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Verde Valley Medical Center - Internal Medicine Residency

Our Mission

The mission of the residency program at Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) is to provide trainees with advanced and concentrated training in the specialty of Internal Medicine in an environment that fosters a culture of quality continuous improvement, and safety.

Program Aims

  1. 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.
  2. Provide the resources needed for the career development of our trainees.
  3. Foster a culture of quality, continuous improvement, and safety.
  4. Teach patient-centered communication through shared decision-making and effective interactions with patients, families, other caregivers and other professionals.

Program Director

Neychelle Rocca, MD

Scope of Training

  1. 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.
  2. Provide the resources needed for the career development of our trainees.
  3. Foster a culture of quality, continuous improvement, and safety.
  4. Teach patient-centered communication through shared decision-making and effective interactions with patients, families, other caregivers and other professionals.

Curriculum

Rotation Block Schedule

PGY1# of MonthsPGY2# of MonthsPGY3# of Months
Internal Medicine In Patient Wards6Internal Medicine In Patient Wards3Internal Medicine In Patient Wards3
Cardiology1Gastroenterology1Rheumatology1
Internal Medicine outpatient clinic1Nephrology1Internal Medicine outpatient clinic1
Intensive Care Unit1Intensive Care Unit1Intensive Care Unit1
Geriatric1Neurology1Hematology/Oncology1
Anesthesiology/Radiology1Nights1Emergency Medicine1
Infectious Disease1Endocrinology1Nights1
Nights1Internal Medicine outpatient clinic1Elective3
Elective2Cardiology 1
Cardiology1

Possible Electives:

Allery/Immunology, Cardiology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, OB/GYN, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Hematology Oncology, Geriatrics, Hospital Medicine, Pulmonary, Rheumatology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Ambulatory Medicine, Therapy Psychiatry, Otorhinolaryngology, Orthopedics, Palliative Care, Sleep Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Wound Care, Occupational Therapy, Medical Research

Core Didactics

  • Lunch Lectures
  • Tumor Boards
  • GI Grand Rounds
  • Morbidity and Mortality
  • Simulation Training
  • Journal Club

Benefits & Resources

Salary & Benefits

Program2021-2022 SalaryPTO/Wellness Days
PGY1$59,02115/5
PGY2$61,18015/5
PGY3$63,84415/5
Chief$66,75715/5

Education Fund/Allowance

$850/Year

UNIFORM ALLOWANCE

$145

Insurance Offered

Health Insurance Employee Assistance Program
Dental InsuranceDisability Insurance
Vision InsuranceProfessional Liability Insurance

Paid Dues & Fees

ACP Membership Dues
Arizona Board Permits
ACLS/BLS Recertification

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
IRB/Statistician
Scholarly/Research support
Program Specific
Newest edition of online MKSAP as well as a hard copy

Participating Sites:

Flagstaff Medical Center
VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic

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 concerns

Ombudsperson

Future Residents

VVMC Internal Medicine offers four 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.

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. Appointments are made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). You must register through the NRMP website in addition to applying through ERAS.
  3. Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are conducted from mid-December to mid-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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