Training Hospitals

Saint Luke’s Health System

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City (west view)

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Founded in 1882, Saint Luke’s Hospital is one of the region’s largest tertiary care hospitals. The hospital features 65 medical specialties, including the world-renowned Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, and Cancer Institute. With some of the nation’s leading specialists, the hospital offers patients access to the latest lifesaving treatments.

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City (east view)
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City (east view)

Other specialties provided include outpatient rehabilitation services, transplantation (heart, liver, kidney), high-risk maternity care with a Level IIIb NICU, Level I Trauma Center, kidney dialysis, and the Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer, which is unique to the region.

Nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Saint Luke’s Hospital is one of Kansas City’s leading research and academic medical institutions, serving as a primary teaching hospital for both UMKC and  Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences.

With some of the nation’s leading subspecialists, Saint Luke’s offers patients access to the latest lifesaving treatments. It has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and was 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 and complex medical conditions.

Recognitions: Saint Luke's Hospital
  • 2020 Listing as Top 15 Health System by IMB WatsonHealth
  • 2018, 2019, & 2020 recognition among Becker’s Healthcare 100 Great Hospitals 
  • 2018 U.S. News & World Report: Annual lists of America’s Best Hospitals. In addition, three specialty programs—Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gynecology, Neurology and Neurosurgery—were nationally ranked in the top 50. The hospital also ranked as high-performing in six specialty areas: Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Orthopedics, and Pulmonology.
  • 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Five-Star Quality Rating
  • 2018 Healthcare Equality Index: Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality
  • 2018 American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence
  • 2018 Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™
  • 2017 Achieved Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification by The Joint Commission (one of 3 hospitals in the US)
  • 2017 Achieved Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission
  • 2016 Top 9 Healthcare Systems in the United States, Patient Communications Best Practices by Health Finance Management Association
  • 2014 Achieved Advanced Certification in Heart Failure by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association

University Health Truman Medical Center

University Health Truman Medical Center

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University Health Truman Medical Center is an academic medical center providing quality healthcare to the Kansas City community and beyond, for those with the very best insurance and those with no insurance at all.

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University Health

University Health Truman Medical Center’s physicians, in affiliation with UMKC, teach the doctors of the future. With two acute care hospitals (one in the UMKC Health Sciences District just south of Downtown and a second location in Southeast Kansas City near Lee’s Summit), Kansas City’s largest behavioral health program, University Health – downtown’s only freestanding specialist and surgery center – and a Women’s and Primary Health location under construction, TMC provides care from birth through senior years.

University Health Truman Medical Center also has the only American College of Surgeons Verified Level 1 Trauma Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Our trauma team sees it all and saves lives every day. Those who have a serious fall or are involved in a car accident say “Take me to Truman for Trauma” to get the best possible care.

University Health Truman Medical Center is known for having the Brightest Minds and Biggest Hearts in Kansas City. It’s where academic experts and compassionate care come together.

Recognitions: University Health Truman Medical Center
  • 2018 Health KC Certified Platinum for Workplace Wellness
  • Gold Seal Certification for Total Joint Replacement – Knees and Hips.
  • HIMSS Stage 7 designation for inpatient/outpatient EMR, placing TMC in the top 2 percent of hospitals nation-wide
  • 2011-2018 Hospitals and Health Networks ‘Most Wired’ award.



Our residents split time between our two hospitals. Across their residency, many of their general inpatient rotations are at University Health Truman Medical Center. Here’s what a typical day looks like for our first-year residents on the general medicine  inpatient service:

6:30-7 a.m. Medicine teams meet at our resident workspace. Sign out occurs between the night team and day medicine teams. This face-to-face communication provides an opportunity to ask questions to the overnight team and communicate critical information that may have developed overnight.
7 a.m.–9 a.m. Teams pre-round on their patients, develop plans to be presented on rounds, and anticipate who may discharge that day.
*8:45 a.m. – 9 a.m. Residents at University Health Truman Medical Center participate in multidisciplinary rounds with their team’s specific social worker and case management in order to facilitate safe and effective discharges.
9 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Attending-facilitated teaching rounds.
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Resident Report: A senior resident presents a prior case designed to teach clinical reasoning, physical diagnosis, and management principles in an interactive format.
12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. Noon Conference: The bulk of these conferences are comprised of Internal Medicine and subspecialty faculty teaching core concepts pertaining to a given specialty or medical condition. Other conferences held during this time frame include monthly Journal Club, Patient Safety Conference, Morbidity & Mortality, and Chiefs’ Conferences.
1 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Medicine teams continue to work on patient care management and accept new admissions to their team.
4:15 – 5 p.m. Non-call teams* perform a face-to-face sign out to the short call team. Inpatient teams alternate short call coverage every fourth day of service. Short call means the team stays until 7 p.m., cross-covers the other teams, and takes admissions until handoff to the Night Float team at 7 p.m.


