Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

One of the priorities of our program is to embrace and celebrate everyone’s uniqueness. It’s not only the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do. Diversity and Inclusion are the real grounds for problem solving and creativity. Serving a diverse patient population calls for a diverse group of providers and leaders, everyone greatly benefits from an inclusive environment.

We are committed to recruiting and training a diverse group of Women’s Health professionals. We embrace diversity in all its forms, including race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. We strive to create an inclusive community where all feel welcome and supported.

Ebunoluwa Babalola, M.D.

ebablola@umsystem.edu

Dr. Babalola is a fourth year resident. She is originally from Nigeria and moved to Texas with her family when she was 10 years old. What drew her to UMKC was the opportunity to serve such a large under-served community and she hopes to dedicate her career to serving this population.

 

Andreina Colina, M.D.

ac6my@umkc.edu

Andreina Colina, M.D.Dr. Colina is a first year resident. She is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela. She speaks Spanish, English, and French. Through her various traveling experiences she has developed an immense curiosity for learning about different cultures, languages and human behaviors. Equality in medicine to her means allowing patients, loved ones, and medical professionals the opportunity to share a diverse mixture of cultures, personalities, and beliefs; which fosters a better understanding of those who surround us.

Allen Ghareeb, M.D.

aagckq@umsystem.edu

Allen Ghareeb, M.D.Dr. Ghareeb is a second year resident. He is originally from Lebanon. He speaks Arabic, Spanish, French and English. He has a passion to make change through policy work within women’s health. Simply put, to him, equality in medicine means every patient, every time. It is about providing

 

Megan Madrigal, M.D.

megan.madrigal@tmcmed.org

Megan Madrigal, M.D.Dr. Madrigal is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also the Assistant Clerkship Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship. Dr. Madrigal was born and raised in Kansas City. She went to New York University and graduated cum laude with a degree in History. She completed a post baccalaureate program with The University of Kansas before getting her medical degree from The University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her resident training at Christiana Care in Newark, Delaware, and became a faculty member at TMC in August of 2019. Dr. Madrigal is a second generation Mexican-American and the first person in her family to attend medical school. She has a passion for clinical medical education, reproductive rights and healthcare, as well as legislative advocacy.  She feels that diversity, equality and inclusion in healthcare is incredibly important and drives her every day to work towards all patients being able to access the care they need, when they need it; regardless of beliefs, ethnicity, background, or socioeconomic status. She believes that embracing diversity, working for equality and advocating for inclusion not only allows for personal growth and development, but also spurs us all to be better healthcare providers for our patients.

Pedro Morales, M.D.

pedro.morales-ramirez@tmcmed.org

Pedro Morales, M.D.Dr. Morales is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the current Residency Program Director. He grew up in Nicaragua where he obtained his medical degree. He moved to Kansas City in 2009 to start his residency training at UMKC. Among other things, he ended up ranking UMKC at the very top of his list because of the very diverse patient population served at all the teaching sites. He believes that this inclusive environment positively influenced his training and shaped the physician he is today. As a faculty member, Dr. Morales has been involved with several of the School of Medicine’s initiatives to support underrepresented minority (URM) students, residents and faculty. He was part of the Students in Medicine, Academia, Research and Training (SMART) program which is a cluster mentoring program that creates community and promotes collaboration among UMKC URM members. He is also a panelist for the URM Faculty Fellows and Scholar Program. As Program Director, Dr. Morales has the goal of increasing the number of trainees from underrepresented minority groups while providing adequate support and mentorship during residency.

Benjamin Quarshie, M.D.

quarshieb@umkc.edu

Benjamin Quarshie, M.D.Dr. Quarshie is a fourth year resident. He is originally from Accra, Ghana and grew up in Chicago. He speaks English, French and several other languages from his country. He has a strong desire to dedicate his career to serving globally. Equality in medicine to him means that every patient irrespective of his or her color, creed, or financial status is able to obtain the SAME quality of care in any given setting.

