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Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

The residency program in categorical Internal Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center is structured to train 17 categorical residents per year as clinically competent physicians each of whom can function and excel in any internal medicine setting. Maricopa Medical Center serves as an emergency tertiary referral hospital for Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) for the metropolitan Phoenix area and the state of Arizona.


Clinical competence and academic excellence is attained in the Department of Medicine by giving greater responsibility to the resident through exposure to the wealth of clinical pathology seen at Maricopa Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. Residents are supervised by more than 40 full-time board certified internists and specialists at MMC and 30 full-time board certified internists and specialists at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale and Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Residents write all orders and are fully responsible for patient management. Most hospitalized internal medicine patients are assigned to general medicine, cardiology, Hem/Onc or critical care teams consisting of one attending physician, residents and medical students.

During the 36-month training period, residents will rotate through every specialty of internal medicine, including neurology and dermatology. Residents are part of an ambulatory practice team and see their own patients at a Maricopa Integrated Health System Family Health Center located throughout Phoenix. Residents follow patients in and out of the hospital allowing for continuity of learning and patient care.

Approximately 40 percent of the training time in the Internal Medicine Residency Program is spent in the ambulatory setting getting direct teaching and supervision from generalists and specialists from Maricopa Medical Center (MMC) and the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale.

Residents are given a great deal of autonomy and opportunity for hands-on procedural experience commensurate with skills and training. Residents will become proficient in procedures common to Internal Medicine such as central venous line placement, lumbar puncture, thoracentesis, paracentesis, large joint aspiration, exercise treadmill interpretation, etc. Paramedical personnel perform most ancillary procedures such as venipunctures, electrocardiograms, x-rays, venipuncture for peripheral IV access, arterial puncture for blood gas and scheduling tests.

Program Director

Dr. Shannon Skinner is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Maricopa Medical Center. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Affiliations

The residency program in Internal Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center is a major affiliate of the University of Arizona - College of Medicine - Phoenix and the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. Medicine residents currently rotate at Maricopa Medical Center as well as Mayo Clinic Scottsdale.

Highlights of the Program

Our current 3-year ABIM board pass rate is 90 percent.
  • Our Internal Medicine residency program is fully accredited by the ACGME

Rotations

Preliminary Medicine Description

We have four preliminary year positions available. The schedule is approximately as follows:

  • 5 months - Wards
  • 2 months - Critical Care
  • 1 month - Cardiology
  • 1 month - Emergency Medicine
  • 1 month - Ambulatory Care
  • 1 month - Elective
  • 1 month - Night float 

Other Benefits 

  • $1,000 educational allowance
  • Time off for approved CME
  • Free meals
  • Free parking
  • Vacation - 3 weeks

PGY-I YEAR

The categorical PGY-I year offers a set of core internal medicine rotations which will enable the internal medicine resident to acquire superior patient management skills as well as build a solid general medicine base upon which to develop specialty knowledge. Residents will maintain a half day continuity clinic at a Maricopa Integrated Health System Family Health Center. Practical "hands-on" exposure mixed with regular didactic sessions are the norm. Residents may rotate to Mayo Clinic Hospital during the PGY-I year.

PGY-I Categorical Rotations

  • Internal Medicine Wards - 6 months
  • Critical Care - 2 months
  • Emergency Medicine - 1 month
  • Ambulatory Care - 1 month
  • Night Float - 1 month
  • Cardiology - 1 month

Benefits

  • 2015-16 stipends: $50,388.68
  • $1,000 educational allowance
  • Time off for approved CME
  • 3 free meals, 7 days a week
  • Free parking
  • Lab coats
  • Resident educational book fund
  • Vacation - 3 weeks

All Medicine residents may utilize the house staff travel and education fund provided by the Department of Medicine which is as follows:

  • PGY-I $1,000 and one educational day*

*Note: In addition to vacation

The Department of Medicine will pay for dues for all Internal Medicine categorical residents to become Associate members of the American College of Physicians (ACP). This is in addition to your educational allowance. We will also purchase one copy of each of the following for each categorical resident:

  • Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP)
  • Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases by John H. Klippel, et.al (for those that rotate on Rheumatology)
  • Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Review
  • Geriatrics at your Fingertips
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support by The Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Pocket Medicine

All residents have access to multiple online resources through the MIHS Health Services Library.

Available insurance for resident and dependents:

  • Health and Dental
  • Life
  • Occurrence Medical Liability
  • Long Term Disability Insurance

PGY-II YEAR

During the PGY-II year, residents begin spending more time on subspecialty electives and focus on refining general medical skills. Residents are required to give two journal club presentations.

Residents may rotate at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale during the PGY-II year. Residents will also maintain a half day continuity clinic at their Maricopa Integrated Health System Family Health Center.

