Alumni News

Google Glass Goes to Medical School

Two fourth-year students at The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix received one of about 6,000 Google Glass units distributed earlier this year. Jeff Tully and Christian Dameff were awarded the new high-tech glasses after entering a contest they found via social media. “Google Glass is a wearable computer in the shape of eyeglasses,” Dameff...


Connecting, Engaging, Coming Home - Reunion 2013

By Jane Erikson For Cynthia Holdren, MD, the 2013 College of Medicine Reunion was about coming home. “I came here hoping to see some old friends, and to see my best friend, Marilyn Medweid,” said Holdren, an anesthesiologist practicing in Seattle. Holdren and Medweid, a Tucson gynecologist, graduated with the Class of 1978. Holdren’s favorite med...


Jack Nolte, PhD: ‘A Very Great Person”

By Jane Erikson Students, faculty, family and friends poured into DuVal Auditorium the morning of Nov. 25 to celebrate the life of an extraordinary man: John “Jack” Nolte, PhD, professor emeritus of cellular and molecular medicine, who died October 22. A faculty member at the UA College of Medicine since 1990, Nolte received 15 top teaching awards...


Greetings from Dean Steve Goldschmid

Like every year, 2013 has brought its share of challenges and rewards. Financial issues have shaped our experience this year, but so have the many opportunities we’ve had to witness and nurture our students’ excitement and commitment to becoming outstanding physicians. We’ve also been able to celebrate the discoveries made by our researchers who...


White Coat Speaker Jim Scott, MD, to Class of 2017: ‘Enjoy every day and enjoy every step of the way.’

By Jane Erikson In 1979, as Jim Scott was nearing the end of his service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, he made his next big decision. He wasn’t absolutely sure, but he thought he wanted to be a doctor. So one evening, he sat in his hut and wrote his application to medical school on an old-fashioned manual typewriter. A 1977 Notre...


CLASS NOTES – October 2013

Susan Dalby – Class of 1986I closed my solo pediatrics practice in 2008, after many rewarding years. Eskild and I live in Portal, AZ, in the winter and in Wells Gray Park, British Columbia for the rest of the year.  We do a lot of traveling, camping, kayaking, and playing with grandson Jasper. Classmates may remember our daughters Maya and Anya...


College of Medicine – Tucson Reunion and Homecoming to be Best Ever!

The UA College of Medicine annual Reunion and Homecoming weekend is just around the corner, and it promises to be the best ever! Taking place on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, activities include our traditional programs for reunion year alumni (1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008) such as the annual reunion reception...


How a Life-long Dream Finally Came True

By Jane Erikson Janet Vargas will never forget that day in 1995 when she watched her oldest son open the letter from the UA College of Medicine. “I’ve been accepted!” Bert Vargas told his mother. Nor will she forget her son’s words to her, once they got through with the hugs and congratulations: “Well, Mom, when are you going to go to medical...


Scholarship to Honor ‘Beacon of Light’ Norm Koelling

By Jane Erikson Norman Koelling began teaching anatomy to UA College of Medicine students in 1969. He was here for the college’s first graduation ceremony in 1971 – and every graduation since. And although he retired in 2002, he is still teaching, now as a volunteer. “I never get tired of working with the students,” Koelling says. “I share that...


Dr. Mitchell Cordover Serves at Antarctic Palmer Station

Mitchell Cordover, MD, claims his neighbors are seals and penguins, and he has the pictures to prove it. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson alumnus is currently serving as the only physician at Palmer Station, Antarctica, for six monthsDr. Cordover, a member of the Class of 1982, left his home in Missouri in early October 2012...


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,...


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