PGY3- Class of 2022

Med Peds Interns 2018
PGY4PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1 | Chief Residents

Charles Maloy
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Career Aspirations: Med/Peds Hospitalist
Hobbies: Game nights, golf, reading, movies, traveling with my wife, and playing with our two dogs
Why did you choose UMKC? II had a great couple of days on my interview, the residents and faculty were very friendly and welcoming The Medicine and Pediatrics programs are both strong, and the three hospitals give plenty of diversity in training. Most importantly, the Med/Peds residents were obviously a tight knit group and truly seemed to enjoy their time at UMKC.
What do you like to do in Kansas City? My wife and I enjoy eating at new restaurants and there is so much selection in Kansas City. We also really enjoy going to the River Market. I’m looking forward to going to some Chiefs and Royals games. Also, the World War I museum is incredible.
What inspires you? My family and friends are always supportive and loving and inspire me through the good days and bad days.
Where do you live in Kansas City? Fairway (homeowner).
Rachel Warnert
Med school: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Hometown: St. Joseph, MN
Career aspirations: I would like to work in a medical center in a smaller community doing combined inpatient/outpatient work.
Hobbies: I love swimming, puzzles, and watching my favorite shows on repeat on Netflix. I am passionate about hockey (aka, the greatest sport there ever is, was, or will be).
Why did you choose UMKC? I enjoyed all of my conversations and experiences on interview day, and it seemed like a great fit. I could feel the passion the program leadership, faculty, and staff all have for the program and felt that it is an inspiring place to learn and grow as a physician.
What do you like to do in Kansas City? I’m excited to get to know the music and food scene in KC (I’m told BBQ is a thing here) and look forward to catching a few Royals games when the MN Twins are in town!
What inspires you? Seeing people make positive change in their lives and pursue their dreams with passion and intention.
Where do you live in Kansas City? Meadowbrook Heights neighborhood.
Johana Mejias-Beck
Med school: Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Career aspirations: Med-Peds hospitalist and primary care; academic medicine
Hobbies: outdoors (camping, hiking), road biking, swimming, tough mudders/spartan races, puzzles, cooking
Why did you choose UMKC? The people. My interviews were so pleasant and engaging. The residents were happy, kind, genuine, and funny! I’m a gut-feel type of person, and interview day just felt right to me. I remember calling my husband and family right after and telling them that I had found the place!
What do you like to do in Kansas City? Eat BBQ. Enjoy the open spaces. Walk around the many different neighborhoods that have a lot of character and charm. Take our golden doodle to the dog parks and open spaces! Drink coffee from the many different coffee shops around the city!
What inspires you? My husband and family, my life journey.
Where do you live in Kansas City
? Prairie Village
Sindhura Pisipati
Sindhura PisipatiMed school: University of Missouri Kansas City
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Career aspirations: I would like to become a Med-Peds Hospitalist, dividing my time equally between the two fields. I also hope to be involved in global health and volunteer my time abroad in any way that I can.
Hobbies: I enjoy learning, performing and teaching dance; hiking; and traveling
Why did you choose UMKC? I chose UMKC because of the people. As a UMKC student, I had the benefit of having a first-hand glimpse of the Med-Peds department. The faculty and residents are extremely welcoming and generous. They readily give their valuable time to help you. In addition to the people, I knew that UMKC will provide amazing training that will help me to reach my career goals.
What do you like to do in Kansas City? Kansas City is a small city, but it is not at all a quiet city. There is always something to do and something everyone will enjoy.
What inspires you? My ultimate inspiration is my Uncle, who was an amazing physician and role model in our family. I aspire to be like him.
Where do you live in Kansas City? Westport
Gayathri Kumar
Med school: University of Missouri Kansas City
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Career aspirations: Critical care or med/peds hospitalist, global health
Hobbies: reading, gardening, finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, exploring KC and snuggling my pup.
Why did you choose UMKC? Over the past 6 years, I’ve fallen in love with Kansas City. This city and the program at UMKC have a lot of heart. Throughout medical school, I was able to work with several Med/Peds residents, and I was impressed with how genuine and bright they are. Also, the faculty at UMKC are incredibly supportive and compassionate. I love the diversity in our patient population across the three hospitals and feel privileged to be able to work with the underserved population of KC.
What do you like to do in Kansas City? River Market is my favorite part of town. I enjoy walking by the river, going to farmer’s markets, exploring new coffee shops and the KC restaurant scene.
What inspires you? My parents, patients, and perfect cups of tea.
Where do you live in Kansas City? Downtown.
Andrew Shore
Med school: College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Hometown: Claremont, California
Career aspirations: Med/Peds primary care, Med/Peds hospitalist, and global/refugee health.
Hobbies: Hiking, baking, tea blending, gardening, playing board games.
Why did you choose UMKC? The people, the quality of training, and the city.
What do you like to do in Kansas City? Exploring parts of the city I haven’t seen yet, finding new coffee shops and restaurants, listening to live music, running in the park.
What inspires you? My family, my friends, and my mentors.
Where do you live in Kansas City? Still looking to buy or rent a home



Where are we now?