Graduates of U.S. medical schools can obtain a state of Arizona medical license after one year of training.

PGY -II Rotations

  • Internal Medicine Wards - 2 months
  • Critical Care - 1 month
  • MOBS (Medicine Observation Service)- 1 month
  • Ambulatory Care - 1 month
  • Electives - 2 months
  • Night Float - 1 month
  • HIV - 1 month
  • Cardiology - 1 month
  • Hematology/Oncology -1 month
  • Geriatrics - 1 month

Benefits

  • 2015-16 stipends: $52,156.48
  • $1,250 educational allowance
  • Time off for approved CME
  • 3 free meals, 7 days a week
  • Free Parking
  • Lab coats
  • Resident educational book fund
  • Vacation - 3 weeks

All Medicine residents may utilize the house staff travel and education fund provided by the Department of Medicine which is as follows:

  • PGY-II $1,250 and two educational days*

*Note: In addition to vacation

The Department of Medicine will pay for dues for all Internal Medicine categorical residents to become Associate members of the American College of Physicians (ACP). This is in addition to your educational allowance. We will also purchase one copy of each of the following for each categorical resident:

  • Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP)
  • Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases by John H. Klippel, et.al (for those that rotate on Rheumatology)
  • Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Review
  • Geriatrics at your Fingertips
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support by The Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Pocket Medicine

Available insurance for resident and dependents:

  • Health and Dental
  • Life
  • Occurrence Medical Liability
  • Long Term Disability Insurance

Electives include Ambulatory Care, Endocrinology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology/ Oncology, Infectious Diseases, HIV, Neurology, Diagnostic Cardiology, Pulmonary, Nephrology, Rheumatology and Research.

PGY-III YEAR

During this year, clinical, academic and technical skills will be further developed. Further preparation for successful completion of the Certifying Examination of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is done with weekly board review sessions during the spring. Rotations involving experiences in gynecology, ophthalmology and orthopedics sports medicine are available. Residents will maintain two half day continuity clinics at their assigned Maricopa Integrated Health System Family Health Center.

PGY - III Rotations

  • Internal Medicine Wards - 2 months
  • Critical Care - 1 month
  • Cardiology - 1 month
  • Neurology - 1 month
  • Electives - 2 months
  • Dermatology - 1 month
  • Medical Consultation - 1 month
  • MOBS 1 month
  • Hematology/Oncology - 1 month
  • Night Float - 1 month

Benefits

  • 2015-16 stipends: $54,568.59
  • $1,500 educational allowance
  • Time off for approved CME
  • 3 free meals. 7 days a week
  • Free parking
  • Lab coats
  • Resident educational book fund
  • Vacation - 4 weeks

All Medicine residents may utilize the house staff travel and education fund provided by the Department of Medicine which is as follows:

  • PGY-III $1,500 and three educational days*

*Note: In addition to vacation

The Department of Medicine will pay for dues for all Internal Medicine categorical residents to become Associate members of the American College of Physicians (ACP). This is in addition to your educational allowance. We will also purchase one copy of each of the following for each categorical resident:

  • Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP)
  • Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases by John H. Klippel, et.al (for those that rotate on Rheumatology)
  • Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Review
  • Geriatrics at your Fingertips
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support by The Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Pocket Medicine

Available insurance for resident and dependents:

  • Health and Dental
  • Life
  • Occurrence Medical Liability
  • Long Term Disability Insurance

All residents are required to give at least two journal club presentations, and a noon conference.

PGY-IV (Chief Resident) Year

The Department of Medicine utilizes one PGY-IV resident to function as Chief Resident. The Chief functions as a junior attending and medical consultant. They also are responsible for coordinating morning report, board review sessions, SIM sessions, mock codes, and rotation orientations.

Other benefits given to Chief Residents include:

  • $80,000 annual salary
  • Time off for approved CME
  • $2,000 educational allowance
  • Vacation - 4 weeks
  • Free meals
  • Free parking

All Medicine residents may utilize the house staff travel and education fund provided by the Department of Medicine which is as follows:

  • PGY-IV $2,000 and three educational days*

* Note: In addition to vacation

The Department of Medicine will pay for dues for all Internal Medicine categorical residents to become Associate members of the American College of Physicians (ACP). This is in addition to your educational allowance. We will also purchase one copy of each of the following for each categorical resident:

  • Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP)
  • Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases by John H. Klippel, et.al (for those that rotate on Rheumatology)
  • Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Review
  • Geriatrics at your Fingertips
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support by The Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Pocket Medicine

Available insurance for resident and dependents:

  • Health and Dental
  • Life
  • Occurrence Medical Liability
  • Long Term Disability Insurance

Chief Residents are usually selected from graduating third-year residents at Maricopa Medical Center based on their educational and research interests, as well as superior clinical abilities as judged by clinical faculty in the Department of Medicine.

What Happens to Maricopa Residents? 

Approximately two-thirds of our graduates from the Internal Medicine Training Program pursue careers in general medicine either in private practice, multi-specialty group practice, hospitalist or academic medicine. Many of the graduates practice in the Southwest in Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico. The remaining one-third pursues fellowship training at programs across the United States. 

Fellowships

Graduating Class of 2017
  • Cardiology – Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Hepatology/Transplant – Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Nephrology – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care – Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Rheumatology – University of Washington, Seattle WA
Graduating Class of 2016
  • Cardiology – University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
  • Heme/Onc – University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Infectious Diseases – University of California, Irvine, CA
  • Pulmonary Critical Care – University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Graduating Class of 2015
  • Gastroenterology – University of Arizona/Banner Samaritan, Phoenix, AZ
  • Infectious Diseases – Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Infectious Diseases – UCLA-Harbor, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pulmonary /Critical Care – USC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Nephrology – University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Graduating Class of 2014
  • Critical Care – Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Infectious Diseases – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Pulmonary /Critical Care – University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Rheumatology – University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA
Graduating Class of 2013
  • Critical Care – Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Critical Care – University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Geriatrics – Banner Boswell, Phoenix, AZ
  • Gastroenterology – Providence Hospital, Southfield, MI
  • Infectious Disease – University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Nephrology – Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Nephrology – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Nephrology – Kaiser, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care – University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care – Banner University Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
Graduating Class of 2012
  • Nephrology – UCLA-Harbor, Los Angeles, CA
  • Rheumatology – Cedars Sinai, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Geriatrics – Banner Boswell, Phoenix, AZ
  • Geriatrics - Banner Good Samaritan/Hayden VA, Phoenix, AZ

Graduating Class of 2011

  • Hematology/Oncology - University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Nephrology – University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant – UTMB/Methodist, Houston, TX
  • Cardiology – UTMB/Methodist, Houston, TX
  • Cardiology – University of Florida at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
  • Infectious Disease – University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Graduating Class of 2010

  • Nephrology - University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Nephrology - University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Hematology/Oncology - University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Infectious Diseases – Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA
  • Infectious Diseases - University of Florida at Gainesville, Gainesville, FL
Graduating Class of 2009
  • Nephrology - University of Alabama
  • Hematology/Oncology - Jacksonville, FL
  • Infectious Diseases - University of New Mexico
  • Nephrology - University of New Mexico
Graduating Class of 2008
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care - Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA
  • Critical Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Oncology - McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Nephrology - UCLA-Harbor, Los Angeles, CA
  • Nephrology - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Graduating Class of 2007 
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care - Scott & White with Texas A&M , Temple, TX
  • Pulmonary - Mayo Clinic Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Rheumatology - Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Nephrology - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care - University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Scholarly Activities 

During the three-year training program, most residents participate in clinical research projects resulting in abstract presentations and journal publications. From 2010-2014, residents presented more than 71 abstracts at scientific meetings. Also, residents have written more than 5 peer review articles. Finally, the Department of Medicine participates in 20 IRB research protocols at MMC.

Conferences

Conferences are an integral part of the training program and are given by department faculty, residents, and nationally renowned speakers. Topics that review information essential for clinical competence in internal medicine are covered over a three-year period. A list of conferences and their scheduled frequency is listed below:
  • Medical Morning Report - Weekly
  • Medical Noon Conference - Daily
  • Ambulatory Clinic Lecture Series - Weekly
  • Tumor Board - Twice monthly
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference - Monthly
  • Medical Journal Club - Twice Monthly
  • Ambulatory Care Journal Club - Monthly
  • Radiology Conference - Monthly
  • Medical Attending/House Staff Conference - Monthly
  • Board Review - Weekly (in the spring)

Call Schedule

  • Inpatient Medical Wards - Every 5th night call/average one day off in 7
  • Critical Care - Shift based schedule/average one day off in 5

Application Process

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) - The Internal Medicine training program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Medical students should apply through the NRMP for the categorical and preliminary Internal Medicine Residency positions at Maricopa Medical Center.

Checklist of Important Dates
  • Submit applications through ERAS from September 1, 2015 through November 30, 2015.
  • All application materials MUST BE submitted through ERAS, which is available through Medical School Dean's Offices or the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and must include USMLE scores from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME).
  • Selected applicants will be offered interviews from October 27, 2015 through January 29, 2016.
ERAS - All applications for our residency programs must be sent through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We will not be accepting any paper applications. Applications will not be reviewed until we receive USMLE transcripts through ERAS. We require a first attempt pass on all steps of the USMLE.
 
