West Region

Midwestern University offers a continuity of osteopathic medical education from the first year of medical school to the final year of postgraduate training. Midwestern University's OPTI is our Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI). Residency programs cover several medical specialties. The curriculum encompasses a multifaceted approach to graduate medical education that focuses on educational excellence. Programs follow the guidelines of and receive accreditation from the Bureau of Osteopathic Education of the American Osteopathic Association.

Residency training is offered in the following disciplines:

Emergency Medicine
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
General Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Neuromuscular Medicine

The Midwestern University OPTI is actively pursuing development of new residency programs and sites. Contact us for information on our current programs described below and our new programs under development.

Howard M. Shulman, DO, FACP, FACOI
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education
Midwestern University
Glendale, AZ

Lilia Wilson, MBA, MPM
Assistant Director for Postdoctoral Education

Cheryl Kibarian, BA, AFC
Residency Program Coordinator for Postdoctoral Education

The Midwestern University OPTI, which is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association, is an integrated network linking the academic and educational resources of our two excellent osteopathic colleges of medicine with our affiliated hospitals from Illinois to Arizona and onto California. The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine are both accredited by the Council on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

The Midwestern University (MWU) OPTI located in Glendale Arizona is the western region of the MWU/OPTI system and features a diverse set of hospitals dedicated to medical education at both the pre and postdoctoral levels in both urban and rural locations embracing multiple specialties.

The MWU/OPTI, led by Dean and Executive Director Thomas Boyle D.O., is dedicated to serving all our programs as Academic Sponsor and assuring that each resident receives outstanding training during their residency program.

Each program highlights a mix of hospital, ambulatory and MWU campus activities that allows for social and professional interactions with your faculty and peers and the OPTI that gives you a feeling of a supportive community. The MWU/OPTI system offers integrated postdoctoral programs that capitalize not only on the physical and natural beauty of the southwest but in the local communities in which you live. Each program is led by a dedicated faculty committed to providing quality osteopathic medical education. The onsite faculty is joined by Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCM) and OPTI faculty in OMM and others specialties to provide a diverse educational experience.

The role of the OPTI and AZCOM within the MWU/OPTI system is to pool together and coordinate medical education resources at the affiliated residency programs. The OPTI will contribute to Faculty Development, Research and Curriculum in collaboration with each site while monitoring resident outcomes and successful progress in their residency.

This unique system of postdoctoral education featuring close collaboration between a diverse set of dedicated professionals and locations provides the resident with the opportunity to both train and live in a nurturing and supportive environment into which each resident can attain their goals.

Programs and Facilities

Kingman Regional Medical Center is a 235 bed modern hospital located in Kingman, Arizona--the county seat for Mohave County.  At 3,500 feet in elevation, Kingman is a beautiful high-desert community, offering tourists and residents moderate temperatures and four seasons for outdoors enjoyment year round.

Nestled in the foothills of the Hualapai Mountain range, Kingman is ideally located for easy access to a variety of destinations.  Pine forest is a 15-minute drive from town; while one-thousand miles of shoreline on the Colorado River and in the Lake Mead National Recreation area can be reached within an hour.

Kingman is served by U.S. Interstate 40, U.S. Highway 93, and U.S. Route 66. Our city is 100 miles south of Las Vegas, 180 mile northwest of Phoenix, and a half-day drive to Southern California.

The hospital has both Emergency and Family Medicine residencies. The Emergency Medicine residency has a dedicated and experienced faculty serving a variety of acute care patients from throughout northwest Arizona. The Family Medicine program has a state of the art continuity clinic built especially for the residency. Under the direct supervision of the faculty hands patient contact is a feature of both programs.

Sierra Vista Regional Health Center is an 86 bed full service acute care hospital located in Southeast Arizona in historic Cochise County at about 4,500 foot altitude where all four seasons are mild. Nearby are Bisbee, Tombstone with Tucson located just 90 minutes away. The hospital has 30,000 annual emergency department visits each year and 5,500 in patient surgical cases and 1,400 deliveries. Construction is to begin in the winter of 2013 on a new state of the art 100 bed hospital serving all of Southeastern Arizona.

The hospital hosts residencies in Internal and Family Medicine and is the institutional sponsor for Advanced Desert Dermatology. With a dedicated and committed faculty and staff the resident experiences patient care under the direct supervisor of faculty who enjoy teaching and working with residents and students.

Advanced Desert Dermatology (ADD) residency program, located in Peoria, Arizona a suburb of Phoenix, was founded July 1, 2010.  This facility serves many surrounding underserved towns and smaller cities with a combined diverse population of 6.3 million.  The State of Arizona has the second highest occurrence of skin cancer in the world. Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is the institutional sponsor for this program.

Verde Valley Medical Center Since 1939, Verde Valley Medical Center has been providing high quality, cost-effective healthcare services to people and communities throughout North Central Arizona.  Verde Valley Medical Center is a full-service, nonprofit hospital with 99 acute care beds, and 11 behavioral health beds. Four locations serve the Verde Valley and surrounding communities: Cottonwood Campus, Sedona Campus, Camp Verde Health Center, and Village of Oak Creek Health Center. VVMC is licensed by the State of Arizona. VVMC is a member of Northern Arizona Healthcare, which also serves patients through Flagstaff Medical Center, and Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice.

Verde Valley Medical Center hosts an Internal Medicine Residency which graduated its first class in June 2013 after having received its first post approval inspection passing with a perfect score from the American College of Osteopathic Internists. The faculty has embraced osteopathic medicine in which OPTI and AZCOM faculty deliver hands on OMM and Faculty Development on site.

Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic is adjacent to both the MWU Dental and Eye Institutes on the MWU Glendale Arizona campus delivering medical care to thousands of patients per year using a multidisciplinary approach in an academic environment. Located in this setting is the NMM Plus one Residency with its board certified NMM faculty. The resident will learn from some of the most learned and experienced clincians in the osteopathic community.

Valley Consortium for Medical Education (VCME) in Modesto California hosts an orthopedic surgery residency based at Doctors Medical Center (DMC) a 465 bed acute care hospital located in California's central valley. Founded in 1962 by a group of local physicians the hospital has received many awards and recognitions over the years. The American College of Surgeons verified its Level II Trauma Center which supports the residency which shares the hospital with an ACGME accredited Family Medicine Residency.  

Mountain Vista Media Center is a 178-bed, state-of-the-art hospital located in east   Mesa, Arizona, offering comprehensive healthcare services, including emergency care, heart care, advanced surgical procedures, orthopedics, breast care, maternity care, women's services, and help for a broad range of medical conditions. Equipped with the most advanced medical technology, and staffed by a team of highly skilled healthcare professionals.

With the first new primary care osteopathic residencies in the Phoenix metropolitan area in several years the hospital hosts General Surgery, Family and internal medicine programs. The faculty is young, energetic, well trained and dedicated to teaching students and residents and additional residences and fellowships are under consideration.

Affiliated Dermatology is our newest Dermatology residency which offers diverse resident training experience in a number of clinics in the phoenix area. The residency is equipped with the latest equipment and a teaching faculty of outstanding osteopathic and allopathic dermatologists and two dermatopathologists all on site. The sponsored institution is Scottsdale Healthcare a three hospital system with over 900 beds located in beautiful sunny Scottsdale Arizona which serves as the base hospital.

Western Living

There is a very good reason why so many people are relocating to the west and southwest. Where else can you find beautiful natural surroundings, unlimited year round recreational activities, professional sports teams, unique shopping and eclectic restaurants and art galleries .all bathed in sunshine!