UMKC Med-Peds residency graduates take many different career paths after graduation.

Our graduates and their current careers are organized by year of graduation.


Nicholas Gier – Hospitalist – Kansas City Metro

Jonathan Kendall – IM Hospitalist/IM-Peds Clinic – Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, MO

Andre Koop – Hospitalist – Sound Physicians, Wichita, KS

Olivia Kwan – Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship – Indiana University

Joanne Loethen – IM Chief Resident UMKC – Kansas City, MO

Micah Warren – Geriatric Fellowship UMKC – Kansas City, MO


Jayme Kwak – Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Hospitalist, Illinois

Clayton Mowrer – Combined Infectious Disease Fellowship, Omaha, NE

Kyle Reed – Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Primary Care, Liberty, MO

Paymon Savoji – Internal Medicine Hospitalist, Kansas City, MO

Katelyn Smelser – Internal Medicine Hospitalist, Kansas City, MO

Jared Willard – Sports Medicine Fellowship, Nashville, TN


Aunya Cameron, M.D. – Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Primary Care, KS

Jane Duong, M.D. – Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Hospitalist, Cleveland OH

Jamesia Donato, M.D. –  Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City MO

Jeremy Jennings, D.O. – Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Traditional Practice, Glacier Medical Associates, Whitefish MT

Danny Lambrecht, M.D. – Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Primary Care, University of Colorado Health, Sterling CO

Ramy Sayed, M.D. – Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Traditional Practice, Smyrna TN


Jeremy Avila, M.D. – Combined Primary Care, Memphis, TN

“… After finishing residency, I jumped into a combined primary care clinic in one of the suburbs of Memphis, TN, where I grew up. As I see patients of all levels of complexity, from newborns to octogenarians, I am so thankful for the breadth of experience I gained through residency at UMKC. Dr. Gardner established a culture of evidence based practice and going the extra mile for patients that I try to implement in my practice every day. UMKC prepared me well for outpatient primary care and for both board exams’ … Dr. Avila

Mara Horwitz, M.D. –Combined Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

“…One of my favorite parts of residency at UMKC was the chance to gain clinical exposure in multiple areas of interest.  During residency I was provided with ample opportunity to explore subspecialties.  My introduction to both pediatric and adult rheumatology early in residency was crucial in reinforcing my interest in the field.  Later, conference leave allowed me to attend the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting, further piquing my interest and solidifying my decision to pursue a combined fellowship.

Now that I am in my fellowship training, I am grateful for the clinical experiences that helped prepare me for this next step in my career.  The immense variety of pathology seen between the three hospitals we worked at during residency has given me a solid background on which to build further knowledge.  Experience performing our own joint injections in clinic, as well as aspirations on the floors has given me confidence in performing these procedures early in my fellowship. 

Finally, no reflection on my path to fellowship would be complete without also acknowledging the terrific people who encouraged and aided me along the way.   Everyone I approached for guidance during residency was very supportive and helpful, from the leadership of our program, to the rheumatologists who happily shared their knowledge and advice with me.  “… Dr. Horwitz

Matt Lindquist, M.D. –   Weight Management Clinic, Kansas City MO           
Amanda Sommerville, M.D. – Primary Care, Kansas City, MO
Shubra Srinivas, M.D. – Internal Medicine and Pediatric Hospitalist, Omaha, NE

Simmi Arora, M.D. – Hematology/Oncology Fellowship

“… The Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program at UMKC helped to prepare me for my fellowship in many ways. Between the three excellent hospitals, I was exposed to a broad range of diseases and a diverse population of patients. I had the unique opportunity to work with several med/peds faculty members who helped me grow in not only my medical knowledge, but also in my approach to patients. I was given enough autonomy to hold myself accountable for the care of my patients, but also all of the support I needed – day or night. I am a better doctor and will be a better hematologist and oncologist because of my residency at UMKC, and for that I will always be thankful”… Dr. Arora/Elder


Maggie Bozarth, M.D.-   Primary Care, Saint Luke’s South, OPKS

Tray Sifers, M.D.  – Served as an internal medicine chief 2016-2017 and currently Allergy/Immunology Fellowship in Mt. Sinai

