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A Record Year: the 2016 State of the College Address

Thursday, January 5, 2017

“I truly believe we are in a great position to transform academic medicine through our undergraduate medical education and training programs; through strategic interdisciplinary and collaborative research; by collaborating with our clinical partner; and by building a strong, engaged and informed faculty,” said University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Dean Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA, during the State of the College Address on August 31, 2016.

The College has had a record year in many respects. Among the successes, COM-T:

  • had a record number of applications for the Class of 2020;
  • have a record number of students – 135 – in the Class of 2020 due to a record yield rate among those accepted;
  • 35 percent of students in the Class of 2020 are underrepresented minorities in medicine;
  • had a record match rate on Match Day (97 percent);
  • had a record number of faculty promotions;
  • and had a record year in research and innovation, including the $43-million Precision Medicine Initiative grant, which is not only the largest NIH grant in the history of the College, it’s the largest grant in the history of the University of Arizona Health Sciences.

With a changing medical landscape that includes new healthcare policies, an aging population, physician shortages and insufficient training opportunities for residents, the College is positioning itself to be a national leader in academic medicine, dedicated to improving the lives of the people of Arizona through the education of students, the training of residents and the innovative efforts of faculty and staff.

Archived video: 2016 State of the College Address