Education

Societies Mentorship (Tucson)

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.

Mentorship

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

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 626-6312
dbeskind@aemrc.arizona.edu

Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Medicine
(520) 626-6380
jbloom@deptofmed.arizona.edu

Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track)
Service Chief Maternal & Child Health
(520) 694-1622
colleenc@email.arizona.edu

Associate Professor, Medicine
(520) 626-6380
jcampion@deptofmed.arizona.edu

Assistant Dean, Curricular Affairs
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Director, Rural Health Professions Program & Commitment to Underserved People Program
(520) 626-0500
elprofcg@email.arizona.edu

Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Director, CPSEE
(520) 626-3969
pgordon@email.arizona.edu

Associate Professor, Surgery
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology
Vice Chair of Quality and Performance
(520) 626-6788
mguerrero@surgery.arizona.edu

Medical Director, Integrative Medicine
Associate Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 626-6476
randyh@email.arizona.edu

Director, MD/MPH Dual Degree Program
Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Professor, Public Health
(520) 626-6029
lpj@email.arizona.edu

Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Director, Continuing Medical Education
(520) 626-3083
rkutob@email.arizona.edu

Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 626-9390
plebenso@email.arizona.edu

Professor, Pediatrics - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 626-0923
marshall@peds.arizona.edu

Professor, Family and Community Medicine
(520) 626-7864
cmcclure@email.arizona.edu

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track)
(520) 626-6312
amin@aemrc.arizona.edu

Deputy Dean, Education
Professor of Medicine
(520) 626-6505
moynahan@email.arizona.edu

Assistant Dean, Admissions
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Director, Life Cycle Block
(520) 626-6214
tparikh@email.arizona.edu

Director, Office of Global and Border Health
Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Professor, Public Health
(520) 626-5650
rpust@email.arizona.edu

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 626-6312
kreilly@aemrc.arizona.edu

Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track)
Associate Residency Program Director
(520) 626-7864
rickerm@email.arizona.edu

Professor, Emergency Medicine
(520) 626-6312
art@aemrc.arizona.edu

Assistant Professor, Medicine
Director, Adult Medicine Outpatient Clinics at South Campus
(520) 626-9660
rsukerji@email.arizona.edu

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 626-6312
cviscusi@aemrc.arizona.edu

Associate Professor, Surgery
Vice Chair, Education / Professionalism
(520) 626-0887
jwarneke@surgery.arizona.edu

Professor, Medicine
Professor, Pediatrics
Program Director, Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship
(520) 626-0662
ayeager@azcc.arizona.edu