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Internal Medicine Residency Program

Welcome from the Program Director

Leigh Eck, MDThank 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 it is a great time to choose The University of Kansas Health System as your Internal Medicine residency training site.

I have had the opportunity to be involved in medical education since 2005 - initially as a chief resident and then subsequently joining the Internal Medicine residency leadership team in 2008 as an Associate Program Director. I became our Program Director in 2014; a role that I cherish given the work that I am able to do to support our resident physicians. As our program director, I have the opportunity to guide an outstanding group of physicians. We have a strong leadership team made up of talented 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.

The mission of our program is to train competent and caring physicians in Internal Medicine whom are exceptionally prepared for their next professional step. This preparedness goes beyond clinical readiness for practice and/or fellowship training; our goal is for each of our residents to recognize and leverage their personality strengths, to seek coaching in areas of opportunity, and to possess the confidence and centeredness to be dynamic, humble and empathetic team leaders whom are confident to take risks in their professional life. Finally, we strive to provide our resident physicians with the tools to ensure that their personal work + life interface is sufficiently balanced so that they may find joy day in and day out in their service to patients.

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.

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.

Sincerely,

Leigh M. Eck, MD
Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Internal Medicine
The University of Kansas Health System

Last modified: May 17, 2019
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