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Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in our program, and congratulations on nearing the completion of your undergraduate medical education. This is a great time to choose a career in internal medicine, and I believe you'll agree that it's also a great time to choose The University of Kansas as your residency training site.

Today's internal medicine residency graduates have more options than ever.  Internists may choose to pursue subspecialty training, practice in a traditional combined inpatient/outpatient primary care practice, or specialize in ambulatory or hospital-based medicine. Advances in medical research make it possible for physicians practicing in academic medical centers such as ours to be at the forefront of translating the latest innovations to the bedside.

I have been involved in medical education since 2005 - initially as a chief resident and then subsequently joining the leadership team in 2008 as an Associate Program Director prior to moving into the Program Director role in 2014.  As our program director, I have the opportunity to guide an outstanding group of physicians.  We have a strong leadership team made up of outstanding Associate Program Directors, motivated and inspired Chief Residents, creative and enthusiastic Core Faculty, and dependable and involved Site Directors.  Our leadership team works day in and day out to optimize the training experience for our resident physicians.

Our goals for our Internal Medicine Residency Program:

  • Attract the best and brightest medical students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Provide a rotational framework that ensures a high level of competency in all areas of Internal Medicine but still allows for an individualized education plan for our residents.
  • Create an educational environment that expects excellence from our educators and learners as we know our learners will rise up to the environment that surrounds them.
  • Support the wellbeing of our resident physicians as they progress through training; helping them to develop a skillset that allows them to find joy in this challenging but rewarding profession.

We are looking to recruit physicians with a strong work ethic, a kind and empathetic personality, and an internal drive towards the achievement of excellence with maintenance of humility.  We look forward to meeting you, and we are confident that you will leave KU with the sense that we are the right fit for you.


Leigh Eck, MD
Leigh M. Eck, MD
Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, University of Kansas School of Medicine

Last modified: Oct 02, 2020
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