Shanice Robinson, M.D.

slrx6r@umkc.edu

Shanice Robinson, M.D.Dr. Shanice Robinson is second year resident. She desires to dedicate her career as a reproductive justice advocate to addressing and combating maternal mortality in African American and Hispanic women. She has an immense passion for diversity and equity in medicine given the hardships she has had to face as an Underrepresented minority in medicine. What equality in medicine means to her is ensuring that when providers are caring for patients they make it their duty to address all the complexities that contribute to their overall health. She is involved in Uniting Numerous Medical Trainees for Equity and Diversity (UNITED) and serves as GME chair. She also serves as a resident council member on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at UMKC.

 

Travel/Hotel Information

Travel

You will fly in to Kansas City International (MCI). Uber and Lyft are available here in KC (a $28-32 ride), or if you choose to rent a car, multiple car rental companies service the airport.  Truman Medical Center’s address is 2301 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64108.

Hotels

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel At Crown Center
2345 McGee St
Located .2 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
1 East Pershing Rd
Located .7 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill 

Home2 Suites Kansas City Downtown
2001 Main Street
Located .6 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill 

Holiday Inn Express Kansas City Downtown
417 East 13th Street
Located 1.1 mile from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Marriott Residence Inn Kansas City Downtown/Convention Center
1535 Baltimore
Located .9 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Fairfield Inn Kansas City Downtown/Union Hill
3001 Main Street
Located 1.7 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Hotel Indigo Kansas City-The Crossroads
2020 Grand Blvd
Located .6 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Hilton President Hotel Kansas City
1329 Baltimore
Located 1 mile from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
1301 Wyandotte Street
Located 2.4 miles from Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Kansas City is not just a great place to live and work, it’s a fun city! On your days and weekends off, you will find plenty to keep you entertained in Kansas City!

In case you missed this earlier, see our Resident-created Kansas City Guide

Interview Day Schedule

 

Thursday interview day schedule

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Resident-hosted virtual happy hour

Friday interview day schedule

1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Residency Presentation by Program Directors, Q & A time.
1:30 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. Interviews with faculty and residents.

In case you missed this earlier, see our Resident-created Kansas City Guide

Conference Presentations

2019

 

Jillian Moore: Assessment of Menstrual Documentation in the Care of Patients with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Pediatric Academic Society, 2019

 

Avery LeggAvery Legg: : A randomized trial to improve clinical estimation of fetal weight through self-evaluation via text messages, 2019 APGO/CREOG

 

Paige MonnetPaige Monnet: Symptom improvement with placement of Levonorgestrel IUD (Lng IUS) at surgical diagnosis of endometriosis in adolescent, North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 2018

 

Jasmine Haller: Assessing Readability: Are Urogynecologic Patient Education Materials at an Appropriate Reading Level?, American Urogynecologic Society, 2018

 

PGY 4

PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1

Ebunoluwa Babalola, M.D.


Medical School:
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine
Bio: Born in Nigeria, I am the second of seven children. My family relocated to the United States when I was 10 years old, and settled in Texas. I attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration. I continued to Texas A&M University to receive my Doctor of Medicine Degree. What drew me to UMKC was the opportunity to serve such a large under-served community. What I like most about the OB-GYN program are my colleagues, and the support I get from the staff and co-residents. My favorite activities outside of work are shopping, cooking, and enjoying the company of friends and family.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? It is a city, not a state. There is Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri
What are your plans for after residency? I plan on being a generalist OB-GYN in private practice.

Kristen Bartucci, M.D.


