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Orthopaedic Surgical Skills Laboratory

IMG_2554Established in 2014, the Orthopaedic Surgical Skills Laboratory affords residents the opportunity to practice basic and advanced surgical motor skills in a simulated environment. The laboratory was funded by grants from the Diveley Resident Education Fund at St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Mercy Hospital.

The lab is equipped with a full range of skills simulators, specific to orthopaedic surgery.  During the PGY-1 year, residents complete 17 basic surgical skills modules, as suggested by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.  These modules have been integrated into the department’s core curriculum, and residents have protected time to complete them.

The laboratory is open to all residents 24 hours a day/7 days per week with key-card access.


Arthoscopic Equipment

The lab is equipped with a capital equipment arthroscopic tower, which includes a camera, light source, arthroscopic shaver, and fluid pump. This setup allows “dry lab” experiences with models and the AANA FAST system, as well as the ability to perform arthroscopic procedures on cadaver specimens.  The lab has both 30° and 70° arthroscopes available.


The lab also has 2 complete FAST (Fundamentals of Arthroscopic Surgery Training) systems allowing simulated arthroscopic skills that build hand-eye coordination for arthroscopic surgery.  Included is a laptop, which functions as camera and light source, a 30° scope, all eight FAST modules, and a FAST knot tester.

Orthopaedic Trauma

The lab houses several orthopaedic implant tools for residents to become familiar with and to practice proper technique.  These include: two complete Stryker Operating Room power hand pieces, a small fragment fixation set, external fixation set, traction bows and pins, Gardner-Wells tongs, and K-wires. The lab is also equipped with a variety of simulated bones which can be used for tactile feedback.


The lab is equipped to teach the basic principles of microsurgery using fine suture and latex tissue analog. Residents are provided surgical loops during their PGY-1 year for microsurgery training and surgery.

Operating Room Equipment

Residents can practice prepping, draping, casting, and suturing in the lab. The lab has an OR table and the availability of C-arm fluoroscopy.

Joint Injections

Available in the lab are joint injection models for shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. There is also a compartment syndrome tester to develop the ability to correctly place a needle in each of the four compartments of the lower leg.  A Stryker intra-compartmental pressure monitor is available to obtain accurate pressure readings.


Chief Residents
Sean BonanniSean Bonanni
Sean attended the University of Kansas for his undergraduate studies and UMKC for medical school. He spends his free time he staying involved with his rugby team, Kansas City Rugby Football Club. He and his wife are huge Kansas Jayhawks fans and enjoy traveling.
Daniel HagamanDaniel Hagaman
Daniel grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate degree where he played collegiate football. He went on to receive his doctor of medicine from East Tennessee State Quillen College of Medicine. He enjoys athletics and a number of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, golf, and skiing.
Hiba IbadHiba Ibad
Hiba is from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Human Rights and B.S. in Biochemistry. She completed her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine where she was on the Ethics Track. She is a nationally recognized functional ceramist. She enjoys running, tennis, and gardening.
J. Taylor LackeyJ Taylor Lackey
Taylor grew up in Temple, Texas playing football and powerlifting. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he obtained a B.S. in Exercise Science with Highest Honors. He completed his medical training at Baylor College of Medicine, where he had the opportunity work on a team that designed 3D-printed wrist splints for astronauts. He loves spending time with his soon-to-be wife and is an avid Texas Longhorn sports fan, outdoor enthusiast, carpenter, and technology follower.


