Education

Programs

Clinical Programs

Asylum ClinicThis clinic is held on an as-needed basis for torture victims seeking asylum. One physician, student, and interpreter meet with the client to document torture, not for evaluation of physical illness. The Asylum Program of Arizona uses the medical affidavit as part of the court case seeking political asylum for the victim. 
Clinica AmistadStudents support this free, non-profit health clinic in South Tucson by taking patient vital signs; serving as a medical interpreter to primary care providers; managing patient appointments; managing patient medications; and assisting in various diagnostic tests.
MIND ClinicMedical students will participate in this free mental health clinic dedicated to treating the psychiatric needs of the underserved patients of Tucson as part of the mental healthcare team alongside a psychiatrist by assisting with taking histories and performing psychiatric evaluations to assess patients’ mental health needs and implement treatments.
Mobile Health ProgramStudents work with the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s mobile van, staffed by nurse practitioners and family physicians, providing prenatal and general health care at sites around underserved regions of Tucson and also at local Health Fairs.
Neurology Outreach ProgramMedical students work collaboratively with the Fred Archer Neighborhood Center and the Department of Neurology to help underserved community members learn about stroke risks and other neurological disorders at health fairs and outreach events.
St. Andrew's ClinicMedical students work at the clinic in Nogales, AZ, alongside physicians, nurses, therapists, and other volunteers from both sides of the border to practice their history and physical exam skills, and experience a truly unique form of medicine and health care delivery serving pediatric patients from northern Mexico.
Students Helping In-Need Elderly (SHINE)Medical students work in an inter-professional team to gain experience working with the elderly at St. Luke’s Home through clinical and real-life interactions. This program covers all aspects of care of the older adult, including but not limited to, clinical care, education and transitions of care.
Shubitz Family ClinicUnder the supervision of volunteer attending physicians, medical students coordinate and provide culturally appropriate preventive care, primary care, referrals and diagnostic tests to patients who have no other source of healthcare. Language interpretation is provided.  
Sight SaversUsing ophthalmologic diagnostic equipment under the supervision of an ophthalmologist, students work in this free glaucoma screening clinic for underinsured and uninsured populations at several Tucson locations. This is part of a national program.
Sports Physicals for Refugee Youth (SPRY)Medical students, under the supervision of an attending physician, provide free physical exams for refugee students.
Tot Shots Vaccine ClinicMedical students help provide immunizations to low income children of Tucson under the supervision of volunteer physicians.
Women's ClinicIn collaboration with Emerge! Center for Domestic Violence, women and their children receive free preventive care, primary care, referrals, and diagnostic tests by medical students under the supervision of volunteer attending physicians.

Non-Clinical Programs

Art WorksMedical students are paired with developmentally disabled adults and participate in art and music to increase awareness of the social and medical issues faced by people with the developmental disability.
Casa de los NiñosSupportive care is given for children at the crisis center, including assisting in clinic at this non-profit agency and giving immunizations. Medical students also provide CPR training for center staff and foster parents. 
Diabetes Education, Prevention and Outreach (DEPO)Students will be involved in classes provided by the Diabetes Prevention and Education Center which give underserved individuals in the community an opportunity to receive greater knowledge with regards to self-management/prevention of diabetes and overall health maintenance free of charge.
Food RxMedical students volunteer at the Community Food Bank farmer's market on specific mornings providing healthy cooking demonstrations using ingredients commonly found in emergency food boxes including local/seasonal produce provided by farmers.
GaitwayMedical students will assist in improving the quality of life for children and/or adults with motor disabilities caused by cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, stroke or other conditions by developing motor skills through Conductive Education (CE).
Higher HealthMedical students provide health education at a resource center for underserved students on various topics for the teens including but not limited to: contraception, STDs, HIV & sexuality, nutrition, drugs & alcohol, decision-making, self-esteem, and puberty.  The emphasis of the message is education, prevention, and overall growth.
Juniors Active in Wheelchair Sports (JAWS) Adaptive AthleticsMedical students play competitive and recreational sports with children with disabilities involved in the JAWS (Juniors Active in Wheelchair Sports) program promoting social interaction and healthy lifestyles, and assisting the students in understanding the resilience of these youth.
Med TeachMiddle School students in under-resourced schools learn about the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the heart and/or eye while participating in dissections of sheep hearts and eyes under the instruction of medical students. Students also promote the importance of a science background in potential health careers.
MedVets at SW Blind Rehab CenterMedical students work with blind veterans through social activities, tours of the facility and learn techniques to assist visually impaired veterans during community retreats such as visiting the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or fishing in local lakes.
Nutritional Health AwarenessMedical students teach and empower middle school students to make informed lifestyle choices to lead towards a healthier adult life. Structured classroom activities provide weeks of lessons that teach students about the basics of nutrition, health literacy, health policy and the role of fitness.
Owl & PantherMedical students will volunteer with Owl & Panther, a project of The Hopi Foundation, to work with survivors of torture on expressive writing and art projects.
Pima Inmate EducationIn collaboration with The Health Education Project at El Rio Health Center, medical students interact with both female and male low-risk detainees discussing various health topics at the Pima County Jail and at the Pima County Juvenile facility.
Pinal County Corrections EducationMedical Students travel to the Pinal County Corrections facility in Florence, AZ to lead discussions with male and female low-risk detainees about health issues.
Resuscitation Education and CPR Training (REACT)Medical students trained in Chest-Compression-Only CPR provide education and training of this lifesaving skill for groups of people across Southern Arizona.
Students Helping Arizona Register Everyone (SHARE)Students participating will be trained to serve any person who needs to obtain health insurance, requires health coverage renewal or simply has questions regarding the Marketplace, ACA and Medicaid, known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and will assist in enrolling individuals in coverage at enrollment fairs, clinical sites and other events.
Students Together Against Trafficking (STAT)Students will work with Sold No More and Streetlight USA to raise awareness of human trafficking in Tucson as well as in other areas of Arizona by participating in education programs in local middle schools and at the College of Medicine.  Students will also provide support and mentorship to trafficking victims.
Sun SmartsMedical students teach sun safety and skin cancer prevention to elementary school children, through interactive discussions and activities, using material from the Environmental Protection Agency's SunWise curriculum.
Teenage Parent Program (TAPP)Working with a mid-level practitioner, medical students serve as role models and mentor pregnant teens from the in-school teen parent program in the Sunnyside Unified School District, providing prenatal education, stress reduction, relaxation skills and encouragement to stay in school. 
Tar WarsThe American Academy of Family Physicians sponsors this national program to educate elementary children about the dangers of tobacco. Students teach the interactive program in underserved elementary schools.
Tucson High Mentorship ProgramStudents are paired with Tucson High students who are interested in medicine.  They also meet with the students in group sessions where they are exposed to different aspects of medicine and science.
Tucson Refugee Education and Empowerment (TREE)Medical students will provide educational assistance to children and adults at their residence.  They, in turn, teach the medical students about their culture as they welcome them into their home.
Wishmakers at UACOMMedical students will work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to participate in wish granting opportunities and events that help children with serious illnesses all the while allowing the medical student to understand the impact one person can have on an individual and their family.