James Kim, M.D. –  Internal Medicine Hospitalist at Saint Luke’s Hospital, KCMO

 “Fourth year of residency is an amazing time when you finally see the “light at the end of the tunnel.” Now, you get to decide your future career (private practice, academics, hospitalist, rural, primary care, fellowship). It’s a time of self-reflection over the past 8 years of medical training and determining from those past 8 years what you consider to be the most important (family time, high acuity patients, call schedule), how you want to invest your time and what you consider to be most fulfilling. As a true Med-Peds resident, I felt pulled in a lot of different directions. We are trained in a residency program that provides you with almost too many options. But in all those options, I felt prepared and equipped. I wanted to be a Med-Peds physician because I felt like they were the most complete physician, and after working in a rural hospital as their hospitalist and ER physician, as an overnight hospitalist covering the ICU, and as an IM hospitalist in a large academic center, I feel that my training has allowed me to give my patients some of the best and most complete care.” …. Dr. Kim

Kristin Hirni, M.D. – Hospitalist, Menorah Medical Center, OPKS
Leah Brandon, D.O.- Primary Care, Mercy Clinics, Des Moines, IA


Heather Doss, M.D. – Internal Medicine- Pediatrics Primary Care Liberty, MO *Served as an internal medicine chief 2015-2016
 ” My MedPeds residency at UMKC prepared me well to practice Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. I was able to see such a wide range of patients and diseases at Children’s Mercy, Truman (community hospital) and St Luke’s (tertiary referral). My favorite part of training was our MedPeds clinic. Not only did I feel like I learned a lot by having my own patient panel, but it was always such a welcome environment with my MedPeds family. The MedPeds attendings were great mentors. I felt prepared from both a medical knowledge as well as patient care perspective after graduating. UMKC made me a well-rounded provider and I enjoyed my residency so much I decided to stay on as faculty.” … Dr. Doss

Jacqueline Kitchen, M.D. – Program Director of Internal Medicine/Pediatrics UMKC  *Served as an internal medicine chief 2015-2016
“Training at UMKC provides exposure to a diagnostically diverse patient population in both internal medicine and pediatrics and gives residents these opportunities in a variety of clinical settings. We are fortunate to work in a fantastic free standing pediatric hospital for our pediatric training, as well as a tertiary referral hospital for medicine, and a county hospital dedicated to our local community for our internal medicine training. While I cannot give enough thanks for the excellent clinical exposure I received during training, the greatest strength of our program is the sense of community and camaraderie we have within our program and with our categorical programs. My wish for each of you is that you will find a residency program where you will be intellectually and academically challenged in a way that will help you flourish into excellent practicing physicians.” …. Dr. Kitchen

Nicholas Madden, M.D. – Private Practice, Atlanta, GA
Matt Schmitt, M.D. – Hospitalist, Kaiser Permanente, Denver, CO  *Served as an internal medicine chief 2015-2016
Ryan Stone, D.O. – MedPeds Hospitalist, Schmeck Medical Center, Seymour, IN
Trey Thomason, D.O. – Primary Care MedPeds, Hinton, OK


        Kristy Jones, D.O.  – Hospitalist, Bentonville, AR
       Jennifer Nguyen, M.D.  – Primary Care, St. Louis, MO
       Jennifer Paisley, M.D.  – Primary Care, Newton, IA
       Buddy Rogers, D.O.  – Primary Care, Kansas City, MO
       Kevin Wherry, M.D.  – Primary Care, Lincoln City, OR


Chris Fitzgerald, M.D. – Primary Care Kaiser Permanente, Beverly Hills, CA
Brian Haas, M.D. –  Hospitalist at Centerpoint Medical Center, Lees Summit, MO
Emily Haury, M.D. – Academic MedPeds, UMKC, KCM
Ashley Matthews,  M.D. – Primary Care, Saint Luke’s North, KCMO
Carmen Storm,  M.D. – Primary Care Heartland Clinic, St. Joseph, MO
Casey Willimann,  M.D. – Primary Care, Santa Barbara, CA


Adrian Chen, M.D. Primary Care, Mosaic Healthcare SystemGladstone, MO
Hon Dang, M.D. – Hospitalist: HCA, OPKS
Samantha Hatfield, M.D. – Primary Care, Walnut Ridge, AR
Health Wilt, D.O. – Cardiologist, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, OPKS


Neal Anson, M.D. – Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Practice, Liberty MO
Alan Chan, M.D. – MedPeds Hospitalist, Orlando, FL
Matthew Garrison, M.D. – Hospitalist, Johnson City, Tennessee
Seiji Ito, M.D. – Adult and Pediatric Cardiologist, MD
Nicole Poppinga, M.D. – Primary Care,  Pierre, South Dakota
Molly Uhlenhake, D.O. – Academic MedPeds, UMKC, KCMO