Procedure Training and Simulation



UMKC’s School of Medicine has been providing simulation-based education to health professions students, residents in training, and faculty for over 12 years. As an Internal Medicine Program, we utilize the state of the art Clinical Training Facility (CTF) and Youngblood Medical Skills Laboratory as a site for simulation, procedure training, and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) education.

The CTF offers Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training programs through the UMKC Emergency Medical Services program as well as a Mastery Learning program in Central Line Training facilitated by UMKC faculty. Additionally,  our residents obtain training in lumbar puncture, thoracentesis, paracentesis, arterial lines, and venous line placement.

Recently, the program has launched ultrasound courses for residents. Residents get hands-on training in diagnostic cardiac, thoracic, and abdominal ultrasound.

Residents – PGY 1

PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1 | Preliminary


Khalid Abdalla, M.D.

Medical school: Gulf Medical University

Dr. Khalid AbdallaBio: I was born in Perth, Australia and grew up in Abu Dhabi, where I attended medical school. I am interested in cardiology and hematology/oncology, and I intend to practice in an academic setting after graduating.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? The program at UMKC is well-balanced in terms of clinical training and research. I love the barbeque in KC!
What are your interests? Music, photography, cooking.
Where do you live? Plaza
Mohamed Ahmed, M.D, M.Sc.

Medical School: Alexandria University

Dr. Mohammad AhmedBio: I was raised in Dubai, and then I went back to my hometown Alexandria to finish medical school. My goal is to be a gastroenterologist
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC because it has the perfect balance between education opportunities and autonomy besides Kansas City is the ideal place for a small family like mine to live.
What are your interests? I love soccer and jogging.
Where do you live? Overland park
Ameer Al-Ghalailat, M.D.

Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology

Dr. Ameer Al-GhalailaBio: I was Born and raised in Jordan, in the country side of the small city of Madaba where I did my High school education, I perused medicine after in JUST university were I spent 10 years during which got my degree and did 2 years of residency in KOUH hospital. I moved to the US in 2020. My career goal is to be an intensivist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC as for its warm friendly environment and as I got family in it. What I love most about Kansas City the architecture of its buildings.
What are your interests? Music, Oud Instrument playing
Where do you live? Jackson County
Sara Brigham, D.O.

Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Dr. Sara BrighamBio: Born and raised in KC, excited to stay and complete my residency training at home. My career goal is to be an Oncologist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC because of the diverse clinical opportunities and the kindness the residents and faculty showed me during my interview day. KC is a fantastic place to live, it has everything you want (including professional sports) without the traffic or hassle of a larger city.
What are your interests? Reading, Chihuahuas and Spicy Food.
Where do you live? Overland Park, KS
Reuben De Almeida, M.Sc., M.D.

Medical school: Saba University School of Medicine

Dr. Reuben De AlmeidaBio: I’m a Canadian from Toronto and went to a surreal carribean medical school. I’m keeping an open mind, but so far leaning towards hospitalist vs endocrinology.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC was one of the best interviews I had, with engaging attendings and happy/supportive resident and work culture. Ultimately I ranked it first because of Kansas City, it’s a mid-western hidden gem, not too big, not too small, barely any traffic, and relatively low crime, and lots of fun stuff to do.
What are your interests? I love to garden and cook, specializing in spiced bbq chicken. If it wasn’t for covid-19 I’d be bringing food for the staff on a regular basis 
Where do you live? I live in Rockhill, equidistant from Truman Hospital and St. Lukes (8mins drives each way). It’s a great area with cheaper rents, nestled between two large green parks, and the Nelson Atkins Museum is very close by. Just a 5mins drive to the popular KC Plaza area.
Kristen Eckert, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Dr. Kristen EckertBio: I’m from Springfield, MO, I moved to Kansas City for the BA/MD program at UMKC. I especially enjoy inpatient medicine and plan on becoming a hospitalist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I had a great experience as a student here and decided to stay. Kansas City has good food, coffee shops, and everyone loves our sports teams.
What are your interests? Travel, new restaurants, and fishing
Where do you live? Brookside
Ahmed Elballat, M.D.

