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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

Program Director

Yamine Saddouk, MD, DO

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.

Curriculum

  • 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

PGY1# of MonthsPGY2# of MonthsPGY3# 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
Cardiology1Geriatrics/Psychology1Elective2

*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

Program2021-2022 SalaryPTO/Wellness Days
PGY1$59,02115/5
PGY2$61,18015/5
PGY3$63,84415/5
Chief $64,34415/5

Education Fund/Allowance

PGY1-3$1000

Uniform Allowance

$80

Insurance Offered

Health InsuranceEmployee Assistance
Dental InsuranceDisability Insurance
Vision InsuranceProfessional Liability

Paid Dues & Fees

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

Educational Resources

MWU:
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
IRB/Statistician

Participating Sites

Banner-University Medical Center

Ombudsperson

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: ombudsperson@midwestern.edu

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 concern

Ombudsperson

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
    7. COMLEX I, COMLEX II and COMLEX III
    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.

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.

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