Alumni

Alumni

Ansari, Noushin

Noushin Ansari

Current Position: Faculty at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Overland Park, KS
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

Current Position: Faculty at the University of Illinois, Chicago
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

Current Position: Vascular Neurology Fellow at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center – New York
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.

 

Interview Information

WELCOME

We are very excited that you will be interviewing with us for the 2022 Match!  Like all programs, we have had to adapt to the challenges brought by COVID-19.  We had a very successful 2021 Match, and will once again be holding all of our interviews virtually.

This section of our website is designed 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 University Health 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)

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

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-3

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-2

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.

PGY-1

Alex Luke, M.D.

Undergraduate: Missouri Western State University, B.S Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ACS Certification)
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Hometown: St. Joseph, MO
Career Interests: Academic Medicine, Vascular Neurology, Neuroimmunology, Interventional Neurology, Neuropathology
Hobbies/Interests: Playing music (violin, piano, and pipe organ), watching movies, trying out new coffee shops and breweries, playing and watching soccer, listening to podcasts, reading, and board game nights with friends

Ali Mahrmood, M.D.

Undergraduate: The University of Kansas
Medical School: The University of Kansas – School of Medicine
Hometown: Overland Park, KS and Antwerp, Belgium
Career Interests: Undecided at this point, but very much exploring all the vast options available in the field!
Hobbies/Interests: Soccer (COYG!), swimming, long road trips, card/board games, video games

Geoffrey Lobban, M.D.

Undergraduate: Biomedical Engineering, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine
Hometown: Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Career Interests: My ideal work-week would likely be split between clinic and stroke call for some consistent long-term patient care, along with more sudden and critical illness management. I would love to ideally find a way to apply what I have learned in my undergraduate in engineering somehow in the field of Neurology, with maybe Control theory in the field of epilepsy or movement disorders to help describe system stability with diagnostic modalities like EEG. I am open to most ideas in the field of Neurology broadly speaking and haven’t come across a facet I do not enjoy. It is, after all, the most ‘innervating’ field of medicine
Hobby/Interests: Running, Hiking, Weightlifting, Soccer, Swimming, Miniature painting, Gaming

 

Residency Faculty

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Program Administration
Sean M. Gratton, M.D.

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

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Resident Medical Education, Neuro-Ophthalmology

Gratton, Sean M.
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Binod Wagle

Associate Professor, Associate Residency Program Director
Department(s) of Neurology
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District
Wagle, Binod
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Christine M. Boutwell, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Leadership, 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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Christina N. Lenk, M.D.

Associate Residency Program Director
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neurohospitalist, Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Lenk, Christina N.
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Sarah K. Gibbons, D.O.

Associate Residency Program Director
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Headaches

Gibbons, Sarah K.
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Rola Abdelrahman Mostafa Mahmoud, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Associate Residency Program Director
Department(s) of Internal Medicine, Neurology
Section: Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology, Headaches, Stroke, Seizures

Mahmoud, Rola Abdelrahman Mostafa
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Charles Donohoe, M.D.

Professor, Department Chair, Leadership
Department(s) of Neurology
University Health - 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, Leadership, 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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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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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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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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University Health Truman Medical Center
Donald Hopewell, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Hopewell, Donald
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Mary Beth Seipel, Pharm.D., BCACP

Adjunct Clinical Faculty
Department(s) of Neurology
University Health
Seipel, Mary Beth
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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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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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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 University Health 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 University Health 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 University Health 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.

University Health Truman Medical Center

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Truman Medical Center

The University Health Truman Medical Center (UHTMC) neurology service is an integral part of the clinical experience in the residency program. UHTMC 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, University Health 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, University Health 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, we have a full complement of residents as of July 2020, and we graduated our first class in June 2021!

Neurology Graduation 2021

 

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, University Health, 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.  You can also learn more about us by following us on Instagram: @umkcneurology.

Sean Gratton, M.D.
Neurology Residency Program Director