Medical School: Tanta University, School of Medicine

Dr. Ahmed ElballatBio: I was born and raised in Tanta, Egypt, where I finished medical school. I was a part of an international federation of medical students that has broadened my perspectives significantly. I traveled and experienced medical practice in a few places other than Egypt such as Hungary, Spain, and Qatar before I finally settle in the USA. I graduated with a passion for cardiology and electrophysiology in particular, which remains to be my career goal after internal medicine residency.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC and Kansas City satisfied at least the minimum of what I was seeking in a training program and a place to live in. It is the balance between clinical activities, teaching, research, friendly staff, work-life balance, and the good boost toward a cardiology fellowship. Kansas City is a family-friendly place that doesn’t get on your nerves and let you do your own things at your own pace.
What are your interests? I love swimming, water sports, Table tennis, and traveling. I fathom the sacredness of our roof-top garden family nights with my parents and big family. I appreciate family time and running with Maryam -my wife- after my little girl Khadeeja. Something else I’m missing would be enjoying a good book on the beach with a beloved company.
Where do you live? Overland Park. I don’t know much about the different residential areas of the city yet. But despite being a bit far from work, I found peace of mind here. A friendly community, quiet, safe, and family-inclined neighborhood.
Marwa Elsayed, M.D.

Medical School: Cairo University

Dr. Marwa ElsayedBio: My life is full of multicultural experience; I was born and raised in KSA, moved with my family to Qatar after graduating from my Medical school at Egypt, and currently I am a resident of Kansas City. Since Breast cancer is a common disease run in my family, my ultimate goal is to be an Oncologist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City I fell in love with UMKC after attending their residents’ reports. It was a mix of teaching and having fun at the same time, and on top of that, the diversity of pathology between TMC and St. Luke’s hospital is very unique.
What are your interests? I am a mother for 3 amazing boys, so my kids’ future and well-being is always a priority, and medium-sized Kansas City is the perfect place for a family who are raising kids since it provides the environment and facilities of a big city while keeping the suburban lifestyle intact. Because I am a person who likes deep thinking and analysis, I love solving puzzle games, especially Sudoku, and as a mother of three charming boys, I enjoy solving Sudoku with them. After spending time training our brains in Sudoku, we treat ourselves through pleasure while cooking ice cream waffles.
Christina Gomez, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine

Dr. Christina GomezBio: I was born in Springfield, MO where I grew up until moving to Bloomington, Illinois. I went to Loyola Marymount University in LA for undergrad before transferring into the UMKC BA/MD program. I plan on spending my intern year deciding which fellowship to pursue.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? Kansas City is an up and coming city with great BBQ, food, and sports. The cardiology, gastroenterology, and critical care excited me most about the program.
What are your interests? I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. In my spare time, I like to check out new restaurants, cook, and try different workout classes in the area. I love being a part of the Chief’s kingdom.
Where do you live? Westport area. I’m close to the best food in the city with the Plaza and Westport.
Preetham Gunta, M.D.

Medical school: Armed Forces Medical College, India

Dr. Preetham SatyaBio: I grew up in India and recently moved to the US for residency. I love teaching and want to eventually practice at an academic center.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC because it is university medical center and for its diversity. I now realize that what is best here is the work/learning environment.I like Kansas City because it is a small city with big city amenities.
What are your interests? Music, traveling.
Where do you live? Plaza
Patrick Kane, M.D.

Medical School: University of South Dakota

Dr. Patrick KaneBio: I grew up on a family farm in South Dakota and my mom was a hospice nurse. I want to do a hospice and palliative medicine fellowship.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC because of the great training opportunities and great support provided to residents. I love how fast and easy it is to get around the city.
What are your interests? reading, hiking, downhill skiing, video games
Where do you live? Lenexa
Sohaib Khatib, M.D.

Medical School: An-Najah National University-Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences -Nablus-Palestine

Dr. Sohaib KhatibBio: I was born and raised in Palestine. I did my medical school in Palestine and graduated in 2018. I have special interest in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, which is my ultimate career goal.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC is a highly-esteemed institution that equips its residents with the tools to succeed as well-rounded physicians. During my interview, I was amazed by the family mentality displayed by the residents and faculty. Splitting time in two hospitals will expose residents to diverse patient population and broad range of pathologies. Kansas City is a wonderful place to live, work and start a family. What I like most about KC is the photogenic nature of the city with many parks around.
What are your interests? Watching and playing soccer, jogging ,cooking and hanging out with family and friends.
Where do you live? Mission, Kansas
Abhay Mishra, M.D., MRCP (UK)

Medical School: Kolkata Medical College, India

Dr. Abhay MishraBio: I was born and raised in India. I did my medical school in the cultural capital of India, Kolkata. I practiced medicine in India and England before moving to the US.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC is not just a university but is like an extended family where everyone is so supportive and helpful.I like the weather in Kansas City and it’s an amazing place to raise kids.
What are your interests? Spending time with my family.Playing cricket, soccer, tennis.
Where do you live? Overland Park
Kareem Mohamed, M.D.

Medical School: Ain Shams University

Dr. Kareem MohammedBio: I was born and raised in Egypt, where I finished my medical school then moved to the US. My career goal is to be an academic hospitalist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? Because of its great reputation and outstanding Internal medicine training. Having lots of friends here.
What are your interests? Weight training
Where do you live? Mission, Kansas
Wael Mohamed, M.D.

Medical School: Kasr Alainy School of Medicine – Cairo University

Dr. Wael MohamedBio: I was born in Manhattan, Kansas, raised in Cairo, Egypt, where I finished my medical school, then moved to Boston, MA where I worked as a clinical research fellow in Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University. I am still exploring my options for 3 more years of fellowship. I think I am going to reach a decision once I get more exposure to different rotations throughout the first year of residency.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? On the interview day, I had this inner feeling that UMKC is my number choice on the rank list. You get to meet and talk to the happy, cheerful, and confident residents, then you say “I wanna be a part of that team”.I may sound biased, but Kansas City is one of the best cities I’ve ever lived in. A mix of Boston/NY and Texas.
What are your interests? Family, family and family. Then comes, table tennis and soccer.
Where do you live? Overland Park, Kansas. Everything is green here! A lot of fountains!
Nisha Patel, M.D., B.S.

Medical School: University of Kansas

Dr. Nisha PatelBio: I was born and raised in Olathe, KS. I went to KU for both undergrad and medical school. I am strongly considering hospital medicine but still open to everything!
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I was immediately drawn to UMKC’s collegial/friendly atmosphere and diversity in patient population. KC has a lot to offer – excellent restaurants, various activities, parks, museums – without the hassle of big city traffic.
What are your interests? Drawing, watching Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting” with a cup of tea, tennis, shows/movies, traveling, reading, anything nature-related, learning to play guitar
Where do you live? Plaza Westport (8 min. walk to SLH!)
David Roelofsz, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine

David Roelofsz, M.D.Bio: I was born in Kansas City and grew up in Liberty, and have always been active in the community. My career goal is to be an academic intensivist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC is a strong program with good resident autonomy. I love Kansas City as well for its food, sports, and artistic interests.
What are your interests? Soccer, tennis, golf, video games, exercising, chiefs football, musicals/plays, improv, Go (board game), listening to/making/playing music, fishing, camping/backpacking, rock climbing, travelling, skateboarding, and cooking
Where do you live? Liberty, MO
Heath Turner, BLA, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine

Dr. Heath TurnerBio: I’m a native Kansan. born and raised in Winfield Kansas. I came to Kansas City for medical school and liked it so much I decided to stick around for residency. I am hoping to complete IM residency and then return back to a more rural area and practice small towm primary care.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I really like the combination of TMC and St. Luke’s hospitals. The patients and specialists at both give an experience I didn’t see at other programs. Kansas City is also a great attraction for this program. its just large enough to include anything you could want but small enough to still feel like home.
What are your interests? I’m an avid outdoorsmen. so I’ll do anything to get outside. Hiking. hunting. and fishing are my go too hobbles when I have time. I also enjoy racket sports of about any kind. Cooklng. and woodworking.
Where do you live? I lived downtown for most of medical school before moving to Overland Park. Prior to residency, I moved downtown to Quality Hill, as I just missed being downtown and closer to
the hospitals.
Aamer Ubaid, MBBS, M.D.

Medical School: Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan

Dr. Ameer UbaidBio: I was born in Peshawar, Pakistan and raised in Saudi Arabia. I moved back to my country for higher education. With a clear ambition in my mind, I worked hard and landed in one of the best medical schools. My career goal is to be an interventional cardiologist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I am certain that UMKC with a strong clinical curriculum and innovative research opportunities will help me mold into a passionate physician and will provide me great exposure to a diverse array of patients with a multitude of pathologies. The vibrant culture, friendly people, great food and weather make Kansas City feels like home.
What are your interests? I enjoy cooking, travelling and playing badminton/cricket
Where do you live? Westport


Resident Research & Quality Improvement


Our residents participate in a formal Quality Improvement/Patient Safety (QI/PS) curriculum during each of their “+1” weeks. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School provides the foundation of the curriculum, with each resident earning the Basic Certificate by the end of their PGY-2 year.  Most  importantly, in small groups of 6-7, residents design and implement a QI/PS project with faculty mentorship. The project culminates in a poster or oral presentation at UMKC’s Quality and Patient Safety Day each Spring.  Groups develop a new QI/PS project each year, which means that each categorical resident completes at least 3 QI projects during residency.

Our 4+1 Curriculum

Our resident curriculum is designed as a 4+1 ambulatory block schedule. By adopting this model, our residents have separate blocks of inpatient and ambulatory rotations. Each resident is placed into one of five cohorts at the beginning of residency.

Each week, a different cohort rotates through the continuity clinics, and this cycle repeats every 5 weeks. On any given week, there is one cohort on a continuity clinic week (referred to as the “+1″ or “plus 1” week), while the remaining four cohorts are on inpatient service or subspecialty rotations.  Thus, instead of going to clinic one half day per week, residents have five consecutive afternoon sessions during their ambulatory “+1″ week. We’ve found this 4+1 structure allows for improved predictability for each resident’s schedule and a better concentration of ambulatory medicine and primary care, all while maintaining patient continuity.

Our +1 schedule also allows for mornings during the +1 week dedicated to specialty clinic experiences, our formal QI/Patient Safety curriculum, administrative/research time, and ambulatory didactic sessions, and procedure training in our simulation lab.  Since converting to this 4+1 curriculum in 2014, we’ve been able to optimize resident satisfaction with both the inpatient and outpatient experiences. Inpatient rotations experience less disruption and continuity clinic is more enjoyable since residents are not responsible for ongoing care for inpatients while in clinic. In addition, our ambulatory week tends to be light on call, allowing residents to recharge after busy inpatient rotations.

Administrative Faculty

Erin Algeo, D.O.

Assistant Professor, Core Faculty, Internal Medicine Residency, Resident Clinic Rotation Director, Saint Luke’s Hospital
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Saint Luke's Hospital
Algeo, Erin
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Paramdeep Baweja, M.D.

Associate Professor, Core Faculty, Internal Medicine Residency
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District
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John Foxworth, Pharm.D.

Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment, Director of Research, Internal Medicine Residency, Fellow, American College of Clinical Pharmacology and American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Member and UMKC SOM Councilor - AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha)
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Pharmacology
UMKC School of Medicine, University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District Foxworth, John

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Teaching research methodology, Biostatistic and evidence-based medicine

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Ashraf Gohar, M.D., PhD

Associate Professor, Core Faculty, Internal Medicine Residency, Associate Program Director, Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship, Associate Program Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship
Department(s) of Internal Medicine,
Section: Pulmonary and Critical Care
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Sleep medicine, Resident duty hours and sleep deprivation

Gohar, Ashraf
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Gregory Howell, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education,
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Pulmonary and Critical Care
Saint Luke's Hospital
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Kavita Jadhav, M.D.