Kristen BartucciMedical School:
Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University of Chicago
Bio: Hey! I’m from Chicago – Go Cubs and Bears! – and still adapting to my new city. I attended Northwestern University for undergraduate, then received a Master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, and also attended Loyola for medical school. It was a change leaving Chicago, but learning a new city has been really exciting! Having a bike is really convenient here, and I’m trying to learn more of the cool paths to ride. It’d be great to have my dog Paulie here but he’s back with mom and dad in Chicago. Intern year is a big change but my class’ institution of “Froyo Friday” really helps with the tough days. I’m eager to learn more about the city and that was one of the reasons I was drawn to the residency. As well, the program interested me not only because people say great things about KCMO – traffic barely exists here and you can eat your weight in BBQ! – but also because the residency felt incredibly supportive. There is a real sense of community among the residents, faculty, nurses, you-name-it! I remember during my interview day noticing how the staff spoke to and associated with the residents. There was a mutual respect between everyone that resonated with me, and it was something I didn’t see in many other residencies. So I really think it’s the people that make this program the best. Hopefully, so will you!
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? I’m still learning the city myself, so any and all suggestions are welcome! I have been trying to get to the many breweries in the area as well as the sporting events. All are a great time. Although, Chicago sports will always be my #1.
What are your plans for after residency? I am considering a minimally invasive GYN surgery fellowship!

Zenobia Gonsalves, M.D.


Medical School:
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Zenobia Gonsalves. I was born in India and moved to Toronto when I was 5 and then Chicago when I was 7. I went to the University of Chicago for undergrad and Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University for medical school. I ended up in Kansas City because I fell in love with the program at UMKC. I was drawn to UMKC for a number of reasons, including the large underserved population, the opportunities for research and mentorship, and most importantly the warm and friendly residents and staff I met on interview day. Outside of the hospital, I like to sleep, travel, experiment with HDR photography (flickr.com/zenobiagonsalves), and spend time with family and friends.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? It never takes more than 15 minutes to get anywhere – such a wonderful change from Chicago! 🙂
What are your plans for after residency? I hope to pursue an MFM or REI fellowship after residency.

Monica Kao, M.D.


Medical School:
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Bio: Hi, I’m Monica! I’m originally from Bloomington-Normal, IL but I’ve lived in Chicago for high school, Saint Louis for undergrad and med school, and Baltimore for an MPH in Women’s and Reproductive Health. When I’m not at work, I like discovering new places to eat, to get coffee, to read, to bike around, to people-watch, to hike..whatever! I’m also really interested in history, so I can definitely get down with a good museum or documentary. Special skills that I have include the ability to lick my elbow (go ahead and try it on yourself…I’ll wait) and an aptitude for drawing unnecessarily elaborate and anatomically correct Snapchats. What drew me to UMKC is that the people here are talented, hardworking, and humble…it’s a rare combination, and it makes for the best coworkers. I also really like that Kansas City feels like a great setting in which to explore my interests in medicine and public health. By that, I mean that there’s a big need for the kind of care that we provide – I felt this was a place where my efforts could have an impact, but also one where I could feel supported in trying to do just that. It’s pretty great!
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? People from Kansas City LOVE Kansas City. Like seriously, so much.
What are your plans for after residency? Great question. Ask me again later!

Paige Monnet, M.D.


Medical School:
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Bio: Hello! I’m Paige and I’m from Tulsa, OK. I got my undergraduate degree from The University of Kansas and my medical degree from The University of Oklahoma. In my free time I like to drink craft beer and spend time with my significant other/fellow survivor of the couple’s match. Whether it’s brewery tours, concerts, or farmer’s markets, there is always something to keep me busy in Kansas City. I chose UMKC because I wanted a program with residents that really supported one another. I can’t imagine these first few months without my UMKC family!
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? There is always something fun to do here.
What are your plans for after residency? Pediatric Adolescent Gyn Fellowship

Neil Patel, M.D.


Medical School:
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Bio: Hello, I’m Neil. I was born and raised in Williston North Dakota. I grew up spending time outdoors and enjoying all that North Dakota had to offer. I enjoy traveling and have been able to continue that passion during residency. UMKC has a great residency program and has numerous opportunities. Kansas City has a tremendous amount to offer, from their numerous restaurants to their sports teams.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? We have amazing restaurants.
What are your plans after residency? MFM fellowship and work at a teaching hospital.

Benjamin Quarshie, M.D.

