Hospitals we Rotate

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.

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Please check out the video to get a better look at what our resident experience at Saint Luke’s Hospital looks like. Play button


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!

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Please check out the video that shows off what TMC is all about. Play button


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.

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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.

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Mission Statement & Program Aims

 

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to cultivate individual strengths of our trainees in a supportive and collaborative environment, utilizing broad educational experiences to instill compassion, adaptability, and curiosity, guiding our residents to lifelong advocacy, leadership and excellence in medicine.

 

Program Aims:

  • To recruit trainees from a variety of personal and educational backgrounds.
  • To train residents who are well-prepared for combined primary care practice to care for medically complex patients.
  • To prepare trainees for dual-board certification.
  • To prepare trainees to identify, pursue and achieve individualized career goals.
  • Maintain a system that fosters adaptable, resilient and enthusiastic physicians.
  • Encourage resident leadership in a variety of settings.

Quality Improvement/Patient Safety

Med/Peds residents participate in a formal QI/PS curriculum during “+1” weeks, med-peds didactics, and pediatrics didactics. Each med/peds resident designs and implement a QI/PS project with faculty mentorship, culminating in a poster or oral presentation at UMKC’s Quality and Patient Safety Day. These projects do have the potential to be presented at regional/national meetings.

Kansas City

 

Did you know Kansas City…

Kansas City is Surprisingly Diverse- According to the 2010 census, the racial composition of Kansas city includes 59% whites, 29% AA, 10% Hispanics, ~8% other races or combination or races and 2.5% Asians. KC has the second largest Sudanese and Somali population in the United States. Furthermore, if you want to expand your horizon, the city’s actually got two Little Italy neighborhoods, one in Columbus Park and one in North East, and Argentine is one of the area’s oldest Hispanic neighborhoods. Strawberry Hill, a historically Croatian community, is your best bet if you’re craving (and who isn’t?) povitica with a side of tamburitza music, while the bizarro food and music combo of your dreams is sure to be found at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival held each August in Swope Park. There is also a growing Arabic population given recent refugee movements. Politically, KC is a mix of liberal, progressive hipsters with conservative Catholic grandmas and grandpas, and everyone in between. It’s very unique. There seems to be a good blend of Left and Right here, and quite a lot of independence.

The Regional Geography–

The amazing thing about Kansas City is that it’s very trendy and industrial, but if you need to take a breather from city life, there are rolling hills less than 30 minutes away on every side. You can live the city-life if that’s your thing, or you can live out where the river bends, in any small town in the surrounding areas. Or, if you’re undecided, you can live just outside the city to where there’s an equal distance between the heart of downtown and those country roads you long for. If you seek peaceful quiet country life but also civilization and lively bustle, KC is the perfect place.

Regardless of your decision, the highways in Kansas City are interconnected and easy to navigate. It is exciting to have the possibility go in 15-20 minutes from the hospital if you live outside the city like me.

ROYALS– The Boys in Blue- Even before they became World Series Champs, Royals baseball games were always the best. Baseball season brings the city together. The feeling you get in that stadium is like nothing you have experienced before; it feels like a big family. The atmosphere is filled with genuine excitement and camaraderie. You may not even buy your ticket if you are a Med/Peds resident, you can win tickets on the pediatrics or internal medicine side including parking tickets. Regardless, there’s just something about a warm summer night at K Stadium, immersed in a sea of blue T-shirts, hot dog in one hand and beer in the other, cheering on a great team, while gazing at a gorgeous sunset and firework show after dark. Even If you did not watch baseball before, you will enjoy a night like that.

The Barbecue— Texas, the Carolinas and Memphis may each claim that their barbecue is best, but Kansas City begs to differ. The unique KC barbecue style involves a molasses- spiked sweet tomato sauce, and there’s no finer place to experience it than at the original Arthur Bryant’s on Brooklyn Avenue. Arthur Bryant’s famous customers have included former presidents Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. If you Take a drive to Joe’s BBQ on a cool autumn night, and immediately upon arrival, you’ll feel it. The place is packed, full of boisterous conversation and the aroma of mouth-watering BBQ. But really regardless of where you go, Q39, Arthur Bryant’s, Joe’s BBQ, just do not leave the city without trying how unique the KC barbecue style. The Other Food- To give an idea of the uniqueness of Kansas City’s food scene, there is even a Ramen bar. You read that right – Ramen Noodles. I have yet to try it, but it’s definitely piqued my interest. There are Vegan cafe’s, Farm-to-Table restaurants, bakeries, creperies, “Bruncheonettes”, hole-in-the-wall breakfast places, amazing BBQ joints, frozen cocktail bars, donut bars, tea places, steakhouses, Middle Eastern strip mall markets, fresh-pressed juice bars, upscale date-night dinner spots, the options are endless.

The Country Club Plaza, which opened in 1923, was the world’s first drive-in shopping center. Although back in the day it was built on land which was once home to pig farms, that distinctive odor has now been replaced by the smell of fresh-popped corn from Topsy’s and scented candles from Bath and Body Works. Today, the Plaza’s popularity and reputation have been recognized around the country. The entire 15-block district, with more than 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants, makes the Country Club Plaza Kansas City’s premier retail, dining and entertainment destination… The Plaza is kept lively with a year-round calendar of music and special events, including the famous Plaza Lights and the widely recognized Plaza Art Fair.

The Farmers’ Market– Kansas City was actually ranked #10 on Travel and Leisure’s list of America’s best cities for hipsters, which cited the city’s readily available locally-sourced foods and plethora of farmer’s markets. Rain or shine, the region’s largest Farmers’ Market can be found at the City Market every Saturday and Sunday year-round. More than 150 vendor stalls burst with bedding plants, fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs, fresh baked goods and other sweets, cut flowers and crafts made by local artisans. At the City Market Farmers’ Market, you will find the finest produce, fresh from Missouri and the surrounding region, benefit from unsurpassed value, and support local farmers! The City Market has a rich history dating back to 1857 when the City Market Square began as a site for market commerce, horse trading, political rallies, revival, medicine shows and circuses. Do Not take your dog with you! Sorry!

The Jazz– New Orleans may be the birthplace of jazz, but Kansas City put its own special spin on things when this All-American music genre headed north. The American Jazz Museum hosts music performances throughout the year, and really gets swinging with the annual 18th and Vine Jazz and Blues Festival each October. Plus, each visit to the museum comes complete with a free photo op — posing with an 18-foot tall bronze head of native son Charlie “Bird” Parker.

KC CHIEFS — The Chiefs, on the other hand, are usually a pretty decent team. Ok, they haven’t won the Super Bowl since 1970!!! BUT they make it into the playoffs every couple of years. During football season, fans wear so much red and white. Arrowhead Stadium is considered by many to be the loudest venue in the NFL, but that’s just a portion of what makes a Chiefs game-day experience arguably better than any other. Once inside Arrowhead, the fun continues. Fans spontaneously start the “Tomahawk Chop” prior to kick-off and during time-outs. At the end of the national anthem, the entire stadium proudly shouts, “…home of the CHIEFS!” For touchdowns, the crowd gives their familiar touchdown song a unique and intimidating twist. Chiefs do make their fans happy and we still get free tickets every now and then as residents 😉 which is always a plus.

The Steamboat Arabia went down in the muddy waters of the Missouri in 1856, and there it has remained ever since. A 1988 salvage operation, while it did not recover the ship, brought up thousands of artifacts which are now housed in the Arabia Steamboat Museum. This museum contains one of the finest collections of well-preserved mid- 1800s relics, including food items that are (ugh) supposedly still edible. World’s oldest pickles, anyone?

WWI Museum- the National World War I Museum, housed inside (and underneath) the 217-foot tall Liberty Memorial, has one of the world’s largest collections of memorabilia from the Great War I. The replica of the blown-up French farmhouse is grim, but the Renault FT-17 tank and life-size trenches are pretty cool. Try the Reuben von Steuben at the museum’s Over There Cafe, but ask them to hold the mustard gas.

Always Things to Do around You There is always something cool happening just a few miles from where you live. The warmer months are full of outdoor concerts, movies on the lawn, excellent firework shows, 5K’s, embroidery stitching workshops, Beer Festivals, Coffee Cuppings, floral arranging classes, Art Festivals, antique shows, everything you could imagine. In the winter, you’ll find no shortage of warm, cozy cafes and coffeehouses in which to tuck away. You could visit a different one every week and still not have visited them all by the time winter is over. Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun; FUN is Calling!!! Especially if you decide on purchases season passes. Kansas City Zoo and more If I could describe Kansas City in one short sentence, I would say, without missing a beat, “It feels like home.”