Associate Professor, Years 3-6 Docent, UMKC School of Medicine, Core Faculty, Internal Medicine Residency
Department(s) of Internal Medicine,
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District
Jadhav, Kavita
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Joseph A. Julian, M.D., MPHTM

Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency
Department(s) of Pediatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, Truman Medical Center
Children's Mercy Hospital, University Health
Julian, Joseph A.
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Jignesh Shah, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, Years 3-6 Docent, UMKC School of Medicine, Core Faculty, Internal Medicine Residency, Section Chief - Division of Nephrology
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Nephrology
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Dialysis, Acute Kidney Injury

Shah, Jignesh
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Rishi Sharma, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Years 3-6 Docent, UMKC School of Medicine, Core Faculty, Internal Medicine Residency
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District
Sharma, Rishi
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I haven’t passed CS – can I still apply?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many applicants have been unable to take Step 2 CS.  Accordingly, our residency program will not require passage of CS for any applicants this year.  US medical schools are each developing their own criteria for determining adequate clinical skills among their students, and these will be included in the MSPE.  For IMG’s, you must be certified by the ECFMG to be ranked by our residency program.  For those without a passing CS score, the ECFMG has established several alternative pathways.  To be eligible, you must qualify for one of these.  Check the ECFMG’s website for the latest updates (

What's all the talk about 4+1?
We implemented an ambulatory block curriculum (4+1) in 2014.  It’s been a big hit. See the Curriculum tab for more details, and be sure to ask us about it during your visit to our program.

Is the UMKC Internal Medicine Residency Program 'All-In' or 'All-Out'?

We are an ‘All-in’ program, filling our entire complement in the Match each year.

What are the fellowship opportunities for UMKC Internal Medicine residency graduates?

Over the last 5 years, just over ½ of our graduates matched to fellowship programs, with the others becoming Chief Residents or entering hospitalist or primary care practices.  Averaged over all our programs in the last several years, roughly 50% of all UMKC fellows are graduates of the UMKC Internal Medicine residency.  UMKC has fellowships in most of the Internal Medicine subspecialties.

What are we doing for resident wellness?

Lots of things! We are proud that we have excellent residents that not only excel in their academic pursuits, but also have great self-awareness and well-being. We have a resident-led Wellness Committee that meets monthly with the goal of ensuring a safe, enjoyable work environment and promoting healthy work-life balance. The committee’s efforts are facilitated by a faculty wellness champion and Chief Residents. Actions of the committee include organizing social events, recognizing standout residents, developing peer support systems, and much more.

In addition, residents have access to the Mayo Clinic’s Well-Being Index provided by UMKC’s Graduate Medical Education Department. This survey helps residents identify burnout early and connect with appropriate local resources. UMKC is also leading an ongoing multi-center study investigating the link between chronotype and burnout.

How do we evaluate our residents?

We utilize a 360-degree evaluation process, incorporating faculty, peer, self, medical student, patient, and nursing evaluations for each resident. These evaluations, along with information on timeliness of record completion, quality of chart documentation, procedures, direct observation by faculty in the form of Mini-CEX’s, conference attendance, use of evidence based order sets, and completion of educational modules is used to gauge residents’ progress in each of the ACGME’s 22 reporting Milestones.  Our Clinical Competency Committee reports each resident’s progress in the Milestones twice a year to the ACGME.

Are there opportunities for research?

It is our belief that an understanding of research methodology is an essential component of Internal Medicine training. As such, we require all categorical residents to complete and present a scholarly project during the course of residency. Projects range from basic science research to clinical/translational research to curricular development/assessment to quality improvement projects, and everything in between. We work to connect residents with a mentor in their area(s) of interest, and Dr. Foxworth, our Director for Research, works personally with each resident. In addition, members of UMKC’s Office of Research Administration and Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics are available to assist residents with their project(s).  Last year, our PGY-3 class alone had more than 80 presentations at regional/national/international meetings.  In addition, each resident completes at least one quality improvement project annually, culminating in a regional poster presentation at the end of the year.

Do we have Point-of-Care U/S training?

Of course!  We have three faculty-led courses for residents each year that incorporate POCUS education.  One focuses on procedural training, including use of bedside ultrasound.  A second emphasizes acquisition of POCUS skills in the critical care setting.  The last has been expanded recently to teach diagnostic ultrasound and echocardiography.  We were recently able to purchase several new POCUS devices for use by our residents.

