The College of Medicine – Tucson is shaping the future of medicine.
What started as just 32 students in 1967 has since grown to 120 per year.
More than 50 years later, students are still eager to be MedCats. There were 9,600 applicants for our Class of 2022 and we filled the Class of 2021’s 120 slots with a 1.6 percent acceptance rate.
This latest class of medical students has the opportunity to work with patients earlier than ever. Students will interact more directly with the community and health system, giving them the most comprehensive skill set to succeed in modern medicine. I am proud to say our curriculum is among the most progressive in the country. We are constantly surveying the medical education landscape to find ways to improve and prepare our students for the myriad of complex health issues they will one day see.
The health sciences campus is continuing to expand to support our growing student body. In January 2019, we will open our Health Sciences Innovation Building, a $165 million, 220,000-square foot structure that will house state-of-the-art classrooms, clinical labs and collaborative learning spaces. This building provides the opportunity to bring students, faculty and researchers from all disciplines within the health sciences under one roof — elevating the multidisciplinary, collaborative environments we need to produce cutting-edge results.
Our health care system partner, Banner Health, is also investing in our future. In the spring of 2017, Banner – University Medicine North, a $100 million outpatient clinic, opened in Tucson. The new 208,000-square-foot clinic houses numerous specialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology and general surgery. A new $400 million, 670,000-square-foot hospital is slated to open in the spring of 2019. This state-of-the-art structure will replace the aging hospital complex and will include over 200 new patient rooms and provide tremendous learning environments for our students.
We are transforming academic medicine, and the relationships we’re building with other UA Health Sciences Colleges, the College of Medicine – Phoenix and our partner Banner Health, bode well for continued success.
I truly believe that we’re well prepared for the next 50 years!