Assistant Program Director's Letter

Nishant Anand, MD, Assistant Program Director

In July 2009, Banner Health began an affiliation with Maricopa Medical Center in training new Emergency Medicine physicians. Current variations in practice types for Emergency Physicians requires that they be trained in and exposed to multiple environments.

Training doctors at multiple institutions develops a broader experience base through exposure to different environments cases, patients and situations. Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix has a patient mix which tends towards the very high acuity patient providing training in critical cases. There is also access to a full spectrum of specialties at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, which gives the residents additional learning opportunities from experts in their respective fields.

We are excited about the opportunity to train the practitioners of tomorrow. Maricopa Medical Center remains the home institution for this program, with rotations being added at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

One unique opportunity that Banner allows includes the Simulation Education and Training (SimET) Center. Currently, residents are introduced to the simulation lab in their first month of training with courses on chest tube and central line insertion. This simulation experience lab will be expanded to include mock codes allowing residents to learn important skills such as triaging and delegating and communicating effectively.

The Emergency Department at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is a high-acuity ED. It provides a unique model of emergency patient care, with the utilization of an intake model. The lower acuity patients are seen in the intake area and all high acuity patients are brought to the main Emergency Department.

This provides an immediate selection towards sicker patients that residents take care of. Residents also work one-on-one with attendings allowing individual focused teaching. This also allows residents to participate in all procedures in the departments.

There are many other training opportunities and rotations available to residents that continue to make this program one of the premier training sites in the Southwest. I encourage prospective applicants to come and spend a few hours with us. I am confident you will enjoy your experience.

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