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Mountain Vista Medical Center - General Surgery Residency

Welcome! We are excited at your expressed interest in our general surgery program. Our goal here at Mountain Vista Medical Center is to develop and produce good quality general surgeons that upon completion of their training can safely and efficiently perform bread & butter general surgery cases. You will learn sound medical judgment, good technique and have good surgical experience as the bulk of our rotation schedule is in general surgery with Attendings dedicated to teaching.

Our Mission

The mission of the General Surgery Residency training program is to provide comprehensive training that delivers the cognitive and procedural skills necessary to graduate superior trained surgeons. The training program will combine high-quality faculty within a high-technology setting to deliver first class training experiences for resident trainees.

Program Aims

  1. Train future surgeons through community-based teaching keeps the training practical, relevant and real world for graduates to quickly assimilate into diverse community settings throughout Arizona and nationwide.
  2. Advocate for the patient populations and for the health improvement of entire communities that we serve.
  3. 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.
  4. Provide the resources needed for the career development of our trainees.
  5. Foster a culture of quality, continuous improvement, and safety.
  6. Teach patient-centered communication through shared decision-making and effective interactions with patients, families, other caregivers and other professionals.

Interim Program Director

Rob Schuster, MD

Scope of Training

  • Education goals of this residency program will be guided by the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Goals for this program will be to ensure trainees master the Six Core Competencies as outlined in the ACGME Common Program Requirements.  The teaching faculty of this program is committed to train and supervise each resident trainee in the field of general surgery.
  • Additionally, resident trainees will be presented with comprehensive cognitive and procedural clinical education in both the inpatient and outpatient settings that will enable them to become competent, proficient and professional osteopathic physicians. After satisfactory completion of five years of general surgery, resident trainees will be eligible to sit for the certifying examination conducted by the American Board of Osteopathic Surgeons (ABOS) and/or American Board of surgery (ABS).


The curriculum is designed to provide the most general surgical exposure possible, allowing residents to develop and sharpen their knowledgebase and surgical skill set. Rotations will be structured to provide exposure to the management of both pre- and post-operative patients and surgical subspecialties not offered at Mountain Vista Medical Center. While the majority of rotations will be completed at Mountain Vista Medical Center, rotation subspecialties not offered at the hospital will be completed at the offices of various local physicians or other teaching facilities. The General Surgery Program Director has the final determination on such changes.

Rotation Block Schedule

PGY1# of MonthsPGY2# of MonthsPGY3# of MonthsPGY4# of MonthsPGY5# of Months
General Surgery8General Surgery8General Surgery8General Surgery6General Surgery10
Surgical Block Night1Surgical Block Night1Surgical Block Night1Surgical Block Night1Surgical Block Night1
Emergency Medicine1Vascular Surgery1Hepatobiliary 1Hepatobiliary1Vascular Surgery1
Intensive Care Unit1Surgical Gynecology1Surgical Gynecology1Burn Surgery1Breast Surgery1
Urology 1Surgical Intensive Care Unit1Breast Surgery 1Trauma Surgery1
Vascular Surgery 1Breast Surgery1Vascular Surgery1Transplant Surgery1
Pediatric Surgery1
Breast Surgery1

Core Didactics

Regularly scheduled formal organized didactic series will be held along with morning report and a monthly journal club. Didactic topics will be determined by a systems approach with each month integrating all aspects of surgical medicine and principles.

Benefits & Resources

Salary & Benefits

Program2021-2022 SalaryPTO/Wellness Days

Education Fund/Allowance


Uniform Allowance


Insurance Offered

Health InsuranceEmployee Assistance Program
Dental InsuranceDisability Insurance
Vision InsuranceProfessional Liability Insurance

Paid Dues & Fees

Arizona Medical Board Permits
ACLS/BLS Recertification
COMLEX level 3 or USMLE CS

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
Behavioral health
Scholarly/Research support
Program Specific
Basic Core textbooks
Marchand Simulation Lab

Participating Sites

HonorHealth John C. Lincoln
Valleywise Health
Tucson Medical Center
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea 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

MVMC General Surgery program offers three 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) or
  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.

The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by the end of October the year preceding the program start date.

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
    8. USMLE 1, USMLE 2 and USMLE 3
    9. Photograph
  2. 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.
  3. 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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