PGY-1 Year

During the initial year of residency, you will spend about half of the academic year at the Phoenix VA Integrated Healthcare System, divided among rotations on General Surgery and Vascular Surgery services.

To meet the recently mandated (by the surgery residency review committee) endoscopy requirements, you will spend two months at the Alaska Native Medical Center dedicated primarily to the endoscopy suite.

To better prepare you for participation in your future clinical, investigative and administrative responsibilities, we have set aside a one-month rotation in our Simulation Education (SimET) center. The year is rounded out with various clinical surgery rotations within the Phoenix-based Banner Medical Center facilities.

PGY-2 Year

Starting now and through the rest of your resident training, each rotation is a two-month block. While at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, you will be assigned to rotations on a general surgery service, plastic surgery service, the surgical critical care unit, and the Hepatobiliary-Pancreas/Transplantation service.

The Phoenix VA Integrated Healthcare System and the Alaska Native Medical Center will each provide you with additional rotations on General Surgery services.

PGY-3 Year

During this critically important "turning point" year, you will share senior-level decision-making responsibility for patients who come through the Level I trauma center at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. During this experience, you will have the immediate support of dedicated faculty trauma specialists who take in-hospital call with you on a rotating 24-hour basis.

There are two-month patient care experiences at The Phoenix VA Integrated Healthcare System (vascular) at Banner Desert Medical Center (general surgery) and at Banner Estrella Medical Center (general). Finally, you will spend one two-month block under the direction of a 10-member Pediatric Surgery group at the Phoenix Children's Hospital.

PGY-4 Year

To provide you with the opportunity to assume the full leadership role of a senior level house officer, we offer a blend of rotations in general surgery and the specialties. While at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, you will be the chief resident on Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery and the Acute Care Surgery service. Your skills will undergo further maturation while you are the senior level resident on General Surgery services at the Alaska Native Medical Center, Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Gateway Medical Center.

PGY-5 Year

This final year of training exposes the house officers to the complexities of surgical decision-making through several venues. You will be chief resident on General and Hepatobiliary-Pancreas/Transplantation services at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and on the General and Endocrinology/thoracic surgery services at the Phoenix VA Integrated Healthcare system.

Call Policies

As one should expect from any resident training program, all AGGME-established guidelines for work hours are readily met. Within this training program, approximately one-third of our house officers are assigned to rotations that have a small home-call commitment. The remaining rotations have a frequency of in-hospital call that, viewed across those rotations, averages less than one in five days.

Operative Experience

As there are no fellowship programs in the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, the general surgery house officers are exposed to a tremendous surgical experience in terms of breadth and complexity of operative cases. The teaching faculty members are committed to allow qualified house officers to perform these operations as chief surgeon. Hence, over the past two years, the graduates of our program conducted an average of 1,100 "index" operations (with well over 275 majors as chief resident).