Giving Back – MICA Medical Foundation

In 2014, MICA founded MICA Medical Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to align with MICA's mission and principles to ensure that all physicians are well positioned to deliver outstanding care with a focus on patient safety. MICA Medical Foundation achieves its goals principally through financial support of (a) the training and education of physicians and health care professionals, and (b) research to improve the safe, effective, and compassionate delivery of medical care for the benefit of the community as a whole.


MICA Medical Foundation

Residency Program Grants

In 2016, MMF awarded its first residency grant to what is now Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance. Through this program, selected residents earn unparalleled obstetrics and gynecology experience while training at affiliated hospitals, where more than 10,000 newborns are delivered every year. By providing program support to promising students, MMF aims to ensure those students receive the most advanced training possible before they become full-time physicians.

MICA Medical Foundation Selected Residents

  • Victoria Way, MD - Louisiana State University School of Medicine (2024)
  • Isiah Angel Romo, MD - University of Arizona College of Medicine (2023)
  • Nicholas Balbi, MD - Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine (2022)
  • Nicole Segaline, MD - University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix (2021)
  • Diane Light, MD - Creighton University School of Medicine (2020)
  • Jessica Worthington, MD - University of Arizona College of Medicine (2019)

  • Chloe Wood, MD - Creighton University School of Medicine(2018)
  • Taylor Jenkins, MD - University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix (2017)
  • Meisje Burton, MD - University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix (2016)

Scholastic Achievement Programs

MICA Medical Foundation supports leading medical schools in Arizona and Utah through annual grants for scholastic achievements and sponsorships of events that support graduate medical education. To be eligible for grant funding, programs and initiatives must focus on improving patient safety, quality of care, reducing medical errors, and/or physician education and training.

“MICA is a physician-founded and physician-directed organization that has been dedicated to the practice and defense of medicine for over 45 years,” said Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, FACP, chair of the MICA Medical Foundation. “We remain committed to the safe, effective and compassionate delivery of medical care through our ongoing support of future physicians.”

Program Eligibility

Organizations seeking funding must qualify as exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Activities must have a primary impact in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and/or Utah, and are typically centered on:

  • The education and training of physicians
  • Development, implementation, or changes in healthcare-related systems, tools, and processes that improve outcomes
  • Pilot programs designed to improve medicine

*MICA Medical Foundation does NOT fund the following:

  • Political organizations, campaigns, and lobbying efforts; religious organizations; endowment campaigns; societies and fraternal organizations; telephone solicitation; construction or repair of facilities; capital campaigns; projects that benefit individual applicants or serve a limited audience

MICA Medical Foundation Board and Staff

Board Members:
Karen J. Nichols, D.O., Chair
Roseanne Collins, M.D.
Steven P. Matteucci, J.D.

Edward G. Marley, President
Sherry R. Haworth, Secretary 
Kristin L. Kenny, Treasurer 

For more information about MICA Medical Foundation, please contact:
Sherry Haworth
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer