Program Director Welcome

Program Director Welcome:


Michael DuncanThe Residency Program in Anesthesiology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine prepares physicians-in-training to become successful perioperative physicians through a combination of didactic education, clinical rotations in all major subspecialties of anesthesiology, and academic research.  Our graduates find themselves well-prepared to embark on successful careers in the newly developing models of patient care, both in private and academic medicine. Many successfully pursue fellowships at top tier anesthesiology training programs nationwide after completing residency with us – Barnes/Jewish at Washington University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles/USC, University of Florida, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington, among others recently.

Our residents receive training in three teaching hospitals: St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City (SLH), Children’s Mercy Kansas City, and Truman Medical Center. Each of these hospitals offers varied clinical exposure to practice in both private and academic settings, whether with a dedicated group of pediatric anesthesiologists, training in Critical Care by intensivist anesthesiologists, or gaining exposure to trauma in one of the highest acuity trauma centers in Kansas City, for example. Together, all three sites provide our residents with tremendous clinical training in cardiovascular anesthesia, neurosurgical anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, critical care medicine, trauma, regional, pain management, and obstetric care. In addition, more than half of our faculty are fellowship trained in subspecialties including cardiothoracic anesthesiology, pain management, pediatric anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and regional anesthesiology.

Our program is dedicated to continual programmatic improvement based on resident feedback and input from faculty who have trained throughout the United States. For our integrated internship year, now known by the ACGME as the Fundamental Clinical Skills in Medicine year, we have designed rotations that provide exposure to perioperative medicine, pain management, Preoperative Assessment and Enhancement Clinic, Echo Lab and ultrasound guided PICC line clinic, in addition to rotations in Emergency Medicine, Cardiovascular ICU and OR Anesthesia. Residents participate in simulation training throughout the year as well as specialized workshops in ultrasound guided regional anesthesia and advanced airway management. Our expansive presence in the Mid America Heart Institute of SLH allows residents to gain proficiency in TEE and qualify them for the Basic PTE Certification Exam by the end of their residency. Residents also have the opportunities to be involved in basic science and clinical research and they are supported in opportunities to present research and/or presentations.

The future of anesthesiology is exciting and will involve expanding opportunities for patient care, professional growth, and leadership, all in an effort to enhance perioperative patient care. We aim to train our residents beyond mastery of the intra-operative phase of care, to become perioperative physicians. Come see for yourselves what we have here in the Heartland of America!

With warm regards,

Michael Duncan, M.D.
Program Director