Angela Canady, M.D. – Allergy/Immunology, Fishman Allergy & Asthma Providers, Washington, DC
Jennifer Flint, M.D. – Pediatric Critical Care, Children’s Mercy Hospital
Chelsey Grimm, M.D. – Hospitalist, Chattanooga Hamilton County Hospital Authority, Chattanooga, TN


Elizabeth Kay Gerstner, M.D. – Primary Care, Liberty Clinic, Liberty MO
David McCrary, M.D. – Infectious Disease, West County Adult Medicine, Chesterfield, MO
Michael Nyp, D.O. – Neonatologist, Children’s Mercy Hospital, KCMO
Christopher Turner, M.D. – Hospitalist, Med-Peds, Nashville, TN


Nichole Clark, D.O. – Pulmonary/Critical Care, Research Medical Center, KCMO
Hillary Lawrence, M.D. – Dermatology Residency, University of Kansas Medical Center
Stephanie Sypniewski, M.D. – Private Practice Med-Peds, Houston TX
Anthony Zeimet, D.O. – Infectious Disease Fellowship, University of Missouri – Columbia


Leticia Alaniz, M.D. – Private Practice Med-Peds, Rolla MO
Paul Johnson, D.O. – Hospitalist, Truman Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital
Jennifer McBride, M.D. – Academic Med-Peds, University of Missouri Kansas City


Residents Research Listing



Research Presentations

Presenting a poster and pediatric pulmonary case report at the annual CHEST meeting in Toronto Canada 10/29-31st A Rare Case of Isolated Pauciimmune Pulmonary Capillaritis in a Child.
Jonathan Kendall

Quality improvement: Preventing pediatric dental carries through routine fluoride application.
Jeremy Jennings

Quality improvement: Improving Access to Educational Materials During Well Child Examinations for Arabic-Speaking Population.
Ramy Sayed and Aunya Cameron


Research Presentations

Platform presentation at PAS 2017 in SF, CA entitled: “Outcomes of Children with Respiratory Viruses Before Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant”
Clayton Mower

QI and poster presentation: An assessment of patient nonuse of TMC’s Online patient portal within the red clinic.
Jeremy Avila

Research and Poster Presentation: Relation of Sex and Age to Electrocardiographic Patterns Found on Cardiovascular Screening in Student Athletes.
Jared Willard

Quality improvement project and poster presentation: Improving Clinic Continuity in Resident Run Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic”
Jamesia Durden

Case and poster presentation: Acute Obstructive Nephropathy and Tumor Lysis Syndrome as the Initial Presentation for Sporadic Burkitt Lymphoma
Simmi Arora


Research Presentations

Handoffs: A Survey of TMC Night Float
Jacqueline  Kitchen
Dr. Sara Gardner

A Retrospective Analysis of Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy in Patients With and Without Pathologic Confirmation of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Nick Madden
Dr. David Schomas

Advanced Directives in Primary Care
Trey Thomason, DO
Leah Brandon

Tdap: a reflection of adult Vaccinations
Heather Doss
James Kim
Dr. Sara Gardner


Research Presentations

Delay in note completion affecting patient care
Kevin Wherry

Etiologies of Neurologic Deterioration in the First 30 days Following Ischemic Stroke
Kristin Hirni
Iftikar Ahmed

Blood Pressure management in the outpatient clinic
Kristy Jones

Title Esophageal band ligation in the Pediatric patient: A 15year review
Peter Rogers
James Daniels

Improving comprehensive diabetes care
Jennifer Nguyen
Emily Haury

Adult Health Maintenance Project
Jennifer Paisley


Research Presentations

Quality Improvement: Hepatitis B Vaccination Rates Among Diabetics in The Center for Family Health
Casey Williaman, MD
Matt Schmitt, MD
Sara Gardner, MD

Screening for Diabetic Neuropathy in the Med-Peds Resident Clinic: A Quality Improvement Study
Emily Haury, MD
Chris Fitzgerald, MD

ITE scores and how they relate to work hour restrictions
Carmen Storm, MD

Quality Improvement Project:  Identifying barriers to faculty attendance at Internal Medicine resident morning report at Truman Medical Center
Ashley Mathews, MD
Sara Gardner and Jean Carstensen

Comparing of the effects of adolescent obesity on cardiac functioning to known congenital heart disease
Wilt Heath
Dr William Drake


Research Presentations

Adolescent Preferences for the Use of Chaperones during Genital and Breast exams
Molly Uhlenhake, DO
Dr. Laurie Hornerger

