Residents rotate through five Kansas City, Missouri-area teaching hospitals. This provides experience in a wide variety of surgical cases and clinical opportunities unique to those institutions and associated patient populations.
University Health Truman Medical Center is the primary residency program site. It provides a broad array of acute and outpatient services to a diverse patient population. TMC is nationally recognized for excellence in emergency and level I trauma services. In addition to its ophthalmology program, it is also recognized for programs in asthma care/research, diabetes, HIV/AIDS services, obstetrics/high-risk obstetrics and women’s health.
University Health Lakewood Medical Center is the base hospital for the UMKC School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. The Bess Truman Family Practice Clinic, Lakewood Medical Pavilion, the H&R Block Birthing Center and the Lakewood Care Center serve patients in all stages of their lives. Services provided include diabetes care, rehabilitation, geriatrics, obstetrics and women’s health.
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City is a 629-bed tertiary care referral center serving a six state region. Saint Luke’s has established some of the finest specialized clinical services and support programs in the metropolitan area. They include the level I trauma center, level III neonatal intensive care unit, Mid-America Heart Institute, and the Mid America Brain and Stroke Institute. The hospital received the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for 2003, the distinguished Hospital Award For Patient Survey by the Consumers Choice Award, and is ranked as one of the Best Hospitals for Heart Surgery and in the Gynecology Top 125.
Children’s Mercy Hospital provides the highest level of medical care and services, tailored to meet the needs of pediatric patients from birth to age 18. More than 40 pediatric subspecialties and 500 pediatric physicians serve children from western Missouri and eastern Kansas. The 241-bed hospital is the region’s only level I pediatric trauma center, with one of the busiest neonatal/pediatric transport programs in the United States. In addition to pediatric ophthalmology, it is recognized for cardiac surgery, asthma/allergy/ immunology, minimally invasive surgery, clinical pharmacology, nephrology and neonatology. CMH was ranked as one of the 10 best children’s hospitals in America in by US News and World Report.
Research Hospital is one of the area’s largest metropolitan facilities with 511 beds and over 500 physicians on staff. It is one of ten area medical centers in the HCA network in Kansas City. Research Medical Center ophthalmology consult service is robust and serves well in training the comprehensive ophthalmologist. It is also well-known for the Midwest Stroke Care, Transplant Institute, cancer care and other areas of state-of-the-art medical care. It is a Joint Commission Gold Seal approval facility, as well.