Quarshie, Ben
Medical School:
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Bio: Hello! I’m Ben, welcome to UMKC! I was born in Accra, Ghana. I went to college at The University of Chicago, and completed medical school at The University of Iowa. I love to workout so if you’re into that maybe we can go for a run sometime. Choosing UMKC just made sense to me, I felt at home, I felt I could just be myself among a tight knit group of friends and it worked out! I really like the availability of all the staff and seniors, everyone is able to assist you anytime of the day and that is really nice.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? I am a vegetarian and if you are don’t be afraid! There are PLENTY of vegetarian options available for us!
What are your plans for after residency? I am not sure yet, but global health is definitely going to be a part of my career so at least that’s a first step

Alexis Vollmar, M.D.


Medical School:
University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
Bio: Hello all! I’m Lexi Vollmar and I’m proud to say that I am a part of the UMKC OB/GYN Residency Program. Right out of high school, I attended the UMKC 6-year BA/MD combined program and graduated in May 2017. I chose to stay and complete my residency at my home program because it just felt right and I couldn’t imagine moving away from my new home in Kansas City. Kansas City has it all. It embodies the feel of a young city with the old Midwest values that I grew up around. There are always sporting events, concerts, and new city murals popping up around town. Outside of work, you can find me catching a Zumba class, spending time with friends and family, or trying a new recipe out at home!
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? Very little traffic!
What are your plans for after residency? OB/GYN Generalist

 

PGY 3

PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1

Trammell Cox, M.D.


Cox, TrammellMedical School:
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Bio: Hi! I’m Trammell. I grew up in Denver, Colorado, but have been all over for the past 10 years. I lived in Cambodia for two years, did undergrad at BYU in Utah, and medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. My wife, two-year old son and I are happy and excited to call Kansas City home now! We have adopted the Royals as our baseball team, but I have to maintain my Broncos’ roots (sorry not sorry Chiefs fans!) I picked UMKC for residency because I could tell it would be a great place to train, with great co-residents. We all truly get along and help each other with the work and learning. Kansas City is also a great city to live in! There is so much to do for everyone here – whether you are single, in a relationship, have a family, pets, love the outdoors, etc. it’s all here! When I’m not working, I love exploring the city with my family, playing at some of the many parks with my son, or doing some of my obscure hobbies (Legos, bookbinding, yardwork).
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? There is something here for everyone! Especially for lovers of BBQ.
What are your plans for after residency? Maybe fellowship, maybe practice, but we’d love to stay in KC!

Jasmine Haller, M.D.


Haller, JasmineMedical School:
University of Arkansas College of Medicine
Bio: Howdy! I am from Northwest Arkansas. I graduated from Hendrix College in 2014. I took 2 years off between undergrad and medical school. During that time, I worked as a phlebotomist at my hometown hospital and as a makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics. I went to UAMS in Little Rock, AR for medical school. I live with my partner, Leonard and our 2 kiddos: a large golden-doodle puppy, Kingston and a cat, Duchess. We love doing pet-friendly activities, going to the movies, and going to concerts (I have seen Bruno Mars 4x…it’s a problem). I was drawn to this program for many reasons. First, I was impressed by how happy the residents appeared on interview day. I can say now, that everyone is genuinely happy and loves their job! They really emphasize resident wellness here and it is an excellent environment to work in. Second, I believe this program emphasizes scholarly activity and puts you on the path to fellowship if that is what you choose. These are 2 of the things I like best about this program. I feel fully supported by my UMKC family, which I believe is crucial when working these residency hours. If a work family is what you’re looking for, UMKC is the place for you!
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? There is so much to do and so many restaurants to explore!! And the concert scene is on point. I am still learning all that KC has to offer!
What are your plans for after residency? I plan to pursue a FPMRS/urogynecology fellowship! I ultimately would love to work in an academic setting.

Jackyline Prestosa, M.D.


