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Residency Program Coordinator
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Residency Program Coordinator
Established 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A sample resident contract is available for review at:
Residents are employees of the University of Missouri. Current salaries are competitive with midwestern programs.
|2021-2022 Resident Salaries By PGY|
More information on benefits is available here.
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:
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.
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.
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.
– 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.