Pediatric Residency Program Frequently Asked Questions
Pediatric Residency Program Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a small, medium or large program?
We are a medium to large-sized program with 72 categorical pediatric residents, 24 internal medicine/pediatric residents, two pediatric/child neurology residents, and one preliminary pediatric resident.

Where do you draw your residents from?
Residents in our program come primarily from Midwest medical schools; however, we currently have residents representing 42 different medical schools spread in more than 25 states and two countries.

What careers do your residents choose after training?
It varies from year to year. Each year about 1/3 to 1/2 of our graduating residents pursue subspecialty fellowships. Our residents are known for being well trained and we have placed many residents into the fellowships of their choice. The rest of our residents entered general pediatrics, including general academic pediatrics, primary care,  the growing field of urgent care, and hospitalist medicine.  More than 1/2 stayed in the Children's Mercy System in 2013.

What research opportunities exist?
Although we do not require a research project to graduate from our program, many of our residents participate in research during their residency. Please see our research page for ongoing projects.

The BRNSTRM project is an innovative way to bridge residents interested in research with faculty mentors to achieve research goals. We have a research elective opportunity for residents to pursue their projects under the guidance of their mentors.

Can I see an example contract?
Yes, view a sample resident contract (pdf).

Are there yearly resident retreats?
Yes - we have yearly retreats for each class. The first- and second-year retreats combine advocacy, education and fun. The third year retreat is a great social escape for the senior residents. 

Are you a free standing children's hospital?
Yes - Children's Mercy Hospital is a 354-bed free standing children's hospital with every pediatric subspecialty represented. We are a Level 1 trauma center and a Level 3C neonatal ICU with ECMO capability. We have a 42-bed pediatric ICU with an active congenital heart disease program. We are also consistently ranked as one of the top places to work in Kansas City and are the number one recipient of philanthropic support in Kansas City. We opened a new inpatient tower in the fall of 2012 that expanded our PICU, NICU, Hem/Onc, and Med/Surg Unit by 73 beds. The new tower includes a fetal health center, a new cancer center, two specially equipped rooms to provide care for ECMO patients, and the Lisa Barth Interfaith Chapel and Garden.

How many pediatric faculty members do you have?
There are more 300 faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics, making it the largest department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The faculty are enthusiastic, dedicated to resident education, and represent every pediatric subspecialty.

Why would I want to move to Kansas City?
Kansas City is a friendly, accessible, and affordable place to live. The metro area has grown to more than 2 million people. The downtown area is invigorated with the Power and Light District and the adjacent Crossroads Arts District, and is home to unique restaurants, galleries, and loft apartments. The Plaza offers upscale outdoor dining and shopping and the famous Christmas Lights. There are several outstanding art museums and theaters as well as a thriving scene. Please see our About KC page for more information.

Are there opportunities for my spouse/significant other?
The headquarters for Hallmark, H&R Block, American Century, The Stowers Institute, Sprint, Cerner, AMC Theatres, DST Systems, Garmin International, Great Plains Energy, Russell Stover, Applebee's, and several other large companies are all located in Kansas City.

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