Prestosa, JackylineMedical School:
University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Phillippines)
Bio: I was born and raised in the Philippines. I did OBGYN residency there and met my husband on a blind date during residency. Long story short, we got married and I moved here in the states (Hawaii). I love being an OBGYN and could not see myself in any other profession hence I decided to repeat residency all over again. Hardest decision of my life, hahaha. Just had a baby prior to residency so I was juggling being a new mom and internship at the same time. I extremely enjoyed learning new things and realizing how medicine is so different in various parts of the world. I love hanging out with friends during my spare time, but expect that I will bring along my little one. Going to the beach, Sunday breakfast, weekend home cooked meals are my stress relievers. I look forward to another adventure by staring a new chapter of my life in Kansas City MO.
What are your plans for after residency? Become a generalist and possibly start my own private practice at home in Hawaii or somewhere in the west coast.

Allyssa Kays, M.D.


Kays, AllyssaMedical School:
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Bio: I was born and raised in Blue Springs, Missouri abut 30min south of Kansas City. I’ve lived downtown and been exploring the city for 7 years now and I’ve loved every minute of it. I went to medical school at the UMKC School of Medicine for their 6-year combined BA/MD program and loved it so much I decided I wanted to stay for residency. I’m so glad I did! I couldn’t imagine training anywhere else. Outside of residency I enjoy visiting the many coffee shops in Kansas City, watching shows like Game of Thrones and The Sopranos and cuddling with my cat. What I love most about our program is the exposure to many pathologies here as one of the main hospitals in the KC area.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? There is no shortage of fun activities and great food to eat in KC.
What are your plans for after residency? I plan to find a place to work that is just as fun and energetic as here!

Allyson Kornfeld, M.D.


Kornfeld, AllysonMedical School:
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Bio: I’m Allyson! I’m from a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. I am definitely a non-traditional applicant. I received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from St. Louis Univeristy. It was here that I met my future husband Dan, a current pediatrics resident at Children’s Mercy Hospital. I did my first two years of medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. I then transferred to St. Louis University School of Medicine to be closer to my then fiancé. We then couples-matched in Kansas City and couldn’t be more excited! Our favorite thing to do in the city is go around to all of the coffee shops and breweries. We love supporting local business and there is definitely plenty of that to do in the city. We also just got a new puppy, Georgia, who is keeping us very busy!

I really loved my interview day at UMKC and my experience with the residents. They were incredibly friendly right from the start and I felt as if I immediately made connections with them. As a current resident, that still holds true. I so enjoy coming into work to spend time with my coresidents. They, as well as the attendings, are fantastic teachers and are really dedicated to making an impact in resident education.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? There really is so much to do here! We love breweries and there are no shortage of breweries popping up for us to go explore. We love to spend our weekends off exploring different breweries around the city.
What are your plans for after residency? I’m really not sure yet. I am interested in exploring fellowship options but am keeping my mind open to see what I end up loving the most!

Elizabeth Kresie, M.D.


Kresie, ElizabethMedical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Bio: I’m originally from Topeka, KS. I attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE for undergrad where I received degrees in history and biology. I went to medical school at the University of Kansas here in Kansas City, KS. I spend most of my free time playing with my four-year-old Italian greyhound, Flynn, and helping my fiance, Wesley, remodel our new home in Prairie Village, KS. I also like to create and sew. I recently finished a surfer themed baby quilt for my nephew as well as wrote and illustrated a children’s book for my niece. I was drawn to the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s obstetrics and gynecology residency program because it’s a large academic program that spans multiple hospitals, which provides invaluable experiences in so many different areas, without losing that tight knit feeling with your fellow residents and faculty that you typically only find in smaller programs.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? Honestly, there is something for everyone in KC. We have professional football (Chiefs), baseball (Royals), and soccer (Sporting KC), the Kansas City Speedway, Boulevard Brewery, loads of craft distilleries, a Renaissance fair, concerts every weekend, tons of green space, and beautiful public parks just to name a few. It doesn’t get much better than KC in the Midwest!
What are your plans for after residency?I’m currently undecided about which direction I would like to take following residency. Private practice has numerous benefits, but I’m also passionate about academic research and medical education.

Bilal Muzaffar, M.D.


