The Family Medicine residency program at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center will send eight 2nd year residents to staff a Valleywise Health Clinic in South Phoenix.
Family Medicine residents will benefit from the opportunity by attaining needed patient encourages as part of their required training, said Dr. Jeffrey Curtis, the associate program director who will oversee the students.
“The residents need 1650 individual patient encounters as part of their required training and over the last few years we’ve had a hard time getting there,” he said. “This will improve their numbers and allow them an experience that fits with the mission of our residency program to serve disadvantaged communities.”
The Valleywise South Phoenix clinic primarily serves patients from a low socioeconomic status. Several physicians from the District Medical Group, which is the doctor’s group for Valleywise Health, will receive Creighton faculty appointments to assist in training the 2nd year residents.
“These are great physicians who are excited about doing this,” said Dr. Curtis, who will become a District Medical Group (DMG) employee as part of the exchange. DMG is the physicians group that staffs Valleywise Health. “We’ll spend some time talking about teaching requirements and best practices.”
The residents will begin their rotations at the clinic in October.