Welcome from the Program Director

Dr. Wendy BiggsDear Prospective resident,

Thank you for considering the University of Kansas Family Medicine Residency (KUFMR) for your professional development.


KUFMR develops physicians who lead and partner with communities and colleagues to care for people of all ages.

We do this by fulfilling OUR MISSION:

By caring for a diverse, urban, and underserved population of all ages, the KUFMR develops excellent family medicine physicians through a progressive, interprofessional, community-minded, and intellectually rigorous approach to medical care.

Some ways we do this:

Interprofessional: Our busy inpatient service teams with pharmacists, nurses, and social workers to serve our family medicine patients who are hospitalized on our dedicated unit for family medicine. We interface with our clinical psychologists and social worker to address our patients' mental health and social issues to provide excellent medical care for our outpatient clinic patients.

Community-minded: We provide prenatal care in a safety net clinic and deliver these underserved women. We assist the Wyandotte County Health Department in providing women's health procedures. We work in a high-school-based clinic and can cover high school sports events.

Intellectually rigorous: Our faculty encourage and coach residents to be intellectually curious and support their medical decision -making with evidence and current guidelines. Residents become excellent teachers for medical students and each other.

We utilize the resources of our university hospital, a VA and military hospital, the local children's hospital, and community resources to train residents in all aspects of family medicine, including maternity care.

These examples above are only a glimpse of our residency which is rich in educational experiences. In addition, residents have 4 months of career-focused experiences to tailor their education to his/her future career.

I hope you consider applying to the University of Kansas Family Medicine Residency!

Wendy Biggs, MD
Associate Professor and Program Director
Department of Family Medicine
University of Kansas Medical Center

Welcome from the Chair

Dr. Josh Freeman

Welcome to our KUMC Residency Program (KU FMR) website and congratulations on considering Family Medicine as a career! Family Medicine is the specialty that focuses on people, in health and illness, in the context of their family and community, without regard to age, gender or what part of them is sick. It is the specialty in which the relationship, based in continuity, is paramount.

The message from Dr. Biggs, our Program Director, contains valuable information on our residency. As Department Chair, I would like to highlight some other strengths of our academic department that will be of benefit to you should you choose our residency program.

Students: We have a robust and innovative medical student education program, which includes an 8-week required third-year Family Medicine Clerkship. In it students work closely with our residents in our clinic and inpatient service, and also in one of the nation's few truly interprofessional clinics with students from nursing, pharmacy and other specialties. KU regularly is at or near the top of medical students in number and percent of students choosing to enter Family Medicine.

Research: Our Research Division makes is one of the top NIH-Funded Family Medicine departments in the country. More important, our research is all based in the community, looking at ways of improving community health and reducing health disparities. Our research faculty work closely with our residents on their scholarly projects.

Community: The Department is an institutional leader in programs to enhance community health. It staffs a high-school based clinic, is deeply involved in the Jaydoc Student-run Free Clinic, and conducts many health fairs and other community activities at various sites, including an annual Native American Pow-Wow. Residents are invited to participate in all of these activities.

Faculty: Our faculty are nationally recognized and are leaders in many areas of Family Medicine, academic medicine, and community service.

Please look carefully at the information on our residency program, and investigate the many opportunities available for your education, and for making a difference, at the KU FMR.

Joshua Freeman, MD

Professor and Department Chair

Department of Family Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center

Last modified: Oct 21, 2016
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