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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.

Our residency accomplishes our aim and mission through a multiprong approach:


  • Team up with multiple healthcare professionals, including nurses, social workers, nurse case managers, pharmacists on patient care in the hospital and in our continuity clinic 
  • 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 and healthcare disparities affecting our patients.

Community-Minded Engagement

  • Provide prenatal care through delivery at our MOM Clinic, a safety-net clinic for underserved women. We deliver these continuity women at our hospital.
  • Learn about HIV care through a partnership with Vivent Health, a medical home for patients living with HIV. We have an HIV in Primary Care Longitudinal Program residents can join. 
  • Adolescent health care at a high school-based clinic, Bulldoc.
  • Longitudinal Pediatric Care at Vibrant Health, an FQHC in Kansas City, KS
  • Complete high school sports physicals at a local high school three times per school year.

Intellectually Rigorous Learning

  • 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 much more.
  • Interact with 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 other learners. 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.

We are not accepting outside rotators this academic year. Check back for 2023, as we plan to host interested fourth-year medical students. The application will be via VSAS.

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 & Community Health

KU School of Medicine

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