The Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program graduates full-spectrum family physician leaders who provide high quality, cost effective, compassionate healthcare in communities of every size and location.
Our program is founded on six core principles originally described by the residency’s founder, G. Gayle Stephens, MD:
A Family Physician is a technically competent, autonomous professional.
A Family Physician considers the whole person, not simply an isolated symptom, disease state or organ system.
A Family Physician must be exposed during his/her education to a model family medicine practice to learn the virtues of wisdom, honesty and judgement.
A Family Physician cannot be trained solely in the ambulatory environment; rather, he/she must be competent in hospital care of adults and children, obstetric and intensive care.
A Family Physician must be trained with a formalized curriculum in behavioral and mental health.
A Family Physician must be reflective about him/herself. If the physician is often the therapeutic agent of greatest consequence then it becomes imperative that he/she learn his/her assets, liabilities, foibles and idiosyncrasies.
The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Family Medicine Residency at Wesley Medical Center strives to:
Prepare outstanding full-spectrum clinicians who are able to care for patients in the ambulatory office, hospital, maternity and critical care environments providing acute care, chronic disease management, preventive care and procedural services.
Develop family physicians who seamlessly integrate attention to the behavioral and mental health needs of patients with care for biologic concerns.
Create a flexible training environment that allows residents to acquire knowledge and skills to thrive in a variety of practice styles and environments.
Aid residents in developing skills in utilizing and contributing to high quality evidence used to guide practice.
One of the defining characteristics of training at Wesley is the number of procedures that fall within the scope of our practice. Wesley Family Medicine offers training in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures to better equip our residents for their future practices.
Cesarean sections (primary surgeon)
Forceps and vacuum deliveries
High-risk management and deliveries
Post-partum tubal ligation
Third and fourth degree laceration repair
Chest tube placement
Multi-layer wound closure
Joint aspiration and injection
Cryosurgery and electrosurgical destruction
Nail plate removal
Osteopathic exam in the hospital
Acute and chronic musculoskeletal therapy
Treatment of the Ob/Gyn patient
Pediatric procedural sedation
Treadmill stress testing
Trigger point injection
Wesley Family Medicine offers clerkship rotations for third-year medical students and sub-internship and advanced residency perspective rotations for fourth-year medical students. We are unable to provide externships or observerships.
Rotations range from two to four weeks, depending upon the student’s schedule and desired experience(s).
Students may spend time in the following areas:
For more information or to schedule a rotation, please contact Nina Nguyen, Residency Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wesley Family Medicine provides a curriculum that is broad-based, flexible and offers a number of electives to tailor residency training to residents' particular interests. Faculty have helped residents tailor their curriculum to include emphaises in advanced maternity care, sports medicine, the provision of care to patients with HIV, global health and disaster response, among others. Residents can get the training and achieve the confidence needed to practice in whatever setting they desire.
All Wesley Family Medicine residents receive and maintain certification in the following courses:
See attached for 2019-2020 Curriculum List.
First-year residents spend, on average, two half days seeing their own patients at the Wesley Family Medicine Center.
To make sure residents have time to orient to their new duties, their first rotation is dedicated to learning the ropes. Residents are introduced to the hospital system, community resources, the ins and outs of the Family Medicine Center, and get to start caring for their own patients. The new residents attend didactic and clinical education sessions and receive training and certification in ALSO and NRP. During this July rotation, all call shifts are double-covered (with two senior residents) to assist the new PG1s with their transition.
Working under the supervision of experienced OB and family medicine attendings allows residents to improve their skills and gain autonomy. WFM residents take care of the majority of patients delivering at Wesley’s BirthCare Center, and residents are expected to perform as primary surgeon on C-sections and to manage high-risk labors. Wesley Family Medicine also partners with Wichita’s GraceMed Health Clinic to provide OB care to the unemployed, underinsured and underserved persons in central Kansas and to give residents the opportunity to manage more OB cases.
Residents care for normal newborns and special care nursery babies, with an emphasis on gaining experience in the rapid treatment of infants needing further support or intervention. The family medicine residents admit and receive all newborns. The rotation offers plentiful experience in circumcision techniques, and teaching rounds and didactics are provided regularly by the pediatric faculty.
PGY1 residents complete two rotations in Wesley Medical Center’s very busy and diverse inpatient service where they are supervised by pediatric faculty. Family medicine residents respond to all pediatric code blues and work in Wesley’s state-of-the-art PICU. This rotation also allows residents to care for great numbers of pediatric oncology patients, as Wichita serves as a rural reference source for adult and pediatric oncology patients.
Residents spend two rotations as a member of the Wesley Family Medicine Inpatient Service. Residents run codes, perform inpatient procedures and attend regular didactic attending rounds. They also round on their patients, including pediatric, adult and intensive-care-unit patients, (and take calls on their patients’ progress during the evenings.) Residents provide primary patient management, and attending physicians are present to support and teach. This rotation allows residents to greatly enhance their ICU medicine knowledge.
Wesley has the largest emergency department in Kansas and serves as a regional referral center with Level 1 trauma certification. It is also home to Kansas’ only Pediatric Emergency Department. Residents log more than 120 hours in the ED during this rotation, working alongside emergency medicine attendings. Residents spend time as upper-levels, helping to perform procedures and stabilize and manage critical patients.
Residents evaluate and do work-ups on acute surgical emergencies and participate in surgeries and consultations. Operative experience is tailored to each resident’s interests. Residents gain experience in colonoscopy and EGD and in procedures like casting, suturing, splinting, and lumbar punctures. Residents also run codes, including intubation, when necessary.
The family medicine residents serve as the only in-house trauma residents. Working directly under trauma surgeons, they respond to all Level 1 and 2 traumas, run trauma codes, perform critical care procedures (including chest tubes, central and ART lines, and tracheostomies and PEG tube placement), assist in surgeries and provide post-operative care. Residents are responsible for caring for surgical ICU patients, including their ventilator management.
Residents will complete a self-study course on advocacy, begin to develop a community education project, attend a tour and guided discussion of a local health department, and create a Community Health Needs Assessment. Residents will continue to participate in their own continuity clinic and family medicine call schedule during this rotation as well. Optional longitudinal curriculum includes providing patient care at an underserved clinic and opportunities to advocate for patient health.
In addition to the longitudinal experience in the Family Medicine Center, residents are required to complete two block rotations dedicated to the ambulatory care of children. One block, Outpatient Pediatrics-1, is a required rotation in the PGY1 year and focuses on general, ambulatory concerns.
Second-year residents spend, on average, three half days seeing their own patients at the Wesley Family Medicine Center.
Working with pulmonologists in the community, PGY2 residents gain an understanding for how best to treat chronic lung conditions such as COPD. They also learn how to interpret pulmonary function tests and office spirometry.
During their PGY2 year, each resident will spend two blocks serving as the acting chief on the Wesley Family Medicine Inpatient Service (which is a great responsibility; chiefs oversee the WFM intern and monitor all patients, including pediatric, adult, and intensive-care-unit patients). Residents run codes, perform inpatient procedures, and attend regular didactic attending rounds.
Residents will care for patients in various venues such as the office, inpatient acute care unit, nursing home and skilled nursing unit (SNU). They participate in interdisciplinary team meetings and hospice care. And residents complete a reading list, an ABFM Knowledge Assessment (KSA) related to care of the elderlies and patient home visits.
In addition to a longitudinal experience in the Family Medicine Center, residents are required to complete two block rotations dedicated to the ambulatory care of children. Outpatient Pediatrics-2, is a required rotation in the PGY2 year and is designed to allow the resident to have concentrated exposure to adolescent patients and patients with neurological concerns.
Wesley Family Medicine is proud to be one of the few residencies in the nation that sets aside an entire block rotation dedicated to preparing soon-to-be graduates for their future positions. Guest lecturers include practicing physicians, medical attorneys, CPAs, financial advisors, and practice management consultants. Residents learn principles related to accounting, financial planning, licensing/credentialing, office insurance, marketing a practice, Meaningful Use, and the PCMH. Residents develop a blueprint for reaching their post-graduate goals.
Third-year residents spend, on average, three to five half days seeing their own patients at the Wesley Family Medicine Center.
During their PGY3 year, each resident will spend two rotation blocks as the acting chief on the Wesley Family Medicine Inpatient Service (which is a great responsibility; chiefs will oversee the WFM intern and monitor all patients). Residents run codes, perform inpatient procedures, attend regular didactic attending rounds, and learn hospital billing. They also round on their patients, including pediatric, adult and intensive-care-unit patients, and take calls on their patients’ progress during the evenings. Residents provide primary patient management, and attending physicians are present to support and teach.
Residents work with outstanding and award-winning attending physicians to gain experience in a number of areas (inpatient and outpatient, EKGs, treadmills, echocardiograms, etc.).
Wesley has the largest emergency department in Kansas and serves as a regional referral center with Level 1 trauma certification. It is also home to Kansas’ only Pediatric Emergency Department. Residents log more than 120 hours in the ED during this rotation, working alongside emergency medicine attendings. Residents spend time as upper levels, helping to perform procedures and stabilize and manage critical patients.
The two-week ENT rotation helps residents to diagnose and treat common ENT ailments and recognize complicated conditions for referral to the specialist. The two-week opthalmology rotation will help residents develop the skills to recognize and diagnose problems of the eye. The residents should learn what eye problems can be handled in the office and which require referral.
While spending time with family physicians and gynecologists, residents will develop skills in evaluating and managing gynecological symptoms, diseases and disorders as well as acquire knowledge regarding the appropriate indications for referral to a gynecologist for further management.
During this rotation, residents will acquire and augment skills in caring for patients with diverse acute and chronic musculoskeletal concerns. In addition, residents will receive education in orthopedics on a longitudinal basis during their continuity office practice and through the didactic curriculum.
