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A Statewide Coordinator Consortium – Conception to Adolescence Phyllis Thackrah and Diane Ramirez Maricopa Integrated Health System and Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. Adolescence. Conception. Birth. Early Development. The early development of MECAz has revealed many accomplishments:

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A Statewide Coordinator Consortium – Conception to Adolescence

Phyllis Thackrah and Diane Ramirez

Maricopa Integrated Health System and Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center




Early Development

  • The early development of MECAz has revealed many accomplishments:
      • Bylaws
      • A website (
      • Routine meetings
      • Development and revision of a
      • standardized application for
      • rotating residents
      • Many networking opportunities
      • The opportunity to collaborate
      • with the national organization
      • AHME
      • Targeted Educational
      • presentations
      • Presentation Topics:
      • Enhancing the Role of
      • Coordinators
      • Medicare Cost Reporting
      • ACGME Institutional
      • Requirements
      • TAGME
      • Generational Gaps
      • Identifying Stress & Fatigue
      • AHME/MECAz Academy:
      • Recruitment
      • Preparing for Site Visit
      • Internal Review
      • Orientation
      • Core Competencies
  • GME and CME coordinators from hospitals and medical schools in the Phoenix area first met in 2003. That meeting produced a list of common challenges faced by GME & CME coordinators and demonstrated a clear need to meet again.The group agreed to meet three times a year, and in April of 2004 decided to formalize
  • their collaboration: a mission statement emerged, followed
  • by a board of directors, a website and a name - The Medical
  • Education Coordinators of
  • Arizona (MECAz) was born.
  • Organizations involved:
      • Banner Good Samaritan
      • John C. Lincoln Medical Center
      • Kingman Regional Medical Center
      • Kirksville College of Osteopathic
      • Medicine
      • Maricopa Medical Center
      • Mayo Hospital Scottsdale
      • Midwestern University
      • Phoenix Children’s Hospital
      • Scottsdale Medical Center
      • Sierra Vista Medical Center
      • University of Arizona

Now that MECAz is in adolescence, it is clear that excellent networking opportunities have arisen and numerous educational presentations have been provided. Processes have been standardized and streamlined, communication has been greatly enhanced

and opportunities for personal

and professional growth

have become abundant.

This project was conceived with the goal of improving communication and standardization of information among coordinators of eight hospitals and three medical schools providing medical education in the Phoenix area.

Mission Statement

‘Growing’ Forward

The Medical Education Coordinators of Arizona (MECAz) is organized for the purpose of statewide networking to improve the coordination and efficiency of undergraduate and graduate medical education through sharing best practices, supporting professional development, setting standards, identifying process improvements, opening communication, and interfacing with national organizations.

  • As MECAz grows, new ideas and directions are being explored: 
    • Bring MECAz into the 21st century
    • technologically by using tools
    • such as Linkedin.
    • Consider an on-line forum such
    • as the AHME Message Board.
    • Continue to bring excellent
    • speakers to promote professional
    • and personal growth for members.
    • Mentor other states interested in
    • beginning a state-wide
    • coordinators consortium.












Universal Rotating Resident Application Revised

Universal Rotating Resident Application Developed

Decision Made to Formalize

Mission Statement Adopted

Bylaws Adopted

Website Established

Length of Offices Redefined

Group Named MECAz

First Officers Elected

AHME/MECAz Academy Held

Held First Meeting