Graduate Medical Education

Housestaff Bylaws




This body is known as the Housestaff Committee consisting of Officers and Senate Members of the School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City.



The Housestaff Committee has the following responsibilities:

  1. Establishment and maintenance of appropriate liaison with School of Medicine and key governing bodies of sponsored programs.
  2. Regular reviews of resident/fellow issues to ensure communication with appropriate official bodies.
  3. Establishment and implementation of policies and procedures for selection of Housestaff officers.
  4. Foster dissemination of information among residents/fellows.
  5. Function as a resource to non-committee member residents/fellows.
  6. Actively participate and educate incoming residents/fellows on the objectives of the Housestaff Committee.



Within areas of resident/fellow interests and concerns, the Housestaff Committee provides recommendations for improvement to the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education.



Section 1.  Eligibility.  The Housestaff Committee members may be elected or appointed from each of the UMKC sponsored residency and fellowship programs.

  1. The Housestaff Committee will consist of elected Housestaff Officers and appointed Senate members.  Senate members will be designated by August 1 with the Officers being elected from and by that body by Oct 1 of each academic year.  These members will have voting privileges.
  2. The Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education may appoint other residents/fellows to the membership of the Housestaff Committee as deemed appropriate, serving as non-voting members.
  3. The Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, or his/her designee, serves as a non-voting faculty representative.

Section 2.  Term of Membership.  Members shall serve terms of one year. All Housestaff Senate members may be re-elected or re-appointed for additional terms. The academic year defines the term of appointment.  All Senate members and Officers of Housestaff must remain in good standing in their residency/fellowship program to continue their membership on Housestaff Committee.  If a member is found to be ineligible for continued participation, the program will appoint an alternate Senate representative for the remainder of academic year.  If the member is an officer, the Senate will hold a special election to fill the vacancy.



President – Chair of the Housestaff Committee, organizes meetings, represents Housestaff at appropriate School of Medicine Council meetings and serves as the liaison between the Faculty and the Housestaff.

Vice President – Assists Housestaff Committee President with operational duties, assumes Chair of the Housestaff Committee in the President’s absence, represents Housestaff at School of Medicine Council Meetings as assigned and ensures Housestaff issues are adequately addressed between Housestaff Committee meetings.

Cabinet Members (2 elected members)– Collects and disseminates information regarding the Housestaff Committee, establishes a web conduit for Housestaff Committee communications, gathers reports from Senate members who serve on affiliated hospital and School of Medicine committees, ensures minutes reflect Housestaff Committee activities and coordinates other marketing initiatives as deemed appropriate.  Cabinet members include any former Presidents of Housestaff Committee who are still Housestaff members (in addition to the two elected Cabinet Members).

Housestaff Senate – Composed of a resident/fellow representative from each UMKC sponsored program.  Each Senate Member holds a Housestaff Committee membership and is the liaison that represents one’s program regarding resident/fellow issues and concerns.


Section 1.  Quorum.  At Housestaff Committee meetings, a quorum shall consist of a majority of voting members. Voting members will be identified in Housestaff Committee minutes.

Section 2.  Meetings.  The Housestaff Committee will hold meetings at least quarterly or at the call of the Officers.


Bylaws Amendments

Amendment to these Bylaws requires a quorum vote.

Article VIII

Dissemination of Minutes

Minutes are approved by the Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education, and shared with the Graduate Medical Education Council for review and concurrence.

Approved by the School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Education Council, June 19, 2008