– 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.
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.
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.
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
Emergency Medicine at Banner Good Samaritan – 1 block
Emergency Medicine at Scottsdale Healthcare – 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
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)
Phoenix Children's Hospital is a 363-in-patient bed facility that offers the most comprehensive pediatric healthcare 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 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 healthcare 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 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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact our Program Coordinators:
Michele "Miki" Adair-Russo
Assistant Program Coordinator