A Year-by-Year Look At Our Program

Residents tending to a patient

Clinical competence and academic excellence is attained in the Department of Medicine by giving greater responsibility to the resident through exposure to the wealth of clinical pathology seen at Valleywise Health Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. Residents are supervised by more than 40 full-time board certified internists and specialists at Valleywise Health Medical Center and 30 full-time board certified internists and specialists at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale and Mayo Clinic Hospital.

During the 36-month training period, residents will rotate through every specialty of internal medicine, including neurology and dermatology. Residents are part of an ambulatory practice team and see their own patients at a Valleywise Health Family Health Center located throughout Phoenix. Residents follow patients in and out of the hospital allowing for continuity of learning and patient care.

Schedule

We have four preliminary year positions available. The schedule is approximately as follows:

  • 5 months - Wards
  • 2 months - Critical Care
  • 1 month - Cardiology
  • 1 month - Emergency Medicine
  • 1 month - Ambulatory Care
  • 1 month - Elective
  • 1 month - Night float 

During the 36-month training period, residents will rotate through every specialty of internal medicine, including neurology and dermatology. Residents are part of an ambulatory practice team and see their own patients at a Valleywise Health Family Health Center located throughout Phoenix. Residents follow patients in and out of the hospital allowing for continuity of learning and patient care.

Approximately 40 percent of the training time in the Internal Medicine Residency Program is spent in the ambulatory setting getting direct teaching and supervision from generalists and specialists from Valleywise Health Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale.

Rotations

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  • PGY I
  • The categorical PGY-I year offers a set of core internal medicine rotations which will enable the internal medicine resident to acquire superior patient management skills as well as build a solid general medicine base upon which to develop specialty knowledge. Residents will maintain a half day continuity clinic at a Valleywise Health Family Health Center. Practical "hands-on" exposure mixed with regular didactic sessions are the norm. Residents may rotate to Mayo Clinic Hospital during the PGY-I year.

    • Internal Medicine Wards - 6 months
    • Critical Care - 2 months
    • Emergency Medicine - 1 month
    • Ambulatory Care - 1 month
    • Night Float - 1 month
    • Cardiology - 1 month
  • PGY II
  • During the PGY-II year, residents begin spending more time on subspecialty electives and focus on refining general medical skills. Residents are required to give two journal club presentations.

    Residents may rotate at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale during the PGY-II year. Residents will also maintain a half day continuity clinic at their Valleywise Health Family Health Center.

    Graduates of U.S. medical schools can obtain a state of Arizona medical license after one year of training.

    • Internal Medicine Wards - 2 months
    • Critical Care - 1 month
    • MOBS (Medicine Observation Service)- 1 month
    • Ambulatory Care - 1 month
    • Electives - 2 months
    • Night Float - 1 month
    • HIV - 1 month
    • Cardiology - 1 month
    • Hematology/Oncology -1 month
    • Geriatrics - 1 month
  • PGY III
  • During this year, clinical, academic and technical skills will be further developed. Further preparation for successful completion of the Certifying Examination of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is done with weekly board review sessions during the spring. Rotations involving experiences in gynecology, ophthalmology and orthopedics sports medicine are available. Residents will maintain two half day continuity clinics at their assigned Valleywise Health Family Health Center.

    • Internal Medicine Wards - 2 months
    • Critical Care - 1 month
    • Cardiology - 1 month
    • Neurology - 1 month
    • Electives - 2 months
    • Dermatology - 1 month
    • Medical Consultation - 1 month
    • MOBS 1 month
    • Hematology/Oncology - 1 month
    • Night Float - 1 month
  • PGY IV
  • The Department of Medicine utilizes one PGY-IV resident to function as Chief Resident. The Chief functions as a junior attending and medical consultant. They also are responsible for coordinating morning report, board review sessions, SIM sessions, mock codes, and rotation orientations.