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From the Program Director

Welcome to KU Pediatrics!

GilmerAs a native Kansan and a product of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program, I am excited to be leading this program through the final   stage of a years-long integration journey for KU Pediatrics and Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH). In 2017-2018, the decision was made that the KU Pediatrics Residency Program would not enter the NRMP Match. Instead, KU faculty and residents participated in the recruitment of medical students to the CMH Pediatrics Residency Program. The KU Pediatric Legacy residents currently in training will complete their training as KU residents with the last KU resident scheduled to graduate in July 2020. 

Starting in July 2018, the clinical learning environment for the integrated CMH residents will include training at both CMH and KU. Residency leadership from both programs have   collaborated to create a learner centered, residency experience that maximizes the clinical, educational and research opportunities available from a free standing children's hospital and a premier academic medical. CMH residents will join KU Pediatric Legacy residents in the NICU, Well Baby Nursery and in Same Day Sick.Additionally KU Family  Medicine Residents will continue to rotate on pediatric services at KU including Inpatient, Well Baby Nursery, Same Day Sick and other ambulatory clinics.  Although the KU Pediatric Residency Program will be closing in 2020, we at KU Pediatrics remain in the business of teaching medical students, training both family medicine and pediatric residents and taking excellent care of children.


Pediatrics is a rapidly changing field full of opportunities and challenges on an increasingly global stage. Training at KU Pediatrics will help to prepare you to be a confident and competent practitioner ready to embark on any number of career paths post residency such as general pediatrics, pediatric subspecialty medicine, or research. The mission of the Department of Pediatrics is to optimize the health, development, and well-being of children and their families through excellence in patient care, education, research and operations.  We are committed to providing a family centered, interdisciplinary, evidence-based and quality and safety driven patient experience. Additionally, we strive to serve children in a way that meets their diverse social, economic, educational and cultural needs.


To guide you through residency training is a diverse and dedicated faculty. An influx of new faculty, including both KU based general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists as well as Children's Mercy based faculty, has invigorated our teaching, mentoring, research and clinical activities. Seeking to strengthen every aspect of our educational program, faculty and residents work together to create a learning environment that is dynamic, challenging, supportive and rewarding.


Opportunities for research, international experiences, and individualized curriculum provide flexibility to meet individual professional and personal goals. A variety of new and innovative teaching methods are utilized to meet residents' various learning styles. Collaboration and integration between the University of Kansas School of Medicine and University of Kansas Health System and with Children's Mercy Hospital have expanded clinical, educational and research opportunities on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri state line. 

Kansas City

Kansas City is simply a wonderful Midwestern city in which to live, work and raise a family. It is a playground for lovers of sports, music, theater, the arts and the great outdoors. If you are interested in training at KU, please refer to the Children's Mercy Hospital Pediatric Residency Program website.

I invite you to visit and meet our residents, faculty, and staff who are the heart and soul of training at KU Pediatrics.

Lisa Gilmer, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Pediatrics Residency Director
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Last modified: Oct 15, 2020
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