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Mountain Vista Medical Center Family Medicine Residency

The Mountain Vista Family Medicine Residency is a suburban, community hospital-based program, and our mission is to train learners from diverse backgrounds into world class physicians who will provide evidence-based, high-quality care, who will be passionate about caring for patients and partnering with them on their health, and who will be lifelong learners. We hold firm to the idea that each patient is made up of mind, body, and spirit, and the three are interrelated to compose a person’s health.

While our program focuses on preparing for life in an outpatient setting, there are plenty of opportunities to train in the inpatient realm. We provide a supportive learning environment, and faculty who are genuinely interested in helping you grow in your personal and professional life.

Graduates of the Mountain Vista FM program typically practice in an urban/suburban environment and boast a first time 100% pass rate on their Family Medicine Boards since the inception of the program. We are a former AOA program with ACGME initial accreditation pursuing continuing accreditation and osteopathic recognition.

Our Mission

The Mountain Vista Family Medicine Residency Program strives to foster an educational environment conducive to training learners from diverse backgrounds and develop them into independent and excellent family physicians highly skilled in providing comprehensive and patient-centered care. Our residents are trained specifically to meet the needs of the community in the east valley of the Phoenix metro area.

Program Aims

  • Provide Excellent Family Medicine Teaching Leading to Graduates Who are World Class Physicians
  • Integrate Technology and Evidence-Based Medicine into All Aspects of the Curriculum
  • Provide High-Quality, Compassionate Patient Care for Our Local Population
  • Encourage and Model an Environment of Active Inquiry to Produce Physicians Who Can Adapt to an Ever-Changing Medical Landscape
  • Ensure That Core Competencies Are Cornerstones of Teaching Strategies

Program Director

Allison Kaplan, M.D.

Program Director’s Welcome

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Mountain Vista Family Medicine Residency Program! I believe these are exciting times to be a physician. Medicine is constantly changing and now, more than ever, the world needs excellent family medicine physicians. Should you end up training with us here in sunny Mesa, Arizona, you will find caring and brilliant faculty who will mentor you, strong residents who will support and encourage you, and a supportive institution that really values you. We work in a beautiful and happy environment with friendly people and great views of the Phoenix Valley. As the residency program director, my goal is for your education to be excellent in every facet. I strive to provide a learning environment in which you can reach your maximum potential as a family physician. You will be stretched, but together we will grow both professionally and personally.



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 groups, and residents are expected to adapt their skills to fit the needs of the community. Training is provided for common procedures in the outpatient setting including joint injections, vaginal deliveries, cryotherapy, osteopathic manipulation, biopsies, IUD insertion and removal, suturing, and toenail removal. Residents will learn to interpret EKGs, spirometry, and laboratory studies. Additionally, they will train to provide acute, chronic, and preventative medical care encompassing the broad scope of Family Medicine.

Resident training is guided by the ACGME six core competencies: Medical Knowledge, Patient Care and Procedural Skills, Interpersonal & communication Skills, Professionalism, Patient Based Learning & Improvement, and Systems Based Practice.

Training at Mountain Vista Medical Center includes the following specializations over 36 months:


  • Continuity Clinic
  • Hospital Medicine/Subspecialty Medicine
  • Pediatrics (inpatient & outpatient)
  • Geriatrics
  • OB/GYN & Women’s Health
  • Community Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Dermatology
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Electives (Heme/Onc, Wound Care, Podiatry, Nephrology, Hospice, Urology, and more)


We follow the standard ACGME curriculum for family medicine residency programs. Furthermore, we are known for our strong didactics which occur every Thursday afternoon and include hands-on workshops, case conferences, and board review. We incorporate quarterly osteopathic training provided by Midwestern University faculty. Residents also participate in monthly tumor board and grand rounds.

Didactic Curriculum:

  • Board review
  • Core Family Medicine Topic Review
  • Procedure workshops
  • Journal Club
  • OMT
  • Obstetrics
  • Women’s health
  • Pediatrics
  • Practice Management
  • Mental Health
  • Wilderness/Sports Medicine
  • Grand Rounds
  • Tumor Boards
  • Morbidity and Mortality
  • AAFP review
  • Clinical Cases


The majority of the rotational experiences are provided at Mountain Vista Medical Center, or ambulatory clinics located nearby. The majority of the pediatric experiences are provided through Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Ambulatory Continuity Clinic

Resident trainees will be scheduled in the ambulatory continuity clinic for a half-day as a PGY-1, two half days as a PGY-2, and two full days as a PGY-3. Trainees will each develop their own panel of patients who they will follow throughout the three years of residency. The residency continuity clinic is conveniently located immediately adjacent to Mountain Vista Medical Center.

Rotation Block Schedule

Block 1Anesthesia/RadiologyInternal Medicine Block NightsElective
Block 2Internal Medicine Block NightsElectiveElective
Block 3CardiologyEmergency MedicineENT/FM
Block 4Emergency MedicineFamily Medicine/OutpatientFamily Medicine/Outpatient
Block 5Family Medicine OutpatientFamily Medicine/OutpatientFamily Medicine Inpatient
Block 6Family Medicine OutpatientFamily Medicine InpatientFamily Medicine Inpatient
Block 7Family Medicine InpatientFamily Medicine Inpatient Family Medicine Inpatient
Block 8Family Medicine InpatientNeurologyGeriatrics/Geriatric Psychiatry
Block 9General SurgeryObstetricsGynecology
Block 10Intensive Care UnitPediatric NewbornHealth Systems Management
Block 11ObstetricsPediatric UCPediatric ER
Block 12Pediatric OutpatientSports Medicine Pediatric Outpatient

Benefits & Resources

Salary & Benefits

Program2023-2024 SalaryPTO/Wellness Days

Education Funds

Education Funds$1000
Research allowance $675
Conference Travel$1500

Uniform Allowance


Insurance Offered

Health InsuranceEmployee Assistance Program
Dental InsuranceDisability Insurance
Vision InsuranceProfessional Liability

Paid Dues & Fees

COMLEX level 3 or USMLE 3
Arizona Medical Board Training Permit for each year of training
Medical Board License

Educational Resources

24-hour library access with professional librarian
State of the art simulation Center
AMA GME competency-based online modules
CANVAS distance education modules
Well-being Index
Rosh Review
Behavioral Health
Scholalry/Research support

Participating Sites

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Ombudsperson Resource

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Future Residents

MVMC offers five first-year Family Medicine 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) or a graduate from a medical school in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  2. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States 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 Arizona.
  3. 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).

Visit the ERAS website and upload the following documents.

  1. ERAS application
  2. Personal statement
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. MSPE
  5. Medical school transcripts
  6. Curriculum Vitae
  8. USMLE 1, USMLE 2
  9. Photograph
  • Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). You must register through the NRMP website in addition to applying through ERAS for your application to be considered.
  • Applicants may be invited to visit for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are conducted from mid-December to late-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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