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Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

"Are you ready to train in a program tailored to excellence to help you develop as a leader in emergency medicine? Accept nothing but the best – as do we – from yourself and our program."
– Dr. Michael Epter, Program Director

Our organization’s primary duty is to develop board certified emergency physicians with the skills to be leaders in emergency medicine. We aspire to be a close knit, supportive residency that ensures each resident excels in the pursuit of professional and personal goals, while fostering a culture of academic excellence and service to the community.

Maricopa Emergency Medicine is committed to creating the best emergency medicine residents by underscoring the following principles:

  • Creating a dynamic, versatile learning community that encourages the utilization of evidence-based clinical practice and life-long learning through integration of bedside and didactic teaching and innovative technology.
  • Graded and progressive responsibility with appropriate supervision.
  • Cultivating individual interests and challenging each resident to be the doctors they want to be.
  • Promoting advocacy and mentorship for our residents.
  • Achieving balance between the personal and professional goals of each emergency medicine resident.
  • Strengthening the long-standing tradition of pride and support.
  • Cultivating a climate of academic scholarship and inquiry.

Curriculum

Residents rotate through a yearly 'Block' schedule which is a 4-week period for a total of 13 blocks in a 12-month academic year.

PGY I

July – Orientation
Emergency Medicine at MIHS – 5 blocks (includes 1 month of nights)
Pediatric Emergency Medicine at MIHS – 1 block
Medical ICU at MIHS – 1 block
Neurology, Orthopedics, Anesthesiology and Radiology – 3 weeks, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, respectively
Trauma – 1 block
OB/GYN (nights only) – 2 weeks
Elective - 1 block (see some of the available electives
Vacation – 4 weeks.

PGY II

Emergency Medicine at MIHS – 6 blocks (includes 1 block of nights
Emergency Medicine at Banner University Medical Center – 1 block
Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital – 1 block
Toxicology at Banner Poison Center – 1 block
Burn Intensive Care Unit at The Arizona Burn Center – 1 block
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at MIHS – 1 block
Coronary Care Unit at Banner University Medical Center - 1 block
Elective - 1 block (see some of the available electives
Vacation – 3 weeks

PGY III

Emergency Medicine at Copa – 8 block (includes 1 block of nights)
Emergency Medicine at Banner Good Samaritan – 1 block
Emergency Medicine at Scottsdale Health Care – 1 block
Pediatric Anesthesia, Ped ED at Cardon Children's Hospital - 1 block (1 week, 3 week, respectively)
Medical ICU at Copa – 1 block
Elective – 1 block (see some of the available electives
Vacation – 4 weeks

Affiliations

Residents rotate through three adult level 1 trauma center emergency departments and three Trauma Center Pediatric Emergency Departments in the Valley. These sites offer residents distinct experiences and attending supervision in academic and community settings.

Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS)

MIHS is a 449-bed, Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center that cares for patients from all over the state of Arizona. The medical center offers Adult Emergency Medical Services with an ED census of approximately 60,000 patients/year (and growing). The Arizona Children's Center offers comprehensive medical services including: a Pediatric Emergency Services with approximately 20,000 visits per year, in-patient Pediatric unit with a wide breadth of subspecialties, 12-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a Pediatric Burn Unit, a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, a Level III, 40-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (one of three in the Phoenix Valley), and Child Life Specialists.

MIHS Burn Center

The Arizona Burn Center is the epicenter of the state of Arizona Burn Disaster Network. Established in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the network connects 11 hospitals to the burn center through telemedicine. MIHS’s Arizona Burn Center has 45 beds, state-of-the-art equipment, and physicians and nurses who are all board certified in emergency burn services. Through partnering with the Burn Disaster Network, there are now 110 more burn beds available statewide, providing burn patients outside of Phoenix top-notch care through the Arizona Burn Center’s physicians and nurses.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children's Hospital is a 363-in-patient bed facility that offers the most comprehensive pediatric health care in the state, providing inpatient, outpatient, trauma and emergency care across more than 70 pediatric subspecialties.

The Emergency Department is a 30-bed unit which is staffed with board certified pediatric emergency physicians and training fellows and sees approximately 76,000 patients a year. Second year residents spend a one-month rotation in the department with subsequent shifts during the Adult ED months.

Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center ("Good Sam"), is a 663-in-patient bed facility and a Level One Trauma Center. It is the residency's second major training site. Good Sam offers many Tertiary medical services including a certified Primary Stroke Center, high risk Obstetrics, Cavanagh Heart Center (including LVADs), a Cancer Center, a Transplant Center and the Banner Poison Center. Copa Residents spend time during their three years rotating through Cardiology, Toxicology, Surgical ICU, Stroke Service and the Emergency Department. The Good Sam ED is set up in a "pod" system with over 30 beds and serves approximately 64,000 patients, annually.