MIHS will accept J-1 visas for qualified residents accepted into an MIHS program, but MIHS does not sponsor residents on J-1 visas. MIHS does not accept or sponsor any other visas for its GME program residents. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
 
If you have any further questions, please contact our Residency Coordinator, Karen Boettcher, at (602) 344-1218 or via e-mail at Karen_Boettcher@dmgaz.org.

General Information - Candidates for the Internal Medicine Residency are judged on the basis of their academic background, three letters of recommendation and personal interviews.
 
Questions regarding our Internal Medicine Residency Program may be directed to Shannon Skinner, MD, Program Director or Karen Boettcher, Residency Coordinator at the following address: 

Department of Internal Medicine 
Maricopa Medical Center 
2601 East Roosevelt Street, #OD10 
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (602) 344-1218 
Fax: (602) 344-1488 

Clerkships

A number of positions are available to third year medical students for general medicine wards and fourth year medical students for electives in Internal Medicine including general medicine wards, Cardiology, medical ICU and all medical subspecialties and ambulatory rotations. Due to a large competitive demand, medical students are only permitted to do two four-week rotations during an academic year at Maricopa Medical Center.

Clerkship information may be obtained by clicking here or by contacting: 

Ginger Reeves, Clerkship Coordinator 
Maricopa Medical Center 
Department of Internal Medicine 
2601 East Roosevelt Street, #OD10 
Phoenix, AZ 85008 
Phone: (602) 344-5768 
Fax: (602) 344-1488

Faculty

  • David B. Wisinger, MD, FACP Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine, MIHS Executive Chair and Profess of Medicine University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix Chief, General Internal Medicine Director, Long Term Care and Geriatrics
  • Shannon Skinner, MD, FACP, FAAP  Director, Residency Program
Cardiology
  • Mehrdad Saririan, MD, Chief of Cardiology 
  • Christian Breburda, MD
  • Raina Roy, MD
  • Azar Mehdizadeh, MD
Critical Care
  • Pedro Quiroga, MD, Director of MICU, Chief of Pulmonary /Critical Care
  • Andres Borja-Alvarez, MD
  • Ahmad Chebbo, MD
  • Richard Carlson, MD, Ph.D.
  • Syed Zaidi, MD
Dermatology 
  • Mansi Sarihan MD, Chief
Endocrinology 
  • Marina Rudin, MD, Chief
Gastroenterology
  • Keng-Yu Chuang, MD, Chief
  • Abdul Nadir MD, Chief
  • Jyotsna Ravi, MD
  • Keng-Yu Chuang, MD
  • Sharad Bellapravalu, MD
Geriatrics
  • Anil Nanda, MD, Director of DMG Geriatrics Teaching Rotation 
Hematology/Oncology
  • Divyesh Mehta, MD, Chief 
  • Surabhi Amar, MD
  • Waqas Arslan, MD
HIV Related Services
  • Andy Myers, MD, Associate Program Director

Infectious Diseases

  • Christelle Kassis, MD, Chief
Internal Medicine
  • Shannon Skinner, MD, Residency Program Director
  • David Wisinger, MD, Chief, General Internal Medicine; Chairman
  • William Dachman, MD, Associate Program Director; Vice Chairman
  • Shaghayegh Abdollahi, MD, Associate Program Director
  • Mohanad Al-Qaisi, MD
  • Sunitha Bandlamuri, MD
  • Waddah Hajja, MD
  • Syma Hamidi, MD  
  • Doug Nelson, MD
  • Jeffrey Parker, MD
  • Suhair Stipho-Majeed, MD
  • Bruce Takahashi, DO
  • Roselyne Vutien, MD
  • Tina Younger, MD, Clerkship Director
  • Sandra Yuh, MD 
  • Llaura Beach, MD
  • Michelle Dwulit, MD
  • Carlo Guerrero, MD
  • Tequa Salehi-Rad, DO
  • Nedall Samad, MD
  • Lakshmi Murthy, MD
Internal Medicine / Pediatrics
  • Shaghayegh Abdollahi, MD
  • Shannon Skinner, MD
  • Roselyne Vutien, MD
  • Tina Younger, MD
Nephrology
  • Jan Mangalat, MD, Chief 
  • Maher Mousa, MD
Neurology
  • Marc Merroto, MD, Chief
  • Jacek Sobczak, MD
Pulmonary
  • Pedro Quiroga, MD, Chief
  • Andres Borja-Alvarez, MD
  • Syed Zaidi, MD
  • Ahmad Chebbo, MD
Rheumatology
  • Sheetal Chhaya, DO, Chief
  • Konstantinos Parperis, MD

 

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