Are there opportunities for teaching?

More than just an opportunity, there is an expectation that residents teach junior learners on most rotations. We pride ourselves on graduating outstanding clinician educators.

What is our board passage rate?

We have traditionally had Board passage rates well above the national average.  Our 3-year (2018-2020) pass rate is 98%, with 100% passing in 2 of the last 3 years.

Do we sponsor H1-B visas?

The legal counsel of the University of Missouri-Kansas City has interpreted the legal duty of the University, as an employer, to incur all costs with obtaining and maintaining visa status during employment. As a result of the significant financial responsibility, we no longer sponsor H1-B visas for our trainees, although we do have several residents on J-1 visas.

How many positions are available for 2021-22?

Categorical 19
Preliminary 10

Do we have a structured recruitment system to look specifically for residents with particular skill or interests?

We strive to have a diverse panel of residents in each class. We do not specifically recruit to a quota system by medical school origin, research interest, clinical interest, or fellowship interest. Our rank list is based on a time-tested, continuously refined evaluation process relying on objective ranking utilizing the ERAS selection process.

How does the program foster diversity and inclusion throughout training?

As a university, UMKC takes diversity and inclusion very seriously and this is reflected throughout  the School of Medicine, GME, and our training hospitals. In 2018 the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion developed a strategic plan to establish the SOM as a diversity leader among its institutional peers. In 2019, UMKC’s GME founded UNITED – Uniting Numerous medIcal Trainees for Equity and Diversity – to establish a space for Diversity and community for our residency and fellowship programs.

In addition to our GME program, Truman Medical Center (TMC) is committed to embracing diversity and inclusion within its organization. Diversity and inclusion are embedded in the way TMC interacts with staff, patients and community organizations. TMC’s Diversity & Inclusion Council guides its vision in developing, implementing, and maintaining diversity and inclusion strategies.

Do we have happy residents?

Absolutely! The program has a monthly resident luncheon to discuss programmatic and administrative issues and hear the voice of the residents on matters of concern, as well as monthly PGY-specific roundtables. We have a very effective mentoring program and administrative team to address and react to the concerns of all our residents. We have a good sense of camaraderie and support within the resident ranks and we strive for cohesiveness. Our resident exit surveys are consistently positive regarding the program and the experience.

What are the anticipated program changes for next year?

We expanded the number of incoming residents for 2020-21, and look forward to the process of fine-tuning our curriculum based on the complement increase.  Over the next year, we will continue embracing the opportunities COVID brought our way, including optimization of virtual didactic conferences and both inpatient and ambulatory telehealth visits.  In addition, as noted above, we have significantly expanded our POCUS/echo education and have purchased several new handheld units for use by our residents.

What is the biggest asset of our program?

Our two biggest assets? First, experience in two contrasting hospital systems gives each learner a much broader exposure to the practice of medicine. Second, our people. From residents to faculty to leadership, we foster a collegial working environment that aims to challenge and empower each resident.

