Creighton Alliance Hosts Successful Virtual Resident Orientation


More than 100 incoming residents and fellows participated in the first virtual resident orientation presented by Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance.

The June 22 virtual sessions covered topics ranging from self-care and monitoring stress levels to participating in leadership opportunities. They also received information on resources available to them, as well as policies and procedures. In the afternoon and throughout the rest of the week, residents headed to their respective hospitals where their program is based for more site-specific information, including Electronic Medical Records.

“It was a fantastic success,” said Xoe McAleece, manager of Graduate Medical Education for the Creighton Alliance, whose staff had four weeks to reconfigure the orientation into a virtual event. “The sessions were very interactive and the residents posted a lot of great questions.”

About 110 new residents and fellows will train at Creighton Alliance residency and fellowship programs. About 60 percent of the residents and fellows train at Valleywise Health and 40 percent at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. The Internal Medicine program had the greatest number of incoming residents with about 33, followed by General Surgery with 18.

This year, seven graduates from the Creighton University School of Medicine were selected for Alliance residency programs, marking the most since the Alliance began administering residency programs in 2018.

The residents listened to talks from Michael White, MD, chief medical Officer at Valleywise Health Medical Center, Valleywise President & CEO Steve Purves, Valleywise Surgeon Elizabeth Ferguson, MD, designated institutional official for the Creighton Alliance, Jessica Seaman, Creighton Alliance academic success consultant, Stephani Wolf, Creighton Alliance wellness director, and McAleece.

Many residents continued the week by completing requisite training and “boot camps” at the hospital where they will be based to prepare them for their first days and weeks caring for patients throughout the Valley.

Residents who start in July will receive an alternative orientation.

Please join us in welcoming all of our new residents and fellows to the Creighton Alliance Residency programs!