Emily A. Hillman, M.D., M.P.H.E.

Associate Professor, Medical Ed Fellowship Director , Associate EM Residency Program Director, Director of Simulation Education – UMKC SOM
Department(s) of Emergency Medicine
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District
Education and Background

M.D. - University of Missouri - Kansas CIty
Residency - Emergency Medicine - University of Missouri - Kansas City / Truman Medical Center
ABEM Diplomate - 2012
M.P.H.E. - M.H.P.E.- University of Missouri-Kansas City

Meet Emily Hillman
What do enjoy doing outside of your busy schedule as a physician, teacher and researcher?

I’ve always been into physical fitness. I have three little girls now who are age three and under. That in itself is a workout that I had no idea was so intense, but I love spending time with my girls and my husband.

How did you stay physically fit before children?

I used to be a fitness competitor and a body builder. One time, I won the award for “best pose.” I also am a past winner of the Miss Kansas Body Builder competition. Since I’ve had children, I’ve gotten out of competition, but I still enjoy being fit.

Do you have other hobbies?

My husband and I like to go to the movies. I’m into 80’s movies – “Dirty Dancing” is my favorite. I don’t know what it is about that movie, but I’ve watched it a lot. We also love music and going to concerts. We’ve seen Pink, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Madonna and Lady Gaga. Beach vacations are another favorite activity, and we’ve enjoyed trips to Jamaica, Barbados and Mexico. We also have visited Paris, Italy and Germany and were actually in Germany during the October Festival. That was fun.


As a graduate of the UMKC School of Medicine’s medical school and emergency medicine residency training program, I could not be more thrilled to serve as associate residency director. I enjoy designing and organizing the residency’s non-clinical curriculum, including robust simulation and small-group experiences. I am passionate about advising and mentoring both current and aspiring EM residents as well as future clinician-educators.I consider myself a clinician-educator and am presently involved in simulation-based research.

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Emergency Medicine

Research Focus

Education Research

Taking simulation activities into scholarship learning, Hillman’s research explores the best ways to teach and assess learners in clinical, classroom and simulation settings.

Research Summary

I am involved in a variety of scholarly educational projects. The following are a few recent examples:


Jarou, Zach., et al., editors. EMRA and CORD Student Advising Guide: An Evidence-Based Approach to Matching in EM. Irving, TX: Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association; 2019 [on press]. https://www.emra.org/books/msadvisingguide/

Peer Reviewed Publications (selected)

McLean, M. E., Cotarelo, A. A., Huls, T. A., Husain, A., Hillman, E. A., Cygan, L. D., Archer, L. O., Beck-Esmay, J., Burke, S. M., Carrick, A. I., Chen, A. S., Hyde, R. J., Karalius, V. P., Lee, E., Park, J. C., Pugliese, A. M., Wilbanks, M. D., Young, A., & Kulkarni, M. L. (2021). UME-to-GME PandEMonium in COVID-19: Large-Scale Implementation of a Virtual ACGME Milestone-Based Curriculum for Senior Medical Students Matched Into Emergency Medicine. Journal of graduate medical education, 13(6), 848–857. https://doi.org/10.4300/JGME-D-21-00620.1. PMID: 35070098; PMCID: PMC8672831

Hillman, E., Paul, J., Neustadt, M., Reddy, M., Wooldridge, D., Dall, L., & Drees, B. (2020). Establishing a Multi-Institutional Quality and Patient Safety Consortium: Collaboration Across Affiliates in a Community-Based Medical School. Academic medicine: journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 95(12), 1864–1873. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000003552. PMID: 32590471; PMCID: PMC7678654.

Pelletier-Bui, A. E., Schrepel, C., Smith, L., Zhang, X. C., Kellogg, A., Edens, M. A., Jones, C. W., & Hillman, E. (2020). Advising special population emergency medicine residency applicants: a survey of emergency medicine advisors and residency program leadership. BMC medical education, 20(1), 495. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-020-02415-8. PMID: 33287824; PMCID: PMC7722429.