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Letter from Residency Director

Family Medicine & Community Health residents learn, teach and work to make our communities healthier

Kelsie KellyKelsie Kelly MD, MPH
Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine

The University of Kansas Family Medicine Residency is part of a renowned academic medical center. Our location, in the urban center of a rural state, provides opportunities to practice with professionals grounded in community medicine and with researchers respected in their fields.

At the University of Kansas Hospital, where our residents train, the contributions of family physicians are valued—so much so that the hospital includes a floor dedicated to family medicine. There, our residents work with unit nurses committed to being on the family medicine team.

Residents benefit from the depth and breadth of our program, its faculty and training sites. Such variety allows you to focus your training to choose the path that best suits your needs, hopes and dreams.

Our aim

To develop physician leaders who partner with their communities to decrease health disparities. We do this by fulfilling our mission.

Our mission

Training intellectually curious, compassionate and competent family physicians committed to caring for the underserved.

Countless opportunities to fulfill our mission


  • Collaborate with nurses, social workers, nurse case managers, pharmacists and other health professionals on patient care. In the hospital unit dedicated to family medicine, the inpatient team communicates to achieve coordinated results.
  • Use an Integrated Behavioral Health Model in our outpatient unit. With our clinical psychologists and social worker, we address our patients' mental health and focus on the social determinants of health affecting our patients.


  • Provide prenatal care through delivery at our MOM Clinic, a safety-net clinic for underserved women.
  • Learn about HIV care through a partnership with another safety-net clinic, KC Care clinic, while working as a Family Medicine physician.
  • Provide adolescent health care at a high school-based clinic, Bulldoc.
  • Complete high school sports physicals at a local high school three times per school year.

Intellectually rigorous

  • Gain encouragement and coaching from our passionate Family Medicine faculty. Residents are challenged to be intellectually curious while being supported to make medical decisions with evidence and current guidelines.
  • Discover our faculty's wide range of interests, from community-based participatory research to medical student education to inpatient medicine to obstetrics to point-of-care ultrasound and more.
  • Interact a variety of Family Medicine faculty and invited guest speakers during Wednesday afternoon didactics.
  • Lead the weekly morning report on interesting and/or complex cases that is a combined event for faculty and residents.
  • Teach, since residents are teachers at our institution. You'll be working with medical students as a PGY-2 and 3. Residents have opportunities to perfect their own teaching/precepting skills, even completing a Residents as Teachers course.

This is only a glimpse of what our residency program offers. As a former resident myself, and now the program director, I can attest to the countless opportunities here to enhance your education as a resident.

It's an exciting place to work. We utilize the resources of our multi-specialty university hospital, a local VA hospital, the local children's hospital and community resources to train residents in all aspects of family medicine.

If you are interested in rotating through our department as a fourth-year medical student, please apply via VSAS, and your application will be considered.

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

Kelsie Kelly MD, MPH
Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Family Medicine & Community Health
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 4010
Kansas City, KS 66160