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Canyon Vista Medical Center - Family Medicine Residency

At Canyon Vista Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program, we are committed to the well-being of our patients and superior training of young physicians. Our program provides flexible and personalized training that many young physicians crave. Our Resident’s Clinic provides a broad range of family health care that is friendly, timely, and cost effective while maintaining an environment that is educational and fun.

We are located in Sierra Vista, Arizona, a city with a population of 50,000 and a drawing area of over 100,000. With an altitude of 4,500-5,000 feet, Sierra Vista has an ideal year around climate. There is ample open space for hiking, mountain bike and cycling. Sierra Vista boasts over 120 miles of bike paths and is an excellent area for families and singles alike.
I hope you will take an opportunity to see our new hospital and visit our training program and our community.

Our Mission

The mission of this program is to provide a broad exposure to a comprehensive array of Family Medicine clinical presentations with a well-rounded training and education curriculum. The program is designed to train fully competent physicians, who are capable of providing high quality patient care which will prepare graduates for board certification, unsupervised practice, postgraduate work and employment in rural and metropolitan areas.

Program Aims

  1. Train future physicians that will serve Cochise County, the State of Arizona, and the United States as a whole.
  2. Provide a didactic and clinical environment that supports the educational and wellness needs of diverse trainees in the attainment of such competencies that they may serve their communities not only as physicians, but as good citizens as well.
  3. Provide the resources needed for the career development of our trainees.
  4. Foster a culture of quality, continuous improvement, and safety.
  5. Teach patient-centered communication through shared decision-making and effective interactions with patients, families, other caregivers and other professionals.
  6. Advocate for the individual patent, for patient populations and for the health improvement of entire communities that we serve.
  7. Recognize the need to be continually learning and to model this for others through scholarly activities. To understand the ethical principles that are common place.

Program Director

Marc Kaplan, AOA is an icon in the community of Sierra Vista, serving the population of the city and surrounding areas for more than 30 years. He is also the Program Director for the Family Medicine residency program, ensuring future primary care physician resident obtain the quality education.

Scope of Training

Family Medicine Residents will undergo training and provide patient care in both broad hospital training and continuity of care for patients of all age group, and residents are expected to adapt their skills to fit the needs of the community. Residents are guided by the ACGME six core competencies; Medical Knowledge, Patient Care and Procedural Skills, Interpersonal & communication Skills, Professionalism, Patient Based Learning & Improvement and System Based Practice.

Residents are presented with comprehensive cognitive and procedural clinical education in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, and also receive training and performance evaluation in the required Family Medicine procedures. They also train to deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive medical care services. A Family Medicine specialist will need to provide routine care, preventative care, immunizations, health screening, and counseling.

Training for Family Practice Resident at Canyon Vista Medical Center includes the following specializations over 36 months (3-years)

Core Training:

  • Continuity Clinic
  • Hospital Medicine/Subspecialty Medicine
  • Pediatrics (inpatient & outpatient)
  • OB/GYN & Women’s Health
  • Community Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Surgical
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Electives


Rotation Block Schedule

PGY 1# of MonthsPGY 2# of MonthsPGY 3# of Months
Internal Medicine Inpatient2Internal Medicine Inpatient2Internal Medicine Inpatient1
Intensive Care/Critical Care1Emergency Medicine1Pediatric Outpatient1
Surgery Subspecialty1Orthopedics1Emergency Medicine1
Obstetrics Gynecology1Pediatric Outpatient1Surgery Subspecialty1
Cardiology1Obstetrics Gynecology1Community Health1
Emergency Medicine1Emergency Pediatrics1Obstetrics Gynecology1
Pediatric Outpatient1Dermatology1Gastroenterology1
Continuity Clinic1Behavioral Health1Sports Medicine1
Radiology1General Surgery1Hospice1
Anesthesiology/ Vacation1Hematology/ Oncology1Urgent Care1
Urology1Opthalmology/ Vacation1Neonatal Nursery/ Vacation1
Elective/ Vacation1Elective/ Vacation1Elective/ Vacation1
Inpatient Pediatric1

Core Didactics

  • Lunch Lectures
  • Tumor Boards
  • GI Grand Rounds
  • Morbidity and Mortality
  • Simulation Training
  • Journal Club

Benefits & Resources

Salary & Benefits

Program2021-2022 SalaryPTO/Wellness Days
Chief $65,35615/5

Education Fund/Allowance

Book allowance
Research allowance
Meals provided
Lab coats Paid by Life Point
Board preparation (if applicable)
Travel allowance (if applicable)

Uniform Allowance


Insurance Offered

Health InsuranceEmployee Assistance Program
Dental InsuranceDisability Insurance
Vision InsuranceProfessional Liability Insurance

Paid Dues & Fees

AAFP membership dues
Arizona Board Permits
ACLS/BLS Recertification

Educational Resources

24-hour library access with professional librarian assistance
Well-being Index
MWU State-of-the-Art Simulation Center
AMA GME competency based online modules
CANVAS distance education
Rosh Review
Behavioral Health

Participating Sites:

Tucson Medical Center


Ombudsperson Resource 

Provides a neutral, independent, safe, and confidential resource for residents and fellows to report evidence of program non-compliance within the clinical learning.