Muzaffar, BilalMedical School:
Saba University School of Medicine
Bio: I was born in Pakistan, but after a few months I was whisked off to Ireland and then Scotland. Everyone asks me if I remember what it was like and if I ever picked up an accent. The answers to those questions are no and, sadly, no. I ended up in the good ol’ US of A, eventually settling down in Oklahoma. Fast forward through a nerdy childhood, and I end up at OU. While I set out to study microbiology, I fell into an improvisational comedy troupe. Before I knew it, I was doing open mics on my own until I finally landed work as a stand-up comedian. Yes, I got paid to do it. No, I will not tell you a joke on demand. Somewhere along the way I had a change of heart and decided to ditch the microphone for a stethoscope, sailing off to Saba University School of Medicine. I literally had to take a boat to get there. As fate would have it, I did my core OB/GYN rotation at St. Luke’s and the rest is history. While I’m not on stage anymore, you can catch me smacking away at my typewriter in the various bars and coffee shops of Kansas City.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? Despite its Midwestern trappings, this place really has so much of what you would want in any major city: good food, great art, and the best people.
What are your plans for after residency? I would love to become a laborist! If they let me, I would definitely consider hopping on board as teaching faculty for the program. That should tell you something about how awesome this residency is!

Kathleen Thill, M.D.


Kathleen ThillMedical School:
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine at Tulsa
Bio: I am originally from a small town in northeast Oklahoma. I went to Oklahoma State (Go Pokes!) for undergrad and then decided to take a short break from school to do Peace Corps in Tanzania, East Africa. When I got back to the States, I went to the University of Oklahoma for my MD/MPH. I enjoy spending any free time I have with my new daughter (Mara), my husband (Ben) and 2 dogs (Ida and Darwin) exploring KC and traveling. I chose UMKC because I wanted a program that would challenge me, but I also wanted to be surrounded by people that I truly enjoy working with! KC itself was also a huge draw as it is affordable and there is always something exciting happening.
What is one thing that people should know about Kansas City? More delicious food and beer than there is time!
What are your plans for after residency? General OBGYN and considering academics.

 

PGY 2

PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1

Bronwyn Boyd, D.O.


Boyd, BronwynMedical School:
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Bio:I am originally from a small town in northern Minnesota called Bemidji, about one and a half hours south of the Canadian border. I ended up staying in my hometown for undergrad to play my beloved sport soccer. We were the Bemidji State Beavers! After barely surviving the brutal winters in Minnesota, I made my way south to Kansas City for medical school! I graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences with a dual degree of DO and MA in Bioethics. Here is were I met my significant other who is an orthopedic resident in Kansas City as well! We both fell in love with the city and wanted to make KC our home for a little longer! We have two dogs, a toy Australian Shepherd named Roo and a Border collie mix named Ms. Emmy Jo! We love to be active and checkout the newest breweries/restaurants in town on the weekends. I am so happy to be at here at UMKC for residency. The exposure to a diverse patient population and pathologies makes for invaluable learning. Plus, everyone is so friendly and helpful. I definitely found my perfect fit!
What are your plans for after residency? I am interested in doing academic medicine, I love to teach! As far as fellowship or generalist, I am currently undecided!

Elizabeth Forsythe, M.D.


Foresythe, ElizabethMedical School:
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Bio: I’m an Okie, born and raised! I grew up in Oklahoma City, and went to the University of Oklahoma to study liberal arts as an undergraduate with plans to attend law school. After a sudden illness put me in the hospital for several months while I was studying abroad in Bordeaux, France, I decided that I’d go to medical school instead! I have a passion for underserved women, and spent 4 months teaching women’s health classes in rural Peru before attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. I also have a passion for music, and play the fiddle in an all-girl alt-country band!

I chose UMKC because I have an interest in PAG, and there are so few programs in the country where I could get that exposure during residency. I also knew that I wanted to be at program where I got excellent surgical training in an environment where the residents really enjoy working with each other! Kansas City is also such a cool town with a great music scene, which is important to me.
What are your plans for after residency? I could see myself doing a PAG fellowship, or practicing as a generalist in a rural setting.

Allen Ghareeb, M.D.


Ghareeb, AllenMedical School:
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Bio: My roots are in Beirut, Lebanon—but I have now lived the majority of my life throughout Illinois, and there is no better state than the Land of Lincoln! I received my BS in Biochemistry and BA in Religious Studies from Bradley University, but took a break in college to enroll in a medical practice and policy program with the UNFPA and WHO in Copenhagen, Denmark—and now consider myself an unofficial ambassador. That experience is ultimately what cultivated my passion for women’s health and reproductive justice. I’m a total theater and improve freak, and I can’t wait to check out the musicals in KCMO! I love yoga, chicken salad sandwiches, and terrible reality television (Bravo everything). What attracted me most to UMKC are the diversity of residents and faculty and the wide breadth of training. It’s a wonderful place to learn how to advocate for your patients.
What are your plans for after residency? MFM or Family Planning—but either one I’m on my way to a career in policy!

Lauryn Newhart, D.O.


Newhart, LaurynMedical School:
A.T. Still University
Bio:I’m from a very small town 40 miles north of Kansas City, and I am a Midwesterner to my core. I attended Missouri Western in St. Joseph, MO for undergrad where I received degrees in exercise science and biology. I completed medical school at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, MO. I’m thrilled to be training in Kansas City at UMKC. The people in this program really drew me in during my sub-i, and the intern school curriculum made me excited to learn! In my spare time you can find me with my husband and dog (@griffonthecockapoo) enjoying the many restaurant patios that Kansas City has to offer. My hobbies include photography and musical theatre…I’m a Hamilton enthusiast!
What are your plans for after residency? I want to be a kick-butt generalist. Interests include teaching and minimally invasive GYN surgery.

Emily Pfiefer, M.D.


Pfiefer, EmilyMedical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Bio: I am a Kansas native and I am so excited to be staying in Kansas City for four more years! I grew up in Hays, moved to Lawrence for undergrad, and completed medical school at KU in Kansas City. I met my now fiancé, Alex, during our first year of medical school and we are currently planning a wedding for September 2020! We successfully couple’s matched and he will be starting his intern year in Psychiatry soon. In our spare time we enjoy going to Royals games and Chiefs games, playing cornhole in our backyard, gardening, and taking on DIY projects! We also have a 3-year old Shiba Inu, Lily. She is the most loving, ornery, and hilarious dog and is the perfect addition to our little family! I am so excited to be starting residency at UMKC and cannot wait to get to know all of my co-residents. I also look forward to further exploring some of my fellowship/career interests, including pediatric and adolescent gynecology and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, during residency. I would love to stay in academic medicine in order to teach and pursue research interests. All of the residents, attendings, and nurses made me feel so welcome on my interview day, and since then I knew these were the people I wanted to learn from and work with over the next four years.
What are your plans for after residency?I am still undecided on my career plans following residency. I am excited to further explore some of my fellowship interests, including pediatric and adolescent gynecology and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, during residency. I would love to stay in academic medicine in order to teach and pursue research interests.

Hannah Reavis, M.D.


Reavis, HannahMedical School:
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Bio: Hello my name is Hannah. I am from Miami, Oklahoma, a small town in the northeastern-most part of the state where I met my husband Will. I went to William Jewell College for undergrad in Liberty, then medical school at the University of Oklahoma. Will and I like to do lots of things together, and I love spending time with him. I have a lot of interests, but my main hobby is yoga. I studied ballet for many years, so I feel like yoga gives me a chance to express dance in a totally different way. I love going to the ballet as well! Most recently I saw Dracula, and it is my new favorite. We also enjoy live music, travel, coffee shops, and restaurants. Lastly, I love the winter, so I am hoping that KC will give me more snow than Oklahoma did! On interview day, UMKC really stood out to me for its tight-knit community. The residents seem to truly enjoy one another, and the environment is supportive. The faculty and staff were all so warm and welcoming, and the communication has been amazing! I chose UMKC not only for the people but also for the strength of training it provides as a large academic program with a huge variety of pathology.
What are your plans for after residency? I am still undecided.

