Interview Information

WELCOME

We are very excited that you will be interviewing with us for the 2021 Match!  Like all programs, we have had to adapt to the challenges brought by COVID-19.  We are conducting all of our interviews this year virtually to foster safety for both interviewers and interviewees.

We have created this new section of our website to provide interviewees with more information about our program.  We hope that the additional information you find here will give you a sense of what it is like to be a UMKC Neurology resident, and will allow you to get to know our residents, faculty, and our two main clinical sites: Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City and Truman Medical Center.   On the interview day, we will go into more depth about all aspects of our program, and you will have many opportunities to ask us questions.  We look forward to meeting you!

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION INTRODUCTIONS

Program Director: Sean Gratton, M.D. (Introduction)

Associate Program Director: Susan Sifers, M.D. (Introduction)

Department Chair:  Dr. Charles Donohoe, M.D. (Introduction)

Program Coordinators: Terry Borghardt and Veronica Byers-Harms (Introduction)

INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS

RESIDENT TESTIMONIALS

Current Residents

PGY-4

Ansari, Noushin

Noushin Ansari

Undergraduate/Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City (6 Year BA/MD)
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Career Interests: General Neurology
Hobbies/Interests: Triathlete, Latin dancer, outdoor adventure enthusiast.

Maniar, Nikita

Nikita Maniar

Undergraduate: Nova Southeastern University- Davie, FL
Medical School: St. George’s University-Grenada, West Indies
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Career Interests: Business Administration in Healthcare, General Neurology/Neurophysiology
Hobbies/Interests: Indian classical dance, basketball, cooking, podcasts.

Troudt, Ellen

Ellen Troudt

Undergraduate: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Medical School: Ross University, Dominica
Hometown: New York City, NY
Career Interests: Vascular Neurology
Hobbies/Interests: Marathoner and triathlete.

PGY-3

Arshad, Hashaam

Hashaam Arshad, M.D.

Medical School: Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
Hometown: Gujranwala, Pakistan
Career Interests: Neurocritical Care
Hobbies: Movies, cycling.

Murphy, William C.

Will Murphy, M.D.

Undergraduate: Wichita State University
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Hometown: Derby, KS
Career Interests: Clinical neurophysiology, EMGs, EEGs, neuroimmunology
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, cleaning, fitness, indoor rock climbing (not insane enough to do outdoor), bush craft, target shooting, fishing, guitar, videogames, graphic novels, animation.

Koirala, Parashar

Parashar Koirala, M.B.B.S, M.D.

Medical School: Universal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal (MBBS); Psychiatry residency: B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal (MD)
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal
Career Interests: General neurology with interest in Behavioral Neurology, Neurophysiology and Neuro-muscular disorder
Hobbies/Interests: Adventure sports – bungee jumping, rafting, parasailing, playing table tennis, badminton, traveling to new places, watching movies, listening to music.

PGY-2

Shaw, Sha'Ray

Sha’Ray Shaw, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Kansas
Medical School: University of Kansas
Hometown: Lancaster, TX
Career Interests: Epilepsy, Headache or General Neurology
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my husband and children, game nights, running, listening to music and podcasts, trying new restaurants and traveling.

Shay, James

James Shay, M.D.

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Career Interests: Vascular Neurology
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy hiking, running, biking, swimming, and photography. I like exploring the beautiful outdoors, and various hiking trails. I also like photographing lakes, mountains, waterfalls that I may come across on hikes, and especially sunsets.

Ungerer, Rob

Rob Ungerer, M.D.

Undergraduate: Colorado state University: Sports medicine/Biomedical science
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Hometown: Montrose, Colorado
Career Interests: Demyelinating disorders, autoimmune/paraneoplastic CNS disorders, impact of systemic disease on the central nervous system.
Hobbies/Interests: Recently have been very into relaxing with my wife on our hammocks. We have 2 dogs and a cat. I enjoy taking the dogs to the dog park and exercising when I can. I am also into photography. My wife has a cooking blog and I am the photographer for the website. I am from Colorado, so for most of my life I would snowboard in the winter and longboard in the summer. My academic interests (apart from neurology) include EKG interpretation, physics, and exercise science.