Program Assets

  • Free, secured, covered parking at both SLH and TMC.
  • Scrubs and white coats are provided for each resident at the start of residency, with funding allowance for one additional white coat per year.
  • Access to UMKC’s Campus Recreation facilities for reduced price of $20/month. Swinney Center and the Aquatics Center are located on the main UMKC campus just blocks from Saint Luke’s Hospital and a short 11-minute drive from University Health Truman Medical Center (UHTMC). Membership includes access to the fully equipped rec center including: swimming pool, cardio and weight rooms, multipurpose studios, indoor track, basketball/volleyball courts, racquetball courts, and locker rooms. With your membership, you’ll also have access to the Hospital Hill Annex which is just two blocks from TMC.
  • Ralph L. Smith Wellness Center – Membership to the Wellness Center is available to residents and fellows rotating at TMC and is located adjacent to the TMC campus.
  • Free email accounts – servers at UMKC, Saint Luke’s Hospital, and University Health Truman Medical Center.
  • Outstanding simulation center, the Clinical Training Facility, available for ACLS, procedure training, and standardized patient sessions.
  • ACLS and BLS training during orientation and recertification before PGY-3 training level.
  • $300 stipend may be used for the purchase of an electronic/mobile device during internship.
  • $1000 annual educational stipend may be used during PGY-2 and PGY-3 years to pay for subscriptions, dues, educational aids, travel to scientific meetings, etc.
  • Additional GME and hospital funds to offset travel costs to scientific meetings
  • ACP membership fees paid each year for Categorical residents. Includes Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • Mobile access to Up-To-Date and DynaMed.
  • ACP Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) for Board Review. Residency pays $350.00 per resident.
  • TMC is an approved NHSC loan repayment site and also for HHS and Conrad waivers.
  • Both clinical sites have comprehensive electronic health records: Epic at SLH and Cerner at TMC. On completion of our program, residents will thus be “fluent” in both of the most common EHR’s used in large health systems in the US.
  • Access to the UMKC Health Sciences Library holdings, including more than 2000  online journals, 9000 electronic books, and many free downloads for handheld devices. Clinical Medical Librarians round with the Hospital Medicine teams at University Health Truman Medical Center and are available at UMKC and remotely at Saint Luke’s Hospital to assist with literature searches, apps, and to help educate residents in the principles of evidence-based medicine.
  • Personal and Professional Development Program – provided by SLH. Programs include, among others; educational debt management, contracting for employment, art and medicine.
  • PharmD’s have played a critical role in student and resident education since the founding of the UMKC School of Medicine in 1971, rounding daily with the Hospital Medicine teams at both Saint Luke’s Hospital and University Health Truman Medical Center.

Application Requirements & Process

The residency program selects the best qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, cultural background, color, national origin, handicap or age.  We receive more than 3000 applications annually for our categorical and preliminary programs.  As such, we are unable to interview many very good applicants.  Upon careful review of all applications, our Recruitment Committee extends offers for interviews to roughly the top 6% of our applicant pool. Our Leadership Team is responsible for final ranking of candidates.  Criteria utilized by the committee for selection are academic achievement, clinical competence, moral and ethical qualities, compassion, social responsibility, collegiality and enthusiasm.

Candidate requirements include:

  • A completed application form through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) from the candidate’s medical school
  • Recommendation letters from three faculty members
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • ECFMG certification, if applicable
  • For Osteopathic applicants, we accept results of COMLEX and/or USMLE exams.
Applicant Selection for Interviews

We are proud to have an abundance of Allopathic, Osteopathic and International graduates apply to our residency. Last year, we had more than 100 applicants for each of our positions.

The general qualities we are looking for in an application review include:

  • Performance in medical school
  • No more than 3 years from medical school graduation
  • Performance on USMLE exams
    • Passing all USMLE/COMLEX exams on the first attempt
    • Must have passing scores for Step 1/CK/CS (or COMLEX equivalent) prior to submission of ROL
  • Humanism and community service
  • High quality letters of recommendation
  • Hands on clinical experience within the past year
  • Clinical experience in the US
  • Meaningful personal statements
  • Additional requirements for applicants requiring a J-1 Visa include:
    Agreement to obtain ECFMG certification before February 1
Timeline for Application Review

All applications are reviewed systematically. We will begin extending invitations in late October and will have invited the majority of our applicants by the end of November.

Statement Regarding Post-Interview Communication:

In accordance with our policy on clear communication with our residency applicants, we wish to share our process of developing a rank list. We rank each applicant using a standardized method considering all components of the ERAS application and interviews. While some programs have encouraged and utilized post-interview communication with applicants in the ranking process, we do not use post-interview communications in our ranking process. Because our ability to honor such requests would be limited, out of fairness to all, we also do not offer opportunities for a “second look” to any applicants.

The Op/Ed “Manipulation and the Match” by Carl Erik Fisher, MD, in JAMA, Vol. 302 No. 12, September 23/30, 2009 provides insight to this practice.

We would be glad to receive feedback from applicants about the interview experience. We will happily discuss any questions or concerns. However, we do not expect or encourage post-interview communication as part of a high quality application. We want you to be assured that we are absolutely committed to a fair process for all applicants.

Supplemental ERAS Application 2021-2022

For the 2022 ERAS® cycle, our program will be participating in the supplemental ERAS application offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. Applicants will be required to complete the MyERAS application, and participation in the supplemental ERAS application is OPTIONAL.

For more information about the supplemental ERAS application, please click here.