Med Peds Cares

 

Med Peds Cares

Med Peds Cares is our community and advocacy group with the mission of giving back to our community. As residents, we are always looking for ways to engage as an active member of the community as this is an essential role of a physician. Med Peds Cares partakes in various programs such as the adopt-an-angel program during the holidays at a pediatric inpatient psychiatric facility, collects items for local transitional living facilities, and participates at the annual health fair run by Missouri state senator Kiki Curls. In addition, a quarterly newsletter is released to enlighten our Med-Peds community of further needs in the community, provide education, and present recent advocacy topics.

PGY1 – Class of 2024

Medicine Pediatric Class of 2024

PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1 | Chief Residents

Megan Carroll
Megan CarrollMedical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Career aspiration: I am interested in combined cardiology or critical care, and I hope to incorporate global health into my future plans!
Hobbies: I really love cooking all types of food and trying new recipes. I have gotten into baking more recently, and I love bringing treats in for people’s birthdays. As much as I love to cook, I love to eat even more. I am a big Purdue and New Orleans Saints fan, but I’ll go to any sporting event! I played intramural sports in college and medical school, and I try to be active whenever I can. I love to read when I find the time, but I’ve been getting more into audiobooks and podcasts lately.
Why did you choose UMKC: I fell in love with the program on my interview day. From the residents to the staff, everyone was so interested in me as a person and down to earth. UMKC offered multiple different tracks and unique features, many of which were based on resident feedback which I appreciated. I could tell that the program was a perfect fit to both challenge and support me.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: I love exploring all the different neighborhoods with little shops and finding new places to eat. The city is the perfect size for me and it has something for everyone!
Who inspires you: My mom.
Where do you live in Kansas City: Crossroads
Melissa Doan
Melissa DoanMedical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Hometown: Oklahoma City
Career aspiration: Ideally a specialty with a good mix of inpatient/outpatient but yet to be determined.
Hobbies: Hiking or exploring parks with my rescue pup, reading (sci-fi, historical fiction are my favorites), photography, eating, gardening
Why did you choose UMKC: There is a culture of empowerment where everyone will both challenge you to grow into the best person you can be and also help support you to get there. On interview day, I had so many good conversations with the faculty about the subtle facets of practicing the art of medicine. I really got the sense they took the time to read my application, which made me feel like they personally invest in all of their residents. There’s also a larger institutional culture of bettering human lives and that mindset of service (within and outside of medicine) is really important to me. At the end of my interview day, I never really felt like I was a visitor. I felt like I was a part of their community already!
What do you like to do in Kansas City: Hang out with my co-residents, go on hikes, check out the museums, and try all the local restaurants.
Who inspires you: My parents, my family, and my friends have always kept me grounded. I love having down-to-earth conversations with patients. It’s so refreshing and fuels me! I also did a lot of volunteer work with Camp Kesem and my camp family inspires me to be a better person everyday.
Where do you live in Kansas City: Union Hill
Janelle Fried
Janelle FriedMedical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Hometown: Green River, WY
Career aspiration: Right now I am interested in rural primary care with both inpatient and outpatient care for both kids and adults.
Hobbies: Hanging out with my family, taking our dog on hikes and exploring the outdoors. Additionally, we enjoy DIY home improvement projects and building or refurbishing furniture.
Why did you choose UMKC: My best friend lives in Kansas City, so I already knew I loved the area and would be a great place to begin raising my family. Also, everyone in the program was so down-to-earth and welcoming when I visited. I loved the people! Lastly, I wanted to be exposed to a diverse patient population and appreciate that we mostly rotate at three major hospitals in KC with all different missions (fantastic children’s hospital, great teaching, safety-net adult hospital and locally owned, not-for-profit hospital).
What do you like to do in Kansas City: My husband and I are looking forward to exploring the city with friends and finding great family-friendly activities for our daughter. We also really love BBQ and are excited about the food for the next several years.
Who inspires you: Spending time with my patients and their families and truly getting to know what’s important to them and how I can provide medical care that is evidence-based and ideally fits into their goals. Also, my husband is amazing and truly inspires me each day to be a better person. Last but not least, Jesus is the most perfect example for inspiration and I lean heavily on my faith.
Where do you live in Kansas City: I live on the northern side of Overland Park, KS. A 20 minute commute to the hospitals but a wonderful neighborhood and a house that we fell in love with.
Zoe Morgan
Zoe MorganMedical School: University of Wisconsin
Hometown: Saint Paul, MN
Career aspiration: Right now I’m planning to pursue an infectious disease fellowship. I want to work with HIV patients, especially young adults and adolescents.
Hobbies: Exploring new bars and restaurants, cooking, baking, going to art galleries and seeing live music, hiking and yoga
Why did you choose UMKC: I couples’ matched with my husband, who is going into surgery here. We both loved the feel of Kansas City, with its reputation for great food and live music. We were also super impressed with the faculty and training opportunities here, and happy to stay in the Midwest. The people were down-to-earth, fun-loving, and super friendly and I felt comfortable immediately.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: I’m looking forward to exploring the restaurant scene and music, as well as the beautiful outdoor spaces.
Who inspires you: My family and my patients, as well as my wonderful husband, inspire me and keep me going every day.
Where do you live in Kansas City: I live at The Yards apartments in the Stockyards district.
Ronald Palmen
Ronald PalmenMedical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Hometown: Kenosha, WI
Career aspiration: Cardiology – adult or adult congenital cardiology
Hobbies: Naps, cooking, running, hiking, being outdoors
Why did you choose UMKC: I felt I meshed welI with the residents I interviewed with and they took me to Betty Rae’s, so can’t beat that, in addition to great and diverse experiences for both pediatrics and internal medicine training. Also, weather in KC a plus compared to Wisconsin.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: Walk my dog around the neighborhood, sip some local brews – caffeinated or hoppy, ordering from any local restaurant, experience new places, and ultimately be outside.
Who inspires you: My parents, mother nature, and my wife
Where do you live in Kansas City: Brookside
Nicole Rogers
Nicole RogersMedical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Hometown: Lee Summit, MO
Career aspiration: I am currently interested in primary care. There is nothing better than being able to take care of the same patient from when they are born into adulthood!
Hobbies: In my free time, I love volunteering at one of the animal shelters in the KC metro. It is so rewarding and fun to spend time hanging out with the dogs! I also enjoy hiking, baking, and reading. My sister recently moved to Aspen, CO so I hope to add skiing to the hobbies list soon!
Why did you choose UMKC: I was lucky enough to spend 7 years at UMKC prior to starting residency. During this time, I had many rotations with some of the current med/peds residents. I was impressed with how kind (and fun!) they were as well as incredibly well trained. The med/peds residents are highly regarded amongst the medical students! I love the patient population in Kansas City, the facilities, and the immense opportunities that UMKC affords its residents. The program has a family feel and I could easily tell that the residents enjoyed each other’s company and had each other’s backs.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: Bakeries and coffee shops are plentiful in KC and I love trying them all. McLain’s and Messenger are my favorites! Finding new trails or having a picnic at my favorite spots fun too. My family lives in Lee’s Summit so I will always welcome time with them and of course a home cooked meal.
Who inspires you: My parents have always been an inspiration to work hard, show others unconditional love, and do the best you can. Recently, I have been inspired by Brené Brown’s work on shame and its relation to empathy, connection to others, and loneliness. Her work is so powerful!
Where do you live in Kansas City: Plaza area

 

Welcome from the Chief Residents

Scott Biggerstaff

Scott Biggerstaff
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Anna Nicek

Anna Nicek
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Welcome from the Chief Residents!

Wild times, right? Residency applications and interviews are going to be weird this fall/winter and we’re sorry about that. The process is evolving for everyone, but our program’s commitment to training top notch residents and people remains a constant. Thanks for your interest in the Internal Medicine & Pediatrics program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Here’s a little bit about us:

Founded in 1984, UMKC Med-Peds is a mid-sized program that trains six residents per academic year. Our residents receive dual training while working at three separate institutions – Children’s Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical Center, and St. Luke’s Health System of Kansas City. Working at three large academic centers gives our residents an incredible breadth and depth of experiences in general Internal Medicine/Pediatrics and their subspecialties. As residents in a comprehensive and challenging dual program, we learn to become leaders within the ever changing healthcare environment. With supportive faculty and respected recognition within our categorical Medicine and Pediatrics programs, our residents gain the necessary experience to pursue any career goal. We offer an extensive subset of electives and academic pursuits including nationally recognized research and the ability to rotate internationally through our Pediatric hospital’s global health track. Whether it be primary care, subspecialty fellowship, or academic medicine, over their four years of training at UMKC, our residents become well positioned for the next chapter in their medical profession.