Depending on their interests and career goals, residents can choose to complete a direct-primary-care, a rural or international medicine rotation. Residents who choose to do a rural rotation go to locations like Dodge City, Kansas, or Winfield, Kansas, where they are teamed with a family physician. Here, residents experience life as a “small-town family doctor.” The busy experience includes practicing full-scope family medicine; time is spent in an outpatient clinic and at the medical center, where residents gain skills in emergency medicine, trauma, operative obstetrics, surgery, and more. Residents are provided with housing (which can accommodate spouse and children, if needed) and on-call meals. Residents who wish to do an international rotation spend time abroad in the setting of their choice. Before departure, residents study formal global health, tropical infectious disease, and public health modules. Upon their return, residents present a noon conference for their peers and faculty so as to share what they experienced and learned.
Under the direct supervision of an attending orthopedist, residents complete this rotation by seeing patients in the orthopedist's office and associated settings, as appropriate (training room, operating room).
The two-week urology rotation helps residents develop knowledge of both surgical and non-surgical aspects of diagnosing and treating urological disease. During the two-week wound care rotation, residents are assigned to a team of attendings, mid-level providers and nurses who work collaboratively at the hospital and clinic.
During this rotation, residents work under the direct supervision of a private, community endocrinologist, and occasionally, with the other endocrinologists in his or her group. The resident can expect to perform endocrinology consultations, round daily on hospitalized patients, attend endocrinology clinic with the attending, and observe endocrinology-specific procedures such as thyroid sonogram and biopsy.
The residents see infectious disease patients with a private infectious disease specialist in the hospital and in his/her office. Infectious disease procedures are observed and performed, as available.
During this rotation, the residents work under the direct supervision of a private, community nephrologist, and occasionally, with the other nephrologists in his or her group. The resident can expect to perform nephrology consultations and round daily on hospitalized patients, actively participating in their management under the direction of the attending nephrologist.
The residents see rheumatology patients with a private rheumatologist in his/her office. Rheumatology procedures are observed and performed, as available.
Teaching is conducted by one of the WMC hospitalist while rounding on a selection of critically ill adults in the medical intensive care unit. Residents can expect to work with a variety of hospitalists, specialists, and critical care pharmacists during this experience. Residents are responsible for orchestrating transfers to lower acuity units and are expected to perform admissions and discharges with the aid of the attendings.
Teaching is primarily conducted by one of the pediatric intensivists and his/her rounding team (including a pharmacist, social work, etc.) The team rounds on critically ill infants and children, followed by group rounds with the critical care team. Residents have the opportunity to take call in the PICU as well as perform daily rounds and activities. Residents are responsible for admissions and transfers to lower acuity units during this rotation.
Residents gain exposure to critically ill adult patients in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, via individual rounding and group rounding with the Trauma and Surgical ICU team. Residents are expected to respond to Level 1 traumas and are allowed to respond to Level 2 traumas. Residents also have the opportunity to take overnight call.
During their PGY2 and PGY3 years, residents are allowed to choose several blocks of elective rotations to augment their curriculum. Wesley Family Medicine has structured a number of elective possibilities in various areas of medicine, including medicine-pediatrics, obstetrics, and internal medicine. If desired, faculty members may also work with residents to structure new electives. Please see the Curriculum List 2019-2020 for possibilities (hyperlink to attached).
Graduation date from medical school must not exceed two years from the date the application is received in ERAS (3-year interval is accepted if resume reveals evidence of suitable, direct patient care/clinical experience)
Graduation from an approved LCME/AOA medical school or an international medical school that is recognized by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts
Must successfully pass USMLE Steps I and II or COMLEX I and II examinations in no more than two attempts on each test. Scores must be available to the program, in ERAS, no later than mid-February.
Three strong letters of recommendation from physician preceptors who have observed your clinical performance
US citizenship, permanent citizenship, or valid ECFMG certification required, prior to starting residency. (We do not sponsor visas. Applicants must be willing to apply for a J-1 visa if they match with the program.)
Excellent facility with the English language – written, spoken, and idiomatic
Knowledge of and commitment to the discipline of Family Medicine
Strong interpersonal skills and work ethic
Excellent medical school performance
Applications are only accepted through ERAS, and all applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Timely submission of all materials, then, is encouraged.
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Note: Wesley Family Medicine does not pre-match. The program selects applicants solely through ERAS/NRMP.
The above are the program’s general guidelines. They are not set in stone; changes and exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director.
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)-864-6414, 711 TTY.
Resident contracts are administered through the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education (WCGME). This organization coordinates the salaries and benefits for all residencies in Wichita. WCGME is an equal opportunity employer.
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*Please note that the salaries listed above are for this academic year and may increase next academic year.
Residents have outstanding medical, dental, and vision benefits, and their dependents are offered health and dental insurance for a reasonable additional cost. Life, long-term disability and professional liability insurance are also provided for residents.
Residents receive three weeks’ worth of vacation, five days of educational leave, and ten sick days each year. They also receive a $1,000 annual educational allowance and meal allowances during their on-call periods, among other benefits.
For detailed information about resident benefits, see the WCGME benefits page.
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