Medicine / Pediatrics


Who we are:  We are a strong academic program located in the heart of the Midwest. Our residency offers high quality training experience in an affordable and livable city surrounded by exceptional people. Clinical training is completed in three individual hospital systems that come together to provide a diverse and excellent education with each site offering unique patient and clinical opportunities. Our combined residency training program integrates neatly into our categorical programs, creating an unparalleled learning environment and teaching services. While our hospitals are fantastic, our personnel are what truly make the program excellent. Our residents are hardworking, intelligent, and dependable; but they are also feisty, opinionated, and unrelenting. The combined faculty members are dedicated, passionate, and determined. This combination results in a dynamic, resident-centered program that consistently meets the needs and desires of our individual residents. Our residency is truly a family where we support, mentor, and nurture each other to be the best version of ourselves.

Associated Programs:
IM Categorical Program
Peds Categorical Program

Hospital Affiliates:
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Saint Luke’s
Truman Medical Centers

Pandemic Influence and what it means for applicants:

In times of crisis, we draw inspiration from our strengths. Our strengths have always been and will continue to be the exceptional people within our program: our residents, our core faculty, our categorical program faculty, and the applicants to our program.

This pandemic has affected all of us and in often unexpected and devasting ways, including medical students applying to our program. We recognize that this has been a unique challenge in clinic training as well as having emotional and financial impacts on applicants. The resulting deconstruction of many of our norms has given us the opportunity to innovate new approaches in the hospitals, clinics, and administration (including our interview process).

We are working with our categorical programs and local and national leadership to design virtual interviews to highlight the aspects of our program applicants need to know about us: our clinical training environment, our educational and research support, our extraordinary categorical programs, and our fantastic residency program culture. The truth is: we would love to meet you in person and show you just how welcoming Kansas City and our program is. We want to sit with you and hear your individual stories, your plans and hopes for residency, and the information that makes you unique. We also want to honor and protect you during this time of unknowns, potential exposures, and high-risk travel.

Adaptability is a strength of the Med Peds trained physician and this is an opportunity for us to shine. As the interview and viral season’s progress, we will draw on one another and our cognitive flexibility to provide the very best interview opportunities for our applicants. We do not claim to have the penultimate answers, but we do have your back.

We can’t wait to meet you and share a bit of our program with you. We have no doubt that you will love what you see.


Jacqueline R. Kitchen, M.D.
Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program Director