Program Director’s Welcome

When you first rotated in the Emergency Department, did you feel at home?

Then I invite you to come find that home at the University of Missouri.

The residency application process is all about finding the right “fit.” As the program director, I want to tell you why Emergency Medicine at the University of Missouri is right for you.

On behalf of our entire department, I first want to thank all our potential applicants for considering us as a part of your future. We realize that you have over 250 options when applying for your residency, and we appreciate you spending your valuable time learning about us.

If you want to learn how to take care of sick patients, then look no further. Our admission rate at University Hospital is over 30%. Almost 5% of our patients are admitted to an ICU. Optimizing your Emergency Medicine training requires that you evaluate thousands of patients. Between our three sites, we see over 100,000 patients each year. Last year, we managed over 2,100 trauma team activations, 150 STEMI activations and over 700 code strokes. We are busy, our patients are sick and our residents are prepared to manage any emergency department they choose after graduation.

We have over 50 full- and part-time faculty members dedicated to clinical excellence, educational innovation and making you the best emergency medicine physician possible. Our faculty have trained and practiced throughout the U.S. and the world, bringing different styles and expertise to your education. We have faculty who are fellowship-trained in pediatric emergency medicine, education, wilderness medicine, sports medicine, ultrasound, EMS and emergency medicine administration.

Above all, however, it is our residents who truly define our program. From bootcamp in July of the intern year until graduation, our diverse group of resident physicians will become your friends, your family, your support system and your inspiration. We are very fortunate to have a fantastic group of residents who work hard, play hard and love spending time together. Their camaraderie with each other and with faculty is the salient feature of our remarkable residency program.

In short, our residency at the University of Missouri stands as a beacon of academic and clinical excellence in emergency medicine in the Midwest. Our residents, faculty and staff genuinely function as a team, dedicated to cultivating an atmosphere of learning, while caring for a sick population from a massive catchment area in mid-Missouri’s only Level 1 trauma center.

Explore our “SECTION MENU” to find out more about our residents, our curriculum, and our city. The “How to Apply” link provides more information about becoming a member of the MU team and includes the changes made during COVID.

Thank you for learning about the “fit” we can provide for you at the University of Missouri. If you still have questions after checking out our site, email me directly at I look forward to meeting you soon.

Jake Kesterson

Residency training at MU


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