The Department

A Message From The Chairman:

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine! I encourage you to review the Department’s web site to gain an appreciation of what our training program offers: a rich and varied clinical environment allowing us to offer a truly comprehensive and balanced training program, located in one of America’s most livable cities.

Our faculty is young, very well trained, and board certified (approximately half in them subspecialties) coming from top programs in the country. They are eager to mentor our residents as they assimilate the procedural, clinical decision making and leadership skills necessary to become outstanding consultants in anesthesiology.

The Department is dedicating itself to modeling its care paradigms to the Perioperative Surgical Home. Our goal is to train anesthesiology residents to become leaders in perioperative medicine, where they will be able to provide every patient undergoing a procedure coordinated and efficient patient centric care, safely and with compassion.  I invite you to call on us or visit our program and make your own assessment. On behalf of our faculty and our three affiliated teaching hospitals, I thank you for taking the time to learn more about us.


Johan P. Suyderhoud, M.D.
Professor and Chairman

A Message From The Chief Resident:

oster-andrewThank you for checking out our Anesthesiology training program at the University of Missouri Kansas City. I hope as you review the details about our program that you will gain a sense of what makes this an outstanding place to train to become physician leaders and patient advocates. Residency training is a period of exciting personal and professional growth, and our outstanding, caring faculty lay the groundwork for this success. Through a rigorous lecture series, mock oral examinations, simulation labs, grand round presentations, focused intraoperative teaching, and Quality Assurance conferences, our Residents glean the necessary skills and knowledge from our diverse faculty located at our three training hospitals: Saint Luke’s Hospital, Truman Medical Center, and Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

Our intern year provides a strong basis for the perioperative physician with emphasis on the fields of Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Critical Care, Pain Management and Anesthesia. During the CA1 and CA2 years, we gain exposure and expertise in the perioperative management of patients in all areas of Anesthesia. From the most simple of outpatient procedures to complex neurosurgical interventions to high risk Obstetrics to Liver and Cardiac Transplant, our breadth of exposure is unmatched. Our CA3 year affords us the opportunity to tailor our educational needs with our career objectives through advanced rotations and elective rotations in subspecialty areas such as Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Neuroanesthesia, Pediatrics, Pain Management, and Critical Care. Saint Luke’s Hospital is a nationally recognized leader in Neurosciences and Cardiothoracic Care, and our residents are given strong training in each of these subspecialty areas. Our program further benefits from a strong Critical Care service lead by Anesthesiologists specialized in the management of the most critically ill patients in Kansas City. Recent graduates have successfully matched into prestigious fellowship programs in Pediatrics, Cardiothoracic, Critical Care, and Pain Management. Whether your goal is to enter private practice or pursue further subspecialization training, the University of Missouri Kansas City will equip you to excel.

Our program prizes the educational opportunities we have, but also works to ensure that Residents are able to strike a good balance between work and personal/family time. With a low cost of living and a vibrant, energetic social scene, Kansas City is a great place to call home. Our Residents are a close group of colleagues and friends; the camaraderie of our Residents is one of our program’s strongest assets. Whether it’s catching a game of our World Champion Royals at the K, tailgating for our Chiefs at Arrowhead, watching Sporting KC from the Cauldron, enjoying some our city’s famous local BBQ , or hanging out in the Power and Light District, Kansas City has a lot to love. And if you’re looking for a weekend getaway, a short drive can get you to some of Missouri’s most scenic rivers, lakes, and wineries. Once again, I am pleased that you would consider joining us for your residency training. I hope you will come check us out and find out for yourself what makes UMKC and Kansas City special. If there are any additional questions you have about our program or life in Kansas City, please do not hesitate to contact me at . I wish you the best of luck in the Match!

My Best,

Andrew S. Oster, M.D.
Chief Resident 2016-2017