Children's Mercy Kansas City


Kansas City, MO

Date Posted

January 17, 2024

Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship Program

Children’s Mercy Kansas City is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship Program with training to begin July 2024.  This three (3) year program, accredited by the Academic Pediatric Association, is designed to provide advanced education to highly qualified physicians with a passion for medical education, research, leadership, child advocacy, and clinical care of pediatric patients.  The training experience will increase the breadth and depth of participants understanding of pediatric research and academic medicine.

Our Mission

The mission of the fellowship training program is to train pediatric clinicians to enter careers in academic medicine as medical educators, independent researchers, and advocates focused on issues affecting underserved communities and populations.

Core Values

Core values of the program include advocacy, diversity, clinical and educational excellence, leadership, and mentorship.

Core Curriculum and Program Expectations

Core curriculum and program expectations include the following:

  • Engage in scholarly activities that can build skills in research methodology and techniques, systematic literature review, primary research project, grant and manuscript writing (60-80% protected time).
  • Work at Children’s Mercy Broadway outpatient clinics including primary care, teen, and specialty clinics as well as the clinical practice co-located within a Head Start program, Operation Breakthrough (20-40% clinical time).
  • Supervise and teach medical students and pediatric residents.
  • Complete either a master’s degree or certificate in health professions education.
  • Attend fellowship trainees’ Common Core and Grant Writing curriculum offered through the Office of Graduate Medical Education.
  • Participate in the specific educational seminars that will complement trainees learning needs including curriculum development and evaluation, journal club, research-in-progress, scientific presentations, and physician wellness.
  • Engage in educational collaborations with fellowship trainees within and outside of Children’s Mercy Kansas City.
  • Receive mentorship from faculty in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics.
  • Option to complete an international, medical education elective.
  • Participate in an optional fourth year of fellowship training in clinical pharmacology.

One (1) fellowship position is available at Children’s Mercy Kansas City that provides trainees with a competitive compensation and benefits package including, but not limited to: educational stipend to use toward books, travel and other educational materials; professional development stipend to present scholarly activity; health and dental insurance for trainee and dependents with no premiums; hospital-issued iPad or laptop; moving allowance; 20 days of vacation; paid sick time; paid board exam; access to clinical and research librarians, statisticians, scientific writers, learning specialists and wellness professionals; and tuition assistance for certifications or master’s degrees in a variety of related areas.

About Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Children’s Mercy Kansas City is one of the country’s premier free-standing, independent, pediatric medical centers.  We are consistently ranked among the leading children’s hospitals in the nation, and we were the first hospital in Missouri or Kansas to receive Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  In addition to clinical expertise provided by our faculty of more than 750 pediatric specialists, Children’s Mercy is also a leader in providing pediatric medical education to the next generation of physicians and nurses, and in conducting cutting-edge pediatric medical research to discover the treatments and cures of tomorrow.

Children’s Mercy Kansas City, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (UMKC), and Kansas University Medical Center(KUMC) created an integrated Division of General Academic Pediatrics, focused on aligning clinical services, educational opportunities, quality improvement and research programs, and advocacy efforts across the Kansas City metro region. Our combined faculty of more than 70 pediatricians, along with over 20 mid-level providers, serves over 130,000 outpatient visits each year, with a unique combination of clinical settings including urban, suburban, and co-located in childcare facilities. All of our primary care clinics have achieved NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home certification. The Division staffs inpatient teams and newborn nurseries at Children’s Mercy Adele Hall Campus, Truman Medical Center, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, and KUMC. The Division is also the clinical home for specialized programs including the Weight Management Program (in conjunction with the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition), the Beacon Program (for children with medical complexity), ADHD Clinic, and Down Syndrome Clinic. These programs provide additional opportunities for novel research and quality improvement projects.

Applicants with intermediate or better Spanish proficiency and/or an interest in Latinx health, have the opportunity for a unique training experience in the Clínica Hispana de Ciudados de Salud (CHiCoS).  Located at Children’s Mercy Broadway, fellows would work in a Spanish-speaking clinic alongside Spanish proficient general academic pediatricians, culture and language coaches, and support staff to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate medical care to patients and families.  Fellows would be able to develop and evaluate curriculum and programs for patients and residents, as well as conduct research on innovative education and care models related to immigrant and limited English proficient families and communities.  Spanish-speaking fellows completing clinical work in CHiCoS would have the opportunity to graduate from the fellowship program with certification as a qualified bilingual pediatrician.

Application Requirements

Children’s Mercy Kansas City is committed to recruiting and training a diverse group of subspecialists.  We seek to provide high-quality clinical care by creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of patients we serve.  We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion in all forms, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, (dis)ability, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.  We strive to create an inclusive community where all feel welcome and supported.  Women, underrepresented in medicine physicians, individuals with (dis)abilities and veterans are encouraged to apply as well as applicants with H1B and J1 Visas.  Applicants must have completed a United States Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education accredited residency program to be considered.

To apply, please complete the common fellowship application through the Academic Pediatric Association found at  Submit completed application materials including curriculum vitae, personal statement, and three (3) letters of recommendation (one letter must be from the residency program director if completing training or recent graduate) to Tyler K. Smith, MD, MPH (, Fellowship Program Director.

For more information about the fellowship training program, please visit our website at or contact Tyler K. Smith, MD, MPH, FAAP, Fellowship Program Director.


Tyler K. Smith, MD, MPH, FAAP
General Academic Pediatrician / Fellowship Program Director
Division of General Academic Pediatrics
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
UMKC School of Medicine
P: (816) 960-4162 (ext. 64162) | M: (803) 479-2022 | F: (816) 302-9931
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3101 Broadway Boulevard | Kansas City, MO 64111

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