to cheer her up and it really cheered her up and created a closer bond.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I hand an instinctive feeling for this residency when I first talked to Dr. Shaffer in early 2012. There's a lot of opportunity at this facility for FM residents. I also LOVE Kansas City!
James Smith, DO, MBA
Where did you grow up? I grew up on a farm in a small southeastern town called Shelley in the state of Idaho.
What are your goals and interests? Ultimately to practice rural medicine in my own practice or practice group, have acreage, and raise my family. I love spending time outdoors (hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking) and look forward to the time when I can resume more of such activities. Family is my number one interest and my driving force.
Best day as a doctor? Delivering a baby for the first time myself. I was absolutely terrified and excited at the same time. It is such a special moment to be a part of.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? UMKC offers a family centric environment with the full scope of training I sought.
Shawn Wadsworth, DO, MA
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Overland Park, Kansas.
What are your goals and interests? My goals are to become a well-rounded and competent family physician. I am interested in OMT and Geriatrics.
Best day as a doctor? As a third year medical student I saw a 15 year old patient suffering from migraines every day for the past 5 months. The migraines had been resistant to pharmacologic management. I evaluated the patient and found that she had TMJ and I was able to use OMT techniques to give her pain relief. She was surprised to have the pain disappear after about 5 minutes of treatment. I then taught her how to perform the treatment on herself. When I saw her for a follow up 4 weeks later her migraines had been reduced to one per week. When they occurred she would perform the OMT techniques I taught her and her migraine would fade away after 5-10 min.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I rotated in Family Medicine at TMC-LW and was impressed by the education and the residents. From day one the residents treated me as an equal and were willing to teach at all times. I found that all the residents were extremely personable, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, humble, and easy going. Personality wise I felt I fit in with all the residents here. On an educational level the residents were all very knowledgeable and happy with their program. The residency is unopposed allowing for ample teaching opportunities, which was very desirable for me. This program made me feel at home at all times.
Doyle Witt, MD
Saint Louis University
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Springfield, MO
What are your goals and interests? I am married, have a dog, and am learning to play banjo. I love to play sports, cook and enjoy the outdoors.
Career: Interested in community service and geriatrics.
Best day as a doctor? Everyday is great! I am constantly learning new things, techniques and interacting with great patients. I love helping people whenever they need help.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I loved the service leadership mentality preached by Dr. Shaffer. The connectivity of Lakewood, resident chemistry and support staff were also amazing factors that made UMKC Lakewood an easy choice. Plus, three of my siblings live in KC.