Chief Residents Welcome

Chief Residents Welcome:

Welcome to the Anesthesiology Residency Program at UMKC! We’re excited to share all our program has to offer and why it is an excellent place to receive your training. At UMKC, our strengths include a strong and diverse clinical experience with high acuity cases, ample opportunity to refine clinical and procedural skills throughout residency, and progressive autonomy both in and out of the OR.

A unique aspect of our program is a split Clinical Base Year– seven months are spent with the Internal Medicine Department on general medicine, cardiology, pulm/crit, and nephrology rotations, and six months with the Anesthesiology Department on rotations including general OR, PICC team, regional anesthesia, pain management, and CVICU. Our residents greatly appreciate this because it allows them a head start into the world of anesthesiology before CA-1 year begins. During CA-1 to CA-3 years, UMKC residents participate in a full array of cases including complex cardiac cases (on and off-pump CABGs, VADs, TAVRs), transplants (heart, liver, kidney), robotic abdominal and thoracic surgeries, and high-risk labor and delivery. Throughout our four years, we rotate through St. Luke’s Hospital (where the majority of our clinical rotations occur), Children’s Mercy Hospital for pediatric anesthesiology, Truman Medical Center, and the VA, all of which are within a 20-minute drive of each other.

After completing an anesthesiology residency at UMKC, our residents are fully prepared to enter the next phase of their careers with confidence. About half of each class continues on to fellowship training and the other half into practice. If you are interested in completing a fellowship in anesthesiology, our residents have had great success matching into their chosen sub-specialty. Below are just a few of the programs our residents have matched into all over the country:

  • Cardiac Anesthesia: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, University of Washington, University of Florida, Texas A&M Baylor Scott & White, Maine Medical Center
  • Pediatric Anesthesia: UCLA Children’s, Barnes-Jewish at Wash U, University of Cincinnati
  • Pain Management: Cleveland Clinic, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Boston Children’s
  • Obstetric Anesthesia: Washington University
  • Critical Care Medicine: Cleveland Clinic, University of Nebraska
  • Combined Obstetric/Critical Care: Mayo Clinic
  • Combined Cardiac/Critical Care: University of Florida

To also touch on the location of our program, Kansas City is a great city to live in and explore outside of work. It offers a low cost of living, a great food scene, plenty of activities for families, sporting events (Go Chiefs!), museums, parks, and much more. We hope this information has been helpful in your search for the residency program that is the best fit for you! We would love to have you join us.

Thank you for your interest in our program, and best of luck in the Match!

Jessica Guerra, DO
Brian LeSage, DO
Chief Residents | Department of Anesthesiology
University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City