Merima Bucaj, DO, FAAFP
Abrazo Family Medicine Residency
Dr. Bucaj’s introduction into Western medicine was unique, as she entered the United States as a teenage refugee from Eastern Europe. In her early years, she quickly set to work learning English and mastering biomedical science to reach her dream of becoming a physician. With her desire to serve others, she commissioned into the United States Air Force under a medical scholarship program, and on her journey through medical school fell in love with Family Medicine and its incomparable patient continuity. Once she graduated as a chief resident from her residency training, she applied for a faculty position and has been teaching residents and leading medical student education in residency programs since that time. Dr. Bucaj thrives on caring for her patients and making strong, lasting bonds with the people who allow her to care for them and their families. All this is in conjunction with her other passion of sharing the knowledge, excitement and experience she has gained with other physicians.
Having completed specialty health training with the Public Health Service in Yosemite National Park, she has a deep passion for nature, hiking, and travel. She enjoys spending quality time with friends and family. She is ecstatic to be back in Arizona, which she considers her home, and to be serving her community.
Dr. Bucaj’s clinical Interests are Resident Education, Medical Student Education, Colonoscopies, OMT, Auricular Acupuncture, Physician Wellness.
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