Surgery Curriculum and Affiliations
The Phoenix General Surgery Program is currently approved for 52 residents. There are eight categorical resident positions at each PGY year, 1 through 5 and twelve PGY1 preliminary residents. Our residents rotate on multiple surgical specialties including acute care, breast, burn, colorectal, endocrine, general, MIS/robotic, trauma, HPB/transplant, head/neck, pediatric, plastic and reconstructive, thoracic/transplant, surgical intensive care and vascular. Our robust internal rotations are augmented by selected outside rotations at the Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix Indian Medical Center and HonorHealth. Some electives are available, including at Mayo Clinic, Banner (cardiothoracic and breast surgery) and advanced lap/endoscopy at Phoenix Indian Medical Center.
Our program is a collaborative effort of Creighton University School of Medicine, Valleywise Health and Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.
As of June 1, 2018, Creighton University School of Medicine became the official sponsoring institution for all the graduate medical education (GME) programs within the institution. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is home to and/or has affiliations with:
- Barrow Neurological Institute, an internationally and nationally recognized center for Neurosurgery and Neurology
- Norton Thoracic Institute, one of the busiest double lung transplant centers in the nation, in addition to expertise in foregut surgery
- An ACS verified Level 1 Trauma Center, the busiest in metropolitan Phoenix
- Dignity Health Cancer Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, which treats more than 60 types of cancer by employing advanced genetic and molecular testing
Valleywise Health Medical Center is currently a 220-bed acute care hospital located near the heart of downtown Phoenix and is a tertiary referral center for ambulatory care and long-term care within Maricopa County, as well as the state of Arizona. Valleywise Health Medical Center’s primary mission is providing care for the underserved in the community. The hospital sees a large case load in Level I Trauma, contains a Pediatric Level 2 Trauma center, and houses the renowned Arizona Burn Center.
Valleywise Health Medical Center is transitioning to a brand new, state-of-the-art hospital and support services building in the winter of 2024 with 240 single-patient rooms. The Arizona Burn Center (ABC) at Valleywise Health has the distinction of being the state’s only adult and pediatric tertiary burn center verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and has 45 beds. At the ABC, we treat every imaginable type of burn—including those caused by fire, hot liquids, electricity and lightning, chemicals, smoke inhalation, and Arizona’s extreme summer heat. Working in partnership with our nationally verified trauma center, the Arizona Burn Center offers critically injured patients a greater than 98% survival rate, exceeding the national average of 94%.