From the residents

“I knew Payson would be a good fit for me because I was always interested in rural family medicine. And I really liked my interactions with the faculty during and after the interview process. They were kind, supportive and made me feel like I could be the best version of myself there.”
– Hui Jin Jo, Future Family Medicine Physician

"The combination of excellent training, natural beauty, abundance of outdoor recreation, and emphasis on community in Payson truly offered everything my family and I desired.”
– Jolan Wu, Future Family Medicine Physician

Full-Spectrum Training:
Empowering Rural Communities

As a developing rural residency program sponsored by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, the Payson Family Medicine Residency Program will provide a unique and enriching opportunity to shape the future of family medicine in the heart of Arizona. Our residency program seeks aspiring family doctors who wish to immerse themselves in the training necessary to provide full-spectrum care to rural communities. This will be the first residency program at the Banner Payson Medical Center, a rural critical access hospital only 90 minutes from Phoenix, Arizona.

Our Mission is to improve the health of rural Arizona communities by training highly skilled physicians adept in resource-limited settings.

Why Choose Payson?

  • Nature's Backdrop: Serving as the entrance to the Mogollon Rim and surrounded by the beautiful Tonto National Forest, Payson is a jump-off point for fishing, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. This brings much activity to our very busy emergency room.
  • Experienced Faculty: Banner Payson has hosted medical students in a longitudinal integrated curriculum for several years and is ready to expand into residency programs. Learn from a dedicated team of experienced faculty members who are passionate about teaching and mentoring. We have diverse experiences and are committed to the success of our residents. About one third of the curriculum will be spent in Phoenix with the faculty of the well-established Banner - University Family Medicine Residency.
  • Excellent Facilities: Banner Payson Medical Center and the Family Medicine Clinic provide a full spectrum of services: adult medicine, pediatric medicine including newborn care, labor and delivery, ICU, general surgery, orthopedics, emergency medicine, rehab, and addiction medicine to name a few. We also staff a weekly student-run free medical clinic.
  • Other Training Highlights:
    • Intense 1:1 learning opportunities with 2 residents per class
    • Prenatal care, L&D, newborn care. C-section training if desired.
    • Stabilization and transport
    • Surgical first assist
    • Sports Medicine at the local high school
    • Weekly didactics with Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix
    • Community Involvement and Leadership

Payson Highlights

  • Outdoor recreation (hiking, skiing, camping, fishing, boating, climbing, golf, hunting)
  • Mild climate at 5000 ft elevation
  • Home to the world’s oldest continuous rodeo, the Payson Pro Rodeo
  • A quick 90 minute drive to Phoenix