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L VansaghiWelcome from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in our residency program, and congratulations on nearing the completion of your undergraduate medical education.  This is truly a great time to choose a career in Internal Medicine, and I believe you’ll agree that it’s also a great time to choose the University of Kansas for your residency training site.

Today’s graduates of Internal Medicine residency have more options available to them than ever before.  Internists may choose to pursue subspecialty training, practice in a traditional combined inpatient/outpatient primary care practice, or specialize in ambulatory or hospital-based medicine.  Advances in medical research make it possible for physicians practicing in academic medical centers such as ours to be at the forefront of translating the latest innovations to the bedside, and as our patient population ages, physicians trained in Internal Medicine will become even more vital to patient care. 

About the Residency Program:
Our program offers unique opportunities for trainees, characterized by a personalized approach to learning, mentorship by excellent faculty teachers, and teamwork and camaraderie among residents.  The program’s purpose is, quite simply, to ensure that every resident is successful in becoming a board-certified internist, and achieves his or her goals for fellowship or practice.

The moderate size of our training program allows flexibility in scheduling of rotations and personal attention from program leaders to help residents achieve their career goals.  For example, up to three months of time can be devoted to faculty-mentored research for residents interested in this opportunity, and community rotations for both hospitalist and ambulatory practice are available.  International electives are available and encouraged as well.  In addition to mentorship from residency program leaders, the department sponsors a mentorship program which pairs residents with faculty members in their area of interest.  Preparation for the board examinations occurs longitudinally throughout the curriculum, with core conferences, an online curriculum, the MKSAP board review series provided to all PGY-2’s, and a weeklong board review course for PGY-3’s.

Perhaps most importantly, our residents function as a team, and ability to work well with others is one of the key factors we consider as we rank applicants for our residency positions.  Our residents work together and help each other to reach a common goal of providing outstanding care to our patients.

Kansas City:
Kansas City has often been described as a well-kept secret.  It’s a great place to live, and those who come to our town for residency training tend to stay for fellowships and practice.  The area offers excellent housing options with a low cost of living, and a wealth of entertainment and cultural opportunities that may surprise visitors who are new to the city.  In addition, the city offers a diverse patient population, including African-American, Hispanic, and Asian communities.  Should you choose to visit us for an interview, we hope your travel plans will allow enough time for you to see the city’s downtown entertainment district as well as the residential neighborhoods near the medical center.

Here on our website you will find the resident agreement, the residency manual, conference schedules, the curriculum, and many other details about our program.  We want our applicants to gain a full understanding of our approach to residency training and the “personality” of our program over the course of the interview process, and we welcome your questions and feedback.  We understand that you face pivotal choices when it comes to selection of a training program, and we want to help you to find the right program.  Please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions about our selection and interview process, or about our program in general. If you are looking for a few more reasons to choose KU Internal Medicine, click here!

I wish you the best of luck and safe travels this interview season,


Lisa Vansaghi, MD
Program Director
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine