Emergency Medicine


Mission Statement: The Department of Emergency Medicine will provide state-of-the-art, compassionate emergency care in an environment of academic excellence.


Welcome to the University Health Truman Medical Center (UHTMC)/University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine. As a safety-net facility, UHTMC is one of America’s Essential Hospitals.  Thank you for taking the time to visit and learn more about our Department and residency.  As a graduate of the residency program (2004) I’m proud of the advances we have made in our Department and the strong residency training experience we are able to provide.

University Health Truman Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for the UMKC School of Medicine. UHTMC is a Missouri State Designated Level I Trauma Center, a STEMI Center, and the only hospital in downtown Kansas City, MO. The Emergency Department has about 63,000 adult patient visits per year. The residency has 11 residents per year in a 1, 2, 3 format. The ED has 48 exam rooms including three trauma rooms and a 7-bed urgent care area staffed by advanced practice providers. Radiology is in the ED and includes a CT scanner.

As any academic medical center, UHTMC has multiple missions. Our primary focus is on providing excellent patient care. We have faculty physician double coverage all weekdays and most weekends and a minimum of three emergency medicine residents at all times.  Our faculty are diverse and we have eight fellowship trained faculty. We have a “Provider in Triage” about 10 hours per day. We have many patients with complex medical and social problems. To help better serve them the emergency department has 16 hours a day of social services coverage and case managers who are available much of the time. In addition we have 24/7 on-site behavioral health crisis staff who help us with our psychiatric patients. We also have a full time PharmD in the department who helps us with a variety of issues.

Because our emergency medicine residents are integral to helping us provide excellent care, we focus on clinical (bedside) teaching while at the same time having a very strong didactic program. We continue to add more simulation and small-group learning to our didactics. We have a “teaching resident” shift 5 days a week. The teaching resident is responsible for checking out medical students and more junior residents and taking time to focus on bedside teaching.  We are also excited to have a new Medical Education/Simulation fellowship.

Faculty and residents are involved in several areas of research. The department has a PhD Research Director. We have been a member of the Emergency ID Net research consortium for well over two decades and have performed numerous studies for that group. In addition, the department has developed some expertise in educationally related research. Others in the department have been involved in EMS related research for years.

This is just a brief introduction to the Department and you will learn more as you explore the site. One particular area you may find interesting is the link to our updated Emergency Department Strategic Plan. We have spent much time and energy planning for the future and I am sure that we will continue to better our department in every way.



D. Adam Algren, M.D
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
University Health Truman Medical Center
Medical Toxicologist
Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Toxicology, Therapeutic Innovation
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine