Medical Residency program
Verde Valley Medical Center, in association with Midwestern University, has developed a 3-year Internal Medicine Residency. This AOA approved program began in July of 2010 and offers four PGY1 positions yearly for outstanding Osteopathic medical students. This 3-year residency follows the ACOI basic standards for traditional Internal Medicine, with the majority of rotations lasting one month. Residents in Internal Medicine spend a half day a week participating in a continuity clinic at either a local internist’s office or at the Cottonwood VA Clinic developing a panel of patients for outpatient care. Residents are encouraged to participate in the care of these patients if they are admitted to VVMC.
Medical students are encouraged to closely look at our Internal Medicine program. Fourth year audition rotations are available in a ward-based IM elective, allowing the student to “do” night call with our current residents and medical faculty. Housing for students is often available with prior approval. Meals are free and available for both residents and students. An application is required for audition rotations and is available by contacting our Residency Coordinator, Sheri Kubrock at (928)649-4900.
One of the many advantages of our residency program is the one-on-one time spent with attending physicians. Most of our resident rotations with IM physicians/sub-specialists involve working directly with attendings, without other residents or fellows.
Medical students are encouraged to present cases at morning report to gain ability and confidence in presenting complex patients. Morning report begins promptly at 7 a.m. with reviews and discussions of interesting cases. Lunch lectures occur daily at 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, by medical faculty, visiting lecturers, and occasional video conferencing with Midwestern University and its sister institutions.
VVMC utilizes the ERAS program for the National Osteopathic Match. Interviews are given from November through January prior to the Match or during an audition rotation. Interviews are usually 4 to 5 hours and include tours of the facility, meeting with current residents and personal and group interviews with myself and other medical faculty.
We feel that VVMC offers a strong and unique IM residency experience and we are looking for motivated physicians who will work well in our “Whole Hospital” culture, where every member of the VVMC team makes a difference in patient care.
Kevin Wilson, D.O.
Director Medical Education