Banner Simulation System is one of the country's largest simulation education programs with an in-hospital simulation lab and a 55,000 square-foot simulation facility that teaches all fields of health care professionals in the settings of: ICU, ED, OR, NICU, Post-anesthesia care unit. The yearly Copa Conference schedule regularly includes Simulation Days allowing the residents to practice EM procedures and to run simulation cases with state of the art mannequins.

Scottsdale Health Care Osborn Medical Center

Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center is a 337-bed, full-service hospital and a leader in the fields of trauma, orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiovascular and critical care. It is home to a certified Chest Pain Center, American College of Surgeons-verified Level I Trauma Center and DNV Healthcare Certified Primary Stroke Center.

Other services include the Greenbaum Surgical Specialty Hospital, Novalis Shaped Beam Radiotherapy Center, a birthing center and a family medicine residency program. It also hosts a trauma training center and other medical training programs including the U.S. military. Scottsdale-Osborn Emergency Department and Trauma Center sees approximately 50,000 patients a year. Our residents rotate at this facility during their senior year increasing their exposure to different ED experiences.

Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center

The Banner Cardon Children's Medical Center was opened in 2009 and now is a 206-bed facility with comprehensive Pediatric specialties and sub-specialties providing care to the East Valley. The Pediatric ED sees 41,000 patients per year. The PGY 3 residents spend a block advancing their skills in Pediatric Anesthesia (1 week) and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (3 weeks). With the inclusion of this rotation, the Maricopa EM Residency has a unique Pediatric EM experience in each of its three years.
 

Residents

Our residents come to MIHS from all over the country to form a close-knit program that we couldn’t be more proud of. Click here to meet our active residents.

 

Fellowships

Emergency Medicine Administration Fellowship

Fellowship Director: Eric D. Katz, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Chairman of Emergency Medicine, MIHS
Associate Fellowship Director: Dr. Steve Traub, FACEP, Chairman of Emergency Medicine, Mayo, Scottsdale

The goals of the Administrative Fellowship are as follows:

  • Gain the skills needed to serve in a leadership capacity within a community or academic emergency department and hospital system
  • Develop expertise in ED operations and management, with a particular emphasis on improving ED flow through and out of the department
  • Learn the principles of quality improvement and work with teams within the institution to develop and implement quality and patient safety projects
  • Obtain basic financial management and billing/coding skills
  • Publish and present nationally at least one scholarly project in a field of interest to the fellow

To see the full Maricopa Emergency Medicine Administration Fellowship curriculum, please click here.

Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

Jeff Stowell, MD
Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director, Associate Emergency Ultrasound Director

Carl Mitchell, MD
Emergency Ultrasound Director, Associate Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director

Participants of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship will work in collaboration with faculty from other disciplines in an environment that fosters education, research, and professional development. Some highlights of this innovative fellowship include:

  • Proctoring, mentoring, and educating physicians, residents, & medical students
  • Designing and implementing clinical & educational protocols for emergency ultrasonography
  • Participating in on-going, innovative emergency ultrasound research projects
  • Teaching and lecturing at regional and national courses
  • Management of emergency ultrasound workflow and administration
  • A structured 12-month content focused training curriculum

Please click here for the full program description.

 

MedWAR

MedWAR is a race for interested teams of three to navigate sections of the Tonto National Forest via canoe, mountain bike and on foot to find checkpoints and complete wilderness medical scenarios. Teams receive pre-marked maps with all checkpoints for the race. There are major checkpoints that have medical scenarios and minor checkpoints that have wilderness medicine questions.

Each scenario completed correctly is worth 5 points. Each question answered correctly is worth 1-2 points. At the end of the race, teams are ranked by both the number of points gathered and time.

For details, contact information and photos, please click here

For more information, email copapride@gmail.com, or contact our Program Coordinators:

Michele "Miki" Adair-Russo
Program Coordinator
602-344-5808
michele_adair-russo@dmgaz.org 

Darlene Gonzales
Assistant Program Coordinator
602-344-5804
darlene_gonzales@dmgaz.org 

  • Eric Katz, MD, FAAEM, FACEP
    Department Chairman

    Residency: Allegheny General Hospital EM/IM program
    Started as Faculty: 2006
    Academic Interests: Resident Education, Wellness, Infectious diseases
    Personal statement: When the time comes to make a choice between what is easy and what is right, always find the strength to choose what is right.

  • Kenneth C. Jackimczyk, MD, FACEP
    Vice-Chair for Administration

    Residency: Denver Colorado
    Started as Faculty: 1983
    Academic Interests: EMS, Trauma, Faculty Development
    Personal statement: The path to clinical excellence is a journey not a sprint. Read every day about the patients you see.

  • Frank LoVecchio, DO, FACEP
    Vice-Chair for Research Associate Medical Director, Samaritan Regional Poison Control Center

    Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine Integrated Program in Emergency Medicine
    Medical toxicology: Banner Good Samaritan Poison Control Center
    Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology and Medical Forensics
    Started as Faculty: 1996
    Academic Interests: Infectious Disease, Toxicology, Outcomes Research
    Personal Statement: Have fun and learn.

