Central to our mission
Our MD program develops six educational objectives that we consider central to the practice of medicine. Medical knowledge is just one of these. The other five—patient care, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, systems-based practice and population health, and practice-based learning and improvement—reflect the dedication of our institution and community to the idea that physicians are, first and foremost, caregivers in service to society.
We share a physical location with Banner – University Medical Center – University Campus, an outstanding teaching hospital and the only Trauma 1 facility in southern Arizona. We also partner with more than a dozen major hospitals throughout Arizona, as well as numerous smaller practices.
Opportunities to serve
Since our founding, the UA College of Medicine has focused on medical care in underserved populations, including border communities, Native American communities and less-developed countries. As an MD student, you will have the opportunity to serve these populations through several outstanding programs.
Global Health Program: Serve and study within communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, inside Arizona's indigenous Indian nations, and abroad.
Commitment to Underserved People program: Work with medically underserved populations to gain clinical experience, as well as insight into the impact of culture and socioeconomics on health and access to care.
Rural Health Professions Program: Get matched with a small-town primary care physician, and develop a range of clinical skills.