Meet the Residents

In Their Own Words


“I choose UMKC because it felt welcoming from the very beginning! Their is a supportive vibe. Everyone here is very helpful. I liked feeling supported in my growth. They want the best for me so I know I can be better than I even expected, personally and professionally. The program had everything I wanted, University based unopposed community program. I’m just so excited to be a part of this legacy!”
Desztini Howard, MD (Class of 2023)

“I have only been a resident a few months now but I have felt incredibly supported and everyone is always willing to help out a new intern. I also love the emphasis on women’s health and OB, as these are big interests of mine as a family medicine physician. Plus Kansas City is a lot of fun and I am very happy to be staying here for three more years as I complete my training”
Carolyn Ward, MD (Class of 2023)

“I chose UMKC FMR due to the complex population Truman Medical Center is known for serving, the high volume of obstetric care experiences, in an unopposed setting, available to all residents and the close proximity to a larger community with a wide variety of social resources available to my patients and my family. I preferred having my pediatrics training at a large-volume children’s hospital where my training would be taken to a higher level and I found this at Children’s Mercy Hospital. I liked that among our faculty we have board certified FM specialists including geriatricians, sports medicine and FM obstetrics and that they regularly participate in our educational training focusing on their area of expertise. I also liked that although Truman Lakewood feels like a community hospital as opposed to an academic center, we are in fact backed by an academic center with adequate specialists to better my education and which allows me to follow my patients medical journeys if they progress to a higher acuity of care than can be completed at Lakewood. We are also backed by research faculty out of UMKC. I would choose this program again as I have found support by my faculty, administration and colleagues and have the ability to choose my own adventure here at Lakewood in a way that has permitted me to follow my hearts interests’ to whatever degree I have the time and energy to pursue.
Rebecca Aguayo, MD (Class of 2022)

“UMKC Family Medicine is truly a unique residency being a primarily Family Medicine staffed, unopposed, university-affiliated, long-standing community program. Residents are encouraged and expected to independently treat patients with the supervision and support of top-tier faculty. The welcoming feeling of the program along with incredible camaraderie of the residents was evident the first time I entered the hospital. Specialists truly treat residents and students as colleagues and are just a hallway away.”
Kevin Gray, MD (Class of 2017, now faculty)

“I was immediately impressed by the passion the residents had for serving their patients and the enthusiasm they had for learning. I loved that here there is an emphasis to constantly improve—improve the program, improve the training, improve the quality of patient care, improve yourself. That translates into an environment that fosters personal growth and will challenge and encourage me to develop into the best person I can be and the best physician I can be. The program’s unique approaches to quality, technology, efficiency, servant leadership, along with dedication to patient-centeredness and care of the underserved made me realize that I CAN have everything I value in a program.”
Aniesa Slack, MD (Class of 2017, now faculty)