PGY-1

Jessica Daruz

Jessica Darusz, M.D.

Undergraduate: Calvin College (Now University) graduate 2012
Master’s Program: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: St. George’s University
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Career Interests: Sports neurology, concussion, traumatic brain injury
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy creative projects such as knitting, crocheting, painting, repurposing garage sale finds. I also love sports especially rugby.

Eduardo Gonzalez

Eduardo Enrique Gonzalez, M.D.

Undergraduate: Florida International University
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Hometown: Miami, FL
Career Interests: Neuro-ophthalmology
Hobbies/Interests: Working-out, reading, and traveling.

Nooshin Kiani Nia

Nooshin Kiani Nia, M.S., M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (B.S. Neurobiology)
Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine, Saba, Dutch Caribbean (M.S., MD)
Hometown: I was born in Iran and moved to Kansas one year after high school, Kansas has been my hometown since
Career Interests: Everything about our nervous system is fascinating to me and there is always so much to learn and discover about it. What I find most interesting is how our nervous system, in combination with genetics and environment, makes us who we are and how we live. To me, our brain is a box of colored pencils filling up and adding lines and shades to the colorless and shapeless picture we were born with. These lines and colors design a connection in all parts of our bodies and create meaning, purpose, and soul for every organ and the human owning those organs. Yet, a simple change can affect the person operating a body of flesh, as if he/she was never in there. That being said, I am very much interested in neurodegenerative diseases of the nervous system and behavioral neurology. I do not like to limit my options too soon, however, currently, I am considering working in an academic setting that focuses on both patient care, teaching, and research.
Hobbies/Interests: Driving alone, dancing, cooking, family & friends time with active games, playing pranks on my little sister or anyone I feel close to, Sunday afternoon naps, music, audiobooks, hiking alone or with good company, drawing or DIY gifts for people I care about, reflecting on good and bad experiences, meaningful conversations and discussions.

 

Residency Faculty

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Program Administration
Sean M. Gratton, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Residency Program Director
Department(s) of Neurology, Ophthalmology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District, Vision Research Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Resident Medical Education, Neuro-Ophthalmology

Gratton, Sean M.
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Susan Manning Sifers, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Residency Program Director
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Sifers, Susan Manning
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Christine M. Boutwell, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Interim Co-Director Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, Interim Chair Department of Neurology
Department(s) of Neurology
Section: Vascular Neurology, Subspecialty boarded in Vascular Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke

Boutwell, Christine M.
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Charles Donohoe, M.D.

Professor, Department Chair
Department(s) of Neurology
Truman Medical Center - Lakewood

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuroimaging, Neuroimmunology, Neurorehabilitation, Neurology

Donohoe, Charles
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Saint Luke's Hospital
P. Becky Anprasertporn, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Movement disorders

Anprasertporn, P. Becky
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Christine M. Boutwell, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Interim Co-Director Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, Interim Chair Department of Neurology
Department(s) of Neurology
Section: Vascular Neurology, Subspecialty boarded in Vascular Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke

Boutwell, Christine M.
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Susanne C. Crandall, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Crandall, Susanne C.
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John E. Croom, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Croom, John E.
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Ronald K. Fields, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Fields, Ronald K.
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Matthew Hastings, M.D.

Clinical Asssistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Section: Neuromuscular
Saint Luke's Hospital
Hastings, Matthew
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Karl N. Knights, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Movement disorders

Knights, Karl N.
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Rola Abdelrahman Mostafa Mahmoud, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Internal Medicine, Neurology
Section: Hepatology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology, Headaches, Stroke, Seizures

Mahmoud, Rola Abdelrahman Mostafa
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Coleman O'Brian Martin, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department(s) of Radiology
Section: Neurointerventional
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neurocritical care, Neurovascular care, Stroke

Martin, Coleman O'Brian
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Karin E. Olds, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Vascular Neurology, Neurology

