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Chief Resident Q&A

Dr. Camron Smith
Dr. Camron Smith
Dr. Camron Smith
Dr. Dennis Heaton

What is the culture of this program?

We are a very warm, collegial program that prioritizes teamwork. We work hard to maintain excellent clinical excellence and promote patient care. Education is our top priority despite rising clinical volume. This program feels more like a family. Residents and faculty are friendly in and out of work. We have multiple off-site events each year, including a residency kick-off, Chiefs game, Royals game, holiday party, and golf tournament as well as monthly happy hours. In addition, our program is a mix of residents who are single, married, and/or with families.

What does call look like?

Call does not start until January of R1 year when R1s take evening buddy call with a senior resident from 5-9 pm. Call consists of 5 day night float blocks and weekend coverage.

Where do residents live?

There are multiple areas close to KU Hospital where residents live, including downtown KC, Westwood, Country Club Plaza, Prairie Village and Waldo. Some residents with families choose to live further away in places such as, Shawnee, Lenexa, and Overland Park. None are more than a 20 minute drive to the main campus.

Are there moonlighting opportunities?

Moonlighting is available as an R4 in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Do residents work at multiple sites?

Please refer to our training sites section of the website. R1 residents stay on the main campus their entire first year. Senior residents occasionally rotate off site and need personal transportation.

Is there a formal mentoring program?

R1s are paired up with R4 mentors for their first year. While there is no formal faculty mentoring program, faculty are very involved with residents and often mentor at least 1 if not multiple residents throughout the program and in their careers.

How has your program adapted to COVID-19?

Education during COVID is still a work in progress. However, we have been working to maintain the highest levels of education during this unprecedented time. Reading rooms have been rearranged for social distancing, many of which utilize large screen TVs to share interesting cases or teaching points. In addition, we have continued to do virtual readouts using Microsoft Teams and Zoom. The resident conference room has been rearranged for social distancing. Daily lectures are both in person and virtual. Residents are provided with adequate PPE daily per hospital regulations.

Last modified: Sep 24, 2020