Welcome from the Program Director

Dr. Wendy Biggs

Dear prospective resident,

Thank you for looking at the University of Kansas Family Medicine Residency (KU FMR). I hope that you consider applying for our program.

I am passionate about family medicine and resident education. My goal is to educate family medicine physicians with a broad set of skills to allow them to focus on their areas of interest wherever their careers lead them.

I have been the program director here since May 15, 2013 and recognize the strengths of KU FMR's program. 

  • We are fortunate to work in a university hospital that has recognized family medicine and dedicated a unit in its new wing to our inpatient team. All of the family medicine patients are located on that unit, giving us a strong inpatient family medicine experience and to work as a team with the nurses, social workers, discharge planners, pharmacy, and other staff on that unit.
  • We have a pediatric emergency department rotation in the children's hospital in a suburban community to balance our urban pediatric experience in Kansas City.
  • We have only 2 months of required maternity care, but one month is in Fort Riley, Kansas. Residents highly value the volume of deliveries, the self-confidence, and the independence that this rotation provides the resident.  A high-volume OB track is available for those who wish to do deliveries after residency graduation.
  • Residents have 5 months of electives to tailor their educational experience to his/her interests.
  • We have a busy continuity clinic attached to the hospital, but offer other ambulatory experiences also.
    • Through our partnership with the Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care, residents provide prenatal and maternity care for the underserved.
    • The Landon Center on Aging offers additional opportunities for residents with an interest in geriatrics.
    • KU MedWest site offers 2 residents per year a suburban clinic experience.  

For 2 years prior to joining KU, I was the deputy director of Medical Education at the American Academy of Family Physicians and have a national perspective on resident education. I have been involved in competency education through my work with the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (STFM) Competency Education Task Force. I strongly believe that residents are invested in their education and that their feedback should drive change and improvement in their residency education. Please apply to the University of Kansas -Kansas City program where we graduate family medicine physicians devoted to caring for people wherever they eventually practice:  in the state of Kansas, throughout the United States or internationally.


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: Sep 30, 2014
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