The rotation structure is based on an apprenticeship system, where one fellow is assigned to one or two attending staff exclusively during that rotation.
All clinics are able to run independently of the fellow, so the fellow’s learning will be the top priority if unique opportunities are available. The presence of physician assistants will help with the flow of the office and limit clerical work on the part of the fellow.
Fellows will typically interview all new and most returning patients and formulate a treatment plan to be reviewed, discussed, and approved by the attending surgeon. There will be certain rotations in which the fellow will be scheduled to spend time with another faculty member sub-specializing in a particular area, such as pediatrics or oncology. This will provide a concentrated sub-specialty exposure to rare and unusual conditions that otherwise would take much more time to occur by chance.
Facilities the fellows will use for outpatient clinical care include:
The CORE Institute Office – North Phoenix: The three-story, 78,000 sq.ft. office building serves as the main outpatient facility of the fellowship. The basement floor houses the research facilities complete with motion analysis laboratory, mechanical testing equipment, prototyping shop, and cadaveric dissection laboratory.
The second floor is comprised of administrative offices, several conference rooms, and an auditorium. The ground floor is the clinical floor where patient encounters occur. 15 physicians and nine physician assistants utilize 59 exam rooms to see more than 5,700 patients each month.
The CORE Institute Office – Sun City West: This 18,600 sq.ft. office has 40 exam rooms staffed by six front desk personnel, nine medical assistants, 10 physician assistants and nine physicians. The office is equipped with electronic medical records (EMR) and digital imaging capabilities. This office sees more than 5,000 patients on average each month. It also has an additional attached 5,300 sq.ft. facility for physical therapy.
The CORE Institute Office – Peoria: This 13,000 sqft office has 21 exam rooms staffed by four front-desk personnel, six medical assistants, three physician assistants and five physicians. The office is equipped with electronic medical records (EMR) and digital imaging capabilities. This office sees an average of nearly 2,320 patients each month.
Banner Children’s Specialist Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Children’s Rehabilitative Services Clinic: Both clinics have three exam rooms staffed by four medical assistants, two registered nurses and one physician assistant. This facility sees patients with hand congenital malformations and pediatric hand trauma.