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Audition Process – Apply for Audition Rotations

Mountain Vista Medical Center Residency programs will begin accepting applications for audition rotations for academic year 2017-2018 beginning March 1, 2017. Any applications received prior to this date will not be considered. Listed below is an outline of the selection process for audition rotations.

  • Students should download and complete the Rotation Request form.
  • The application should be completed in its entirety. Applications not fully completed will not be accepted and the rotation will not be scheduled.
  • Completed applications, along with a CV, should be submitted to the Department of Medical Education via email ( or via fax at (480) 373-2375.
  • Once received, applications will be reviewed by each residency program’s leadership and faculty. This process can take between one and two weeks, depending on the volume of applications. Final selection will be made by each program’s leadership team.
  • If approved, the Medical Education Coordinator will email the medical students a tentative approval of their rotation. Students will then be responsible for submitting the required documentation listed on the email. Students will have 60 days from receipt of the email to submit their documentation, or the rotation will be canceled and opened up to other students.
  • If not approved, applications will be placed on a waitlist. If slots open up, we will email those on waitlist applicants with availability. Waitlist scheduling will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Once all documentation is received, a final confirmation will be sent to the student.

Interview Dates

Due to the high volume of requests received and faculty schedules, applicants will not be interviewed during their audition rotation. Interview sessions will be held in November and December 2017. Potential candidates will be emailed an invitation listing those dates in October 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. With the upcoming merger, will Mountain Vista residency programs be accepting allopathic and osteopathic students?
    At the moment, Mountain Vista residency programs are only AOA accredited and are only approved to take osteopathic students. The General Surgery Residency and Internal Medicine Residency have submitted their application for accreditation, and a site inspection has been completed. The Gastroenterology Fellowship and Family Medicine Residency programs are in the process of finalizing their applications and will be submitting their applications for review soon. Allopathic students will be considered for application at a later date.
  2. How long are audition rotations?
    Audition rotations are limited to two-week rotations for all programs at Mountain Vista. We understand some schools require a four-week rotation and Mountain Vista will make an effort to accommodate students in other services for the remaining two weeks to fulfill the school requirement. However, no guarantee is made on such requests.
  3. I only have my COMLEX 1 score and have not taken my COMLEX2 yet. Does that disqualify me from applying?
    No, please make sure to note your COMLEX 1 score as well as the date COMLEX 2 is scheduled for. While it won’t affect audition rotations, Mountain Vista does require that COMLEX 1, COMLEX 2 and COMLEX PE all be completed prior to ranking a candidate. Unavailable exam status may also affect interview offers on a case-by-case scenario.
  4. Is there a minimum score cutoff for COMLEX 1 and COMLEX 2?
    While we do review and use the scores to help us determine the best possible candidate, it is not the sole piece of information. Applications are reviewed in their entirety to determine overall which candidate is the best fit for the program.
  5. I was unable to schedule an audition rotation, will this hurt my chances of being a viable candidate?
    No. We understand that we cannot audition every applicant for a variety of different reasons. Applicants who are unable to participate in an audition rotation will be evaluated on the merit of their applications. Mountain Vista residency programs have matched residents in previous years who did not complete an audition rotation.
  6. My schedule is off track. Can Mountain Vista accommodate it?
    Yes, we understand that each school has a different start date and will accommodate any Monday start date. Programs that begin on the first of each month will need to start on the first available Monday.
  7. I don’t have all the documentation listed on the approval email. Can I start without it?
    No. All students are required to submit the necessary documentation listed on the approval email. All documentation must be current as well. If more time is needed to get everything in, please contact the Department of Medical Education. No student will be allowed to start without all the documentation submitted prior to rotation.
  8. I want to cancel my audition rotation. Is that okay?
    Yes, we understand that career goals change and shift as you set out on the audition trail. If you wish to cancel a rotation, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may schedule another student in that slot.
  9. Is housing provided during audition rotations?
    No. Formal Mountain Vista housing is not available; however, the Department of Medical Education has a directory of individuals, including residents, who have agreed to take students for audition clinical rotations. Housing must be worked out independently of Mountain Vista Medical Center. Contact the Department of Medical Education for housing information.
  10. Are meals provided at Mountain Vista Medical Center during rotations?
    Yes. Audition medical students will have the same access as residents and will be able to have breakfast, lunch and dinner during the length of their rotation.
  11. Are there limits to how many audition students you allow at a time?
    Yes. We limit the number of students so that we do not saturate the rotation or diminish a student’s opportunity to audition for the program. Not all students will receive an audition slot.
  12. Do you have any preliminary or traditional rotating internship slots available?
    No. All of our programs are categorical.

If any other questions arise, please feel free to contact the Department of Medical Education at 480-373-2370 or 480-358-2390.

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