Olds, Karin E.
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Michael J. Schwartzman, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Schwartzman, Michael J.
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Susan Manning Sifers, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Residency Program Director
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Sifers, Susan Manning
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Truman Medical Center
Donald Hopewell, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Hopewell, Donald
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Robert W. Jensen, M.D., J.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuro-Ophthalmology, Neuro-otology

Jensen, Robert W.
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Binod Wagle

Associate Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
Wagle, Binod
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Research Medical Center
Iftekhar Ahmed, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Cerebrovascular Diseases

Ahmed, Iftekhar
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Kyle G. Carpenter, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center
Carpenter, Kyle G.
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Cynthia Costa, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Vascular Neurology

Costa, Cynthia
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Amandeep Kalra, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuro-oncology

Kalra, Amandeep
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Shannon E. Kohake, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Vascular Neurology

Kohake, Shannon E.
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Ashish Kulhari, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical care, Endovascular Neurosurgery

Kulhari, Ashish
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John J. Sand, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Disease, Intraoperative monitoring

Sand, John J.
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Children's Mercy Kansas City
Ahmed Abdelmoity, M.D.

Professor, Directory of Child Neurology, Chief - Section of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Section: Neurology
Children's Mercy Hospital
Abdelmoity, Ahmed
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Tyler Allison, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuroimmunology

Allison, Tyler
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Mirza Waseem M. Baig, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Epilepsy

Baig, Mirza Waseem M.
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Lalit Bansal, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Section: Pediatric Neurology
Children's Mercy Hospital
Bansal, Lalit
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Jennifer Bickel, M.D.

Associate Professor, Director - Comprehensive Headache Clinic, Children's Mercy Hospital
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Section: Child Neurology
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Pediatric Neurology, Headaches

Bickel, Jennifer
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Keith Coffman, M.D.

Associate Professor
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Section: Neurology
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neurology, Neuroscience

Coffman, Keith
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Jennifer Dilts, D.O.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Headaches

Dilts, Jennifer
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Anna E. Esparham, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Headaches

Esparham, Anna E.
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Keely M. Fitzgerald, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neurofibromatosis

Fitzgerald, Keely M.
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Rose N. Gelineau-Morel, M.D.

Assistant Program Director (Child Neurology), Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Movement disorders

Gelineau-Morel, Rose N.
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Marcie J. Goeden, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Stroke, Neuro-ICU, Neurohospitalist

Goeden, Marcie J.
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Ara S. Hall, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuro-NICU, Epilepsy

Hall, Ara S.
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Gina Jones, D.O.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Director of Outpatient Services, Child Neurology, Childern's Mercy Hospital
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Section: Pediatric Neurology
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Pediatric Neurology, Epilepsy, Headaches

Jones, Gina
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Roha Khalid, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Section: Neurology
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Child Neurology, Stroke, Autoimmune Encephalitis, Seizures

Khalid, Roha
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Jean Baptiste Le Pichon, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Residency Program Director - Children's Mercy Hospital, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology - University of Kansas Medical School
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Section: Neurology
Children's Mercy Hospital
Le Pichon, Jean Baptiste
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Mohammed Ilyas, M.D.

Program Director (Epilepsy Fellowship), Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Epilepsy

Ilyas, Mohammed
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Kailash Pawar, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Director, IOM and Co-Director - Epilepsy Fellowship
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Section: Neurology
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Child Neurology, Epilepsy, Neurometabolic disorders

Pawar, Kailash
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Lines M. Vargas Collado, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Epilepsy

Vargas Collado, Lines M.
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Application Information

Application Information

The residency program selects the best qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, color, national origin, handicap, or age.  Upon careful review of all applications, we offer interviews to selected applicants.

In accordance with UMKC School of Medicine Policy, we will not interview, rank, or accept H1B applicants in the UMKC Neurology Residency Program.

Candidate requirements include:

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

Underrepresented Minority Recruitment

We strongly encourage qualified applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine.

Salary and Benefits

Please click here for salary and benefit information.

Contact

For more information please contact program coordinator Terry Borghardt at Terry.Borghardt@tmcmed.org or (816) 404-5275.

Curriculum – Overview by Year

The UMKC Neurology Residency Program emphasizes direct patient care with appropriate faculty supervision as its foundation.

PGY-1

The PGY-1 year of the UMKC Neurology Residency Program will be an in-depth Internal Medicine experience provided in conjunction with the UMKC Internal Medicine Residency Program. The clinical sites of the UMKC Internal Medicine Program are Saint Luke’s Hospital and Truman Medical Center, which will allow the intern to become familiar with each site prior to starting the intensive neurology years PGY-2-4. Each intern will spend one month on the stroke service at Saint Luke’s and 1-2 months on the consult service at TMC. This will allow for an initial exposure to clinical neurology during the PGY-1 year. The PGY-1 year will be capped off by a Neurology Immersion Block, which will involve intensive introduction to the basics of clinical neurology.

Neurology PGY 1 Curriculum chart

PGY-2

The PGY-2 year lays the foundation for the resident’s neurological education by exposing the resident to a wide variety of clinical neurology. The resident will play an integral role on stroke and other inpatient neurology services, including the intensive care unit. Each resident will have month long rotations on neuroradiology and neurophysiology. These rotations will serve as the basis for further learning in these foundational areas. Residents will have one month of elective time during the PGY-2 year.

Each resident’s one half-day per week continuity clinic at Truman Medical Center will begin in the PGY-2 year. This clinic will allow the resident to take ownership of a group of patients in order to develop the skills necessary to practice independently in a post-residency career.

Neurology PGY 2 Curriculum chart

PGY-3

The PGY-3 year will advance the concepts learned in the PGY-2 year with a gradual transition towards more responsibility and leadership. The resident will spend time in several important subspecialties including epilepsy and movement disorders. Three consecutive months in the PGY-3 year will be spent at Children’s Mercy Hospital learning the essentials of child neurology.  Residents will have one month of elective time during the PGY-3 year.

PGY3 Nuerology Curriculum

PGY-4

The PGY-4 year is the culmination of the program. Residents will assume a leadership role on each service through which they rotate. They will also play an important part in the education of students and junior residents. The intersection between mental health and neurological disease will be explored during each resident’s one month rotation in the Truman Medical Center psychiatry department. A neurosurgical and neuro-interventional radiology rotation will also allow the resident to gain understanding of the basics of neurosurgical procedures and care. Residents will have three months of elective time during the PGY-4 year.

PGY4 Nuerology Curriculum

DIDACTICS

Educational development will be fostered through a detailed didactic program. One half-day each week will be dedicated solely to resident education. Through interactive experiences and lectures, each half-day will explore neurological topics from different perspectives: neuroanatomy and localization, clinical neurology, basic science, and board review. Regularly scheduled Journal Clubs and Grand Rounds will complement the educational program.

Quick Facts

  • Categorical 4-year program (internal medicine internship + three years of neurology residency)
  • Three Adult Neurology residents matched per year (a total of 12 residents)
  • Four clinical sites provide a broad exposure to neurology in different clinical environments
    • Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City
    • Truman Medical Center
    • Research Medical Center
    • Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City
  • Each resident will receive funds for educational expenses
  • Each resident will have four-and-a-half elective months to explore personalized interests
  • Residents have access to UMKC resources including library services, statistical consultation, research assistance, among many others (https://www.med.umkc.edu/)
  • The program can sponsor J1, but in accordance with UMKC School of Medicine Policy we do not have the ability to sponsor H1B visas
  • Located in the heart of Kansas City near many restaurants, bars, parks, and other activities (visitKC.com)
  • A collegial atmosphere fostered by regular social get-togethers

Residency Hospital Affiliates

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City

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Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City is the site of the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute (SLMBNI), which is the only dedicated neuroscience hospital in Kansas City. (Saint Luke’s is ranked in the top 50 in Neurology and Neurosurgery by the US News and World Report.) As the primary clinical site of the neurology residency program, Saint Luke’s will serve as the foundation for clinical resident education. Residents will rotate on the inpatient and outpatient neurological services. The inpatient neurological services include a comprehensive stroke center that will give residents the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art stroke care, including neuro-interventional procedures such as clot retrieval. SLMBNI is also a comprehensive epilepsy center and has a busy neuro-intensive care unit. The outpatient neurological services at the SLMBNI include various subspecialty clinics including Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Memory Disorders, Neuro-ophthalmology, and Neuromuscular Medicine among others.

Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute

Residents will rotate through these various clinics throughout the program, gaining exposure to the wide range of neurological subspecialties.

Saint Luke’s Hospital is a tertiary referral center nationally recognized for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. SLMBNI occupies 88,000 square feet on six floors. There are 70 private rooms including an 18-bed neuro-intensive care unit. There are four neurosurgical suites and two neuro-interventional suites equipped with the latest technology.

Truman Medical Center

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Truman Medical Center

The Truman Medical Center (TMC) neurology service is an integral part of the clinical experience in the residency program. Truman Medical Center—Hospital Hill is the only hospital located in downtown Kansas City where it is the primary teaching hospital for the UMKC School of Medicine.  There are 249 inpatient beds with over 15,000 inpatient admissions each year. Neurological services at TMC are provided in a clinical space solely dedicated to neurological patients, including areas for electroencephalography and electromyography/nerve conduction studies. Residents at TMC will rotate on the inpatient neurology consultation service, which sees almost 1,000 consults per year. They will participate in the supervision and education of medical students and other rotators while at TMC.

Residents will have their weekly outpatient continuity clinic at TMC. Each clinic will be staffed by a neurology faculty member, which will be consistent for the duration of the program. The resident’s clinic will serve a diverse population, and the resident will be responsible for all aspects of patient care with the supervision of the faculty member.

Research Medical Center

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Research Medical Center

Research Medical Center (RMC) is a 490-bed hospital and an accredited stroke center with a busy neurology service. One of the key educational features of the RMC neurology service is the innovative multidisciplinary TIA clinic. In the TIA clinic, patients undergo all components of work-up for TIA in one day, including neurological examination and consultation by a neurologist, MRI/MRA, CTA, Echocardiogram, laboratory studies, blood pressure monitoring, EKG, and stroke education. The resident will play a role in the clinic workflow, interpretation of results, and counseling patients in the clinic.

Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City

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Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City

Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City (CMH) is a 314-bed children’s hospital with a robust neurology service. Residents will fulfill their required three-month Child Neurology rotation on the inpatient and outpatient services at CMH. The CMH Neurology Service sees a wide-variety of neurological diseases in children. Residents will participate in clinical teaching rounds, didactics, and other activities while at CMH. CMH has a Child Neurology residency program, and as such residents will work closely with the CMH Child Neurology residents in clinical, educational, and research endeavors. CMH has extensive electrophysiology capabilities as well as several specialized clinics focusing on specific neurological disorders

Program Details

Program Details


Mission and Vision

The University of Missouri—Kansas City Department of Neurology, in collaboration with its clinical partners at St. Luke’s Hospital, Truman Medical Center, Research Medical Center, and Children’s Mercy Hospital, aims to create an Adult Neurology Residency Program, which builds the strengths necessary to graduate well-rounded neurologists. The program has been carefully designed to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes leading to proficiency in all domains of clinical competency.

Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement

UMKC Neurology is committed to recruiting and training a diverse group of neurology residents.  We seek to provide high quality clinical care by creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of the patients we serve.  We embrace diversity in all its forms, including race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.

Basic Program Overview

The UMKC Neurology Residency program is a categorical program consisting of a four-year educational experience. The PGY1 year will provide broad clinical experience in general internal medicine through the UMKC Internal Medicine Residency Program. Three years of intensive neurology-focused experience will follow in the PGY2-4 years at the affiliated hospitals: St. Luke’s Hospital, Truman Medical Center, Research Medical Center, and Children’s Mercy Hospital. UMKC will serve as the sponsoring institution.

Neurology residents will obtain broad clinical experience in all areas of inpatient and outpatient neurology. Rotation experiences will include Stroke/Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care, Inpatient General Neurological Consultations, Child Neurology, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Neurointerventional Radiology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy, Psychiatry, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis and Neuro-Ophthalmology. There will be substantial elective time for additional clinical and academic development to include Neuromuscular Medicine, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Headache, Neuro-oncology, Pain Management, Research, and other Independent Study opportunities.

