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AZ: Midwestern University, Mountain Vista Medical Center Partner on Gastroenterology Fellowship

October 06, 2015

by Office of Communications

Midwestern University and Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa are pleased to announce the approval by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) of a new Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mountain Vista Medical Center.

Gastroenterology is the study of diseases of the digestive system. The program will take its first fellows starting in July 2016 and will be under the direction of Program Director Sudhakar Reddy, M.D., and the leadership of Ned Sciortino, D.O., Director of Medical Education.

The new fellowship program is the fourth postdoctoral partnership between Midwestern University and the 178-bed Mountain Vista Medical Center, which is home to the East Valley's first Level III Trauma Center. Three AOA-accredited residencies in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and General Surgery were established at Mountain Vista in 2013.

The hospital also hosts rotations for medical students from Midwestern University's Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM).

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.

MWU/OPTI currently sponsors 14 osteopathic residency and fellowship programs in the southwestern United States and was recently granted Initial Accreditation as a Sponsoring Institution by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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