Overview and Vision of the Department of Internal Medicine
Amy O’Brien-Ladner, MD
Department of Internal Medicine
Welcome to the Department of Internal Medicine at the University
of Kansas Medical Center. Our department strives to achieve
excellence in its three-fold mission of teaching, research and patient
care. We provide outstanding clinical service to our patients
in the community, exceptional medical education for medical students,
residents, and other health professionals, and are committed to
innovative research to expand the frontiers of biomedical knowledge.
In order to accomplish this lofty mission, we focus on five major
Save the patient.
Do the right
Be the bridge.
Those who laugh,
Ultimately, we all work in medicine, whether through patient care,
education, or research to help save our patients. It is, at
once, both our calling and our greatest challenge.
In caring for our patients and in pursuing research and teaching,
we must act in a way that conveys our spirit of cooperation and
our dedication to reason. We must do the right thing to serve
as an example to our colleagues around us and especially to our
patients and to our learners.
Separating ourselves from our colleagues who have dedicated themselves
to patient care only, in an academic medical center we must constantly
be striving to seek answers to questions that are yet unanswered. Our
curiosity helps define this difference and it is our quest to respond
to this curiosity that makes academic medicine our career.
In our department, we emphasize that we are here to build bridges
and not silos. Our spirit of collegiality and collaboration
as opposed to confrontation is critical to our success. By
building bridges to the various research sciences and institutes
in our university and in our community, we make ourselves stronger.
Finally, as I emphasized to the residents and our other learners
almost everyday, you have to love what you do and you have to do
what you love. If you do those things, then it makes your
job more than a job. Our department works hard and we are
proud of our people and our accomplishments. And while we
work hard, we also have fun. It is this spirit that helps
build a positive environment in which we define success not only
in what we accomplish individually but how far we go as a team.
Our department has come a long way over the years. Our last
decade has seen phenomenal growth that has mirrored the clinical
excellence of our hospital as it has risen to receive lofty awards
for the delivery of patient care, patient satisfaction, its advanced
programs in cardiology and cancer, and the dedication of quality
has resulted into being recognized by the UHC as one of the top
five academic medical centers for patient care in this country.
Our educational programs strive to achieve both innovation and
excellence. This has been reflected in the growth of our residency
program over the last eight years from an average of 10 residents
a year to over 20. Our fellowships and our residency program,
all in excellent standing with the ACGME, reflect our commitment
Our research mission, for the first time in decades, is ripe for
growth. Recently, we have been the beneficiaries of a new
affiliation agreement put up between our hospital and the university
as well as increased support for our clinical mission which has
allowed our clinical engine to stand on its own. Indeed, as
our dean has said, while research and education are most important
missions, our clinical engine drives them both. By fully funding
our clinical enterprise from our clinical work, we have unburdened
our educational and research endeavors so that they may thrive and
Our university in their endowment has recently stepped up to help
fund the research mission in our department. We are now in
a rapid period of growth for research and have assured that each
division has excellence in its tripartite mission of patient care,
education and research.
I welcome you to explore our department on these Web pages. I
think you will find a compelling and fascinating story of achievement
and dedication. If you ever have any questions or comments,
please do not hesitate to contact me.
Steven W. Stites, M.D. Peter T. Bohan Professor and Chair of Internal Medicine
To advance the power of medicine by providing a stimulating, supportive
climate where faculty, scientists, trainees and support staff strive
for excellence and collaborate freely to achieve shared goals.