What kind of evaluation system do you use in your department to assess resident performance?

We use a variety of methods to assess core clinical and professional competency of our residents including:

  • Composite monthly rotation evaluations by the rotation directors, in person and written
  • Recently instituted daily evaluation process
  • Monthly mock oral exam for CA-3 residents
  • Mandatory annual ABA In-training examination
  • Resident participation in conference presentations
  • Resident / faculty mentoring program
  • Anesthesia Knowledge Test (AKT) 0, 1, 6 and 24 month exams
  • Quarterly evaluation performed by the Clinical Competence Committee with biannual written formal evaluations provided to both the ABA and the residents
  • Six month evaluations with program director


What is the performance of your residents on the ABA In-training exam and are all residents expected to take the examination

Residents are expected to take the ABA In-Training Examination annually, beginning with their first year (PGY-1)  On average our residents exceed 75th percentile in the nation in their growth and knowledge, as compared to their peers.  Their scores are part of our internal evaluation process.  Residents must achieve a minimum of 30% in order to be considered a resident in good standing.


How well have your residents performed on their oral examinations for the ABA?

Over the last six years, 2010-2016, our CA-3 residents have excelled on the ABA oral examination.  On average our residents have a 96% pass rate exceeding the 89% National Average.


Is there a minimum USMLE score for the UMKC Anesthesiology program?

When reviewing application, our selection committee will look first at applicants with scores of 210 and above and on first-try attempts for both Step 1 and Step 2.


Does Step 3 of the USMLE have to be completed prior to applying?
  • Step 1 must be complete and in your ERAS file before an interview will be granted.
  • Completing Step 2 is is not necessary to be offered an interview but should be completed as soon as possible to provide additional information for our selection committee.  No applicant will be placed on our MATCH rank list without providing a passing Step 2 score.
  • UMKC Policy requires a resident to success complete USMLE Step 3 prior to completion of the PGY-2 year however, our department requires successful completion of Step 3 prior to the engaging in CA-1 clinical activities so as not to interfere with the clinical and didactive learning experience in anesthesia.


Are there preliminary positions available?

We are a four-year categorical program and accept applicants at the PGY-1 (Clinical Base Year) year.


Where do most of your residents come from?

Most of our residents tend to come from the Midwest but we review applications from all across the country.  We believe in the diversity of our training program and encourage medical students from outside the region of Kansas City to apply to our program.


Do any of your residents end up in academic medicine?

Over the past several decades, approximately 10-12 percent of our residents have taken positions in academic medicine.  We believe this is consistent with the general experience of most training programs in the country.


What kind of library facilities do you have?

Each of the affiliated teaching hospitals has its own library. The hospital libraries are part of a private and public library consortium that extends to a 50-mile radius around Kansas City.  Scientific materials can be obtained digitally or though daily courier services from these various library sites.  Approximately 1 million titles are available, including the vast majority of journals.  In addition, the resident has access to the medical school library and the vast resources of the library system located on the main campus of the University

The residents also have their own newly renovated Academic Resource Center at Saint Luke’s Hospital which the department has committed resources to make the library complete with access to core text books and conference facilities all together.  Beginning November 2017, the majority of the core lecture series at Saint Luke’s Hospital will be conducted in the ARC.


How many hours does an anesthesia resident work, on average, in your program?

On average, the anesthesia resident works between 60-65 hours per week.


What is your average resident case load?

CA-1 year averages  1,525 procedures per year
CA-2 year averages 2,070 procedures per year
CA-3 year averages 1,180 procedures per year


Who employs the residents?

All residents are employed by the University of Missouri – Kansas City and are under the academic authority of the Anesthesiology Program Director and the Dean of the School of Medicine.


Who is the University of Missouri – Kansas City?

UMKC is a fully accredited, free standing University and is also a part of the University of Missouri system.  UMKC has a complete undergraduate curriculum as well as graduate programs in Nursing, Pharmacy, Law, Business and Engineering.


Does the University of Missouri - Kansas City have a university-owned teaching hospital?

UMKC School of Medicine, like many universities, does not own its own teaching hospital.  UMKC partners with teaching hospitals in the local environment to provide the clinical and in some cases the resources for research for medical students, residents, and fellows.  Harvard University School of Medicine has a similar arrangement.   UMKC is fortunate to have 5 extraordinary teaching hospitals that make up the UMKC teaching consortium. They include: 1) Saint Luke’s Hospital which is part of the Saint Luke’s Health System (11 hospital system), 2) Truman Medical Center, 3) Children’s Mercy Hospital, 4) Center for Behavioral Health, and 5) Kansas City VA Hospital. Each of these institutions is linked through affiliation agreements with the School of Medicine to provide educational instruction and faculty for the medical school. Each of these teaching hospitals is under the academic authority of the Dean of the School of Medicine. This 5 hospital teaching consortium provides unique advantages for students and residents as compared to a single hospital environment, in that there is an increase in patient care experience and in the number of faculty.


Who employs the Department of Anesthesiology Faculty?

Regardless of the clinical site, all faculty members within the Department have unmodified academic appointments at the University and are under the educational authority of the Chairman of the Department and the Dean of the School of Medicine. Faculty members receive their compensation through an arrangement with their specific clinical employment site.