Elective Rotations

Every year has one 4-week block dedicated to an elective

The three year curriculum includes an elective month in each year. We offer several core electives (listed below) that are customizable to your learning interests. You also have the opportunity to build your own elective.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The EMS elective offers several experiences to choose from, including:
– Ride-alongs with Phoenix Fire Department or Maricopa Ambulance
– Fly-alongs with fixed wing or helicopter air crews
– Quality Assurance activities with Air Methods (flight) or Phoenix Fire (ground)
– Providing Continuing Education to Phoenix Fire or other crews in rural Arizona
– Shadowing in Dispatch
– Technical rescue training
– Tactical EMS training
– Urban search and rescue training
– Community paramedicine
– Incident command center

Advanced Emergency Ultrasound Elective

The advanced emergency ultrasound elective was developed by our own outstanding ultrasound faculty. We have developed a novel structured curriculum based on a flipped classroom model with the incorporation of up-to-date online content, including: podcasts, journal articles, blogs, and e-books. Content will include advanced echocardiography, ultrasound guided resuscitation and procedures. Rotators will have multiple opportunities each week to obtain hands-on bedside teaching and image review with ultrasound faculty. The advanced emergency ultrasound elective will allow resident rotators to solidify their knowledge of core concepts and applications and prepare them for the future of emergency ultrasound.

Rural Medicine with Indian Health Services

Rotate at Indian Health Services Medical Centers:

Whiteriver and Fort Defiance
– Rural hospitals dedicated to serving Apache and Navajo County
– Opportunity to practice in resource-limited area and learn more about the Indian Health services, the people they serve, and future job opportunities
– Ability to explore the beautiful area and get outdoors

Wilderness Medicine

Run by Dr. Comp, the Wilderness elective lets you choose your own adventure:
– Opportunities to take AWLS course
– Weekly treks
– Option to focus on a specific area (dive, high altitude, disaster, etc) and plan training around that
– Teaching opportunities in the department and with medical students
– Curated reading list

Critical Care at Banner Estrella Hospital

Interested in more critical care experience? Spend your elective month in the ICU at Banner Estrella hospital. You’ll get to work with very sick patients and great faculty. Lots of opportunities to practice central lines, ventilator management, pressor titration, and many other critical care medicine skills. Banner Estrella is located in West Phoenix and serves 33,000 inpatients annually. This rotation is available to all classes.