Telemedicine echo lab would help local providers and patients
Seiji Ito, MD
Dr. Mark Gelatt-CMH

Increase patient communication related to outpatient lab results
Neal Anson, MD
Dr. Jean Carstensen

Review of the use of sildenafil in term infants less than one year of age at CMH
Nicole Poppinga, MD
Drs. William Truog and Michael Nyp

Pre and Post Outcomes on Implementation of Electronic Medication Administration Records
Alan Chan, MD
Michael Huke, Pharm D. and Melissa Gabriel, Pharm.D., BCPS

The effect of removing drug reps from the hospitals on resident medical education regarding new drugs and therapies
Matt Garrison


Research Presentations

Telemedicine Pediatric Echocardiography: 11 Years Experience at a Regional Medical Center
Presented at American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition
Seiji Ito, M.D.

Streptococcus Pneumoniae Causing Mycotic Aneurysm in Pediatric Patient with Coarctation of the Aorta
Presented at American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition
Winner of Clinical Case Presentation Med-Peds Section AAPNCE
Brian Haas, D.O.
Heath Wilt, D.O.

A Change of Heart: Comparing effects of adolescent obesity on cardiac functioning to known congenital heart disease.
Presented at CMH Research Days
Heath Wilt, D.O.

Potts Puffy Tumor: A subtle clue in a 19-year-old male convinced he has migraines.
Clinical Case Presentation runner-up AAPNCE
Heath Wilt, D.O.
Christopher Fitzgerald, M.D.


2011 Special Honors or awards:

Neal Anson, M.D. – Arms Award in Internal Medicine
UMKC School of Medicine IM Residency, June 2011

Matthew Garrison, M.D. – Medical Student Resident Teacher of the Year
Children’s Mercy Hospital, June 2011

Ashley Mathews, M.D. – Gold Humanism Honor Society
UMKC School of Medicine, 2011

Molly Uhlenhake, D.O. – Sirridge Award for Humanism in Medicine
UMKC School of Medicine, IM Residency, June 2011

Molly Uhlenhake, D.O. – Medical Staff Wives Award
Saint Luke’s Hospital, June 2011

Molly Uhlenhake, D.O. – Gold Humanism Honor Society
UMKC School of Medicine, 2011

Heath Wilt, D.O. – Med Student Resident Teacher of Year Award
Children’s Mercy Hospital, June 2010

Application Information

Our program will evaluate the overall fit of individual applicants within our program based on personal characteristics of tenacity, resiliency, dedication, and interpersonal skills taking into consideration the benefits of diversity of cultural, educational, and experiential backgrounds.

Applicant Requirements

Resiliency in this wave of change and challenges: Like you, we have not had a recruitment season quite like this one. Let’s start out by acknowledging that we are in this together!

First and foremost, we believe in a holistic application review. An individual’s entire application is reviewed when considering them for an interview. While this includes objective measures that have traditionally been the focus of residency interviews such as standardized test scores, performance on subject examinations, and rotation evaluations, we also place a strong emphasis on personal, professional, and leadership experiences in addition to letters of recommendation. Unique life experiences lead to unique perspectives in the care of our patients, ideas on how to problem solve, and growth opportunities. We have been fine-tuning a candidate evaluation tool that informs our rank system within this holistic review process.

We understand that the pandemic has changed our applicants’ options for sub-internships and away rotations. As recommended by our national leaders in medical education, we will consider each application individually with these circumstances in mind.

Our program, like all combined Med-Peds training programs, requires a rigorous curriculum. We do not have minimum USMLE/COMLEX scores, but we do prefer applicants who score at or above the national mean. This year, we will not require a passing USMLE Step 2 CS score for ranking. We require two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty who truly know you well. You may have two personal letters and one letter from a Department Chair. These letters should inform us on who you are as a student, a future resident, and a person. Use your discretion to identify the letter writers with the best ability to capture this in writing.

Any applicant who is currently a resident in another residency program or has completed any prior residency training must submit a letter from their former or current program director stating that they are a resident in good standing and acknowledging their understanding that the applicant is applying to our program.

Applications are reviewed by the Residency Recruitment Committee prior to decisions to interview. With the delayed access to ERAS, we anticipate a later interview start date this academic year. To allow our committee time to thoroughly review our many qualified applicants, we anticipate sending initial interview invitations in early November. Through the interview season, we will offer rolling interview invitations.

Once our interview positions are full, we create a waiting list. You will be contacted by our coordinator if a position becomes available.

We make every attempt to notify each applicant regarding the status of their application. You may contact our residency coordinator, Tani Daumas, if you have any questions regarding the status of your application.

