The University of Arizona Health Sciences

Societies Mentorship (Tucson)

Looking for information about our Phoenix campus? Students admitted prior to 2013 take the same ArizonaMed curriculum as students on our Tucson campus. See Phoenix-specific courses and block schedules here.

If you were admitted to the College of Medicine – Phoenix in 2013 or later, find your curricular information here.

Students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson participate in professional learning communities known as Societies. Within the Societies Program, small groups of students work with each other and a faculty mentor to:

  • learn interviewing, physical examination, and patient care skills at the patient bedside;
  • develop clinical thinking, documentation and presentation skills;
  • and provide consistent and structured exposure to modern concepts of professionalism.
Longitudinal nature

These small groups—a maximum of six students—stay together throughout all four years of medical school. Society groups meet weekly with their mentor during the first two years of medical school for a variety of clinical experiences. 

The four-year program encourages meaningful longitudinal relationships among the students in each group and between the students and their mentor. These relationships are important for student wellbeing and establishing sense of community.


Mentors in the Societies Program are chosen from among the College's most distinguished clinician-educators. All are active, respected clinicians who have been recognized for their teaching skills and have devoted much of their academic careers to medical education. When mentors are absent, a mentor-at-large fills in.

Career advising components are embedded within the program.

Doctor and Patient course (clinical skills training)

Clinical skills training within the Societies Program is robust. Clinical skills sessions with real and standardized patients are coordinated with the basic science material the students are studying, facilitating the meaningful integration of clinical and basic science concepts and real-life applications for clinical thinking skills.

Before the end of Year II, each student will conduct multiple histories and physical examinations during clinical encounters, write numerous "subjective, objective, assessment and plan" (SOAP) notes and perform several oral presentations. Societies Mentors provide both formative and summative feedback, ensuring excellent preparation for ensuing clerkships.

Current mentors

Contact Bio/CV Room
Daniel Beskind, MD
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 626-6312

Dan Beskind, MD, MPH, joined the department in 2002,...

[read more]
Maria Bishop, MD, FACP, BSN
Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Program Director, Section of Hematology/Oncology at the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System (SAVAHCS)
Chair of the Ethics Committee at the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System (SAVAHCS)
(520) 629-4686

Dr. Bishop is a Professor of Medicine, Clinical Scholar Track, in the Department of Medicine, at the University of Arizona, and a member of The University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson. She...

[read more]
John W. Bloom, MD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Medicine
(520) 626-6380
Colleen K. Cagno, MD
Service Chief, Maternal Child Health Service - Family and Community Medicine
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 694-1622

Dr. Cagno is an assistant clinical professor who practices full spectrum family centered medical care including prenatal care and...

[read more]
Janet M. Campion, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Medicine
(520) 626-6380

Janet Campion, MD, MPH, joined the faculty at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson in 2002, after completing a fellowship in geriatric medicine here. She holds bachelor's degrees...

[read more]