MVMC Family Medicine Residency

Family Medicine Residency

The Family Medicine Residency Program at Mountain Vista Medical Center offers a high-quality residency training experience designed to provide the cognitive and procedural skills necessary to graduate superiorly trained family medicine physicians.


The Mountain Vista Family Medicine Residency Program strives to foster an educational environment conducive to training learners from diverse backgrounds and develop them into independent and excellent family physicians highly skilled in providing comprehensive and patient-centered care. Our residents are trained specifically to meet the needs of the community in the East Valley of the Phoenix metro area. 

Residency Program Goals

  • Provide excellent family medicine teaching to graduates who are world-class physicians
  • Integrate technology and evidence-based medicine into all aspects of the curriculum
  • Provide quality, compassionate, and patient-centered care for our local population 
  • Encourage and model an environment of active inquiry to produce physicians who can adapt to an ever-changing medical landscape
  • Ensure that core competencies are cornerstones of teaching strategies 

Interview Process

All audition/sub-i rotations will be limited to two-week blocks only. Students will need to complete the Rotation Request form and submit to Medical Education for processing. Medical Education will send out a confirmation email outlining what documentation is required to be submitted by the student.

Audition/sub-i rotations will be re-evaluated to ensure students meet the Residency Interview criteria. Failure or unavailable Level I and Level II medical student training examinations may result in cancellation of audition/sub-i rotation. Review of current ERAS application will be done 30 days prior to rotation beginning. No applicant will be ranked until all scores are made available.

All students are required to participate in one Student Orientation each academic year. Orientation will be held on the first day of rotation. First day instructions will be emailed to you two weeks prior to rotation beginning.


The curriculum is designed in the traditional Family Medicine training format to teach a complement of current medicine in suburban settings and will model that of the Family Medicine Core Curriculum. Regularly scheduled formal organized didactic series will be held along with morning report and a journal club. Didactic topics will be determined by a systems approach. The volume of clinical responsibilities will not compromise the educational atmosphere of the program, as Resident trainees will work in a number of clinical settings.

Rotations will be structured to provide exposure to the management of both inpatient and outpatient subspecialties not offered at Mountain Vista Medical Center. While the majority of rotations will be completed at Mountain Vista Medical Center, rotation subspecialties not offered at the hospital will be completed at the offices of various local physicians or other teaching facilities. 

Ambulatory Continuity Clinic

Resident trainees will be scheduled in the ambulatory continuity clinic for a half-day during the PGY-1, full day in PGY-2 year and two full days in the PGY-3 training year. Trainees will each develop their own panel of patients and will follow them throughout the three years of residency. The Continuity Clinic is conveniently located next to Mountain Vista Medical Center in the Medical Office Building.

Educational Opportunities

We offer a wide variety of educational opportunities throughout residency including:

  • Daily teaching rounds
  • Weekly didactics
  • Weekly board review
  • Quarterly grand rounds
  • Quarterly journal club
  • Quarterly hands-on osteopathic manipulative medicine seminars

Clinical Schedule

  • PGY-1: Block Night, Cardiology, Elective, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology (2 weeks), Family Medicine Outpatient (two months), Family Medicine Inpatient (two months), General Surgery, Obstetrics, Pediatric Inpatient, Pediatric Urgent Care, Pulmonology (two weeks)
  • PGY-2: Block Night, Elective (two months), Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine Outpatient (two months), Family Medicine Inpatient (two months), Gastroenterology, Neurology, Obstetrics, Orthopedics 
  • PGY-3: Community Medicine/Health Systems Management, Elective (three months), Family Medicine Outpatient (two months), Family Medicine Inpatient, Geriatric (two weeks), Gynecology, Pediatric Outpatient, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Selective, Sports Medicine 

*Electives are chosen by the trainee with approval by the Family Medicine Residency Program Director.

Residents assigned block night rotations will participate in a minimum of five hours of structured education per week (journal clubs, didactics, reading assignments, etc.).