The General Surgery Residency Program is based at Maricopa Medical Center (MMC), a 449-bed acute care hospital located near the heart of downtown Phoenix. Maricopa Medical Center is a tertiary referral center for ambulatory care and long-term care within Maricopa County and the state of Arizona. MIHS’s primary mission is to provide exceptional care, without exception, every patient, every time. The hospital sees a large case load in Level I Trauma, and the 45-bed Burn Center serves as the statewide Burn Center and regional burn center to parts of Utah and New Mexico. In addition to the main hospital, there are 13 Family Health Centers.
In June 2011, MIHS became affiliated with University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. This agreement lays the groundwork for a partnership between the UA medical school and MIHS that covers medical training, which includes the graduate medical education programs, as the school expands.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has granted continuous approval to the five-year program since 1954. General Surgery and the surgical subspecialties use 106 beds at Maricopa Medical Center.
As residents advance through the program, they assume increasing responsibility for the care of their patients.
PGY-I residents are responsible for the initial work-up and basic care of all new patients on his/her service, under the supervision of the chief resident and attending/teaching surgeon. PGY-I residents perform operations such as amputations, appendectomies, herniorrhaphies, hemorrhoidectomies and other minor procedures. The average PGYI resident will perform 100 cases.
Integrations and Affiliations
The General Surgery Residency Program at MIHS is affiliated with the Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Portland Providence Hospital, Portland, Oregon, the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, and Scottsdale Healthcare. The affiliations provide our surgery residents with a diverse patient population and a wide variety of preoperative, operative and postoperative experiences.
Fourth year residents rotate on the Advanced Laparoscopic Services for three months. This experience provides extensive exposure to a variety of areas, including Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hepatobiliary, Foregut and Bariatric Surgery. The program is internationally recognized and has a strong affiliation with SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons). Residents rotate through these hospitals, providing unparalleled exposure to advanced laparoscopy that is truly cutting edge and unequaled anywhere in the western United States. There is ample opportunity to become involved in research during this rotation with weekly meetings devoted to current research topics. Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center is part of Legacy Health System, which provides an integrated network of healthcare services at sites throughout the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Legacy Good Samaritan provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services with special emphasis on its centers of excellence. Legacy Good Samaritan is licensed for 539 beds, but currently staffs around 275 beds. The patient population served by Legacy Good Samaritan is varied across socio-economic and ethnic boundaries. Providence Portland Medical Center is part of Providence Health System in Oregon, a not-for-profit network of hospitals. Providence Portland Medical Center is a full service hospital with 483 beds, and is recognized for excellence in patient care and research in such areas as cancer, heart, orthopedics, women’s health, rehabilitation services and behavioral health. The patient population served by Providence Portland is varied across socio-economic and ethnic boundaries.
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Mayo Clinic Hospital was designed to provide state-of-the-art inpatient medical care with maximum efficiency in a patient-and-visitor-friendly environment. Mayo Clinic Hospital has 208 licensed beds, and provides inpatient care to support the 65 medical and surgical specialties and programs of Mayo Clinic. The Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale provides solid organ transplantation for liver, kidneys and pancreas. Established in 1999 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in northeast Phoenix, the program has quickly become recognized for its exceptional quality and multiple firsts in the state of Arizona. The key to the success of the program is collaboration with Mayo specialists at all three Mayo Clinic sites – Rochester, MN, Jacksonville, FL, and Scottsdale as well as the focus on Mayo’s primary value – the needs of the patient come first. The Transplant Center has performed a number of firsts in Arizona. The first laparoscopic procedure for a living kidney transplant was completed in 1999 and continues to be the primary way in which living donor kidney transplants are done. The first living donor liver transplant in Arizona was also done at Mayo Clinic in April 2001 when a brother donated a portion of his liver to his brother. Then in January 2003, the Transplant Center performed the state’s first domino liver transplant, a creative way to optimize the limited supply of donor organs. Fourth year residents rotate on the Transplant service for two months and offers outstanding resident exposure to renal, pancreas, and hepatic transplantation, as well was advanced hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery.
Scottsdale Healthcare, a nonprofit organization, has three campuses, two hospitals, outpatient centers, home health services and a wide range of community health education and outreach programs.
Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn is a full-service acute-care hospital with 337 inpatient beds. The hospital's Level I trauma center is consistently one of the busiest in the state and underwent a major expansion in 2004. In addition to a full range of services, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn offers: Level I Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center, Cardiology Services, Oncology Services, Total Joint Replacement Center, Greenbaum Surgery Center, Wound Management Clinic, Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery, Family Medicine Residency Program, and Military Trauma Training Programs
Scottsdale Healthcare Shea has 405 inpatient beds and is known for its oncology, bariatrics, cardiology, orthopedics and women's and children's services. In addition to a full-range of services, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea specializes in the following areas: 24-hour Level II Trauma center, Cardiology services, Oncology services, Pediatric services, Women's Center, Level 2 EQ enhanced neonatal intensive care unit, Surgical Weight Reduction Program, Piper Surgery Center and the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare.
The Scottsdale Vascular Rotation at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea is designed to provide a broad-based vascular surgery experience for our fourth-year surgical residents. Residents will have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of cases from relatively simple routine outpatient procedures to complicated, technically demanding operations, including endovascular experience, all of which are supervised by outstanding vascular surgeons. This rotation is based at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea.
Fourth year residents also do an outside Thoracic Surgery rotations with the surgeons who provide cardiothoracic trauma coverage for Maricopa Medical Center. Rotating at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and St. Luke's Medical Center, both in Phoenix, residents are exposed to both the open and minimally invasive side to cardiothoracic surgery. Ranging from minimally invasive lung resections to open heart operations, the Thoracic Surgery rotation is an operative-heavy rotation with great experience for our residents.
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center is a Level One trauma hospital located in downtown Phoenix, known for providing, amount other areas, excellent emergency services and advanced heart and cardiovascular care. The Cavanagh Heart Center is a leader for making healthy hearts in Phoenix and offers a range of services from basic cardiac care to technologically advanced treatments such as the left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, for heart patients who have run out of basic treatment options. St. Luke's Medical Center has been providing medical care to the Phoenix community for more than 100 years. It is a 200-bed tertiary-care medical center, offering a full range of medical services to the surrounding community.
Robotic Rotation - Arrowhead Hospital & Banner Thunderbird Hospital (pending academic year 2015-2016)
As healthcare technology continues to grow and evolve, so must a general surgery residency to stay up-to-date; this is where the planned robotic rotation comes in. Under the guise of three talented laparoscopic/robotic surgeons, our residents will get exposure to the very latest robotic techniques being implemented. The residents will rotate at both Arrowhead Hospital and Banner Thunderbird Hospital, both located in Glendale, Arizona, a northwest suburb of Phoenix.
Arrowhead Hospital has been opened since 1998, with 217 inpatient beds, where it has received national accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and The Joint Commission (TJC), and made the 2011 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital list. Arrowhead hospital specializes in cardiovascular, orthopedic, surgical (including minimally invasive & robotic surgery), wound care, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and obstetrical care, including a neonatal ICU.
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center opened its doors in 1983 and is currently ranked one of the top hospitals in the Phoenix metropolitan area by US News & World Report and is a recent recipient of a prestigious "Best of the West" award from Westmarc in recognition of the hospital's contributions to the region. There are 561 licensed beds in the hospital, offering a wide range of medical services to the community.
The General Surgery Training Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Candidates are judged based on academic background, letters of recommendation and interviews. The Department strictly follows EEOC guidelines. The Chairman, Program Director and Associate Program Director review all applications.
- We accept a total of 15 interns (4 categorical, 9 preliminary interns and 2 podiatry interns) and 2 PGY-II preliminaries. Designated preliminary candidates must submit proof of match to PGY-II Program.
- All positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
- Our NRMP numbers are 1898440C0 (Categorical) and 1898440P2 (Preliminary).
- No pre-match positions available.
Applications are accepted from September 15th to November 30th. General Surgery is participating electronically via the ERAS program.
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.”
Required material for a complete application:
- Submit application through ERAS
- Curriculum Vitae
- Your Dean’s Letter.
- Three letters of recommendation: one from the Chairman of Surgery and two from surgeons who can evaluate your performance during a general surgery clerkship (one letter must be from a USA physician).
- Copy of a transcript from your medical school.
- USMLE scores steps 1 and 2 (In general, the minimum score requirements are 220). MUST pass on first attempt.
- Maximum of four years out of medical school.
- Foreign Medical School/Graduates must submit a current ECFMG and CSA certificate. You will find the most current ECFMG requirements at the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates website.
Selected applicants are invited to interview on one of several formal interview days. The agenda includes a briefing by the Chairman and Program Director, a tour of the hospital, interviews with the Program Director, Attending Physicians and Residents. We also sponsor an informal gathering with the residents the night before and a formal lunch with the Attending Physicians, Residents and staff the day of the interview.
Vacations are taken in seven-day blocks, covering five weekdays including either the weekend before or the weekend after.
Paid-time off (PTO) includes vacations, presentations and meeting/course attendance. PGY-I and PGY-II have 21 calendar days off, while PGY-III, PGY-IV and PGY-V have 28 calendar days off. This time off includes weekends.
Other benefits available: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Life Insurance, Occurence Medical Liability, Long-term Disability
Salaries for 2014-2015
Each year at the Annual Graduation Dinner, members of the Department of Surgery are recognized for their contributions to the residency and department. Please see a list of past award recipients here.
Research & Clinical Trials
There is plenty of opportunity within the department of surgery for residents to participate in translational and clinical research. There is a dedicated research curriculum, and all research within the Department of Surgery is supervised by the Director of Academic Surgical Research, Melissa Pressman, PhD.
Click here to find lists of recent presentations and publications by our current and past residents, and our faculty.