Forty-Plus New Banner UMC Chief Residents Undergo ‘Complex Care for All Ages’ Training

Group shot of the 2018 IP-CRIT Program participants
Learners, instructors and staff who participated in the 2018 IP-CRIT Program for incoming chief resident training at Banner Health facilities in Tucson.

The Ninth Annual Interprofessional Chief Resident Immersion Training (IP-CRIT) Program in the Care of Complex Patients of All Ages was hosted June 9-10 by the University of Arizona Center on Aging at the J.W. Marriott Star Pass Resort.

This by-invitation-only event offers all incoming chief residents at Banner Health clinical facilities an overview of the issues they will be facing as lead physicians-in-training for their areas of expertise in the coming year, and provides them strategies to be successful, noted Mindy Fain, MD, professor of medicine, associate professor of nursing, chief of the Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, co-director of the UA Center on Aging and the Anne & Alden Hart Professor of Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

“The IP-CRIT program, attended by about 40 chief residents from across the Banner – University Medicine health network in Tucson, is a two-day day immersion program focusing on three areas: complex care issues for the hospitalized patient and their family; leadership and teaching skills; and quality and safety,” Dr. Fain said.

“We are delighted that this year’s sponsors include Banner – University Medicine, the UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Office, and the Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (AzGWEP) at the UA Center on Aging.”

She underscored that, while the UA Center on Aging hosts the IP-CRIT Program, the training is focused on more than just care issues for older adults. It’s designed for complex care for the full spectrum of patients seeking treatment at Banner’s two hospitals—Banner – University Medicine Tucson and Banner – UMC South—and outpatient clinical facilities across Southeastern Arizona.


Photo collage from 2018 IP-CRIT Program dinner at Star Pass ResortAs part of the IP-CRIT Program, a dinner also is held for learners, instructors and staff supporting the effort. Dr. Fain thanked several folks present at the dinner for that support, including UA's Drs. Janko Nikolich-Žugich (chair, Department of Immunobiology), Fayez Ghishan (chair, Department of Pediatrics), and Taylor Riall (acting chair, Department of Surgery).

Photo gallery from 2018 IP-CRIT Program dinner at Star Pass ResortAmong UA Department of Medicine  “learners” who attended were Drs. Marilyn Wickenheiser (Dermatology chief resident), Kris Kumar and Anthony Witten (University Campus Internal Medicine chief residents), Roberto Swazo (South Campus Internal Medicine chief resident) and Elise Vo (3rd-year University Campus Internal Medicine resident in Banner Residency Leadership Program). See below for DOM faculty participating as instructors.

To view a photo gallery for the IP-CRIT dinner,   click here  (or on the image at the left).

You also can see these photos in an album at the UA Department of Medicine Facebook webpage.

In all, the 41 participating chief residents—and a 3rd-year internal medicine resident in the Banner Residency Leadership Program—represented 16 departments, with 12 faculty participating as program instructors, including one from the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (Damian Mendoza, PharmD), one from Community Partners Inc. (Zacharias Knickerbocker, RN) and one from Quantum Wise Solutions LLC (Carol Bergmann, founder/president).

Among instructors from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson (including Dr. Fain) were:

Amanda Arrington, MD, assistant professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, associate chair, community outreach, Department of Surgery, and state chair, Arizona Commission on Cancer;
DOM faculty who served as IP-CRIT instructors, Drs. Gordon Carr, Mindy Fain, Bree Johnston and Stacie PinderhughesGordon Carr, MD, assistant professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and associate vice president and regional chief medical officer, Banner – University Medicine Division;
C. Bree Johnston, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, Division of Geriatrics, General Internal and Palliative Medicine;
Francisco Moreno, MD, professor, Department of Psychiatry, and associate vice president, diversity and inclusion, UA Health Sciences;
Stacie Pinderhughes, MD, assistant professor, Division of Geriatrics, General Internal and Palliative Medicine;
Andreas Theodorou, MD, professor and associate chair for clinical affairs and quality, Department of Pediatrics, and chief education officer, Banner – University Medical Group; and
Ole Thienhaus, MD, professor and chair, Department of Psychiatry.
Linda Phillips, RN, PhD, senior director, research and education, at the UA Center on Aging, and professor, College of Nursing.

“Sharing expertise and building collaborative relationships is an important part of the program,” underscored Dr. Fain.

The highly interactive training within the IP-CRIT Program provides an opportunity for experts in multiple specialties and disciplines to come together, learn new skills and brainstorm on how to improve care for complex patients and their families across Arizona.

This training is made possible by AzGWEP funding through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the UA Center on Aging.

About the UA Center on Aging
The mission of the University of Arizona Center on Aging (ACOA) at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson is to enable older adults to live healthy and functional lives through coordinated programs in research, education, outreach and patient care. Established in 1980 as one of a network of Long Term Care Gerontology Centers authorized by the Older Americans Act, the ACOA was approved by the Arizona Board of Regents as a Center of Excellence at the UA Health Sciences in 1991. It is affiliated with the Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine within the UA Department of Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, one of five UA Health Sciences colleges. For more information, visit

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Release Date: 
06/25/2018 - 12:30pm