Meet Dr. Kyle Haefele
"Choosing a residency program can seem like a daunting decision," says Kyle Haefele, MD, ABFM, Assistant Director at Lincoln Family Medicine Residency Program.
“In the end, I think it usually comes down to feeling a sense of belonging —finding that you enjoy coming to work each day with the other residents, clinic staff, and faculty,” Dr. Haefele explains. “Everyone who makes it through medical school is a high achiever, but there is so much more to learn in residency. We have excellent residents here, and like-minded medical students tend to gravitate toward each other.”
Dr. Haefele has a particular passion for the teaching aspect of medicine, and loves to identify both the unique learning style and individual strengths of his students early on. “As physicians, we are always focused individually on doing what is best for our patients. As faculty, we are focused on creating a program with the best educational opportunities possible to put learners in a position to actually practice their skills, while having the safety net of an experienced teacher available," Dr. Haefele states.
Dr. Haefele is also the Medical Director at Tabitha Health Care Services in Lincoln. He enjoys live music and theater events, traveling with his wife and two children, and staying active by running, biking, snorkeling and scuba diving. He values the “small-town” feel of Lincoln yet appreciates the culture and amenities a college town offers.
Dr. Haefele grew up in Ulysses, Kansas. He graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas with a BA in Psychology, and earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. After spending seven years in a family medicine practice in Shenandoah, Iowa, Dr. Haefele joined the faculty of Lincoln Family Medicine Residency Program in 2003. He has served as the Associate Program Director since 2011.
"Excellence as a family physician is so much more than just knowing how to diagnose and treat illness,” Dr. Haefele adds. “I encourage each new group to learn from each other and to share their talents so that they can have the best learning environment.”