  • Residency: MIHS
    Started as Faculty: 1997
    Academic Interests: Aviation/Ship Medicine, MIlitary Medicine, Orthopedics, Clinical Education, EMS
    Personal Statement: "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unaware."

  • Michael Epter, DO, FAAEM
    Residency Program Director
    Vice Chair for Education

    Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center
    Started as Faculty: 2013
    Academic Interests: Resident Education, Physician Wellness, Neurology

  • Jonathan Fisher, MD, MPH
    Associate Program Director
    Clerkship Director

    Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
    Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital / Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency
    Started as Faculty: 2015
    Academic Interests: Medical Education, EMS, Public Health

  • Aneesh Narang, MD
    Associate Program Director for Banner-affiliated Hospitals

    Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Residency: Boston University Medical Center
    Academic Interests: Simulation, student education, residency curriculum development, difficult airway management

  • Tim Davie, MD
    Associate Program Director

    Medical school: University of California, San Diego
    Residency: MIHS
    Started as Faculty: 2015
    Academic Interests: Education, resuscitation, technology, social media

  • Murtaza Akhter, MD
    Attending Physician

    Medical school: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Residency: Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University School of Medicine
    Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    Started as faculty: 2015
    Academic Interests: Role of Rod Microglia in Traumatic Brain Injury and Intracerebral Hemorrhage (Rat Model); Effectiveness of Rho-Kinase Inhibition in Intracerebral Hemorrhage (Mouse Model); Utility of Rapid Reversal of INR in Intracerebral Hemorrhage (Clinical); Role of Computed Tomography Angiography in Detecting Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome in Patients with Sudden-Onset Headache (Clinical).
    Personal Interests: Conan O'Brien, Basketball, Theatre/Plays, Eating Outdoors and Cutie Pies.

  • Kara Iskyan Geren, MD, MPH
    Attending Physician

    Residency: Allegheny General Hospital Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine
    Started as Faculty: 2010
    Academic Interests: Advocacy, Public Health

  • Carl Mitchell, MD
    Director, EM Ultrasound Division

    Residency: Kern Medical Center
    Started as Faculty: 2014
    Fellowship: Emergency Ultrasound, Maricopa Medical Center
    Academic Interests: Emergency Ultrasound, Regional Anesthesia, Medical Informatics, Medical Education
    Personal Statement: If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

  • Jeffrey Stowell, MD
    Associate Director, Ultrasound Division

    Medical school: University of Arizona
    Residency: The University of Texas at Houston
    Fellowship: Denver Health Ultrasound Fellowship
    Started as Faculty: 2015
    Academic Interests: Ultrasound, Critical Care and Resuscitation, Resident Education

  • Stephan Stapczynski, MD, FACEP
    Attending Physician Professor, University of Arizona Chair Emeritus

    Residency: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
    Started as Faculty: 2004
    Academic Interests: Cardiac Emergencies, Research Methodology
    Personal Statement: The Emergency Medicine Department at MIHS is based in a public teaching hospital with a strong academic mission - to train the best.

  • Thomas Kelly, MD
    Attending Physician

    Residency: MIHS
    Academic Interests: Resident education, emergency medical services, altitude medicine

  • Richard A. Seligson, MD
    Quality/Performance Improvement Attending Physician

    Residency: MIHS
    Grandfathered in to board certification Maricopa Medical Center
    Started as Faculty: 1974
    Academic Interests: QI, PI, PR, ED Radiology and Cardiology
    Personal Statement: The patient encounter, history and physical remain the essence of diagnosis, and should never be deemphasized in the teaching of medicine.

  • Patricia Bayless, MD, FACEP
    Attending Physician

    Residency: Texas Tech University/El Paso
    Started as Faculty: 1986
    Academic Interests: Biomedical Ethics, Medical Practice Management
    Personal Statement: Simple things are simple and don't assume.

  • Paul Blackburn, DO, FACOEP, FACEP
    Attending Physician

    Residency: Internship Tulsa Regional Medical Center 1983-1984
    Emergency Medicine: Michigan State University/Lansing 1989-1992
    Started as Faculty: 1992
    Academic Interests: Ophthalmology, Medical Education

  • Dan Quan, DO, FAAEM
    Attending Physician
    Director, Medical Toxicology Consultation Service

    Residency: Provident Hospital of Cook County, Chicago
    Fellowship: Medical Toxicology, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
    Started as Faculty: 2008
    Academic Interests: Toxicology

  • David Bell, MD, PhD
    Attending Physician

    Residency: MIHS
    Academic Interests: Board preparation, medical ethics
    Personal Statement: What ideal, immutable Platonic cloud could equal the beauty and perfection of any ordinary everyday cloud floating over, say, Tuba City, Arizona, on a hot day in June?

     

  • Brad Butler, MD
    Attending Physician

    Residency: MIHS
    Started as Faculty: 1998
    Academic Interests: Military medicine, analgesia & sedation, rural medicine, organizational medicine
    Personal Interests: Family, Fitness, Commander in US Navy Reserve

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