The program can sponsor J1 visas, but in accordance with UMKC School of Medicine policy, we do not have the ability to sponsor H1B visas.

Post-Interview Communication Policy:  We support the recommendations from the ACGME/NRMP for minimal post-interview communication.

“Programs should discourage routine thank you notes from interviewed applicants and indicate that such communications will not routinely receive a reply.”

This year we are all in a unique scenario and understand that you may have more questions than ever before. We OPENLY encourage you to ask clarifying questions, to seek out the details you need to understand our program better, and find ways to virtually connect with our residents. However, we will not routinely reply to thank you notes  out of respect to your clinical duties and your time. Additionally, we will not reach out to you after our interview with you. Please understand that this is NOT a reflection of our interest in you as an individual but our sincere interest in protecting you and your time.

Interview schedule

2020 Dates

November 3
November 5
November 10
November 12
November 17
November 19
November 24 
December 1
December 3
December 8
December 10
December 15
December 17
January 5, 2021
January 7, 2021
January 19, 2021
January 21, 2021

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator:

Tani Daumas
Phone: 816-404-0917

Salary & Benefits

Salary* Vacation** Conference
PG-1 $53,565 3 weeks 0
PG-2 $55,552 3 weeks 7 days
PG-3 $57,363 3 weeks 7 days
PG-4 $59,496 3 weeks 7 days

* MedPeds residents receive an additional $1800 per year for Pediatrics stipend which is not reflected in this total.

** 1 extra week of vacation during Christmas or New Years while on Peds

Meal Allowance
  • Meal money is provided at all three hospitals. Lunch is also provided for many afternoon conferences.
  • Free covered parking at all Hospitals
Meeting Time
  • 7 days per year in PGY-2 – PGY-4 years paid leave to attend conferences
Uniform Allowance
  • Monogrammed white coats and scrubs to start intern year.
Educational Resources
  • $350 in intern year to purchase smart-device or other resource of your choice
  • IPad provided by Children’s Mercy
  • $1000 /year during years 2-4 from UMKC GME
  • $1000 total to be used over your 4 years from Children’s Mercy GME
    International Elective Aid while at CMH of $1000.00 if elective it taken during a call free month
Presentation Fund
  • Research Presentation funds of $500.00 are available once per academic year for residents to travel to present research.
  • USMLE III and Comlex Level III paid by UMKC if application submitted after employment and taken during PGY 1 year of training.
More info at Employer Websites


Our curriculum is graduated and complementary throughout the four year residency. The residents transition every 3 months between Internal Medicine and Pediatrics rotations. Half of each class enters their residency at Block 1 of either the Internal Medicine or the Pediatrics curriculum and then transition to the complementary block. Each block provides at least one month of vacation eligibility. Electives are dispersed throughout the curriculum to enhance resident quality of life and fellowship opportunities.

Internal Medicine Curriculum

Residents participate in a “4+1 curriculum” while rotating on Internal Medicine. During each 12 week IM curriculum block, residents complete two 4-week inpatient rotations, two 1-week ambulatory rotations and one 2-week elective rotation. During the 2-week elective rotation, residents participate in 3 half-day continuity clinics.


Block 1 Block 2
 4 Inpatient medicine with night float  4 Inpatient medicine
 1 Ambulatory week  1 Ambulatory week
 4 Cardiology  4 MICU
 1 Ambulatory week  1 Ambulatory week
 2 Elective  2 Elective


Block 1 Block 2
 4 ER  4 Inpatient medicine with night float
 1 Ambulatory week  1 Ambulatory week
 4 Inpatient Medicine  4 Nephrology
 1 Ambulatory week  1 Ambulatory week
 2 Elective  2 Elective


Block 1 Block 2
 4 Inpatient medicine  4 Inpatient medicine
 1 Ambulatory week  1 Ambulatory week
 4 MICU  4 Gastroenterology
 1 Ambulatory week  1 Ambulatory week
 2 Elective  2 Elective


Block 1 Block 2
 4 Inpatient medicine with night float  4 Hematology – Oncology
 1 Ambulatory week  1 Ambulatory week
 2 Neurology  4 Elective
 1 Ambulatory week  1 Ambulatory week
 2 Geriatrics  2 Elective

“+1 Ambulatory weeks” are one week rotations designed to accentuate and enhance the ambulatory training of our combined residents. During this time, residents complete at least four half-day sessions in their continuity clinic as well as rotate through the following specialty clinics:

