Student Affairs

Student Opportunities

There are many opportunities available to further develop your knowledge and skills in areas that interest you. In addition to the programs and resources listed below, keep an eye out for new opportunities posted to your class listservs and the MedCats website (MedCats login required) as well.

Clinical Shadowing Program
This not-for-credit program lets you shadow physicians in various specialties to learn more about what they do—and whether it would be right for you. The Clinical Shadowing Program is open to MD students in all years.

College Committees
Serving on COM – Tucson committees helps you hone your leadership skills and represent the interests of students in important decisions. Be a voice for your fellow students!

Commitment to Underserved People Program
The Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) Program is an opportunity to gain clinical experience and work with medically underserved populations. CUP enables you to learn about community service through performing valuable community service. CUP participants develop valuable insight into the role of the physician in patient lives, and how socioeconomic and cultural factors impact health and access to health care.

Distinction Tracks
The COM – Tucson offers eight Distinction Tracks for students who wish to distinguish themselves in the following areas:

  • Providing patient care as bilingual Spanish-English healthcare providers (Bilingual Medical Spanish)
  • Providing patient care to medically underserved populations (CUP), rural communities (RHPP) and developing countries (Global Health)
  • Providing patient care through the practice of integrative medicine
  • Leadership and innovation in healthcare, medical education, or research

Dual-Degree Programs
Combining an MD with another degree, such as PhD, MBA or MPH can greatly enhance your career options and impact. At the College of Medicine – Tucson, we offer such programs referred to as Dual Degree MD Programs. These programs allow you to complete two degrees in less time that completing them separately. However, such pursuit is a rigorous undertaking and thorough research and preparation for beginning a program like one of these takes careful consideration.

Research Opportunities
Because the University of Arizona Health Sciences is one of the nation’s top research institutions in biomedical and biological sciences, medical students have many opportunities to participate in research at various levels of commitment and expectations for performance. 

Rural Health Professions Program
The Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP) gives students first-hand exposure to primary care and practicing medicine in rural communities. The experience will guarantee development of a wide range of clinical skills and insight into the rewards and challenges of providing healthcare in a rural setting.