Medicine / Pediatrics

Welcome from the Chief Residents


Scott Biggerstaff

Scott Biggerstaff
Biggerstaffs@umkc.edu

Anna Nicek

Anna Nicek
leua@umkc.edu

Welcome from the Chief Residents!

Wild times, right? Residency applications and interviews are going to be weird this fall/winter and we’re sorry about that. The process is evolving for everyone, but our program’s commitment to training top notch residents and people remains a constant. Thanks for your interest in the Internal Medicine & Pediatrics program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Here’s a little bit about us:

Founded in 1984, UMKC Med-Peds is a mid-sized program that trains six residents per academic year. Our residents receive dual training while working at three separate institutions – Children’s Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical Center, and St. Luke’s Health System of Kansas City. Working at three large academic centers gives our residents an incredible breadth and depth of experiences in general Internal Medicine/Pediatrics and their subspecialties. As residents in a comprehensive and challenging dual program, we learn to become leaders within the ever changing healthcare environment. With supportive faculty and respected recognition within our categorical Medicine and Pediatrics programs, our residents gain the necessary experience to pursue any career goal. We offer an extensive subset of electives and academic pursuits including nationally recognized research and the ability to rotate internationally through our Pediatric hospital’s global health track. Whether it be primary care, subspecialty fellowship, or academic medicine, over their four years of training at UMKC, our residents become well positioned for the next chapter in their medical profession.

Residency is challenging, so the people you surround yourself with matter. Despite our excellent academic record and the respect our residents receive within each of our categorical programs, we pride ourselves most on the culture of support, safety, and the camaraderie we have created. From residents to faculty to our supporting administrators, we have a tight-knit family within our Med-Peds program. We’re not just colleagues, we’re friends.

And what about Kansas City? KC has a casual pace, friendly Midwest vibes, and big city amenities. Plus the FOOD–enough farm-to-table to keep Portland transplants happy and enough barbecue to give even the hardiest carnivore ‘meat sweats’. Professional baseball, soccer, hockey, and football teams call Kansas City home.  We even got to celebrate our city’s first Super Bowl Championship in 50 years this past winter!  Enjoy the KC Symphony at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, the works of internationally renowned artists at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and poke around one of Kansas City’s more than 20 museums to learn about jazz, WWI, and a steamboat that went the way of the dodo. The live music scene was bumpin, too, but I’ll just give you a big shoulder shrug on what that will look like over the course of the next year.

Take some time to look around and let us know if you have questions – we love our program and hope to share it with you someday!

Scott & Anna