Skip to Main Content

Mountain Vista Medical Center - Internal Medicine Residency

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mountain Vista Medical Center is a comprehensive program with a focus on didactics and hand-on experience with a broad range of pathology to develop excellence, confidence and compassion to practice Internal Medicine in the community.

The teaching faculty of this program is committed to train and supervise each resident trainee in the field of Internal Medicine.

Our Mission

The mission of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mountain Vista Medical Center is to provide broad exposure, training, and expertise to our residents through a comprehensive array of Internal Medicine clinical presentations, and participation in a well- rounded educational curriculum. This program is designed to provide fully competent physicians, who are capable of providing high quality patient care who will be well prepared graduates for postgraduate work and employment in rural and metropolitan area.

Program Aims

  1. Ensure that trainees master the six core competencies as outlined in the ACGME specialty requirements.
  2. Teaching faculty are committed to train and supervise each resident trainee in the field of Internal Medicine.
  3. Ensure that trainees are presented with comprehensive cognitive and procedural clinical education in both inpatient and outpatient setting
  4. Provide quality education to trainees that will enable them to become not only competent physicians to serve their community with the best patient care, but to be academicians, educators and researchers

Interim Program Director

A bit about Nishanth Nirmala, MBBS:

“Growing up in the coastal state of Kerala, India, I have a deep admiration for nature and all that we can learn from it. We were a routine middle class family of four, and I was one of the few in the area who had the blessing to go to medical school, which had been my dream ever since I cut open that first frog in school. After competing medical school at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, I did work in multiple ICU’s and did short spells of work in remote villages in India, before pursuing residency in Internal Medicine at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport. Having the opportunity to train under some excellent teachers of medicine, I believe teaching and learning can be achieved with a keen sense of curiosity and an attitude to challenge and change ourselves when the need arises, with the right guidance. Internal medicine has a constantly evolving nature, and this inherently requires flexibility and adaptability from the learner and practitioner. This is probably what attracted me to it the most, and still excites me. I hope to see the same in every aspiring pupil of any subject. Outside of medicine, I am an avid soccer fan, and still try to play in some recreational games when time allows. I’m also into mountain/cross country biking, basketball, hiking and fitness in general. I am usually accompanied by my wife, my little baby girl or my dachshund in some of these little adventures.”

Program Directors Welcome

We are happy you have expressed an interest in our internal medicine program.  Here at Mountain Vista Medical Center, you will be exposed to a wide pathology of patients managed using sound clinical judgment and evidence based medicine while supervised by dedicated and experienced IM attendings.


Scope of Training

The curriculum is designed in the traditional Internal Medicine training format to teach a complement of current medicine in suburban settings, and will model the Internal Medicine Core Curriculum. The volume of clinical responsibilities will not compromise the educational atmosphere of the program as Resident trainees will work in a number of clinical settings.


  • Rotations will be structured to provide exposure to the management of both inpatient and outpatient 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 Internal Medicine Program Director has the final determination on such changes.
  • Ambulatory Continuity Clinic
  • Resident trainees will be scheduled in the ambulatory continuity clinic half-day during the PGY-1 through PGY-3 training years. Trainees will each develop their own panel of patients and will follow them throughout the three years of residency. Continuity Clinic are conveniently located in close proximity to Mountain Vista Medical Center.

Rotation Block Schedule

PGY-1# of MonthsPGY-2# of MonthsPGY-3# of Months
Internal Medicine Ward5Internal Medicine5Internal Medicine4
Elective1Elective1Intensive Care Unit1
Intensive Care Unit1Intensive Care Unit1Block Night 1
Ambulatory Clinic1Block Night1Infectious Disease1
Emergency Medicine1Hematology/Oncology1Rheumatology1
Women's Health1Ambulatory Clinic1Gastroenterology1
Block Night1Neurology1Endocrinology1
Interventional Radiology1Nephrology1Pulmonology1

*Electives are chosen by the trainee with approval by the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director.

Residents assigned block night rotations will participate in a minimum of five hours of structured education per week (journal clubs, didactics, reading assignments, etc.).

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 adolescent medicine, internal medicine, cardiac, radiologic and dermatologic.

Benefits & Resources

Salary & Benefits

2024-2025 SalaryPTO/Wellness Days

Education Fund/Allowance

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

Uniform Allowance


Insurance Offered

Health InsuranceEmployee Assistance
Dental InsuranceDisability Insurance
Vision InsuranceProfessional Liability

Paid Dues & Fees

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

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

Participating Sites

Banner-University Medical Center

Ombudsperson Resource

Midwestern University GME Consortium Ombudsperson is a resource for residents and fellows to confidentially report and raise concerns about training-related concerns within a safe space. Entry requires an individual password, please click below to continue.

Access Content

Future Residents

MVMC Internal Medicine offers five 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.

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
    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.

Applicant Criteria:

Applicants for residency training at Mountain Vista Medical Center must successfully complete required Level I and Level II medical student training examinations to qualify for interviews and match ranking.

Midwestern University Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution