MICA Medical Foundation pledges funding for residency training 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 supports education highly qualified physicians-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 and continuing to grow graduate medical education in the Phoenix area.”

Thirty-four residents are currently enrolled in the St.Joseph’s OB/GYN program, which is jointly sponsored by Maricopa County Hospital. Residents gain valuable experience caring for patients in need of general and subspecialty services, including preventive, critical and ambulatory care, labor and delivery, surgical procedures and treatment of diseases.

The newly created MMF gramt was awarded to Meisje Burton, MD, a recent graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine who is following in her father’s footsteps to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology.

The gift marks the largest MMF donation to support a nonprofit residency program in Arizona. Founded in 2014, the grant-making organization is dedicated to enhancing medical education for healthcare professionals and supporting research aimed at improving the delivery of medical care to patients in the community.

Guests at MICA recognition breakfast at St. Joseph'sFrom left to right: Ron Malpiedi, MICA Medical Foundation vice presidentand chief operating officer; Patty White, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center; Meisje Burton, MD, the first MMF grant recipient; Amy Silverthorn, MD, MMF board chair; Julie Ritzman, MMF vice president; and Ed Marley,MMF vice president and chief financial officer.