Senior Residents
Held, MichaelMichael Held
Born and raised in Detroit, Michael graduated with honors from the University of Michigan. Following a brief stop in Baltimore where he obtained a Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins, Michael attended Creighton University for medical school. While at Creighton he developed and presented research on the long-term complications of reverse total shoulder replacements. His interests outside of medicine include spikeball as well as baseball, hiking and hockey. He would like to thank his parents, Mike and Sherry, along with his siblings, Andi, Casey and Matthew, for their continuous guidance and support.
Mitchell, GarrettGarrett Mitchell
Garrett grew up all over California, but mainly lived in the Sacramento area. He majored in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavioral Science at the University of California- Davis, with a minor in history. He decided that California was no longer for him and wanted to leave for medical school, landing at the University of Missouri- Columbia for that. The Midwest has been a great fit for him, and he’s very excited to be able to remain in Missouri for another 5 years. He and his fiancée love to go on new adventures, whether that is a nearby hiking trail or another country. They want to do more medical mission work in the future. He loves learning and is a very curious person, especially about WWII and ancient civilizations. He enjoys going fishing, hunting, and camping whenever possible, anything to get him outside.
De Ruyter, MattMatt De Ruyter
Matt was born in Rochester, Minnesota but moved to Jacksonville, Florida and then to Kansas City during middle school. He attended the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate degree in Biology and returned to Kansas City for medical school at the University of Kansas. In his free time, Matt enjoys trail running, hiking, reading, traveling, and going to Chiefs games.
Watkins, AndrewAndy Watkins
Andy was born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana and attended LSU in Baton Rouge for his undergraduate studies. He then moved back home for medical school at LSUHSC-Shreveport. He is a diehard Louisiana sports fan, including LSU (Geaux Tigers) and the New Orleans Saints (Who Dat). In his free time he enjoys all things related to the outdoors including hunting, fishing, golf, and snow skiing. He also enjoys cooking, especially Louisiana foods like gumbo and crawfish boils.


Brent AnsleyBrant Ansley
Brant Ansley was raised on a family ranch near Joplin, Missouri. He played baseball at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas where he received his bachelor’s degree.  Ansley began his medical career as an orthopedic physician assistant before attending medical school at the University of Kansas. He enjoys playing golf, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Kyle BroughamKyle Brougham
Kyle was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He has a passion for hockey and continues to play in the position of goalie. He obtained his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Mizzou, and his medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine. He’s a foodie that loves exploring new eateries with friends and loved ones.
Cyrus EtabariCyrus Etebari
Cyrus is from Scottsdale, Arizona. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, and then returned home to attend medical school at the University of Arizona. Cyrus enjoys good food, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. He is a huge football fan, following the USC Trojans, the Arizona Cardinals, and now he can continue to root for the Chiefs and his favorite player Patrick Mahomes! Cyrus also loves to read, watch movies and weightlift.
Clayton LinkClayton Link
Clay was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. He attended the University of Alabama (Roll Tide) for his undergraduate degrees in Biology & Psychology. Following college, he decided to return to Missouri for medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. When outside of the hospital, Clay enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and their rambunctious puppy, Louie. He also enjoys playing ice hockey, cheering on all St. Louis Sports (Let’s Go Blues!) and frequenting all the local BBQ restaurants and breweries.



Sheena Amin
Sheena was born and raised in Edison, New Jersey. She attended Drexel University in Philadelphia for her undergraduate and graduate education. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys traveling, going to the shore, boxing, and exploring the local food scene.


Katherine Branche
From Mclean, Virginia, Katherine attended Washington University in St. Louis for undergraduate education, studying Global Health and Archaeology. She received her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is passionate about health equity and social justice for marginalized populations as well as mentoring. When she is not in the hospital, she loves tennis, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and watching animated movies.

E.L. Domingo-Johnson
E.L. was raised in Cleveland, Texas. He received his Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Lonestar Community College while working as a pharmacy technician. E.L. worked for three years as a nursing supervisor while completing prerequisites for medical school at Prairie View A&M, then received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Texas at Arlington. He attended Texas Tech for medical school and is excited to follow in the footsteps of his favorite player, Patrick Mahomes, in making the move from Lubbock to Kansas City. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, working out, fantasy football, and volunteering with the underserved population locally and globally.

Kenneth Furlough
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Kenneth is passionate about his community and interested in making a difference in healthcare using art, sports, entrepreneurship, and value based healthcare principles. He graduated and played football at Georgetown University and earned his medical degree at Chicago Medical School. Outside of medicine Kenneth is interested in sneakers, artificial intelligence/predictive analytics, and hip-hop culture.



Adriano DellaPollaAdriano DellaPolla
Adriano was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Biomedical Sciences and completed his medical training at Creighton University. He is passionate about service, mentorship, and education. Outside of the hospital he enjoys homebrewing, winemaking, weightlifting, cooking, fishing, hiking, and exploring new restaurants with his fiancée.
LeiLani MansyLeiLani Mansy
LeiLani was born in Pensacola, FL. After moving several times growing up and living in places like Houston, TX, and St. Louis, MO, she landed in Kansas City, MO, where she completed undergrad and medical school at UMKC. She is passionate about mentorship and the pursuit of lifelong learning. During her free time, she loves to try new things, read, explore the outdoors, rock climb, lift weights, and snowboard.
Zachary PodooZachary Podoll
Zach was born in Velva, North Dakota; in Velva, Zach was actively involved in Eagle Scouts and any sport that his small school offered. He went on to play football and obtain a bachelor’s degree in athletic training at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND before heading down south for a gap year in Denver, Colorado. After a year of snowboarding, hiking, and breweries, his wife, Hannah, and himself made it back up to their home state to begin medical school at the University of North Dakota. Zach has a passion for mentoring pre-medical and medical students, as well as fitness, outdoor activities ranging from kayaking to rollerblading, and any and all things related to his wife Hannah and their dog Ralph.
Morgan WhitmireMorgan Whitmire
Morgan was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She obtained her BS in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she played rugby and volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  She went on to receive her medical degree from East Tennessee State Quillen College of Medicine.  She is passionate about working with underserved populations, especially children.  Outside of medicine, Morgan loves traveling to National Parks, going to baseball games, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Kardarius BurgessKadarius Burgess
Kadarius was born in a small town in Arkansas and moved to Kansas City Missouri midway through his childhood. He grew up with a love of science and playing many different sports; basketball, baseball and football being his favorites. Combining these two loves, orthopedic surgery became a dream career for him. Kadarius always knew he wanted to be a doctor, and is the first doctor in his family. Kadarius hopes to inspire and open doors for people with backgrounds like his to follow in his footsteps. He went to the University of Missouri for undergrad studying biology, then UCLA/Drew for medical school. In his free time, Kadarius enjoys staying active with many different activities including snowboarding and hiking, hanging with friends at music concerts/festivals, and exploring the local brewery scenes.
Dr. Joshua CummingsJoshua Cummings
Josh is from Dallas, Texas. He attended Rice University for his undergraduate degree where he played Division 1 football. He graduated with his MD and MBA degrees from The University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School and McCombs School of Business, where he established a firm commitment to mentorship, particularly with student-athletes and under-represented students. During his free time, he likes to spend time with his friends and girlfriend exploring new food places, breweries, and outdoor locations. Josh is also a major sports person. He watches the NFL(Cowboys), NBA(Mavericks), and Premier League Soccer(Man City), while also playing soccer, tennis, and basketball.

Dr. Alfred KankamAlfred Kankam, Jr.
Alfred grew up in Fort Worth, TX and attended Texas Tech University. During his time at Texas Tech, he worked as a pharmacy technician and became very passionate about service and mentorship. After 4 years in Lubbock, Alfred decided to stay and earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. From hosting a St’ Baldrick’s event to raise funds for children cancer research to starting the annual “Melanated Moments in History” newsletter to celebrate Black History Month, Alfred strived to leave an impact in whichever community he was in. Outside of the hospital, Alfred enjoys collecting sneakers, weightlifting, reading, and traveling the world. He enjoys watching the NFL (Go Chiefs!) and the NBA (Grizzles).

Dr. Jack WarrenJonathan “Jack” Warren
Jonathan was born in Springfield, Illinois. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. With involvement in free medical screening societies at both institutions, he developed a passion for caring for underserved populations. As well, Jonathan has completed two research years in orthopaedic surgery and wishes to conduct research throughout his career. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys weightlifting, playing electric and acoustic guitar, hockey, hiking, good food, as well as spending time with his wife and their corgi, Waffles.

Program Overview


The UMKC School of Medicine’s Orthopaedic Surgery program is a five-year orthopaedic residency as required by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), with four residents in each year.


The faculty are dedicated to the active education of our residents. We use interactive techniques in conference and rounds which will require all residents in attendance to participate. Residents are expected to develop treament plans for their patients and be able to defend their thought processes in developing the plan. High academic achievement and the ability to utilize a fund of knowledge is stressed.

Educational Benefits
  • Fully funded, department-sponsored meeting every yearFemale Resident Surgeons
  • Optional industry-sponsored meeting or conference yearly
  • Orthopaedic textbook provided to every resident on a yearly basis
  • PGY-1 residents receive personalized surgical loupes
  • Resident with highest OITE score each year recieves personalized OR lead
  • Stipend for travel to present research at local, regional or national meeting
  • Protected time to work on basic surgical skills
  • Full integration of the ABOS’s 17 basic surgical skills modules

The bulk of the formal teaching conferences are held at University Health Truman Medical Center on Wednesday mornings, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. The ten-week Anatomy Module comprises the bulk of the Wednesday morning conferences during the first quarter of the academic year. Wednesday morning conferences include orthopaedic faculty presentations, resident presentations, hands-on surgical skills sessions, and other invited speakers. Almost every month (10 times per year), the Wednesday conferences are held at Children’s Mercy Hospital for pediatric orthopaedic surgery grand rounds. At Children’s Mercy, the hospital’s faculty present a review and update of cogent topics covering the gamut of pediatric orthopaedics over a two-year period. PGY-2 through PGY-5 residents are required to present at least one formal grand rounds presentation per year at the University Health Truman Medical Center Grand Rounds, usually sometime after the annual Orthopaedic In-Training Examination in November. PGY-1 residents are able to attend the department’s formal teaching conferences during their internship.

A one-hour conference is held every Thursday morning, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., usually at University Health Truman Medical Center. Thursday is a late OR start day at Children’s Mercy and Saint Luke’s, allowing residents to be present for first-case starts on those days. Journal Club is held on the first Thursday of each month at UH-TMC. The Saint Luke’s orthopaedic grand rounds is held the second Thursday of each month at Saint Luke’s and is a review and update of a myriad of adult musculoskeletal topics by the hospital’s faculty.

A regular Saturday morning case conference is held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, August through May, at Saint Luke’s, 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. The senior residents and sports medicine fellow present cases for review by the faculty to help become better prepared for their oral board examinations.


PGY-1 residents are assigned to a series of rotations which will fulfill the new ABOS requirements. The internship schedule; includes six months of orthopaedic surgery (three months at UH-TMC and six weeks each at Saint Luke’s and Children’s Mercy), one-month rotations in neurosurgery, anesthesiology, and musculskeletal radiology; and three months of  general surgery and critical care.

The PGY-2 residents are assigned three-month rotations at UH-TMC, UH-Lakewood, Children’s Mercy, and Saint Luke’s (Spine Service). The PGY 3 resident will spend three months at UH-TMC and Children’s Mercy. Additonally, there will be three-month rotations on the joint service and three months on the arthroscopy service at Saint Luke’s. As a PGY-4 the rotations will be: two months on a research rotation; one month of musculoskeltal oncology at the University of Kansas, three months of sports medicine at the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute; 3 months at  UH-Lakewood; and three months at Saint Luke’s (foot and ankle surgery). As a PGY-5, the resident will be the chief resident for three months at Saint Luke’s and Children’s Mercy, and spend six months at TMC. Our residents graduate with exceptional surgical experience. Most seniors will have more than 2400 major surgical cases by the time they graduate. Our residents become quite talented in the OR, with good technique and surgical judgement.

Resident Research

All residents are expected to complete a research project prior to graduation. In the PGY-2 year, the resident is to present a grand rounds presentation, hopefully on a subject which may lead to a research topic. By the end of the PYG-2 year, a research topic and faculty research collaborator are to be selected. By the end of the PGY-3 year the project is designed, IRB approvals garnered and funding obtained. A dedicated two-month research rotation occurs during the PGY-4 year. During the PGY-5 year, the resident is to present the project at our Department Research Day and submit for other local, regional, and national or international presentations. The research project must be submitted ready for publication and presented at an orthopaedic meeting as a requirement for graduation.

Work Hours/Call

Residents’ duty hours are carefully regulated to ensure compliance with the 80-hour work week requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The rotations use alternate shift schedules and at-home call to achieve this goal. Residents are not on call more often than every third night on average and receive a 24-hour period free of clinical responsibility every seven days. Because of these work-hour requirements, moonlighting is NOT allowed in this program.


