Surgery Residency Training Program

Department of Surgery
Residency Program
Telephone: (602) 344-5445

Information on:

A Letter from the Chairman
Program Overview
Meet the Residency Leadership
Meet the Residents
The Teaching Plan
Conferences/Didactic Learning
Curriculum by:
PGY I (1st Year Res)
PGY II (2nd Year Res)
PGY III (3rd Year Res)
PGY IV (4th Year Res)
Chief Surgical Resident
Integrations & Affiliations
Application Process
Current Available Positions
Resident Contracts & Application Policies

A Letter from the Chairman

One of the most important decisions you will make early in your surgical career is deciding which postgraduate training program best fits your needs. At Maricopa Medical Center, you will find an outstanding surgical residency program with rigorous, hands-on training, a challenging didactic teaching curriculum and a diverse clinical experience.

The General Surgery Residency Program provides an incredible opportunity for surgical trainees. As a tertiary care and referral facility, as well as a level I burn and trauma center, all our surgical residents are routinely exposed to a variety of cases most residents do not experience until their senior or chief years. Residents are given clinical and surgical responsibilities from day one. Our close relationship with our integrated hospitals at Scottsdale Healthcare and our affiliated hospitals at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Legacy Emanuel and Providence in Portland, Oregon provides our residents with a diverse patient population and a wide variety of preoperative, operative and postoperative experiences, both in the private and public sector. During a resident’s off-hours, terrific weather and a healthy outdoor lifestyle can be enjoyed year-round. I invite you to apply to our program and we look forward to hearing from you.

Daniel M. Caruso, MD, FACS
Chairman, Department of Surgery

Surgery Residency Program Overview

The General Surgery Residency Program is based at Maricopa Medical Center, a 541-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. Maricopa Medical Center is committed to offering comprehensive and safe care to all of those who live in Maricopa County, including the underserved and medically needy. The hospital sees a large case load in level I trauma; and the 45-bed burn center serves as the statewide burn center. In addition to the main hospital, there are 11 Family Healthcare Centers. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has granted continuous approval to the five-year program since 1954. General Surgery and the surgical specialties use 106 beds at Maricopa Medical Center.

Meet the Residency Leadership

Daniel Caruso, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Director, Arizona Burn & Trauma Center
Director, Respiratory Care Services
Chairman, Department of Surgery

Elizabeth M. Nesset, MD.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Meet the Residents
Residents 2010-2011

The Teaching Plan

The General Surgery Residency Program at Maricopa Medical Center is currently approved for 31 residents. There are four categorical residents at each of the PGY levels. Additional preliminary residents participate at the PGYI and PGYII levels. All surgery residents rotate on the various surgical specialties including: general surgery, acute care surgery, advanced laparoscopy, vascular surgery, surgical intensive care, breast, thoracic, otolaryngology, pediatric surgery, burn, neurosurgery, urology, plastic surgery, transplant, anesthesia and research.

Conferences/Didactic Learning

The Department holds several educational conferences; five of which are mandatory for all residents in the General Surgery Residency Program. These conferences include a weekly Morbidity and Mortality Conference, a weekly Surgical Grand Rounds, a monthly Journal Club, a weekly Basic Science Review and a weekly Junior/Senior Clinical Review Conference.

Other conferences depending on rotation and PGY Level include:

  • Trauma Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Burn Conference
  • Tumor Board
  • Chief Teaching Conference
  • Case Review at Scottsdale Healthcare
  • Trauma/SICU Lecture

Residents are invited to participate in a variety of surgery and GME committees. These committees provide our residents with an opportunity to openly express their views and make recommendations concerning the teaching program.

Curriculum by Post-Graduate Years

As residents advance through the program, they assume increasing responsibility for the care of their patients.

The PGYI resident is 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. The PGYI resident performs operations such as: amputations, appendectomies, herniorrhaphies, hemorrhoidectomies and other minor procedures. The average PGYI resident will perform 100 cases.

The PGYII resident rotates on services designed to prepare for subsequent advanced education in general surgery and/or any of the specialty surgeries. The PGYII resident rotates on breast, SICU, acute care surgery and two general surgery services.

The PGYIII resident functions as the senior resident on two of four rotations. He/she rounds with the junior residents; and performs major operations with an attending/teaching surgeon who will supervise and/or assist. The PGYIII resident rotates on burn, pediatric surgery, general surgery and vascular surgery.

The PGYIV resident serves as a chief during outside rotations; and is continually challenged with more complex surgical cases. The PGYIV resident assumes increasing responsibility for the management of both inpatients and outpatients. In addition to general surgery rotations, the PGYIV resident rotates on trauma, advanced laparoscopy and transplant surgery services. These services expose the resident to both public and private practice settings. Three of the four rotations are off-campus.

