Michael Epter, program director, Emergency Medicine Residency program, MIHS

Michael Epter, program director, Emergency Medicine Residency program, MIHS

Michael Epter, DO, FAAEM, has led the Department of Emergency Medicine residency program at Maricopa Integrated Health System for the past five years.

The three-year program accepts about 14 students a year. Epter says he’s been “blessed” with the classes he’s had because “they (residents) always challenge me to be better.” And he adds, “They are just fun to be around and have insatiable curiosity.”

Because MIHS’ Emergency Medicine residency program is an established brand with 30 years of history, it always seems to get more than enough applicants for available slots.

“Hundreds of Maricopa grads can be found all over the country,” he says. “And they carry our brand on their sleeves.”

The residents graduate from the program capable of working as emergency physicians in any environment, he notes.

While most go into community medicine, some will follow an academic pathway. For example, MIHS’ Emergency Medicine department also offers fellowships in ultrasound and Emergency Department Administration.

He believes the merging of the residency program that he leads with the Alliance partnership will bring “more stable rigor” to all residency and fellowship programs affected by the move. “More importantly it will bring more resources available to all of us. And because it is affiliated with a medical school, it should bring curriculum advancement.”