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About the Program:




Research Family Medicine Residency is a three-year accredited Family Medicine residency in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri - the home of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The program accepts 12 residents per year.   Most rotations are taught in our sponsoring hospital, Research Medical Center, where there are no competing residency programs.  The program is known for excellence in clinical education provided in a supportive and nurturing environment.


Hospitals: The primary teaching hospital is Research Medical Center where 85% of rotations occur. Core pediatric rotations are performed at Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) at nearby “Hospital Hill”.


Family Medicine Center Site: The continuity clinic for residents and faculty is in the Goppert-Trinity Family Care Center (GTFC), 1.17 miles from Research Medical Center. Depending on the rotation, first year residents will have clinic one-half day per week, two half days in the second year, and three half days in the third year of residency. To facilitate a continuity relationship with our patients, we utilize a team care approach: four residents from each post graduate year, two to four faculty physicians and registered nurses assigned to each team. Throughout the three year clinical experience, each resident works with the same team of nurses. This enhances team relationship, improves quality, continuity, and personal satisfaction.


Faculty:  The supervising faculty for the residency and the continuity clinics include 17 experienced, full-time Family Practitioners, one Behavioral Psychologists, and several part-time physician faculty. Faculty physicians on the staff possess expertise and certification in various specialized fields including Obstetrics, Geriatrics, Preventive Medicine, Public Health, Psychiatry, and Internal Medicine.   The full time and volunteer faculty are chosen for their clinical expertise, approachability and genuine interest in teaching


Curriculum:   The 32 months of core rotations are arranged so that less strenuous rotations follow more challenging months. Plus, there are 4 months of electives during the second or third year which may include a distant experience, such as a rural rotation or international experiences.  There are 3 optional “Tracks” available to our residents: the OB Track is for those residents with a special interest in maternity care. The OMT Track allows our Osteopathic residents the opportunity to utilize and improve their skills. The Integrative Medicine Track integrates conventional medicine with complementary evidence-based helpful health care modalities from alternative therapies.  Noon conferences are offered at the Brookside and RMC campuses nearly every day on a variety of specialties as well as Family Practice centered topics.  Training in a broad range of procedures is offered including:
  • Repair of complex lacerations
  • Nasolaryngoscopy
  • Colposcopy
  • OB sonography
  • Joint injections
  • Endometrial biopsy, D&C
  • Cryosurgery

    Lifestyle, Salary, and Benefits:  While the program is designed to be stimulating and challenging, resident schedules allow time for family and outside interests.   Frequent social events promote camaraderie and many of our residents develop close personal friendships. Residents work together at Research, not in competition, as they celebrate joys and share concerns. Our participative management style allows residents to be involved in program decisions that affect them.  Our salary and benefits are very competitive and some other unique benefits include free meals while on duty, free health club membership, onsite child care center, free white coats, stipend for on-call meals and use of a laptop and phone during the three years of residency.


    Our Graduates:  The Residency program has graduated over 350 Family Physicians who are successful in a wide variety of practice settings – from primary care to specializing in Emergency Medicine and Women’s Health/Obstetrics and hospital medicine.   All residents are board certified; moreover, in the last 10 years the average board scores of our residents have been in the upper third of the country.  Importantly, our residents continue to grow personally and professionally in a family-like atmosphere. Graduates report they were well prepared for practice and look back with fondness at their time at RMC.


    Kansas City:   With a population of almost two million people, Kansas City is centered around the joining of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers.  The city straddles the Kansas/Missouri state lines.  The city offers lively night life, great sporting venues, a variety of museums and parks, spectacular shopping, and proudly is the “world’s barbeque capital [of the world]”!  Kansas City proper and its surrounding suburbs have consistently ranked among “America’s Best Cities” lists on a variety of topics including places to raise families and employment opportunities.  It ranks second to Rome in its number of fountains.  Kansas City is an attractive and livable city. There is affordable housing and an abundance of recreational areas (sorry, no mountains or ocean).  Attractions in Kansas City include:
  • Shopping:  Country Club Plaza, Zona Rosa, Crown Center
  • Sports: KC Chiefs, KC Royals, Sporting KC, Missouri Mavericks, Kansas Speedway
  • Cultural: The State Ballet, KC Symphony, Starlight Theater, Nelson-Atkins Museum (free), the nation’s only World War I      
  •     Museum and memorial

  • Nightlife: Westport, Power and Light District, multiple casinos, and JAZZ clubs
  • Family/Fun: KC Zoo, Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun, City Farmers Market, Union Station, Boulevard Brewing Company,   
  •    parks and fountains

    If you’re interested in a challenging and nurturing Midwest program known for its friendly atmosphere and the quality of its graduates and faculty, you need to visit the Research Family Medicine Residency in Kansas City, Missouri.