MICA Medical Foundation reinforces residency program for obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph's

St. Joseph's Foundation is exceptionally grateful for the MICA Medical Foundation pledge--supporting the education for residents enrolled in the Phoenix Integrated Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Joseph's Hospital.

MICA grant recipients

Meisje Burton, MD, MBA, (left) was selected as the first grant recipient, entering her residency at St. Joseph's in 2016. Dr. Burton is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, where she received a bachelor's degree in biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine and a minor in chemistry. She also holds a master's of business administration from Barry University in Florida. 

Taylor Jenkins, MD, (second from left) was selected as the second recipient of the MICA Medical Foundation Grant beginning in 2017. She is also a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Prior to attending medical school, she received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition sciences at UA, gaining research experience relating to obstetrics, gynecology and nutrition throughout her undergraduate studies.

Chloe Wood, MD, (third from left) becomes the third MICA Medical Foundation Grant recipient, beginning her training July 2018. Dr. Wood is a recent graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine, where she received honors in obstetrics/gynecology sub-internship and clerkship, as well as cardiology. She earned her undergraduate degree from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.  

Finally, Jessica Worthington, MD, (far right) was recently awarded the fourth MICA Medical Foundation Grant. She graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where she was honored with the Commitment to Underserved Peoples Leadership Award and a Distinction in Community Service. She earned her undergraduate degree in public policy, planning and development, from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Phoenix Integrated Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology is based on a four-year curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education. The students train primarily at two medical centers throughout this program—at St. Joseph’s and Maricopa Integrated Health System. Together, the hospitals deliver more than 10,000 babies a year, providing maternal support and tertiary care as needed. Upon graduation, the MICA grantees will be adept at caring for a full-range of obstetrics and gynecology care. 

PGY 1 residents first enter an “OB Boot camp,” splitting time between both facilities and familiarizing themselves with other residents and the attending physicians. Throughout the year, they’ll spend blocks in obstetrics, gynecology, surgical intensive care, antepartum and ultra sound. PGY II is more focused on patient care and the operating room, along with ambulatory care and family planning.

The MICA Medical Foundation is a grant-making organization whose goal is to improve patient outcomes. The foundation pursues its goal principally through financial support of (a) the training and education of physicians and health care professionals, and (b) research to improve the safe, effective and compassionate delivery of medical care for the benefit of the community as a whole.

Press release announcing the MICA Medical Foundation original gift to St. Joseph's in 2016:

MICA Medical Foundation pledges funding for new residency scholarship at St. Joseph's

MICA Medical Foundation (MMF) has pledged a gift of $278,000 to support medical education at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. The donation creates and funds a four-year scholarship for a highly qualified physician-in-training enrolled in the hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology residency program.

“The MICA Medical Foundation sought a partner to support physician training and to help fill the need for additional physicians in the community,” says Amy Silverthorn, MD, MMF board chair. “St. Joseph’s met the mission and goals of our organization. We look forward to working on this partnership ... Read entire article