    1. Med-Psych Clinic
    2. Geriatric Assessment Clinic
    3. Ready Set Grow (Failure to Thrive) Clinic
    4. Pain management Clinic
    5. ADHD clinic
    6. Survive and Thrive Oncology Clinic
    7. Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic
    8. Travel Clinic
    9. Wound Management Clinic
    10. Immunization Clinic
    11. Allergy – Immunology Clinic
    12. Adolescent and Teen Sub-specialty Clinic
    13. Other – includes all subspecialty clinics at our affiliate sites, selected to meet the individual training needs of the resident


Pediatrics Curriculum


General Pediatrics – Well baby nursery/PCC1 ER *
General Inpatient Core Subspecialty Inpatient
Core Subspecialty Outpatient* General Inpatient


NICU – TMC General Inpatient
PICU Developmental & Behavioral Medicine / Adolescent Specialty Clinic3
IEU* Advocacy / Global Health Advocacy*


OWL Team Cardiology Inpatient
Hem-Onc Inpatient General Inpatient
Community, Office-Based Practice * IEU*


General Inpatient ER
ID or Endocrine6* Developmental & Behavioral Medicine / Adolescent Specialty Clinic (Kansas)3

* Vacation eligible rotation

  1. The General Pediatrics month is a combination of well-baby nursery at Truman Medical Center with afternoon outpatient general pediatrics experiences in the Pediatric Care Clinic located at Children’s Mercy Broadway.
  2. Our Core Subspecialty Outpatient rotations provide experiences in nephrology, pulmonary, cardiology, neurology and hematology and oncology. By combining the complementary experiences, our residents achieve their required subspecialty experiences without compromising their pediatric elective time.
  3. Our Developmental and Behavioral Medicine and Adolescent experiences are offered as a longitudinal curriculum. For Developmental and Behavioral Medicine, the first two weeks are primarily at Children’s Mercy Hospital and focused on child development and assessment of development and learning. The second experience provides clinical time with pediatric psychiatry and psychology at Kansas University Medical Center. The adolescent medicine clinical work is completed within the Adolescent Specialty Clinic at both Children’s Mercy Broadway and Children’s Mercy Kansas.
  4. IEUs are individualized educational units designed to enhance a resident’s training experience in pediatrics specific to their career needs.
  5. NICU rotation completed at Kansas University Medical Center. This is a level III nursery.
  6. Residents may select a clinical experience with either the Infectious Disease service or Endocrine clinic.


Combined Med Peds Ambulatory Didactics

The UMKC Internal Medicine-Pediatrics program offers dedicated time to learning ambulatory medicine. The didactics are held monthly and explore common and cutting edge ambulatory topics from pediatrics and internal medicine. The modules provide case oriented, evidence based small group discussion on a variety of topics, coordinated to the didactics topic of the month in the Internal medicine program. For example, when the didactics topic is nephrology, our ambulatory didactics conference will review evaluation of proteinuria and hematuria in the clinic. The majority of our modules are developed by our UMKC Med-Peds faculty, community providers and sub specialists and supplemented with the Yale Primary Care Pediatric Curriculum modules. In addition to the case, we review relevant high value care concepts for the topic. This has included cost of lab assessments and billing practices. Our residents consistently rate this curriculum as a strength of our program.

Med-Peds House Staff

Each month, the entire residency gathers to conduct the business of the residency. House Staff is attended by the Combined and Categorical Program Directors, the Combined and Categorical Chief residents, and the Med-Peds residents. Lunch is provided. The Internal Medicine and Pediatrics programs update the residents on any changes occurring within their respective residencies. The Med-Peds Chief Residents update the residents on Med-Peds events. Following House Staff, we have a Med-Peds Didactics sessions in which we discuss important topics to our Med-Peds residents. Curriculum is shaped heavily towards what our residents are interested in, including board review, wellness, important med-peds topics. This is also a great time to meet up with your Med-Peds colleagues for some social time.

Med-Peds Retreat

Every September, the Med-Peds residents are given a couple of days free of call and clinical responsibilities to retreat. This provides a time for us to gather our families and grow our sense of community. The residents are given workshops to develop team skills and professional development. This is designed and led by the Combined Chief Residents.

Med-Peds Chief Online Curriculum

Each month, the Med-Peds chiefs send electronic resources for review to supplement the didactics of the categorical programs. The resources are reviewed prior to the start of the ambulatory didactics with board review questions. On occasion, there can be a spirited competition brewing between the classes!

Categorical Program Conferences

The following links will review the conferences which are specific to the categorical Internal Medicine and Pediatric Residencies. When the Med-Peds residents rotate through the categorical residencies, they attend and participate fully in each of these conferences.