Educational development will be fostered through a rigorous didactic program. One half-day each week will be dedicated solely to resident education. Through interactive lectures each half-day will explore neurological topics from different perspectives, including neuroanatomy and localization, clinical neurology, basic science, and board review. Regularly scheduled Journal Clubs and Grand Rounds will complement the educational program.

In addition to leading these didactic activities, attending physicians will be actively engaged with residents in clinical settings. Bedside teaching and teaching on rounds are highly valued and will serve to create then reinforce the foundation of each resident’s clinical competencies.

Program Director Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to the UMKC Neurology Residency Program Website.  We are excited that you are taking the time to get to know our program.  We received initial accreditation from the ACGME in early 2017, and we have a full complement of residents as of July 2020.

The UMKC Neurology Residency Program is a categorical program that was structured to achieve our goal of producing neurologists who display excellence in patient care, education, and research.  Our affiliated hospitals—Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Truman Medical Center, Research Medical Center, and Children’s Mercy Hospital—provide a balanced exposure to the breadth of neurological diseases.  Our didactic and research programs take advantage of the many resources available through UMKC and our affiliated institutions to ensure that graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary to practice neurology in any setting.

Our residents benefit greatly from being in Kansas City, a vibrant, moderately sized city with a thriving arts scene, great restaurants, plentiful outdoor spaces and activities.  Residents have ample opportunities to take advantage of all of the great things that the city has to offer.

Our program and institutions are well-equipped to manage the clinical and educational demands that come from the COVID19 pandemic.  We strive to maintain an atmosphere in which residents continue to learn and grow in a safe manner.

Thank you very much for your interest in our program.  I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about all that our program has to offer

Sean Gratton, M.D.
Neurology Residency Program Director

Patient Care & Hospital Affiliates

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Clinical Services

Welcome to the Department of Neurology. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to providing the very best neurological care. Our first priority is to provide state-of-the –art neurological care to our patients, whether we are treating individuals with highly complex conditions or less complicated problems. Our clinical care encompasses all neurological problems that affects the brain – strokes, seizures, tumors, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or Alzheimer’s disease- and those that affects the spine, or the nerves or the arms and legs, such as neuropathy, which can cause numb feet or myopathy, which can cause weakness or difficulty walking.

Our clinicians are also scholars, dedicated to conducting world-class research and to educating the next generation of physicians and health professionals. All of our neurologists have advanced training in one or in multiple subspecialty areas; all of our faculty are board-certified (or board-eligible).

  • Epilepsy (Seizure Disorder) Clinics
    • New and Follow-up patients
    • Outpatient EEG studies & Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
  • Vascular Neurology Clinics & Laboratory
    • New and Follow-up patients
    • Transcranial Doppler Studies
  • Cognitive & Memory Disorders Clinics with Neuropsychological Testing
    • New and Follow-up patients
    • Neuropsychological testing
  • Neuromuscular Disorders and Peripheral Neuropathies
    • Neuromuscular Clinic with Neurodiagnostic Procedures
  • Other disorders – Myasthenia gravis, Multiple sclerosis, Spinal Cord injury
    • Comprehensive Clinic with MD, NP, Social Worker, Nurse, Rehabilitation
    • Monthly clinics with planned Infusion therapy (Monday – Friday)
  • Transitioning Adolescent Patients from Children’s Mercy Hospital to TMC

 

We offer these Neurodiagnostic testing services at Hospital Hill.

