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Message from the Director

Welcome to the University of Kansas Emergency Medicine Residency Program.  I was given the great opportunity to serve as program director starting in July 2018; after serving as the associate program director since the program was founded in 2010.  Over that time, our program has experienced excellent growth and development and is an outstanding place to train in Emergency Medicine.  Our program is fortunate to have a diverse, hardworking, and talented group of faculty to serve the residency program.  We also have an outstanding group of residents that have a superior work ethic and dedication to Emergency Medicine.  The program leadership works closely with the residents to make program improvements and highly values resident input. 

Our program is located in Kansas City, Kansas and part of the University of Kansas Health System.  The Emergency Department has 47 beds, an annual volume of 60,000 visits and a 33% admission rate.  We currently accept 8 residents per year and are a three-year residency training program.  Our hospital is a:

  • Level I ACS accredited Trauma Center
  • Accredited adult and pediatric Burn Center
  • Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Certified Comprehensive Cardiac Center/Accredited Chest Pain Center
  • NCI Designated Cancer Center
  • Nine of our hospital's specialties rank among the nation's top 50 in US News and World Report

The University of Kansas Health System has experienced amazing growth over the past decade.  The hospital has built several new state-of-the-art healthcare facilities over that time including a new hospital building and new health education building.  The growth of the hospital has brought with it several new clinical areas of excellence and new facilities for our residents to train in.  Some of the strengths of our residency program that make it a great place to train and set us apart from other programs include:

  • We have a very high acuity, diverse patient population that provides an excellent clinical experience (33% admission rate).  Our residents have the opportunity to see high acuity patients from day one.
  • We provide outstanding training in emergency point-of-care ultrasound.
  • Pediatric experience: our main emergency department sees pediatric patients, but we also partner with Children's Mercy Hospital to provide 3+ months of pediatric EM experience and 1 month of PICU experience.
  • Event Medicine rotation:  our residents can provide medical care at the Kansas City Royals games, Kansas City Chiefs games, NASCAR races, and certain events at the Sprint Center.
  • Air EMS: residents interested in EMS can do an elective with LifeStar of Kansas
  • Our residents have access to two new simulation centers and we have a comprehensive simulation curriculum.
  • We have several cadaver labs each year to practice rare procedures
  • Residents can utilize scribes beginning with the PGY-2 year

The Kansas City area is a great community that supports a lower than average cost of living; major sports teams that include the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Sporting Kansas City.  There are world class art museums, an active arts scene, performing arts theaters, concert venues, and other activities to enjoy.  

Our mission is to be a premier Emergency Medicine Residency training program known for its excellent training, education, research, and resident development.  There has never been a better time to train at the University of Kansas Health System.  I appreciate you taking the time to learn about our program and I look forward to receiving your application.


Jeffrey G. Norvell, MD MBA RDMS
Program Director
Associate Professor 
Department of Emergency Medicine 
University of Kansas Health System

Jeff Norvell, MD - Program Director

Last modified: Jul 16, 2019