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Natasha BhuyanOctober 20, 2014
Our residents have done some amazing “away” rotations in the past few months: 

  • Luke Peterson rotated in rural Snowflake, Ariz.
  • Natasha Bhuyan (pictured) studied medicine in the media at ABC News in New York City
  • Brady Hanson rotated at a palliative care fellowship in Kansas City, MO 
  • Rebecca Robarge traveled to work with the underserved in India. 

We are proud to offer six months of electives during residency, so residents can explore their career passions in Phoenix and beyond!

Sept. 15, 2014
Another publication! Residents Zach Ortiz and Lauren Drake co-authored a case report with faculty members Jason Leubner and Jeff Wolfrey.

The report is published this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Aug. 9. 2014
Residents imageOur team led the way for the #FMRevolution at the American Academy of Family Physician’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students in Kansas City, MO. 

Program Director Steve Brown presented two talks and we connected with many inspiring medical students from all over the country. We had two residents and our recent new faculty member, Sarah Coles, on reference committees to help create AAFP policy. 

Rebecca RobargeChief resident Natasha Bhuyan, resident board member of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, presented on two panels including multiple standing-room only presentations on “Applying to Residency.” 

In the grande finale, chief resident Rebecca Robarge (seen in the picture to the right) was elected as resident board member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.  We are proud our residents and faculty serve in national leadership positions to support the specialty of family medicine. 

July 15, 2014
Congratulations to Natasha Bhuyan, who was awarded the AAFP National Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education!  One of only twelve residents selected in the country, Dr. Bhuyan is recognized for her exemplary patient care, interpersonal relationships with patients, physicians and faculty, and demonstrated leadership and community involvement.

Classof2017 imageJune 23, 2014
Welcome to the Banner Good Sam Class of 2017! These residents arrived at Good Sam from seven different medical schools in seven different states, continuing our history of attracting top students from all over the country. These “Great 8” will continue our tradition of excellence here at Banner Good Sam Family Medicine. Check out their bios and you will see why we are so proud.


June 14, 2014
Congratulations to the Class of 2014!  These amazing family physicians make us so proud.  They will go on to be remarkable clinicians, educators, and leaders.  Thanks for a great three years!  You can see where they are headed on our new graduate page.


June 5, 2014
Faculty member Sandra Miller published an article entitled 'Faculty development in narrative medicine, using stories to teach, learn and thrive.' Several of our residents and faculty have gained much in the past two years with this opportunity to reflect on the humanistic sides of medicine.

May 16, 2014
Good Sam hosted its first annual House Staff Quality and Safety Day to celebrate resident quality successes! Program director Steve Brown was one of the Co-Chairs of the event. 

Residents Sarah Coles, Syerra Lea, and Dina Zuber presented posters and Sarah’s was named one of the top posters of the event!

Bill Dabbs and Ryan Evans gave oral presentations and Ryan won the $2,500 grand prize for the “High Value Care” contest!! His project, “A multidisciplinary approach to reducing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections,” was the overall contest winner. Our residency won the “top participation” prize and we celebrated with an evening of bowling.

May 14, 2014
Faculty geriatrician Jason Leubner presented a poster at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL.

May 12, 2014
Resident Bill Dabbs was awarded “House Staff of the Year” for the Department of Family Medicine by the students of the University of Arizona – Phoenix! Congratulations, Bill! What a huge and well-deserved, honor!

May 7, 2014
Residents Bill Dabbs, Sarah Coles, Jesselyn Gaona, Lauren Drake, Rebecca Robarge, and Zach Ortiz presented scholarly posters at the University of Arizona- Phoenix Academic Excellence Day. Our program prioritizes scholarly activity for interested residents and our great relationship with the University of Arizona helps nurture this interest.


residentsgroup imageMay 4, 2014
Congratulations to faculty member Sandra Miller and residents Bill Dabbs, Sarah Coles, and Jesselyn Gaona who presented scholarly posters at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference in San Antonio, TX.  Residents Ryan Dougherty and Natasha Bhuyan also attended and had a blast.  Our program prioritizes leadership and scholarly work and STFM is a great forum for leaders in family medicine.



residentsinwashingtondcApril 7, 2014
Residents Natasha Bhuyan, Sarah Coles, and Rebecca Robarge advocated for Family Medicine at the 2014 Family Medicine Congressional Conference in Washington D.C. Our residents learned the fundamentals of advocacy, engaged legislators and are inspiring change!






April 4, 2014
Program Director Steve Brown joined InfoPOEMs founder and USPSTF member Mark Ebell to bring the Essential Evidence update to the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians Annual Clinical Education conference for the fifth consecutive year. We had a record turnout of residents, faculty, and graduates (230 people!)  for our completely evidence-based, pharmaceutical industry influence free course. This course continues to grow and garner rave reviews. See you 2015!

April 2, 2014
Congratulations to R1, Jake Anderson, who was elected to a two-year term on the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors! He will join R2, Rebecca Robarge, as a resident board member.


St. Mary's volunteeringMarch 7, 2014
Annual resident/faculty retreat! We packed 1,200 emergency food boxes at St. Mary’s food Bank and discussed social determinants of health. We then adjourned to Dave and Buster’s, where we solved a murder mystery, played games and generally had a great time!



ResidentsatcapitolFeb. 5, 2014
Residents Bill Dabbs, Sarah Coles, Rebecca Robarge and Natasha Bhuyan spent the day at the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians “Emerging Leader Day” at the state capitol, advocating for primary care and our patients.



Residents image

Dec. 14, 2013
Our third annual music night was again a huge success! Violin, drums, saxophone, piano, singing, you name it! It is great to see our faculty and residents showing their talents and having a heck of a lot of fun doing it. (Photo: Ryan Evans on left, Bill Dabbs on right)



Candlelight CapersDec. 7, 2013
Residents and faculty gathered for fun, food, and dancing to help raise money for charity at Banner Good Samaritan’s Annual Candlelight Capers event. (Pictured left to right: R2 Rebecca Robarge, R3 Sarah Coles, R3 Jesselyn Gaona).




Resident blog imageOct. 25, 2013
Our annual in-training exam day picnic was great fun! The three classes and faculty competed in such contests as the water drop game, cracker whistle challenge, relay races, charades, golf shot and word games. The Class of 2014 successfully defended its championship and was awarded the coveted trophy. (Class of 2015 pictured here)

Oct. 16, 2013
Program director Steve Brown, working with Banner Good Sam Internal Medicine program director Cheryl O’Malley, was honored as a winner in the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition. Drs. Brown and O’Malley designed a contest at Good Sam that challenged residents and fellows to create and implement High Value projects to decrease cost and improve quality. 

Oct. 10, 2013
Program director Steve Brown has been named the 2014 Chair of the Commission of the Health of the Public and Science by the Board of the American Academy of Family Physicians

The AAFP Commission of the Health of the Public and Science’s scope of work includes public health, evidence-based clinical recommendations and care, generation of new knowledge with dissemination and implementation, and health disparities and underserved populations.

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