The General Surgery Residency Program is based at Maricopa Medical Center (MMC), a 449-bed acute care hospital located near the heart of downtown Phoenix, a part of Maricopa Integrated Health Services (MIHS). Maricopa Medical Center is a tertiary referral center for ambulatory care and long-term care within Maricopa County, as well as the state of Arizona. Maricopa Medical Center’s primary mission is providing care for the poor in the community. The hospital sees a large case load in Level I Trauma, and the 45-bed Burn Center serves as the statewide Burn Center and regional burn center to parts of Utah and New Mexico. In addition to the main hospital, there are 12 Family Healthcare Centers with plans for an additional center opening in Pentgrast in the near future.

In June 2011, MIHS became affiliated with University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. This agreement lays the groundwork for a partnership between the UA medical school and MIHS that covers medical training, which includes the graduate medical education programs, as the school expands.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has granted continuous approval to the five-year program since 1954. General Surgery and the surgical subspecialties use 106 beds at Maricopa Medical Center.  

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The General Surgery Program at Maricopa Medical Center is currently approved for 34 residents, six at the second, four at the third, fourth and fifth-year levels, and thirteen interns (four categorical and six non-designated prelims, three designated prelims and podiatry interns). All surgery residents rotate on the various surgical specialties including burn, general surgery, neurosurgery, trauma, anesthesiology, research, transplant, advanced laparoscopy, otolaryngology, pediatric surgery, plastic & reconstructive surgery, surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic, urology and vascular. Each service is supervised by an attending surgeon chief who provides continuing guidance for that service. The attending chief makes frequent patient rounds with his/her team. On operating days, the assigned service schedules its largest operating load and ordinarily its more complex operations.

On clinic days, each service has a clinic where newly referred patients are evaluated and established patients are seen for follow-up.

A new rotation planned for next academic year (2015-2016) include a robotic rotation with a General Surgery group in the Northwest Valley, at both Arrowhead and Banner Thunderbird Hospitals.

Traumas are handled by the on-call trauma team and the in-house trauma attending. There is a night float system in place during the week, which usually includes a PGY-V, PGY-II and 3 PGY-I residents. The usual call for the night team is from 5:00 pm to 7:00 am.

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