Letter from the Chief Residents

Welcome to the website for the University of Kansas Medical Center's Anesthesiology Residency!  We are pleased that you are considering our program and hope that the information on our website will give you a better sense of what makes the University of Kansas Medical Center distinctive.

In so many ways we feel that our program exemplifies some of the same virtues that our city has.  We have many strengths that are surprising for a program of our size.  One of our largest strengths is our people.  Our residents and staff work together in a way that makes our learning experience strong and enjoyable.  The camaraderie during our residency has over and over again shown through throughout our personnel. 

In this ever more challenging climate of modern medicine we feel like we are leaving the program ready for any challenge.  A breadth of clinical experiences leaves us confident in all subspecialty care-OB, critical care, acute and chronic pain, regional and pediatrics-whatever your interest you will find ample experiences here. 

Our didactic program also has inherent strength.  It not only focuses on the basic and advanced written exam but as a CA3 we do additional topics and sessions to prepare our residents for the oral exam.  There are staff-led mock oral sessions often with our anesthesia staff that have or do administer the oral exam.  We feel that this is an invaluable resource.  The emphasis on academic education doesn't stop here however.  The department also sends all CA2 and CA3 residents to an educational conference every year of the resident's choosing.  Starting this last year the department also generously provided Ipad mini's as well as computers to all incoming residents.  Coupled with our hospitals EMR system this has provided a great resource of educational value inside the OR and without. 

We hope you have a great experience with us no matter the length of your visit.  Thank-you for your interest and either of us would welcome any questions you may have.


Katherine Stiles, MD    
Alan Kovar, MD

2013-4 Anesthesia Chief Residents

Last modified: Apr 17, 2014