Welcome to the University of Kansas Emergency Medicine Residency Program. I have had the distinct honor and privilege of being a founding program director and have vivid memories of our residency being approved a scant seven years ago.  Since that time I have worked with an extremely dedicated and talented group of faculty whose desire and effort in residency education is unsurpassed.  I've also had the fortune of working alongside of and mentoring a fantastic group of residents who demonstrate a superior work ethic and continually demonstrate what is means to be an Emergency Medicine resident in training.  

Our emergency medicine program is housed at the University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center.  It is a tertiary care facility with a full armamentarium of subspecialists and support staff.  We house the region's only Level 1, ACS-certified Trauma Center and Burn center.  Our chest pain and stroke centers are joint commission and recognized as centers of excellence. NCI cancer center designation brings another dimension of expertise to our institution. Our emergency department sees approximately 56,000 patients per year.  Our admission rate is 30%.  One of the core strengths of our residency is the highly complex and diverse number of patients and illnesses that our residents begin caring for on day one. Residents are mentored and supervised by a diverse and experienced faculty who provide a great balance of freedom and oversight. Our program is fully accredited through the ACGME and the Residency Review Committee (RRC) in Emergency Medicine.  Our residency leadership and faculty is focused on providing ongoing bedside and didactic support as well as graduated clinical responsibility for our residents.  

In the preceding five years our program has grown and matured rapidly. A few examples include:

  • Residency expanded to eight residents per class in 2015
  • Ultrasound fellowship began in 2014
  • Toxicology fellowship began in 2015
  • New hospital based simulation center in 2015
  • Resident utilization of scribes beginning the PGY-2 year

Our residents are involved in shaping asynchronous learning and wellness initiatives. Our core conference incorporates resident run committees that focus on these areas. Residents take an active role in GME committees and initiatives. Graduating residents have gone on to academic and community positions as well as a variety of fellowships.  

The greater 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 as well as the Kansas City Chiefs, and college sports abound as well. World class museums and an active arts scene are growing features of the area as well.   Our mission statement and pledge to you is to "train highly professional, competent and compassionate practitioners in the art and science of emergency medicine".  Emergency Medicine has been a dynamic part of my life for the last 20 years.  I look forward to receiving your application and meeting you-the next generation of emergency medicine- and sharing our dedication and enthusiasm for Emergency Medicine.  

David P. Lisbon M.D., FACEP
Associate Professor and Program Director

Dr. Lisbon 2015

Last modified: Aug 25, 2017