Sorry, there was a problem.

An unexpected error occurred and your request couldn't be handled. Please call a Dignity Health representative at
(844) 274-8497
OR
Chat with us here.

Reference code:

Letter From The Surgery Residency Director


Welcome to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Surgical Residency website,

Although our residency began in 2008, St. Joseph’s has a long history in surgical education. Our faculty was involved with the training of surgical residents in Phoenix from the University of Nebraska, Texas Tech University El Paso, Mayo Clinic- Scottsdale, Maricopa Medical Center, and Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency in Phoenix since 1986.

We began designing our residency program in 2005 with its emphasis based on education - not on service. In addition, we decided to build the culture of our residency from the “ground up” by starting at the PGY-1 level and let the residency grow with the residents. As new changes develop in technology, surgical residency programs must be able to adapt to the needs of residents and patients. As I’ve told our residents many times, “If this residency is the same in 2013 when our first class graduates, as it was in 2008, we have failed”. Based on our resident and faculty feedback we have already made changes to our curriculum to make the surgery training at St. Joseph’s Hospital better for our incoming residents each year.

We have active affiliation with Creighton University School of Medicine, the University of Arizona and the Mayo Clinic-Scottsdale.

Medical Students routinely rotate on our surgical service. Sign up for a sub-internship, meet our faculty and our house staff and get a feel of what the surgical family at St. Joseph’s is all about.

Hope to see you in Phoenix,

Scott R. Petersen, MD, FACS 
Director of Surgical Education 
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center 
Phoenix, Arizona