Residency is challenging, so the people you surround yourself with matter. Despite our excellent academic record and the respect our residents receive within each of our categorical programs, we pride ourselves most on the culture of support, safety, and the camaraderie we have created. From residents to faculty to our supporting administrators, we have a tight-knit family within our Med-Peds program. We’re not just colleagues, we’re friends.

And what about Kansas City? KC has a casual pace, friendly Midwest vibes, and big city amenities. Plus the FOOD–enough farm-to-table to keep Portland transplants happy and enough barbecue to give even the hardiest carnivore ‘meat sweats’. Professional baseball, soccer, hockey, and football teams call Kansas City home.  We even got to celebrate our city’s first Super Bowl Championship in 50 years this past winter!  Enjoy the KC Symphony at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, the works of internationally renowned artists at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and poke around one of Kansas City’s more than 20 museums to learn about jazz, WWI, and a steamboat that went the way of the dodo. The live music scene was bumpin, too, but I’ll just give you a big shoulder shrug on what that will look like over the course of the next year.

Take some time to look around and let us know if you have questions – we love our program and hope to share it with you someday!

Scott & Anna

PGY2 – Class of 2023

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PGY4 | PGY3PGY2 | PGY1 | Chief Residents

Caitlin Armstrong
Armstrong, CaitlinMedical School: UMKC SOM
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Career aspirations: I am interested in adolescent medicine and endocrinology, but also hospital medicine and primary care. We shall see.
Hobbies: I love movies, and make a point to support my local theaters. I especially love horror movies and anime. I am also really into art, music, and stand up comedy. I like to see live shows whenever I can. I make art sometimes but alas I cannot make music, I just appreciate it. I’m also really trying to enjoy cooking and exercise, its a work in progress.
Why did you choose UMKC? I fell in love with med peds because of our program. I love the culture and the people that make it the way that it is. As soon as I decided on med peds, I basically had decided on UMKC med peds, it just feels like home here. I love the differences in the institutions and the diversity in patient population. You get exposure to a huge range of environments and pathologies. Also the food is real good.
What do you like to do in Kansas City? My entire family is in KC, so I really love to spend time with them when I can. I spend most of my free nights eating dinner at my older sister’s because she is an amazing cook and always lets me mooch, and I get to play with my 2 year old niece Eve who brings me endless joy. I also love the live music scene, and omg the restaurants. I love to try new restaurants, but its equally satisfying being a regular at my favorite places like Tiki Taco and Ashleigh’s Bake Shop.
What inspires you? When it comes down to it, patients and families always remind me why I’m here. I just like people and relating to one another on a basic human level. Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying that just a nice conversation about diet and exercise.
Where do you live in Kansas City? I live at Union Hill Apartments.
Daniel Merrill
Dan MerrillMedical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU)
Hometown: Byron, IL
Career aspirations: Med/peds Hospitalist
Hobbies: Soccer, racketball, NCAA basketball (go BYU!), Netflix with my wife after the kids go down to sleep.
Why did you choose UMKC? I knew a prior med/peds Cheif at UMKC who was instrumental in opening my eyes into the med/peds world. Also, the down the earth residents and the surprisingly deep conversations I was able to have with the staff on interview day was great in differentiating this program from the rest. Plus I love KC!
What do you like to do in Kansas City? Well, I’m married with 2 kids so currently it’s all about the KC zoo, Dianna Rose Farmstead, parks/playgrounds, and hiking.
What inspires you? My wife has supported my struggles all throughout my medical education and continues to keep me grounded. I also have great faith in Jesus Christ which prompts me to be better person each day.
Where do you live in Kansas City? We bought a home about 12 minutes east of work and live close to all your typical amenities however we are far enough away to hear a rooster crow each and every morning.
Taylor Needham
Needham, TaylorMedical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Hometown: Van Buren, AR
Career aspirations: Med/Peds Hospitalist, possibly Palliative Care or ID
Hobbies: Tennis, Seeing a movie with buttery popcorn, Coffee shop
Why did you choose UMKC? It felt like the residents and faculty had read every part of my application; they were the most interested in me as a person and made me feel like they chose me to come and interview based on my educational goals and previous achievements
What do you like to do in Kansas City? Walking the trail in Mill Park, Q39 BBQ, Roller coasters at World of Fun, Tabletop games at Spanky’s Card Shop
