Clinical Practice Sites

We practice in several diverse clinical environments around the Phoenix area

Valleywise Health Medical Center

Valleywise Health Medical Center (formerly Maricopa Medical Center, still affectionately referred to as ‘Copa) is a 449-bed, Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center that cares for patients from all over the state of Arizona and that specifically serves as the safety net for Maricopa County. The medical center offers Adult Emergency Medical Services with an ED census of approximately 60,000 patients/year (and growing).

The Arizona Children’s Center offers comprehensive medical services including: a Pediatric Emergency Services with approximately 20,000 visits per year, in-patient Pediatric unit with a wide breadth of subspecialties, 12 bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a Pediatric Burn Unit, a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, a Level III, 40-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (one of three in the Phoenix Valley), and Child Life Specialists.

Valleywise Heath is part of an integrated health system which is a network of community clinics throughout Maricopa County aimed at increasing access to care.

The Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise Health Medical Center

The Arizona Burn Center is recognized by the American Burn Association as a nationally verified Burn Center and is the second largest in the country. The Burn Center is essentially a stand alone facility within Maricopa Medical Center comprised of a separate 19 bed ICU facility with up to an additional 38 in-patient beds. In 2010, the Burn center provided care to 947 in-patients and 5,511 out-patient visits. The Arizona Burn Center is a regional facility receiving patients from many of the surrounding states and Northern Mexico. Our PGY2 residents are fortunate to spend a one month rotation in the burn center receiving high-quality exposure burn care in the settings of: ambulatory care, pre-hospital care, in-patient and ICU care. This experience is unique to few programs in the country.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is a 363 in-patient bed facility that offers the most comprehensive pediatric health care in the state providing inpatient, outpatient, trauma and emergency care across more than 70 pediatric subspecialties. The Hospital has six Centers of Excellence:
Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Heart Center
Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics
Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Level One Pediatric Trauma Center
Neonatal Intensive Care

The Emergency Department is a 30 bed unit which is staffed with board certified pediatric emergency physicians and training fellows and sees approximately 76,000 patients a year. The 2nd year resident spend a one month rotation in the Department with subsequent shifts during the Adult ED months.

Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix

Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, is a 663 in-patient bed facility and a Level One Trauma Center located 2.3 miles west of Maricopa Medical Center in downtown Phoenix and is the residency’s second major training site. BUMC offers many Tertiary medical services including a certified Primary Stroke Center, high risk Obstetrics, Cavanagh Heart Center (including LVADs), a Cancer Center, a Transplant Center, and the Banner Poison Center. It is also a major medical education institution with residencies and fellowships in many medical services. The Copa Residents spend time during their 3 years rotating through Cardiology, Toxicology, Surgical ICU, Stroke Service, and the Emergency Department. The Good Sam ED is set up in a “pod” system with over 30 beds and serves approximately 64,000 patients, annually.

Banner Simulation System is one of the country’s largest simulation education programs with an in-hospital simulation lab and a 55,000 square-foot simulation facility that teaches all fields of health care professionals in the settings of: ICU, ED, OR, NICU, Post-anesthesia care unit. The yearly Copa Conference schedule regularly includes Simulation Days allowing the residents to practice EM procedures and to run simulation cases with state of the art mannequins.

Toxicology at Banner University Medical Center -Phoenix

Our PGY2s rotate through the Banner University Medical Center toxicology program. This is a great experience which will open your eyes to the world of toxicology and allows residents to obtain a better grasp of the acutely poisoned patient. As a resident you will be on call certain days where you will be directly involved in patient care and management. The toxicology program is affiliated with our residency program and provides lectures to the residents on a regular basis. For additional details regarding what to expect while on the rotation please read Dr. O’Connor’s message below.

UACOMP Medical Toxicology Fellowship

Banner Health Cardon Children’s Medical Center

​The Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center was opened in 2009 and now is a 206 bed facility with comprehensive Pediatric specialties and sub-specialties providing care to the East Valley. The Pediatric ED sees 41,000 patients per year. The PGY 3 residents spend a block advancing their skills in Pediatric Anesthesia (1 week) and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (3 weeks). With the inclusion of this rotation, the Maricopa EM Residency now has a unique Pediatric EM experience in each of its 3 years.

Mayo Clinic Arizona

Specialists in the Department of Emergency Medicine at all three Mayo Clinic locations treat life-threatening illnesses. Teams of board-certified physicians, registered nurses, advanced midlevel providers and other specially trained staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to treat anyone seeking emergency medical care. Each year, Mayo emergency care physicians see more than 130,000 patients in the emergency care setting.

Mayo Clinic Hospitals in both Florida and in Minnesota are certified as Comprehensive Stroke Centers and Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The physicians and nurses who work in the emergency department at each site are vital members of the stroke care teams.In Arizona, Department of Emergency Medicine physicians provide care for patients at Mayo Clinic Hospital, a 268-bed hospital on the Mayo Clinic campus in northeast Phoenix. The Arizona emergency medicine team includes 18 board-certified physicians, over 70 registered nurses, and numerous other clinical support staff.

Banner Thunderbird Pediatric Emergency Department

​The Banner Thunderbird Children’s Medical Center is a facility with comprehensive Pediatric specialties and sub-specialties providing care to the West Valley. The PGY 1 residents spend a block advancing their skills in the Pediatric Emergency Medicine (4 weeks), and PGY2 and PGY3 residents continue longitudinal pediatric shifts monthly. With the inclusion of this rotation, the Maricopa EM Residency now has a unique Pediatric EM experience in each of its 3 years.

St. Joes Emergency Department

St. Joes Emergency Department is where the PGY3 class spends one block per year. It is a busy community emergency department with high acuity patients. The Emergency Department features:

  • Level one trauma center
  • Six trauma bays with cutting-edge technology, including overhead X-ray machines and equipment booms.
  • 72 emergency bays. All the rooms in the ED are equipped for patients of any acuity, both adult and pediatric.
  • > 85,000 Emergency Department visits/year
  • Home to Barrow Neurologic Institute