It is important that residents and fellows demonstrate that they have utilized all available internal (program/hospital) options, resources, and mechanisms to assist in resolving any training-related concerns, before filing a complaint, unless there is a valid reason for not doing so.

Internal Resources

  • Chief Resident
  • Program Director/Program Coordinator
  • Director Medical Staff/Graduate Medical Education
  • Director Medical Education/Assistant DIO
  • Resident and Fellow Forum

The Service    

  • A private email mechanism to report concerns
  • Advocates for a fair process of review
  • Opens the lines of communication between residents, fellows, and involved parties, and escalate when appropriate
  • Requests internal inquiries to further explore reported concerns and develop a resolution

What to Expect

  • A primary goal of the Ombudsperson is to maintain confidentiality and protect the identity of all reporting party (s). However, based on the content of information obtained, it may be necessary to disclose certain aspects of the complaint to advocate for a fair process or to identify available resources for a resolution. The reporting party (s) will be notified if identifying information will be shared.
  • Original materials provided by the reporting party (s) will not be shared unless permission is granted.
  • The Ombudsperson will work with Midwestern University Sponsoring Institution – Designated Institutional Official to request an internal inquiry to further explore the concerns raised.
  • Residents can expect confirmation of receipt of their email within 2-business days.
  • Programs are required to collaboratively create an action plan to address any training-related concerns and any issues of non-compliance.
  • The program director will be required to submit an action plan with a resolution within a given timeline. Implementation of all proposed resolutions will be monitored.
  • The resident and/or fellow will be notified of outcomes from program leadership discussion and plans for resolution. 

What is not provided 

  • Any type of professional counseling or therapeutic services
  • Legal advice or involvement in legal issues
  • Involvement in resident/fellow’s performance outcomes, specifically, semi-annual evaluations, post-rotation evaluation, performance improvement plans or remediation plans
  • Judgments in ongoing disputes with residents, fellows, faculty and or hospital administration 

How to submit email communication

  • Resident/Fellow (s) name, program name and contact information of the reporting party (s)
    Anonymous emails are accepted, but the ability to respond and create dialogue is essential in this process. Residents/fellows who submit an anonymous email may still be contacted for additional information.
  • Incomplete or insufficient information may result in a delay of action or inability to adequately establish resolution of the concern. Submit a detailed summary of the issue(s).
  • Describe the steps already taken towards a resolution and list internal resources used.
    Submissions will be returned if it does not contain this information, or if the resident has not utilized all available internal(program/hospital) options, resources, and mechanisms to assist in resolving the concern.  In the case that there is a valid reason for not utilizing internal resources, the rationale must be explained in detail.
  • Submit email to:

Kate Jansen, PhD, Consultant Behavioral Health, Midwestern University, GME Consortium

Note: Resident/Fellows may seek to use the current Midwestern University GME Consortium Grievance Policy process based on policy guidelines and specific concerns.

Report your concerns


Future Residents

CVMC Family Medicine offers two first-year resident positions each year.

Applicants must meet one of the ACGME requirements listed below.

  1. Must be a graduate from an Osteopathic medical school in the United States accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)
  2. Must be a graduate from a medical school in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  3. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada (foreign medical graduate FMG) must possess a current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), or, have a full unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in which they are training.
  4. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States, who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

The academic year begins July 1st.

You must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

  1. Visit the ERAS website.
    1. ERAS application
    2. Personal statement
    3. Three letters of recommendation
    4. MSPE
    5. Medical school transcripts
    6. Curriculum Vitae
    7. Comlex I, Comlex II and PE scores
    8. USMLE 1, USMLE 2
    9. Photograph
  2. Appointments are made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). You must register through the NRMP website in addition to applying through ERAS.
  3. Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are conducted from mid-December to mid-January each year.

If your Comlex or USMLE scores as listed above are not available at the time of ranking, you will not be eligible to be ranked with the NRMP.

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