What inspires you? My family, who support me from hours away. My friends, both the new here in KC and the old scattered across the country. And my patients, who help me to be a better doctor everyday
Where do you live in Kansas City? Plaza
Jennifer Paumen
Paumen, JenniferMedical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Hometown: Silver Lake, Minnesota
Career aspirations: Med-Peds primary care will likely be a major part of my future practice, but I love inpatient work as well and ideally would love to do both. I also want to continue to incorporate community advocacy and global health into my career.
Hobbies: playing with my puppy, running, hiking, fishing, disc golf, dance, yoga, reading, and spending as much time with family and friends as possible
Why did you choose UMKC? It felt like a place I would be challenged and supported to grow into the kind of physician I aspire to be. The program had every aspect that I was looking for- a Med-Peds clinic that serves a diverse patient population, both private and safe-net training hospitals, pediatric hospital that cares for a large geographical area, advocacy/global health education and opportunities, etc. Plus, everyone I met on my interview seemed truly happy and supportive of each other, and the leadership was clearly passionate about the program and the residents.
What do you like to do in Kansas City? My husband, puppy, and I have enjoyed exploring the parks and hiking trails around the city along with enjoying new restaurants with new friends. Looking forward to exploring the river market, museums, and seeing some Royals games.
What inspires you? People dedicated to their individual growth and the growth of others. Those making a difference in the lives of others, in our world, and in our future.
Where do you live in Kansas City? We live north of the river.
Kevin Wang
Wang, KevinMedical School: Des Moines University
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Career Aspirations: A healthy combination of primary care, public health, pulm/crit, Peds Card and adult GI.
Hobbies: Doing absolutely nothing, plants, day dreaming about getting a dog, planning my next vacation, hiking, naps, and working out.Why did you choose UMKC? Fun, down to earth residents, top notch pediatric hospital, safety net adult hospital and a fun Midwest city with excellent food and cheap gas.What do you like to do in Kansas City? Museums, plaza people watching, checking out new restaurants, jazz bars
What inspires you? My family, my patients, Meredith Palmer
Where do you live in Kansas City? Westport
Samantha Winstead
Winstead, SamanthaMedical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine- Rockford
Hometown: Illinois City, IL
Career aspirations: Rural Primary Care- Combined Inpatient & Outpatient
Hobbies: running, cooking with my husband, exploring KC, traveling whenever possible, and reading sci-fi or whatever seems interesting at the moment
Why did you choose UMKC? Strong primary care support and dinner. I already thought that UMKC might be a strong fit, because I was looking for a program that historically supported their primary care grads well. The faculty here were so genuinely interested in my goals and me as a person. The cherry on top was dinner next to Anna Leu- I may or may not have ordered a salad at a BBQ place after the waitress so heavily recommended it. The salad was…unfortunate…and before I knew it some stranger was sliding brisket and cheesy corn onto my plate. The residents are hilarious, friendly, and made dinner the highlight of my interview season. Also, I couples matched with my husband Hunter (EM), and with their outstanding program, it was a great fit.What do you like to do in Kansas City? Eat chili pepper wontons at Blue Koi, watch people bake at the 3 level coffeeshop/ bakery Messenger + Ibis, play mini golf at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, run along the Berkley Riverfront trail, invite family & friends to town to eat BBQ at Joes, pretend I’m part of the Fab 5 from Queer Eye #KC, explore the many breweries and First Fridays with friends
What inspires you? My family, who have worked hard their whole lives, and make me the person and doc I try to be. Thanks fam, love you!
Where do you live in Kansas City? Union Hill

 

PGY4 – Class of 2021


PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1 | Chief Residents

Scott Biggerstaff


Medical School: A.T. Still University (Kirksville)
Hometown: Lee’s Summit, MO
Career aspirations: Medical education
Hobbies: Soccer, biking, reading, cooking, camping
Why did you choose UMKC: I really enjoyed working with the residents and faculty during a one month Sub-I. The program’s based at three great teaching hospitals and I could tell the Med-Peds residents and faculty liked each other in a way that went beyond coworker civility. Plus, my family’s close by and I love Kansas City sports.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: Bike around town, post up at coffee shops, check out First Fridays, grab a drink with friends on a patio or at a brewery
Who inspires you:
Men and women of heroic virtue; Jesus
Where do you live in Kansas City: Westport

