Connecting, Engaging, Coming Home - Reunion 2013

By Jane Erikson

For Cynthia Holdren, MD, the 2013 College of Medicine Reunion was about coming home.

“I came here hoping to see some old friends, and to see my best friend, Marilyn Medweid,” said Holdren, an anesthesiologist practicing in Seattle.

Jack Nolte, PhD: ‘A Very Great Person”

By Jane Erikson

Students, faculty, family and friends poured into DuVal Auditorium the morning of Nov. 25 to celebrate the life of an extraordinary man: John “Jack” Nolte, PhD, professor emeritus of cellular and molecular medicine, who died October 22.

Greetings from Dean Steve Goldschmid

Like every year, 2013 has brought its share of challenges and rewards. Financial issues have shaped our experience this year, but so have the many opportunities we’ve had to witness and nurture our students’ excitement and commitment to becoming outstanding physicians.

‘Superstar’ Mindy Fain, MD, Receives Endowed Chair in Medicine

By Jane Erikson

Mindy Fain, MD, is a widely recognized leader in gerontology, whose many UA College of Medicine titles attest to her achievements in advancing health care for older adults.

How a Life-long Dream Finally Came True

By Jane Erikson

Janet Vargas will never forget that day in 1995 when she watched her oldest son open the letter from the UA College of Medicine. “I’ve been accepted!” Bert Vargas told his mother.

Scholarship to Honor ‘Beacon of Light’ Norm Koelling

By Jane Erikson

Norman Koelling began teaching anatomy to UA College of Medicine students in 1969. He was here for the college’s first graduation ceremony in 1971 – and every graduation since. And although he retired in 2002, he is still teaching, now as a volunteer.

CLASS NOTES – October 2013

Susan Dalby – Class of 1986

I closed my solo pediatrics practice in 2008, after many rewarding years.

College of Medicine – Tucson Reunion and Homecoming to be Best Ever!

The UA College of Medicine annual Reunion and Homecoming weekend is just around the corner, and it promises to be the best ever!

Medical Humanities ‘Will Make Me a Better Physician’

Tamara McBride entered the UA College of Medicine – Tucson in 2009, her heart set on a career in obstetrics and gynecology. Now just a few months away from her medical degree, McBride has had a change of heart. She wants to be a family physician.

Julianne Wilke Receives First Hurtado Scholarship

Jullianne Wilke will start her fourth and final year of medical school on July 1, firm in her goal of becoming a pediatric specialist – and relieved of the financial pressure of having to pay the tuition for her last three semesters of medical school.

Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm ‘Makes a Big Negative a Whole Lot Better’

Albert Chi, MD, was an undergraduate studying biomedical engineering when a motorcycle accident nearly cost him his left leg and foot. Hospitalized for a month, undergoing repeated surgeries, he was deeply impressed by his doctors’ compassion and skill.

Increasing Numbers of American Indian Physicians is Top Priority for Nicole Stern, MD

The number of Native American students entering medical school in the United States has been dropping almost steadily in recent years.

Class Notes, July 2013

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Greetings from Dean Goldschmid

I want to congratulate our newest alumni, the class of 2013! They are a bright, committed and diverse group of 109 new physicians: 64 women and 45 men, and by ethnicity, seven Hispanic students and two Native Americans.

Dr. Mitchell Cordover Serves at Antarctic Palmer Station

Mitchell Cordover, MD, claims his neighbors are seals and penguins, and he has the pictures to prove it. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson alumnus is currently serving as the only physician at Palmer Station, Antarctica, for six months

110 Students Match to Residencies in College of Medicine – Tucson’s 32nd Match Day

After all her hard work, and all the anticipation, Evelinda Gonzales could not have been happier with the news she got on Match Day 2013.

Class Notes, March 2013

Tamra Whiteley Myers, MD, Class of 1978

Here is a family photo of myself, my husband, Mark, and my two kids, Lauren and Thomas. We are all UA alumni – Mark, MBA; Lauren BS in math and cell and molecular biology; Thomas in optical sciences!