Shanice Robinson, M. D.


Robinson, ShaniceMedical School:
Wright State University
Bio: Hi everyone, I’m Shanice! I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but raised in Canton, Ohio along with my twin sister. I attended Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia for Undergrad and Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State for Medical School. I initially thought I was a small town girl, but I quickly learned after going off to college, that I loved the big city. I love how Kansas City has a big city feel without all the big city stressors (i.e. traffic lol). What I love about UMKC is the wonderful family atmosphere amongst the residents, the amazing faculty and the breadth of exposure here. Outside of work, I absolutely love to travel! To date I have traveled to 23 countries and the list continues to grow, my goal is to tackle 30 countries by age 30! I have recently started solo traveling and it has been exhilarating! I also love to eat out and try new restaurants, I’m so excited to explore the food scene in KC, and I’ve heard so many great things! I love to stay active, hot yoga; cycling and weight lifting are my favorite ways to do that! I’ve also started a new hobby of attending concerts and I’m excited to see what KC has to offer! Cheers to the next 4 years in a brand new city, full of endless opportunities!
What are your plans for after residency? I am certain I want to become a generalist in either a private or academic setting and dedicate my career to addressing maternal mortality in many different ways (i.e. policy, research etc.) I also hope to serve globally. In addition, I hope to one-day serve an administrative role for a medical school.

Madeline Ross, M.D.


Ross, MadelineMedical School:
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Bio: Hello! I am Madeline Ross and I am so happy to be one of the new OB/GYN interns at UMKC. Before now, I have lived my whole life in Michigan, where I got my undergraduate degree in genetics at Michigan State University. I then went straight into medical school in Detroit at Wayne State University School of Medicine, where I met a cute boy in my anatomy lab group who eventually became my fiancé—we romantically locked eyes over a cadaver, it was a true med school love story… We were ecstatic when we both matched here at UMKC and are excited to see where this new journey takes us! I also have a cute kitty named Sage who he meowed for joy when I told him about the big move, he is excited for all the great BBQ. Anyways, I fell in love with UMKC not only because of all that Kansas City has to offer, but I felt so welcome by the friendly community among the residents and faculty here. I knew I would be receiving stellar training with exposure to diverse pathology and patients, all the while with the support from a tight knit residency family.
What are your plans for after residency? I think I would love practicing as a general OB/GYN once residency is over; after all the diversity of this field is one of the biggest factors that attracted me to the field! Yet, I have also considered pursuing a Pediatric & Adolescent GYN fellowship to expand my clinical scope. I do know whatever and wherever I end up practicing, I would like to incorporate an aspect of community outreach and underserved medicine into my future career.

 

Resident Life

From book clubs, holiday parties and barbeques with neighboring programs
our residents truly become family.

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Simulations

The Obstetrics and Gynecology program offers a robust simulation curriculum prepared by our OB Chief of Simulations, Susan Mou, M.D. and our GYN Chief of Simulations, Ryan Reynolds, M.D.

Obstetrics

  • Multidisciplinary OB drills include:
    • Shoulder dystocia
    • Post Partum hemorrhage
    • Emergent C-Section
  • Operative and breech delivery simulations
  • Ultrasound guided amniocentesis and cordocentesis

Gynecology

  • Basic and advanced laparoscopic skills
  • Repair of urologic injuries
  • Laser and LEEP simulations
  • Basic operative skills
  • Repair of obstetrical lacerations

We also offer 2 parallel simulation programs that are taught by our Chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Kent Burk, MD. Dr. Burk has been performing advanced laparoscopic surgeries since 1993 and robotic surgery since 2003. These simulations include:

  • Modified fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery signed to orientate residents to straight stick laparoscopy.
  • Dry lab and simulation program designed around the Da Vinci surgery platform.

These simulations are designed to prepare residents to assist and perform robotic cases early in their training.