Medical Education and Research

As the largest physician training hospital in Maricopa County, Maricopa Medical Center plays a major role in teaching Arizona’s next generation of medical professionals. In the past five years, MIHS has graduated 329 physicians, including 82 in pediatrics, 68 in internal medicine, 60 in emergency medicine and 43 in obstetrics gynecology. Of those, 62 percent (204) remained in Arizona and 58 percent (191) in Maricopa County. Maricopa Medical Center boasts over 60 years of medical education, making it the oldest teaching hospital in the state.

Teaching hospitals like Maricopa have a unique role in our community. Our hospital, with residents and supervising physicians available around the clock, provides care for some of the community’s sickest and most vulnerable patients. Our teaching faculty has highly experienced physicians who are also well-versed in the latest medical research.

Increasing the number of physicians in practice also boosts our economic development. They create well-paying technical jobs and serve as major contributors to our economy. Last year our investment in medical education programs was over $20 million.

Maricopa Health Foundation provides support for:

  • Dozens of educational conferences, lectures,  and continuing education events each year.
  • Financial support to residents facing family emergencies
  • Access to courses and certification for medical interpreters
  • Training for disaster response
  • Medical equipment such surgical loop glasses for surgical residents
Medical Research

MIHS’ history is filled with stories of physicians, researchers and others who observed a problem and worked to solve it. The results of their accomplishments have been presented at professional meetings, documented in scientific journals and poster presentations and reported by the media.

The Research Team at MIHS performs a wide variety of cutting edge research, including clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, and collaborative research projects with institutional partners. There are 254 active research projects with over 10,000 patients participating in studies in the last 3 years. Most research is done in a clinical setting.

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