Midwestern University in Glendale and Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa are pleased to announce the establishment of three new residency programs that will expand postdoctoral education opportunities for osteopathic physicians in Arizona.
The residencies are the first postdoctoral programs to be established in Mesa in the past six years and mark the return of osteopathic residency opportunities to the Phoenix area. The 178-bed Mountain Vista Medical Center, home to the East Valley's first Level III Trauma Center, also hosts rotations for 17 medical students from Midwestern University's Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM).
"Mountain Vista Medical Center has had the honor of providing hands-on experience to Midwestern University medical students for the past several years. The establishment of a joint residency program was part of a natural evolution," said Tony Marinello, CEO of Mountain Vista Medical Center. "The osteopathic residencies at Mountain Vista Medical Center are the first to be offered in the East Valley, and they fulfill a postdoctoral training void in Arizona, which will ultimately help address an impending physician shortage in the state."
Projected physician shortages have made establishing new Arizona-based osteopathic residency opportunities a top priority for AZCOM and Midwestern University's Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute (MWU/OPTI). According to Midwestern University statistics, 97 percent of Arizona-native AZCOM students who receive postdoctoral training in-state stay in Arizona to practice, reducing the need to address shortages by recruiting physicians from other areas of the country.
Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern University commented, "Midwestern University is committed to the development of more postdoctoral education programs in the State of Arizona and around the country. Our goal is to provide our communities with well-trained physicians and other healthcare providers both now and in the future."The five-year General Surgery residency will accept three osteopathic graduate physicians per year, while the three-year Family Medicine and Internal Medicine programs are slated to accept four per year. Each MWU/OPTI residency training program is fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).