Exceptional and Unique Training Experiences

Residents and doctors tending to a patient

Our residents rotate through three adult Level 1 trauma center emergency departments and three trauma center pediatric emergency departments in the valley. These sites offer residents distinct experiences and attending supervision in academic and community settings.

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  • Valleywise Health Medical Center
  • Valleywise Health Medical Center is a 449-bed, Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center that cares for patients from all over the state of Arizona. The medical center offers Adult Emergency Medical Services with an ED census of approximately 60,000 patients/year (and growing). The Arizona Children's Center offers comprehensive medical services including pediatric emergency services with approximately 20,000 visits per year, an in-patient pediatric unit with a wide breadth of subspecialties, a 12-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a Pediatric Burn Unit, a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, a Level III, 40-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (one of three in the Phoenix Valley) and Child Life Specialists.

  • Valleywise Health Burn Center
  • The Arizona Burn Center is the epicenter of the state of Arizona Burn Disaster Network. Established in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the network connects 11 hospitals to the burn center through telemedicine. Valleywise Health's Arizona Burn Center has 45 beds, state-of-the-art equipment and physicians and nurses who are all board certified in emergency burn services. Through partnering with the Burn Disaster Network, there are now 110 more burn beds available statewide, providing burn patients outside of Phoenix top-notch care through the Arizona Burn Center’s physicians and nurses.

  • Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH) is a 363-inpatient bed facility that offers the most comprehensive pediatric health care in the state, providing inpatient, outpatient, trauma and emergency care across more than 70 pediatric subspecialties.

  • Banner University Medical Center
  • Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center ("Good Sam"), is a 663-inpatient bed facility and a Level I Trauma Center. It is the residency's second major training site. Good Sam offers many tertiary medical services including a certified Primary Stroke Center, high risk Obstetrics, Cavanagh Heart Center (including LVADs), a Cancer Center, a Transplant Center and the Banner Poison Center. Copa Residents spend time during their three years rotating through Cardiology, Toxicology, Surgical ICU, Stroke Service and the Emergency Department. The Good Sam ED is set up in a "pod" system with over 30 beds and serves approximately 64,000 patients, annually.

    Banner Simulation System is one of the country's largest simulation education programs with an in-hospital simulation lab and a 55,000 square-foot simulation facility that teaches all fields of health care professionals in the settings of: ICU, ED, OR, NICU, Post-anesthesia care unit. The yearly Copa Conference schedule regularly includes simulation days allowing the residents to practice EM procedures and to run simulation cases with state of the art mannequins.

  • St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Creighton University School of Medicine/St. Joseph's Hospital - a JCAHO accredited acute care hospital offering tertiary and quaternary specialties, provides emergency care to adult and pediatric patients. St. Joseph's is a Level 1 trauma center (six trauma bays) with 72 emergency bays and treated over 83000 patients. The patient population, workflow and community hospital experience will expose the emergency medicine residents to a learning environment distinct from that of Medical Center (safety net hospital) – especially in the management of neurologic emergencies – and help the residents become more comfortable with working in a busy community ED which is where many will ultimately practice.

  • Banner Cardon Children's Medical Center
  • The Banner Cardon Children's Medical Center was opened in 2009 and now is a 206-bed facility with comprehensive Pediatric specialties and sub-specialties providing care to the East Valley. The Pediatric ED sees 41,000 patients per year. The PGY-3 residents spend a block advancing their skills in Pediatric Anesthesia (1 week) and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (3 weeks). With the inclusion of this rotation, the Medical Center EM Residency has a unique Pediatric EM experience in each of its three years.

  • Mayo Clinic
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital is a 268 bed, JCAHO accredited community hospital that provides emergency care to adult and pediatric patients. Mayo is a primary PCI facility. The patient population, workflow, and community hospital experience will expose the emergency medicine residents to a learning environment distinct from that of Medical Center Medical Center (safety net, county hospital) and help the residents become more comfortable with working in a busy community ED where many will ultimately practice. The most critical patient populations that they will see at Mayo Clinic Hospital who are distinct from their current clinical education are those patients with medical oncology, palliative care, and transplant emergencies. Emergency Medicine residents evaluate and treat patients under the direct supervision of qualified attending board certified/board eligible EM physicians. At least two board certified/board eligible emergency medicine physicians are present in the Emergency Department 17.5 hours per day. Emergency medicine residents have dedicated workstations – each equipped with a computer and telephone. All computers have internet access. EM texts and references are available for quick reference during shifts. Residents have full access to electronic and print media through secure remote access. Medical records from the ED are documented through the use of Epic and full integrated medical records are available online. Radiology reports are available hospital wide in digital format.