A Year-by-Year Look at our Program

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Residents rotate through a yearly 'Block' schedule which is a four-week period for a total of 13 blocks in a 12-month academic year:

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  • PGY I
    • July – Orientation
    • Emergency Medicine at Valleywise Health – 5 blocks (includes 1 month of nights)
    • Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Valleywise Health – 1 block
    • Medical ICU at Valleywise Health – 1 block
    • Neurology, Orthopedics, Anesthesiology and Radiology – 3 weeks, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, respectively
    • Trauma – 1 block
    • OB/GYN (nights only) – 2 weeks 
    • Elective –1 block (see some of the available electives
    • Vacation – 4 weeks
  • PGY II
    • Emergency Medicine at Valleywise Health – 5 blocks (includes 1 block of nights)
    • Emergency Medicine at Banner University Medical Center – 1 block
    • Emergency Medicine at Mayo - 1 block
    • Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital – 1 block
    • Toxicology at Banner Poison Center – 1 block
    • Burn Intensive Care Unit at The Arizona Burn Center – 1 block
    • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Valleywise Health – 1 block
    • Coronary Care Unit at Banner University Medical Center – 1 block
    • Elective – 1 block (see some of the available electives
    • Vacation – 3 weeks
  • PGY III
    • Emergency Medicine at Copa – 8 block (includes 1 block of nights)
    • Emergency Medicine at Banner Good Samaritan – 1 block
    • Emergency Medicine at St. Joe's Medical Center – 1 block
    • Pediatric Anesthesia, Pediatric ED at Cardon Children's
    • Hospital – 1 block (1 week, 3 week, respectively)
    • Medical ICU at Copa – 1 block
    • Elective – 1 block (see some of the available electives
    • Vacation – 4 weeks

    In addition, we offer several elective rotations from South Africa to Palau to Jackson, Wyoming:

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  • Emergency Medical Services
  • EMS Elective Rotation

    The requirements of this rotation are somewhat flexible, and based upon the interest of the rotator. There are several potential opportunities to choose from:

    • Ride-alongs with Phoenix Fire Department
    • Fly-alongs with fixed wing or helicopter air crews
    • Quality assurance activities with Air Methods (flight) or Phoenix Fire (ground)
    • Providing Continuing Education to Phoenix Fire or one of the various air crews in rural Arizona -Shadowing in Dispatch
    • Technical rescue training
    • Tactical EMS training
    • Advanced wilderness life support courses
    • Urban search and rescue training
    • Community paramedicine
    • Incident command center
  • Advanced Emergency Ultrasound Elective
  • The advanced emergency ultrasound elective is a 4-week rotation offered to PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents. We have developed a novel structured curriculum based on a flipped classroom model with the incorporation of up-to-date online content, including: podcasts, journal articles, blogs and e-books. Content will include advanced echocardiography, ultrasound guided resuscitation and procedures. Rotators will have multiple opportunities each week to obtain hands on bedside teaching and image review with ultrasound faculty. The advanced emergency ultrasound elective will allow resident rotators to solidify their knowledge of core concepts and applications and prepare them for the future of emergency ultrasound. 

  • International medicine in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Rotate at several hospitals in Cape Town:
    Khayelitsha District Hospital

    • PHX Capetown Rotation EM
      Khayelitsha is South Africa’s largest township
    • Townships are urban settlements that were established during Apartheid, and now are overcrowded regions of formal and informal housing for the impoverished
    • Increased rates of crime, trauma, infectious disease, etc
    • Recently opened a brand new, 240-bed hospital
    • Provides care to 500,000 to 1,500,000 in the township
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    New Somerset Hospital

    • Located in the cosmopolitan Victoria and Alfred Waterfront shopping district
    • High levels of trauma and infectious disease. Also treat tourists.

    Tygerberg Hospital

    • Tertiary care center associated with Stellenbosch University Medical School, a large academic hospital; resident- and medical student-run.
  • International Medicine in Palau
  • Belau National Hospital

    "Palau is a small island nation in Micronesia located between Guam and the Philippines. Before this elective, I had never practiced medicine outside of the United States and, to be honest, had never even heard of Palau. I was surprised that, as a PGY- 1, I had the privilege of going abroad as part of my Emergency Medicine residency training.

    At Belau National Hospital (BNH), I was allowed to practice as an independent Emergency Medicine physician. As the only hospital in Palau, all emergencies came to us. Many patients presented with infections or minor trauma; however, with increasing tourism and Western influence in Palau, locals have developed many chronic illnesses that also plague the United States. The doctors come from around the world and boast decades of experience from a wide array of specialties including hyperbaric medicine. On my days off, I went scuba diving through coral gardens and shipwrecks with manta rays, sharks, and huge schools of fish. I also snorkeled in Jellyfish Lake, fished along the reefs and explored the rich culture of Palau with local friends. Overall, this experience was unforgettable, and can’t wait to return."

    – Dr. Andrew Lau, PGY-2, who returned from Palau in June 2015

  • Wilderness Medicine in Jackson Hole, WY
  • Based at St. John’s Medical Center

    Flowers against a mountainous background in Jackson, WY
    • Remote, rural 48-bed hospital.
    • Five-bed ICU.
    • Local population of 20,000.
    • Three local ski resorts, two national parks, Class III/IV rafting.
    • Provide for high altitude illness and unique trauma.
    • 4-week rotations in January, February, March, June, July, August, September and October.
    • Dr. Will Smith, an attending at St. John’s, is the Medical Director for the National park Service, Teton County Search and Rescue, Bridger Teton National Forest and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS.
    • Likely work with him in SAR/EMS activities.
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    If interested, we will contact the rotation coordinator for availability.

  • Administration
  • Work with the leaders in the administration at Valleywise Health Medical Center and Banner University Medical Center.

    • Selected readings

  • Research
  • Dedicated Research time with the core research faculty and support staff. See the research page for more information.

    Contact Us

    Michele "Miki" Floring
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    Valleywise Health Medical Center
    Phone: 602.344.5808
    Fax: 602.344.5907
    michelefloring@creighton.edu

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