Office of Student Affairs

Career Services

Robert (Bobby) Riss, MD
Assistant Dean for Career Services

Kristen Kleffner, M.Ed.
Manager of Career Counseling
M4-205G, 816-235-1811

Kim Kalaiwaa
Senior Office Support Assistant
M4-205F, 816-235-1900


Our mission is to provide students with comprehensive career services so they may select an appropriate and fulfilling career in medicine.  We offer a comprehensive program that begins with the mentorship of students when choosing their profession to navigating through the complex residency application process.  We appreciate that each student is in a different phase of their career development and have broken down our advising into the sections below.  Please contact us with any questions!

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Upcoming Events

Event Date Register Here
Introduction to Pediatrics:  Dr. Ross Newman August 4th, 2020 Register
Introduction to General Surgery:  Dr. Brooke Nelson August 6th, 2020 Register
Introduction to Internal Medicine & Pediatrics: Dr’s. Jacqueline Kitchen and Joe Julian August 11th, 2020 Register
Introduction to Emergency Medicine: Dr. Amy Stubbs August 13, 2020 Register
Introduction to Family Medicine:   Dr’s. Karen Foote and Steve Foote August 18th, 2020 Register
Introduction to Neurology: Dr. Sean Gratton   August 20th, 2020 Register
Introduction to Orthopedic Surgery: Dr’s. James Bogener and Amelia Sorensen August 25th, 2020 Register
Introduction to Ophthalmology:  Dr. Samantha Herretes August 27th, 2020 Register

Changes In Residency Application

AAMC: Specialty Response & ERAS Updates

This is a helpful resource for the following:

  • Information on specialty application changes
  • ERAS Changes

Gaining Experience & Career Development

Student Interest Groups: SIGs

Gain exposure to your specialty by participation in interest groups


Start organizing your accomplishments & see where you need further development


Find out why you need a mentor

Specialty Selection

Careers In Medicine Website

Utilize self-evaluation tools to pick your specialty


National Resident Matching Program Data

See where your numbers fit with others who ended up in your specialty


The Match Process

The Match Timeline

Review important dates


Selecting Your Residency Program

 Develop a strategy to decide which programs to apply to

Developing Your Personal Statement 

Review the guidelines for developing your personal statement

Arranging Out Of Town Rotations

Get advice from former students on arranging out of town rotations


Review interviewing skills and important advice

Creating Your Rank List

See what to consider when creating a rank list

Operating In The Match Process

See how the match process works