  • Electroencephalography (EEG) – provides an electrical recording of the activity of the brain. This test is often performed when patients experience a brief staring spell/seizure or have profound confusion. Electrodes are placed on your scalp and transmit the electric activity to a computer to record and visualize ongoing brain activity. Certain conditions, such as seizures, can alter the normal pattern of brain activity. In neurology EEG are mainly used in the care of patients suffering from epilepsy or seizures, but are also often ordered for patties with tumors, traumatic brain injury, and post-strike. Patients with disorders of learning and memory, like Alzheimer’s often have adage as part of the diagnostic evaluation.
  • Electromyography (EMG) – provides a recording of the electrical activity of the muscles. This is often performed when patients experience weakness of the hand, arm, or leg.
  • Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) – provides a recording of how the nerves conduct electoral potential. This test is often performed when patients experience numbness and is usually performed at the same office visit as the EMG. EMG and NCV studies aid with the diagnosis pf peripheral nerve injury or compression (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), nerve root injury (such as sciatica), and with other problems of the muscles (muscular dystrophy) or nerves (diabetic neuropathy). These procedures can also help diagnose less common neurological conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and myasthenia gravis.
  • Neuroimaging – Many patients with neurological conditions require radiological studies such as MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or CT (Computerized Tomography) scans. The MRI and CT scans operate differently, and are suited for different types of diagnoses. Both of these diagnostic studies can be used to view the brain, spine and injuries of the head, neck, and back. Clinical scans show the anatomy or structure of the brain. Some imaging studies can show bring function or dysfunction, including changes in blood flow. Our clinicians work very closely with neuroradiology to provide the most up-to-date imaging studies to enhance patient care.

 

Truman Medical Centers

tmchh08_200wTruman Medical Centers (TMC) Hospital Hill is a busy, urban hospital that provides a broad array of acute and outpatient services to a diverse patient population. The medical center is known for excellence in emergency and Level I trauma services, and is also recognized for programs in asthma, chronic disease management, diabetes, emergency medicine, obstetrics and high risk obstetrics, ophthalmology, and women’s health. It is the busiest Adult Level I Trauma Center in Kansas City with its emergency department averaging nearly 70,000 visits annually.

On an annual basis, the 308-bed medical center admits more than 11,500 patients, provides more than 206,000 outpatient visits and performs approximately 111,000 radiology examinations. TMC has 329 physicians on staff, and is physically connected to Children’s Mercy Hospital and the UMKC School of Medicine, which includes a complete Health Science Library, research facilities & conference sites.

tmclw_200wTruman Medical Centers (TMC) Lakewood, located in Eastern Jackson County, is the setting for the UMKC School of Medicine Department of Community and Family Medicine. With 103 patient care beds and 212 long-term care beds in the Lakewood Care Center, TMC Lakewood is known for providing comprehensive health care to a diverse patient population.

The Lakewood Care Center is the only long term care center in the Kansas City area based in an inpatient setting. Lakewood Care Center provides residents access to acute and specialty care services on site. A Board Certified Geriatric Specialist serves as the full-time Medical Director, overseeing all patient care services. This 212-bed fully accredited long-term care center provides each resident with a fully furnished room and bath.  A dedicated 20-bed Alzheimer’s/Dementia Unit is located within the care center as well. Many specialty services are provided on-site and include: Audiology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Mental Health Services, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pulmonary, Rehabilitation Services, and Sleep Medicine.

TMC Hospital Hill – 2301 Holmes Street, 816-404-1000. (Map)
TMC Lakewood – 7900 Lee’s Summit Road, 816-404-7000. (Map)
www.trumed.org

About Behavioral Health

TMC Behavioral Health delivers services through community outreach clinics in the Kansas City metropolitan area as well as at our main location in the Crossroads Art District. Our unique role as a hospital-based mental health center supports a whole-person, integrated health model of service delivery that is increasingly the standard of best practice for healthcare.

All of our mental health services are aimed at assisting clients in managing the symptoms of their illness and in improving functioning in their day-to-day lives.  Services also provide the support many persons with mental illness need to regain a sense of meaning and purpose in life.  If you need help with mental health or substance abuse issues, TMC Behavioral Health is here for you.

http://www.trumed.org/behavioral-health

 

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City

StLukes-New_6693_200wSaint Luke’s Health System is a faith-based, not-for-profit, aligned health system committed to the highest levels of excellence in providing health care and health-related services in a caring environment. Saint Luke’s Health System includes 10 hospitals across the Kansas City region, home care and hospice, behavioral health care, dozens of physician practices, and more.

