Internal Medicine Residency at St. Joseph's

Im Program Director with residents and patient

Our Philosophy

The mission of the Creighton University School of Medicine Internal Medicine Program at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is to train future generations of doctors who will lead the nation in providing outstanding hospital-based, ambulatory, and subspecialty care. Our program cultivates an environment of inquiry and collaboration where physicians at all stages of their careers can maximize their personal and professional growth in the challenging discipline of Internal Medicine. This is achieved via a rigorous program of clinical rotations, scholarly activity, didactic conferences, web-based learning modules, and a flexible, wide-ranged set of electives. Residents treat a wide variety of pathology and provide care to a diverse population of patients both at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the primary site, and at Valleywise Health Medical Center, an urban safety net hospital located less than 5 miles away.  Our residents boast one of the highest board pass rates in Arizona and are highly successful in obtaining desirable jobs and fellowships upon graduation.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital is also known for its collegial, collaborative environment, where residents, students, faculty, and interprofessional team members work together to optimize patient care. In addition, the program is deeply committed to caring for underserved communities and vulnerable populations. Through rotations at Valleywise Health Medical Center and the St. Vincent de Paul Clinic, community outreach such as the CATCH home visit program, and other activities, residents continue St. Joseph Hospital’s long tradition of compassionate care and community service. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Creighton University School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, is to train compassionate and clinically outstanding physicians who:

  1. provide the highest quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care;
  2. advance the practice of medicine through excellence in patient care, education, research, and quality improvement;
  3. lead the nation in changing healthcare to meet the needs of the population, with special attention to the underserved.


1. Our program aims to train our residents to be well-rounded physicians who provide patient-centered care, with an emphasis on caring for the underserved, in order to optimize health outcomes in our patient population and make a difference in patients’ lives.

2. Our program aims to provide a collegial and supportive learning environment, which promotes resident wellness.

3. Our program aims to provide residents with experience in treating a diverse range of patients and pathology in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and subspecialty settings.

4. Our program aims to engage residents and faculty together in advancing research, promoting quality improvement and patient safety, and conducting scholarly activity leading to publication and/or presentation at a regional or national level.

5. Our program aims to adapt education to changes in the health-care environment by using innovative teaching methods and responding to feedback from key stakeholders in order to optimally prepare trainees for independent practice.