Internal Medicine Residency

Program Overview


The UMKC Internal Medicine Residency Program is dedicated to developing the full potential of each individual resident within the broad array of internal medicine. The UMKC Internal Medicine Residency is a university-based program that offers an extensive spectrum of clinical experiences.

The mission of the UMKC residency programs is to provide high quality patient care, education and training; prepare residents for Board Certification and the practice of Internal Medicine and its subspecialties; and instill within our residents optimal interpersonal skills, a commitment to their community, and to plant a seed for lifelong scholarship in generating, understanding, and disseminating new knowledge to improve the health of patients.

Full-time and community-based volunteer faculty mentor residents each day at two distinct Kansas City hospitals that have each been honored for their excellence in patient care.

Founded in 1882, stlukes08_200wSaint Luke’s Hospital is one of the region’s largest tertiary care hospitals. The hospital features 60 medical specialties, including Saint Luke’s world-renowned Mid America Heart Institute, Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, and Cancer Institute. With some of the nation’s leading subspecialists, we offer patients access to the latest lifesaving treatments. Saint Luke’s Hospital has a history of award winning quality care. We’re recognized by U.S. News & World Report and were one of the nation’s first hospitals to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Residents will work with some of the best internists and subspecialists in the region, providing care to a group of patients with diverse medical conditions.

tmchh08_200wTruman Medical Center-Hospital Hill is a not-for-profit two acute-care hospital health system in Kansas City. The TMC Health System includes TMC Hospital Hill, TMC Lakewood, TMC Behavioral Health, the Jackson County Health Department and a number of primary care practices throughout Eastern Jackson County. Recently named one of the nation’s top academic medical centers, alongside Mayo Clinic Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, TMC is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry and specializes in chronic disease management, orthopaedics, family medicine, women’s health, and trauma services. Residents are viewed as the patients’ doctors in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings.

The combination of these different, but equally stimulating environments allows each of our residents to develop their full potential as physicians, and supports the UMKC residency vision – to be a regional center of excellence where humanistic caregivers mentor and educate internal medicine residents to become outstanding professional physicians and community leaders.

Our faculty is known for teaching. Many medical schools and residency programs are heavily involved in research, while not focusing on teaching as the most important part of the mission.  The UMKC School of Medicine was founded with teaching as the primary driving factor for faculty.

We take our mission seriously and constantly look for new and more effective approaches to develop the clinical skills of our students, residents and fellows. In addition, the school has a long and unique history of close faculty-student and faculty-resident mentorship. These relationships provide residents with educational and career guidance throughout their years of residency training.

Our residency program is committed to providing high-quality clinical training in an atmosphere that promotes humanism and emphasizes collegiality and social responsibility. We view each of our residents as a unique individual and make every effort to provide a residency experience that is meaningful, productive, enjoyable, and challenging.

In turn, what we look for in a resident is a hard working individual who is seeking an excellent training experience, a person who loves to learn, is willing to dig in, do a good job and be professional in all they do. UMKC residents put their patients first.

Recent Recognition

Saint Luke’s Hospital

  • 2016 U.S. News & World Report: Annual lists of America’s Best Hospitals. In addition, seven specialty programs—Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Gynecology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, and Urology—were nationally ranked in the top 50. The hospital also ranked as high-performing in four specialty areas: Diabetes & Endocrinology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics.
  • 2013, 2014 Recognized among the top 10 large health systems in the nation for patient satisfaction, according to Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) ratings
  • 2016 Top 9 Healthcare Systems in the United States, Patient Communications Best Practices
  • 2014 Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Saint Luke’s Hospital for clinical excellence, quality care, and health awards by naming it to its list of “100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs”
  • 2016 Achieved Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
  • 2014 Achieved Advanced Certification in Heart Failure by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association
  • 2016 American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence
  • 2013 Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety™

Truman Medical Centers

  • University Health System Consortium – top five quality teaching hospitals in the nation
  • 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model Award of Excellence
  • HIMSS Stage 7 designation for inpatient/outpatient EMR, placing TMC in the top 2 percent of hospitals nation-wide
  • 2011-2016 Hospitals and Health Networks ‘Most Wired’ award