Abrazo West Campus has launched two new graduate medical residency programs—one in emergency medicine and the other a transitional year—offering medical school graduates required experience in a variety of different specialties.

The programs may also serve as recruitment tools.

“We’re proud of the commitment we have made to train and educate new physicians, many of whom we expect will go on to practice within our system and help ease the shortage of physicians in our region,” Abrazo West Campus Chief Executive Officer Christina Oh said. “These new medical residency programs not only directly benefit the community in Goodyear and the greater Phoenix area, they also further our goal of offering our patients high-quality clinical care within an academic teaching environment.”

Residents in the three-year emergency medicine program will primarily gain experience in Abrazo West’s state-designated Level 1 trauma center, with additional rotations in the emergency departments at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus in Glendale.

Six residents will be admitted every year, for a total of 18 over three years.

“We’ve hired some nationally recognized faculty to help us achieve our long-term goal of making our new emergency medicine residency program one of the top programs in the country,” said Matthew Graber, emergency medicine residency program director. 

The transitional-year program is one of only two in the Phoenix area. The one-year program, which accepts 13 residents per year, provides clinical experience and education in multiple clinical disciplines to help prepare residents for the specific specialty they ultimately choose to practice in. 

The addition of the emergency medicine and transitional-year residency programs expands the number of medical residency programs offered by Abrazo Health to five.