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History of the Program:

Research Family Medicine Residency has a rich history born from the merging of two existing residencies in Kansas City in 2002– Trinity Lutheran and Goppert Baptist Lutheran.  Over the years the residency has adapted to the changing needs of the residents and the medical community.  In 2004, our clinic moved to its current location at the Research Brookside campus and re-named “Goppert-Trinity Family Care” to honor the roots of the program.  Currently, our clinic has over 50,000 outpatient visits per year, making it one of the busiest outpatient clinics in the city.  In April of 2006, Research Medical Center (RMC) became the sole “sponsoring institution” of the residency program.  RMC is a 552 bed tertiary care center and a Level 1 Trauma center. RMC is part of the HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) system – the largest hospital system in the United States.  We now have two inpatient services at RMC, as well as an OB service where we do all of our 400+ newborn deliveries, and the great majority of our rotations.


With the combination of Trinity Lutheran and Goppert programs, Research Family Medicine Residency has a 50+ year history of excellence in graduate medical education producing over 350 board certified graduates who practice throughout the United States.  For the last 10 years, the Program’s average scores on the Certifying Board Examination have been in the top third of the nation.  Over the years, our record in the Match has been among the very best. We train residents for all types of practices- urban, rural, and academic.  Our curriculum and evaluation systems are competency based and directed to the future of family medicine. The residency has three OB Inreach clinics and we offer an “OB Track” for those who have a strong interest in maternity care.


Research Family Medicine Residency has evolved substantially over the years. The result is a Residency that has more financial resources, greater faculty expertise, patient volume and a better educational process.  One thing has not changed:  we continue to provide a supportive environment conducive to teach medicine. The medical staff and administration at Research Medical Center is extremely supportive and we are funded for excellence in patient care and education.  Our family-like atmosphere fosters loyalty in our patients, faculty, and staff.  Turnover within the program is extremely low.  After forty-five years, we have only had a total of four Program Directors and three Program Coordinators.  Billie Gould our second Program Coordinator was with us for over 40 years. Our faculty is stable, approachable, and enjoys training competent and caring family medicine residents.  On annual surveys, residents and graduates praise their time here as productive, enjoyable and balanced fairly between professional and personal life. So, by every measure, we believe that the RMC Family Medicine Residency is an advantageous place to be.  We encourage you to discover that for yourself!!