Kaitlin Brooks

Medical School: University of Kansas
Hometown:
Wichita, KS
Career aspirations:
I would love to be a Med/Peds hospitalist. I am also very interested in palliative care.
Hobbies:
Netflix, dancing, Harry Potter, the Bachelor franchise, making friends out of strangers, Facebook creeping, and extreme ironing (when you are running late and have only seconds to iron something).
Why did you choose UMKC?
I chose UMKC because of how much I laughed during the two days at my interview. Dr. Gardner was also clearly so passionate about the program and cared so much about her residents. I knew this was an environment that would challenge and support me.
What do you like to do in Kansas City?
I have a lot of family in Kansas City and we frequently have potluck dinners (my friends often tag along). I love going to concerts and doing trivia nights.
What inspires you?
My parents, my mentors, my patients.
Where do you live in Kansas City?
Midtown

Kristen Jones

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Grand Junction, CO
Career aspirations: I really love intensive care and currently plan on doing either an adult or pediatric critical care fellowship.
Hobbies: I really love to read. And I like to bake – cupcakes are the most fun! I recently discovered yoga and I’m learning to embrace falling. I listen to lots of country music. And naps – I like naps.
Why did you choose UMKC: My interview at UMKC really sealed the deal. I knew going in that it would be a phenomenal place to learn. And then on my interview, I really felt like I clicked with the residents and the faculty. It struck me as a place were I could find a family.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: ​I love the River Market area! And I really enjoy finding new coffee shops or little restaurants to try. Plus, I really like that the Broncos play in KC at least once a year!!
What inspires you:
Attendings who never loose the thrill of learning and those that go the extra mile for their patients. My husband – who pursues his goals with seemingly unfailing drive.
Where do you live in Kansas City: Downtown

 

Anna Nicek

Anna NicekMedical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Career aspirations: Primary Care
Hobbies: Cooking, throwing any sort of themed party (old person party, pancakes and plaids, tiki-themed, 20s themed…you name it), hiking, or playing with our adorable Goldendoodle, Penny Lane. When I am not doing those things you can probably find me posted up on my couch watching BBC crime dramas
Why did you choose UMKC: I fell in love with the UMKC program from day one. The faculty and staff I interviewed with were approachable and down-to-earth. I knew I would be surrounded by supportive people as I started the very difficult journey that is residency. The UMKC Med-Peds residents are what impressed me the most about the program–They were fun, intelligent, and easy to talk to. As well, they were very balanced people that worked hard, but also enjoyed life outside of the hospital.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: Go to outdoor concerts, run with my dog in the beautiful parks throughout KC, and try all of the local bars and restaurants in our area.
What inspires you: My family. They are all very hardworking and caring people so I strive to make them proud every day.
Where do you live in Kansas City: Brookside/Waldo

Grant Parker

Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Career aspirations: Primary Care
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, and working out.
Why did you choose UMKC: Everything about my interview day was awesome. The program director and coordinator made everything feel so welcoming. The faculty and residents I interacted with were all happy and wonderful. Overall, it felt like a supportive environment and a place I fit in. The Internal Medicine and Pediatrics programs felt strong with three large and diverse hospitals for training. Also, Kansas City is a great place to live.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: I enjoy going to see the variety of bands that come to play in KC. The Nelson-Atkins and Kemper Museums are great places to spend some free time. There is an endless amount of food to eat in KC. It is always relaxing to find a nice patio to enjoy some tasty food, sunlight, and fresh air.
What inspires you: My family and friends are a constant source of inspiration for me.
Where do you live in Kansas City: Crossroads District

Matthew Warren

Matthew Warren

Medical School: Mercer University SOM
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Career aspirations: Adult congenital cardiology
Hobbies: I am fascinated with the idea of procuring my own food and being in total control where it comes from, so I really enjoy hunting, fishing, and gardening.
Why did you choose UMKC? I really liked everything I saw here, from the city to the hospitals to the residents. It really seemed like a great fit from day one.
What do you like to do in Kansas City? Outside of my hobbies, I enjoy the WWI Museum, hiking at the Parkville Nature Sanctuary, and of course Joe’s KC BBQ.
What inspires you? I am inspired by constantly striving to better myself as a physician in order to best take care of my patients. Medicine is a constantly evolving field and I hope to always keep learning.
Where do you live in Kansas City? Mission Hills, KS with my wife, daughter Ellie Davis, and two English Cocker Spaniels.