Alumni News

Medical Humanities ‘Will Make Me a Better Physician’

Tamara McBride entered the UA College of Medicine – Tucson in 2009, her heart set on a career in obstetrics and gynecology. Now just a few months away from her medical degree, McBride has had a change of heart. She wants to be a family physician.How did this change occur? It took a trip to West Africa and the reflective writing program in which...


Julianne Wilke Receives First Hurtado Scholarship

Jullianne Wilke will start her fourth and final year of medical school on July 1, firm in her goal of becoming a pediatric specialist – and relieved of the financial pressure of having to pay the tuition for her last three semesters of medical school. ”I feel incredibly honored,” Wilke said, of being chosen as the first recipient of the Drs. Felix...


Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm ‘Makes a Big Negative a Whole Lot Better’

Albert Chi, MD, was an undergraduate studying biomedical engineering when a motorcycle accident nearly cost him his left leg and foot. Hospitalized for a month, undergoing repeated surgeries, he was deeply impressed by his doctors’ compassion and skill. He realized then that he had two passions: engineering and medicine. Now Chi – a 2003 graduate...


Increasing Numbers of American Indian Physicians is Top Priority for Nicole Stern, MD

The number of Native American students entering medical school in the United States has been dropping almost steadily in recent years. For Nicole Stern, MD, a 1998 graduate of the UA College of Medicine and president of the Association of American Indian Physicians, reversing that trend is priority No. 1. “There are a lot of reasons why we aren’t...


Class Notes, July 2013

The College of Medicine Office of Alumni Affairs is all about keeping in touch with you, and helping you keep in touch with each other! Submit your alumni news for the next edition of the newsletter here. Caroline P. McCall, Class of 1993 Hey to all former classmates!! I love hearing about what you all are doing.  I hope 2013 and the years to come...


Greetings from Dean Goldschmid

I want to congratulate our newest alumni, the class of 2013! They are a bright, committed and diverse group of 109 new physicians: 64 women and 45 men, and by ethnicity, seven Hispanic students and two Native Americans. The Class of 2013 also includes 10 men and women who graduated with dual degrees: six MD/MPH, two MD/MBA and two MD/PhD. One...


Welcome from New Alumni Board President Elaine Drobny, MD

Dear College of Medicine Alumni, It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I am serving as president of the Alumni Board of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Throughout my thirty-some years of medical practice, I have often reflected, with great appreciation, upon the education I received from the College of Medicine –...


Love in the Anatomy Lab: From Medical School Romance to Successful Life Partnerships

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s history is dotted with stories of couples whose relationships bloomed during long hours of training and study, and grew into lifetime partnerships.Two couples, Scott and Katy Berger (formerly Katy Hicks) and Chris and Susan Burke (formerly Susan Kunesh), all from the Class of 1987, reconnected in October at...


Hurtado Scholarship Fund Will Honor Pediatricians Who Made a Difference

They were two pediatricians, dedicated to caring for the children of poor families. Grateful parents would pay with a chicken or a dozen fresh eggs.But this was Cuba, and when Fidel Castro came to power, doctors were told to devote their practice to the upper class. When an armed soldier came to their home and seized their files and typewriter,...


110 Students Match to Residencies in College of Medicine – Tucson’s 32nd Match Day

After all her hard work, and all the anticipation, Evelinda Gonzales could not have been happier with the news she got on Match Day 2013.“I’m so happy. So, so happy. I’m shocked. And very, very excited,” she said, after learning she got her first choice: a family medicine residency with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in...


Class Notes, March 2013

Tamra Whiteley Myers, MD, Class of 1978Here is a family photo of myself, my husband, Mark, and my two kids, Lauren and Thomas. We are all UA alumni – Mark, MBA; Lauren BS in math and cell and molecular biology; Thomas in optical sciences!Cori Veatch, MD, Class of 2008 I am sharing an outpatient job with Andrea Patton (family medicine)! We are part...


First Time in the Nation: Interprofessional Simulated Pandemic Emergency Goes Statewide

Health professions students from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University learned to collaborate across professional lines and tackle logistical and ethical problems of a disease outbreak in Arizona; sites in Tucson and Phoenix representing Bisbee, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Prescott, Tuba City, Tucson and Yuma...


Dr. Yost Advances Medical Provision In Puerto Rico

David Yost, MD, MSc, graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1987 and the University of Arizona Family Practice Residency Program in 1990.  He grew up in Northern Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation, spent time in Tucson, Phoenix and Pinetop, Ariz., but currently is practicing medicine in San Juan, Puerto Rico....


Associate Dean Lori Arviso Alvord, MD, Sees Priorities for Medical Admissions and Student Affairs

Three months into her role as associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Lori Alvord, MD, is moving forward with plans to make sure the student experience is nothing short of exceptional. “For me, it’s very rewarding to help guide a student and give them good advice and see them progress through...


Dr. Gilbert Gonzales Named Alumnus of the Year

As alumni of all ages returned to the University of Arizona for homecoming and reunion in November, each college had the opportunity to honor a graduate of their college. It is with distinct honor that the University of Arizona Alumni Association and the UA College of Medicine – Tucson presented the 2012 Alumnus of the Year Award to Gilbert...


Class Notes, December 2012

Danetta Bronnimann, MD, Class of 1981It has been eight years since my transplant, and I am doing great! I am an administrator/moderator on the Books for Soldiers website (11 years) and a Mary Kay beauty consultant (four years). My husband, Mark, has an active medical practice and we camp, hike the Arizona Trail and travel every chance we get. My...


Campus Collaboration to Benefit College of Medicine – Tucson

Cross-college collaboration is working toward the University of Arizona’s benefit. In order to honor scholarship and endowed chair donors, the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, in partnership with the UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA), have solidified and constructed a new Donor Recognition Wall.“This particular project...


Students Coordinate 5K to Support Team Derek

As University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson students work to finish the fall semester, they also have banded together to support their peer, second-year student Derek Neal, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) in September.Since the diagnosis, the College of Medicine student government has completed various...


First-Year Student Looks to Father for Medical Inspiration

UA College of Medicine – Tucson first-year student, Jeff Brown, says he learned the spirit of medicine through his father, Mark Brown, MD. Now in the same building, both are working to better themselves as patient caretakers.“My dad always is willing to go into the hospital or talk on the phone whenever a patient is in need, or if a colleague...


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