Internal Medicine Conferences

Pediatric Conferences

Hospital Affiliates

Training Sites

UMKC’s Med-Peds Residency’s training sites offer unparalleled training. Children’s Mercy is the only free-standing children’s hospital between Denver and St. Louis. This allows unprecedented exposure to pediatric disease. St. Luke’s Hospital and Truman Medical Center combine to provide a balance of adult care that results in a diverse patient population, resident autonomy and a broad exposure to clinical medicine. We invite you to explore our hospital’s web sites – we know you will like what you find!

Quick Overview of Training Sites

Primary IM Site Primary Peds Site Secondary IM Site
Truman Medical Center Children’s Mercy Hospital Saint Luke’s Hopital
Number of beds in hospital 277 317 630
Number of ER visits 62,000 66,347 32,127
Number of months at institution 12 24 12
Location from Primary Site 100 yards 3.5 miles


tmchh08_200wTruman Medical Center –Hospital Hill  (TMC) is a county hospital responsible for providing primary care to a significant number of underprivileged Kansas Citians. It has been selected by the University Health System Consortium as one of the five top teaching hospitals in the nation in quality, alongside Mayo Clinic Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Modern Healthcare magazine placed Truman Medical Centers CEO John Bluford in the top one-third of its “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.” Residents here provide care to patients with multiple, complex medical and social problems. Residents are viewed as the patients’ doctors in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings.



cmh08_200wChildren’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) and Clinics is the Kansas City region’s exclusive pediatric medical center and healthcare network. The hospital is consistently ranked among the top in the nation. CMH provides state of the art care to children in Missouri, Kansas and beyond. It was the first hospital in Missouri or Kansas to receive the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City

Saint Luke’s Hospital is a tertiary care center nationally recognized for its work in cardiovascular disease and winner of the prestigious Baldrige Award for Healthcare Quality. Residents will work with some of the best internists and subspecialists in the region, providing care to a group of patients with diverse medical conditions.



Jacqueline R. Kitchen, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director - MedPeds
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital
Kitchen, Jacqueline R.
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Emily Haury, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Years 3-6 Docent
Department(s) of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District, Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Medical Education, Curriculum design

Haury, Emily
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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, Truman Medical Centers
Julian, Joseph A.
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Chris L. Sweeney, M.D.

Associate Professor, Section Chief - Combined IM-Peds Residency
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital
Sweeney, Chris L.
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MedPeds Faculty
Heidi Erickson, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Section: Hospital Medicine
Children's Mercy Hospital
Erickson, Heidi
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Sara E. Gardner, M.D.

Associate Professor, Associate Program Director - Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Resident Medical Education, Transitional care

Gardner, Sara E.
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Matthew Lindquist, D.O.

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Internal Medicine - Pediatrics
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
Lindquist, Matthew
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Jennifer McBride, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Years 3-6 Docent
Department(s) of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine - Pediatrics,
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
McBride, Jennifer
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Brenda Rogers, M.D.

Associate Professor, Associate Dean - Student Affairs
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Section: General Pediatrics
UMKC School of Medicine, Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Medical Education, Professionalism in medical education, Bioethics

Rogers, Brenda
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Chris D. Stone, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Medical Director - ADHD Clinic
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital
Stone, Chris D.
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Brooke Sweeney, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Medical Director - Weight Management Services
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital
Sweeney, Brooke
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Molly Uhlenhake, D.O.

Assistant Professor, Years 3-6 Docent
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
Uhlenhake, Molly
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Internal Medicine Residency
David Wooldridge, M.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Saint Luke's Hospital
Wooldridge, David
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Jill Moormeier, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Chair - Department of Internal Medicine
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Hematology/Oncology
UMKC School of Medicine, Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Assessment and evaluation, Program development

Moormeier, Jill
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For additional Internal Medicine Faculty please click here

Pediatrics Residency
Ross Newman, D.O., M.H.P.E.

Associate Professor, Program Director - Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Evidence-based medicine

Newman, Ross
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Denise Bratcher, D.O.

Professor, Associate Dean - Children's Mercy Hospital Programs
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Section: Infectious Disease
Children's Mercy Hospital
Bratcher, Denise
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Fellowship opportunities at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Children’s Mercy Hospital are available in a number of fields, including:

Pediatric Fellowships
– Children’s Mercy Hospital –
Internal Medicine Fellowships
– UMKC School of Medicine –
  • PediaAllergy/Immunology
  • Child Abuse Pediatrics
  • Child Neurology
  • Child Psychology Internship
  • Clinical Cytogenetics
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine
  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Pediatric Bioethics
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Ethics
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric Optometry
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric Pathology
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Geriatrics
  • Sports Medicine