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Mountain Vista Medical Center Family Medicine Residency

The Family Medicine Residency Program at Mountain Vista Medical Center offers a high- quality residency training experience designed to develop the cognitive and procedural skills necessary to graduate superiorly trained family medicine physicians.

Our history points to the development and graduation of exceedingly qualified family physicians prepared to practice in a variety of settings.

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 competent 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

  1. Provide Excellent Family Medicine Teaching
  2. Integrate Technology and Evidence-Based Medicine into All Aspects of the Curriculum
  3. Provide Quality Patient Care for Our Local Population
  4. Ensure That Core Competencies Are Cornerstones of Teaching Strategies
  5. Encourage High Quality Scholarship and Provide an Environment of Active Inquiry

Program Director

Benjamin Ihms, DO

Program Director’s Welcome

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Mountain Vista Family Medicine Residency Program! We believe these are exciting times to be a physician. Should you end up training with us here, you will find a strong faculty by whom you will be mentored, strong residents who will support you and encourage you all the way through your three years with us, and a supportive institution that really values you. We work in a beautiful and happy environment. As the residency program director, my goal is for your education to be excellent in every facet. We 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

  • Resident trainees will assume increasing responsibility for the incorporation of osteopathic concepts in patient management. This will be incorporated into electronic medical charting for assessment, therapy and plans
  • Teach and enforce compassion, treating the patient not the disease, strongly enforce the Osteopathic Oath and AOA code of ethics. Integrated daily, as situations arise
  • Attend OMM training by MWU/OPTI Dr. Devine monthly and quarterly hands-on sessions


We follow the standard ACGME curriculum for family medicine residency programs. Furthermore, we are known for our strong didactics which occur every Tuesday afternoon and include hands-on seminars, 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.

The majority of our rotational experiences are provided at Mountain Vista Medical Center, or ambulatory clinics located nearby. The majority of our 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 during the PGY-1, two half days in PGY-2 year and two full days in the PGY-3 training year. Trainees will each develop their own panel of patients who will follow them throughout the three years of residency. The residency continuity clinic is conveniently located immediately adjacent to Mountain Vista Medical Center.

Rotation Block Schedule

PGY1# of MonthsPGY2# of MonthsPGY3# of Months
Obstetrics1Obstetrics 1Otolaryngology/Family Medicine1
Dermatology1Gastroenterology 1Pediatric Outpatient1
Family Medicine Inpatient2Family Medicine Inpatient2Pediatric Emergency Medicine1
Family Medicine/Outpatient2Internal Medicine Block Nights1Gynecology1
Internal Medicine Block Night1Neurology1Orthopedic Surgery1
Cardiology1Pediatric Urgent Care1Family Medicine Inpatient3
Emergency Medicine1Pediatric Inpatient1Health Systems Management1
Anesthesia/Radiology1Emergency Medicine1Family Medicine Outpatient1
Intensive Care Unit1Sports Medicine1Electives2
General Surgery1Newborn1Geriatrics/Geriatric Psychiatry 1
Pediatric Outpatient1Family Medicine/Outpatient1

Benefits & Resources

Salary & Benefits

Program2021-2022 SalaryPTO/Wellness Days

Education Fund/Allowance

Per PGY year$1000

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 

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

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 and USMLE 3
  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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