We would love to interview in person and take you on a tour of each of the hospitals we rotate through, but in the times of COVID we are forced to do the next best thing; an informational page on relevant topics. Below is a brief description of each hospital, the services we cover, and our experience within them. We look forward to discussing more with you during the resident mixer and interview!
Saint Luke’s Hospital
Saint Luke’s Hospital is a faith based not-for-profit hospital that was founded in 1882. There are currently 16 total hospitals affiliated with Saint Luke’s in Kansas and Missouri. Our main location is at the flagship hospital at the Plaza location. It is a 630+ bed hospital and tertiary referral center for the area. It was nationally ranked by the US News & World Report for Cardiovascular Care and Heart Surgery for 2020-2021. The Mid America Heart Institute is the region’s only adult heart transplant program (10th in the nation) and one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular disease outcome research programs. The Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute is the nation’s leading stroke reversal program for preventing and treating stroke, and treatment for complex brain and spinal cord injuries. It is also a level 1 trauma center, houses advanced surgical care, liver, and kidney transplant programs.
During our 4 years as Med Peds residents, while at St. Luke’s, we cover the general Medicine wards on the Medicine Teaching service, and rotate through the Medicine Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, Cardiology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, and Hematology-Oncology services. We also have the unique opportunity to care for heart, kidney, and liver transplant recipients on each of the primary subspecialty services. Most of our electives also take place at SLH, where you get the option to rotate on any of the numerous subspecialties the hospital has to offer. With a newly remodeled resident lounge with television, foosball, kitchen with frequently stocked snacks, and private resident call rooms, spending an extra night covering the wards or sub-specialty services ends up not being too bad.
Truman Medical Center
Truman Medical Center is the only safety net hospital to serve the medically indigent of the Kansas City Metro. It is composed of two acute care academic hospital locations (Hospital Hill and Lakewood), the University Health building for subspecialty services, a Behavioral Health Hospital, a long-term care rehabilitation facility, and multiple primary care practices located throughout the metro. They are also currently in the works constructing a second University Health Building that will house the Internal Primary Medicine Clinics. Truman ED is one of the busiest in the metro and a dedicated level 1 trauma center that sees some of the highest acuity patients in the area.
As a Med-Peds resident, the Hospital Hill location is considered our ‘home-base’ and the hospital that we spend most of our time. We cover the general medicine wards (coined ‘DoRo’ for “Docent Rotation” by the UMKC 6 year combined Bachelor’s/M.D. program), Progressive Care Unit, Intensive Care Units, and Subspecialty services available at TMC. As you would expect with resident run programs, we cover the same breadth of services as at St. Luke’s while also gaining valuable perspective practicing within a second healthcare system. During our Pediatric rotations, we also rotate in the Truman Well-Baby and Neonatal ICU.
We have the unique opportunity in Internal Medicine to serve as Resident In-Charge (RIC). Starting in the 2nd year of your residency, you spend one day a week during your DoRo rotations acting as the lead supervisor, triage, and assign patients to the 6 resident teams from the Emergency Department and clinics, and assist with transfers from other hospitals.
Our Med-Peds Continuity Clinic is also housed in the Hospital Hill building, which is connected by a sky-bridge from Children’s Mercy, which makes it very convenient to get to weekly continuity clinic when on the Pediatrics side. Check out the Med-Peds Red Clinic section for more info about our continuity clinic!
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Children’s Mercy Hospital is a free-standing pediatric hospital and tertiary referral center. It is nationally ranked by US News & World Report in 10 pediatric specialties. It has 300+ beds, is a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, houses the largest PICU in the region (40+ beds and expanding), a Level 4 NICU (85+ beds), Fetal Health Center, Fetal Surgery and Heart Transplant Program, the largest Clinical Pharmacology Program in North America, and now a newly built Research Center. CMH is conveniently located on Hospital Hill, across the street from Truman Medical Center.
As Med-Peds residents, we spend 6 months out of the year “on the other side of the street”. We rotate on the inpatient pediatric wards teaching service, the Pediatric ICU, Cardiovascular ICU, and the combined primary sub-specialty services of Gastroenterology/Neurology and Nephrology/Pulmonology, Hematology-Oncology, and Cardiology services. We also rotate within the inpatient or outpatient subspecialties during our elective months.
The resident lounge is considered a second home when on Pediatrics. It is a large, comfortable space that includes a kitchen and dining area, lounge area with TV, movies, AppleTV, private call rooms, and also houses our Peds Chief Resident and Program Coordinator offices, as well as the large conference room we held morning resident report and didactics in prior to the pandemic. The walls of the resident lounge are decorated with resident artwork which has become an “entertaining” tradition over the years.
Resident Continuity Clinic
Red Clinic is the UMKC Med-Peds Continuity Clinic located on the 4th floor of the Truman Hospital. It is made up of 17 exam rooms, with flex space for over-flow into the Gold Clinic as needed. It is a busy clinic staffed by Med-Peds trained attendings, all 24 of the residents, a nurse practitioner, and our hard-working support staff. Each resident starts out with a panel of patients handed down from a previous 4th year graduating resident, but then you soon start to grow your own panel by picking up patients from the adult and pediatric inpatient services as well as the TMC Well-Baby Nursery. Don’t worry, we don’t throw you into the fire right away—interns will start with a smaller number of patients which slowly increases over your 4 years. Our goal is for you to have all the tools and training available to be an efficient and knowledgeable primary care physician by the time you graduate.
We (during non-COVID times) all sit together in the resident work space. Often times our clinics become a small reunion and time for us to catch up with one another. We have a very supportive environment and are always willing to help each other out if one of us is running behind. Our support staff is also helpful and always there to lend a helping hand.