Letter from the Chief Residents

Dr. Jared StaabDear Applicants,Dr. Brent Barta

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.

During residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center you will gain diverse experiences in anesthesiology, medicine, and critical care.  The intern year provides exposure to complex medical disease and management in several areas including cardiology, nephrology, general inpatient medicine, and critical care.  The intern year follows the 3+1 model where you will spend 3 weeks on the wards followed by one week of every rotation with the anesthesiology department. This year is spent divided between the University of Kansas Medical Center, which is 600+ beds, and the Kansas City Veterans Affairs hospital, which is a 157 bed regional medical center for the VA.

The CA-1 to CA-3 training at KUMC is busy and well-rounded.  KUMC delivers between 70-130 anesthetics per day providing ample exposure to educational cases for our residents. We have intraoperative rotations in general and vascular, ENT, gynecology and oncology, neurosurgery, plastic and burn, ophthalmology, orthopedic, urology, ambulatory, pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiothoracic and transplant surgery.  We spend eight weeks at Children's Mercy Hospital after two months on pediatric anesthesia at KU and four weeks at a busy private hospital for obstetrical anesthesia in addition to extensive OB anesthesia training at KUMC.    

Perioperative rotations include acute and chronic pain management, post-anesthesia care, regional anesthesia, airway, and transesophageal echo.  We spend a minimum of 10 weeks on the acute and chronic pain service where we have experience with both inpatient and outpatient procedures and management. The airway rotation is 4 weeks of protected time for experience with the difficult airway, all in-hospital code airways and trauma triage and management.  We have weekly TEE lectures and a one month rotation for performing basic TEE exams that leads to eligibility for the basic TEE certification. Our regional rotation provides extensive training in upper and lower extremity nerve blocks with an emphasis on ultrasound guided techniques.  

You will also receive ample training in the ICU which includes time in both the medical and neurosciences intensive care units. Both services are high volume and high acuity.  The neuro-ICU is an anesthesiology run, 22 bed unit with critically ill neurology, neurosurgery and otolaryngology patients.  The Medical ICU is a closed, pulmonary/critical care run unit with ~40 beds.  In the MICU the senior anesthesia residents are involved with the invasive lines, ventilator management, and critical decision making around medical urgency/emergencies in complex patients. 

Our didactic program also has inherent strength.  We have weekly department-wide M&M conferences, weekly level-specific lectures, weekly resident led ABA keywords and weekly echo conference. The level-specific lectures focus on both the clinical practice of anesthesia and on the preparation for the basic and advanced written exams. In the senior years we do additional topics, including practice management and oral boards prep sessions.  Beginning in the CA-2 year we have staff-led mock oral sessions with our anesthesia staff (who have or are current administers of the oral exam).  The department also sends all CA2 and CA3 residents to an educational conference every year of the resident's choosing.

For residents wishing to pursue additional training we have an internal regional fellowship as well as excellent fellowship placement. In the last few years we have sent residents to Northwestern, Columbia, Henry ford, The Cleveland Clinic, WashU, Ohio State University, and the University of Nebraska for critical care, pediatric anesthesiology and pain management.

The department of anesthesiology and KUMC provide very competitive benefits including but not limited to a yearly book allowance, fully covered health insurance, iPad mini, meeting allowance and meal allowances. But the best benefit is the never ending work and support from our "residency moms" Phyllis Campbell and Heather Gorman.  They work tirelessly to make our complicated lives organized and compliant with state, federal and local rules and regulations. The department and KUMC also sponsors many social outing for decompression from the stress of residency. These include monthly resident happy hour, welcome party, holiday party, graduation party, royals games, soccer game and... We are open to suggestions for other fun outings!

The department of anesthesiology at KUMC is also very politically active on a local, state and federal level. Current faculty serve on city wide organizations, are involved in Kansas Society of Anesthesiologists, and are well connected to the ASA. In addition to this, the department sends two residents to Washington DC each year for advocacy meetings.

Here at KU we have many strengths that may be 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 throughout our personnel. 

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.


Brent Barta, DO   
Jared Staab, DO

2014-15 Anesthesia Chief Residents

Last modified: Oct 24, 2014
Residency Program

Residency Program Director
Gina Hendren, MD

Associate Program Directors
Gregory K. Unruh, MD
Stephen D. Tarver, MD

Senior Residency Coordinator
Heather Gorman

Residency Coordinator
Tracy Fogel

Resident Quotes

"I selected KU for residency because of the family friendly feel I got from the program and past residents. I feel like KU does an excellent job of attracting residents with similar personalities that work well together."

"The clinical experience I receive at KU will prepare me well for handling any scenario that may occur in my future practice. I was looking for a program with broad but in depth training, and my professional goals will be met with a post-graduate education from KU."

"I enjoy living in Kansas City because there is a lot of good bbq and good people."