UMKC School of Medicine
Community and Family Medicine
The UMKC Department of Community and Family Medicine excels in:
- Providing top quality patient care
- Serving our patients and community with compassion
- Training students, residents, and fellows in the full scope of Family Medicine
- Contributing to Scholarship in our profession
- Treating each other with respect and care
Steve Griffith, MD, Interim Chair, Professor Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
We want to know….
Why Family Medicine? For me, the sense of fulfillment one gets from taking care of families for decades, delivering infants, seeing them grow and have their own babies, taking care of extended families and friends—it is unparalleled. My belief is that Family Physicians are happier than most physician because of the relationships that develop over time with patients. If I had a chance to do it over again, I would definitely still be a family doc.
If not Family Medicine? If I had the talent–a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals..
What books do you read? My favorite contemporary author is Pat Conroy (unfortunately deceased now)—if you have not read his Beach Music, you need to. I try to read a non-fiction book every third book I read, then back to novels. Mark Twain is my all-time favorite (local color since I grew up near Hannibal, MO). But I always have at least one non-medical book going, and try to read at least two “classics” a year. But books by John Grisham, John Irving, Michael Connelly—all are greatly entertaining.
TMC Hospital Services
Truman Medical Centers (TMC) has all the things you expect from a great health system. With two acute care academic hospital locations, the largest, most comprehensive behavioral health program in the area, a long-term care facility and multiple primary care practices, TMC provides care from birth through your senior years. We are the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, so our doctors are academic specialists who teach tomorrow’s doctors the very latest updates in their respective specialties.
Diversity & Inclusion
Each year at the POWER of Diversity Breakfast, the KC Chamber presents the Champion of Diversity Award, recognizing a regional business that has made an impactful commitment to embrace diversity in their workplace, diversity supplier partnerships, and the community. This Champion of Diversity business will be able to demonstrate their organizational practices are inclusive of all people. The 2020 Champion of Diversity is Truman Medical Centers/University Health.