Chief Surgical Resident

The chief surgical resident is responsible for the complete management and supervision of his/her service. The chief resident directs patient treatment and oversees the education of all residents and medical students on the service, under the guidance of the attending/teaching surgeons. A PGYV resident conducts daily rounds on all patients; and performs and/or assigns operations to other members of the house staff under his/her supervision. The average PGYV resident will perform 250 cases during the chief resident year; and perform a total of 1,100 major cases throughout their five years. Rotation by Post-Graduate Year Schedule.

Salary and Benefits

PGYIs and PGYIIs receive three weeks paid vacation. PGYIIIs, IVs and Vs receive four weeks paid vacation. Salaries for the 2010-2011 academic year are:

PGYI: $46,552.47
PGY II: $48,186.26
PGY III: $50,414.16
PGY IV: $53,087.64
PGY V: $54,948.04

Integrations & Affiliations

The General Surgery Residency Program at Maricopa Medical Center is integrated with Scottsdale Healthcare. Scottsdale Healthcare includes three campuses: Osborn, Shea and Thompson Peak, as well as an outpatient surgery center. In addition, our program is affiliated with Legacy Emanuel and Providence Hospitals in Portland, Oregon and the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. The integrations and affiliations provide our surgery residents with a diverse patient population and a wide variety of preoperative, operative and postoperative experiences.

Legacy Emmanuel Hospital - Portland, Oregon

Fourth year residents rotate on the Advanced Laparoscopic Service with Dr. Lee Swanstrom, Dr. Emma Patterson and Dr. Paul Hansen for three months. This experience provides extensive exposure to minimally invasive surgery and advanced laparoscopic procedures. Hepatobiliary, gastroesophageal and surgical management of morbid obesity are just a few areas to which residents will be exposed. The program is internationally recognized and has a strong affiliation with SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons). Residents rotate through Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Good Samaritan and Portland Providence Hospitals; while enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. There is ample opportunity to become involved in research during this rotation, with weekly meetings devoted to current research topics.

Mayo Clinic Hospital

The Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale provides outstanding resident exposure to renal, hepatic and pancreatic transplantation, as well as exposure to advanced hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. Fourth year residents rotate on the transplant service for three months. Attending/teaching surgeons include Dr. David Mulligan, Dr. Adyr Moss and Dr. Kunam Reddy.

Scottsdale Healthcare

The Scottsdale Healthcare (SHC) system is integrated with the MIHS General Surgery Residency Program.   SHC is a nonprofit organization consisting of three hospitals (Shea, Osborn & Thompson Peak), an outpatient surgery center, and several outpatient centers.  Residents rotate at Shea and Osborn, and care for general surgery patients in an outstanding community hospital system.  The focus for these rotations is bread and butter general surgery; but there is excellent exposure to thoracic, vascular, endocrine, and oncologic surgery.

Application Process for Academic Year 2010-2011

The General Surgery Residency Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Candidates are judged on the basis of academic background, letters of recommendation and interviews. The Department of Surgery strictly follows EEOC guidelines. The Chairman and Program Director review all applications.

  • We accept a total of thirteen PGYI residents (4 categorical, 3 designated and 6 undesignated preliminary residents) and 2 PGYII undesignated preliminary residents. Designated preliminary candidates must submit proof of match to PGYII advanced program.
  • All positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
  • Our NRMP Number is 189819
  • No pre-match positions available

Applications are accepted from September 1st to November 15th. General Surgery is participating electronically via the ERAS program. Please note: Maricopa Medical Center does NOT sponsor visas of any kind (i.e. J1, J2, H1, H2, H3 or F1).

Required material for a complete application:

  • Submit application through ERAS
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Dean's Letter.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from the Chairman of Surgery or Program Director and two from surgeons who can evaluate your performance during a general surgery clerkship.
  • Copy of a transcript from your medical school.
  • USMLE scores steps 1 and 2
  • Maximum of 4 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 ( ).
  • MIHS does accept IMGs, however we do NOT sponsor visas of any kind.

Selected applicants are invited to interview on one of several formal interview days: November 3, November 10, November 17, December 1, December 8, December 15 and January 5 only. The agenda includes a briefing by the Chairman, a tour of the hospital, interviews with the Program Director, attending physicians and residents. We also sponsor an informal Welcome Reception with the residents the evening before; and an informal lunch with the attending physicians, residents and staff the day of interview.

Current Available Positions

No openings at this time

Lila Mirza
Residency Program Manager
Office: (602) 344-5445
Fax: (602) 344-5048