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, one of our major academic and clinical training sites, and is the site of the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute. Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City has served the health care needs of a growing Kansas City for more than 130 years. The region’s only heart transplant program, and one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular disease outcome research programs is based at the Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. Treatment for complex brain and spinal cord diseases, and the nation’s leading stroke reversal program dedicated to preventing and treating stroke is based at Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute. Other specialized clinical services include: a Level I Trauma Center, Level IIIb Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Women’s Services, Pain Management Center, comprehensive cancer program at the Cancer Institute, Regional Arthritis Center, Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Children’s S.P.O.T. (speech, physical and occupational therapy program), and kidney and heart transplantation programs.

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City is a 629-bed tertiary care referral center serving a six-state region, admitting approximately 20,000 patients annually. Saint Luke’s has 466 physicians on staff.

4401 Wornall Road, 816-932-2000 (Map)
www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org

 

Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute

marionBlochSaint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, the only dedicated neuroscience hospital in Kansas City, opened in 2013. The facility brings together leading-edge diagnostics, treatment, and surgical services in one convenient location on the Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City campus. An acclaimed team of brain and stroke experts offers: the region’s most advanced stroke care providing stroke reversal therapies and treatment to more than 1,500 patients each year, a Level IV Comprehensive Epilepsy Center offering advanced diagnostics and surgical intervention for people living with epilepsy, a neurorehabilitation and physical medicine program designed to help patients return to the highest level of functioning possible, and the Midwest Ear Institute, a leader in advancing cochlear implant technology, offering a broad range of services to people suffering from hearing and balance disorders.

The team at Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute includes: Neurologists dedicated to treating the full range of neurological conditions, a subspecialty-trained team of neurosurgeons, and specialists in interventional neuroradiology, neuro-otology, neuro-rehabilitation, psychiatry, and sleep medicine.

KCbestU.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Hospitals recognized Saint Luke’s Hospital for excellence in neurology and neurosurgery.

Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-932-2000
http://www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/services/brain-spine

 

Research Medical Center

ResearchMedCtr_200wFounded more than 125 years ago, Research Medical Center has become one of the crown jewels in the HCA Midwest Health System. Research Medical Center is among the only tertiary care centers serving Kansas City proper. Over the past century, this institution has built a tradition of serving residents in Kansas City and a 150-mile surrounding region with exceptional patient care and leading technology. The 490-bed facility features a broad range of highly specialized, state-of-the-art services as well as being a Level I Trauma Center.

Research Medical Center provides award-winning care and has received the Get With The Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement award; Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure-Gold Plus; and the Get With the Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus from the American Heart Association.

The Neurosciences program at Research Medical Center includes a multidisciplinary team engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disease. This team includes: neurologists, neurosurgeons, oncologists and neuroradiologists.

2316 E. Meyer Blvd., 816-276-4000 (Map)
www.researchmedicalcenter.com

 

Children’s Mercy Kansas City

ChildrensChildren’s Mercy Kansas City is one of the country’s leading free-standing independent pediatric medical centers with 319 licensed beds, more than 40 pediatric subspecialty clinics, a Level IIIc intensive care nursery and the only Level I pediatric trauma center between St. Louis and Denver. The hospital’s faculty of more than 400 pediatric subspecialists is one of the largest in the country and is actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric specialists. The hospital’s leadership in personalized medicine and genomics is driving research and innovation here and around the world in areas such as cancer treatment, heart care and neonatology, and helping to redefine pediatric medicine.

2401 Gilham Road, 816-234-3000 (Map)
www.childrens-mercy.org

 

Pediatric Neurology

KCbestThe Division of Neurology provides a family-centered, interdisciplinary approach to encourage parents and families to make informed decisions while promoting health, optimal function, and quality of life in children with pediatric neurological disorders. The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is nationally recognized and one of only a dozen pediatric centers in the country.

The Division of Neurology has 11 physicians who are board-certified in neurology. They have special expertise in neurophysiology, neuro-developmental disabilities and headaches. Three physicians have additional board certification in neurophysiology, and one has additional board certification in neuro-developmental disabilities. Children’s Mercy Hospital Division of Neurology has a child neurology fellowship program and three administrative staff members.