More information on benefits is available here.

  • Three weeks paid vacation (21 calendar days, including weekends)
  • Professional liability coverage
  • Sick leave (1 day per month for each month of employment, up to 72 days)
  • Health insurance (2 plans)
  • Dental and vision benefits
  • Long-term disability
  • Tax deferred annuity program controlled by the resident
  • Accidental death and dismemberment Program
  • Life Insurance, 1x annual salary, at no cost – with options to increase at variable costs
  • Flexible benefits program through health care and dependent Ccare spending accounts
  • Pharmacy-residents can utilize the University Health Truman Medical Center pharmacy and receive employee discount savings

Every six months residents are evaluated on their progress toward the understanding of 16 orthopaedic surgery milestones, defined by the ACGME and the ABOS. These milestones are:

1. Anterior Cruciate Ligament 9. Adult Elbow Fracture
2. Ankle Arthritis 10. Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis
3. Ankle Fracture 11. Hip Fracture
4. Carpal Tunnel 12. Metastatic Bone Lesion
5. Degenerative Spinal Conditions 13. Meniscal Tear
6. Diabetic Foot 14. Pediatric Septic Hip
7. Diaphyseal Femur and Tibia Fractures 15. Rotator Cuff Injury
8. Distal Radius Fracture 16. Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fracture

Each of these 16 milestones is evaluated for medical knowledge and patient care.

In addition, residents are evaluated four times a year, immediately following each three-month rotation in the following areas, as recommended by the ACGME:

    • Systems-based practice
    • Practice-based learning and improvements
    • Professionalism
    • Interpersonal/communication skills

Additionally, a resident’s demonstration of morals and ethics are to be rated as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

One month prior to the evaluation meeting, the faculty are sent the evaluation form and asked to score the resident on a scale of 1-4 (unsatisfactory-outstanding). Faculty members are also asked to record any comments on the form, specifically necessary for a score of 1 or 2.

The faculty member signs and dates the form and returns it to the program director on or before the day of the evaluation meeting. All faculty members are invited to attend the evaluation meeting.

At the evaluation meeting, each resident’s performance is discussed in detail. Comments are recorded and used in combination with the completed evaluation form by the program director to complete an evaluation of the resident for the rotation.

Each resident meets with the program director to discuss the evaluation. Residents are asked to sign the faculty evaluation and are given a copy of all written evaluations and forms.

For complete details on the evaluation rubric and details of what these terms mean, as well as expanded details of each milestone, please visit the ACGME’s website.

Following the final evaluation of the year, the program director determines if the resident will be promoted and/or graduated. All resident appointments are for 12-month periods. Residents not reappointed as a result of poor performance may utilize the grievance process.

Clinical Competency Committee

The UMKC Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) consists of Program Director Dr. Amelia Sorensen, Department Chairman Dr. Akin Cil, Associate Program Director Dr. Tim Badwey, Associate Program Director Dr. Nigel Price, Dr. Charles Rhoades, Dr. John Anderson, and program coordinator, Nicole Larm.  The CCC meets periodically and determines the residents progress in the 16 orthopaedic surgery milestones.

Orthopaedic Surgery



The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery welcomes you. We hope you will find our web site helpful as you search for the best residency program suited to your needs. We take great pride in graduating highly qualified orthopaedic surgeons from our program. Our residents train at three Level I trauma centers in Kansas City and receive a broad education in all areas of orthopaedics, treating patients across a spectrum of all age groups with great cultural diversity.

Our application process is highly competitive and we encourage you to apply if you are committed to acquiring the best in orthopaedic education. As you check out our web site, be sure to click on Residents and meet those who are currently working to maintain our exemplary standards. They come from across the country, and when they leave us, they move on to equally competitive, highly-respected fellowship programs.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Akin Cil, M.D.
Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Amelia Sorensen, M.D.
Program Director


We have designed this web site to give you access to the information you might want to know about our department. We have tried to provide information about each of our associated hospitals and our staff, as well as information about our residency program and the application process for our residency. If you do not find the information you are looking for, please contact Nicole Larm.