Alumni News

Providing Health Care to Homeless Children Topic of Free Public Lecture, Oct. 29

TUCSON, Ariz. – Randy Christensen, MD, MPH, has dedicated his life to caring for society’s often-abused, unloved children who live on the streets without access to health care.  Dr. Christensen will discuss, “Ask Me Why I Hurt and Other Tales from the Street,” at a free public lecture at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Part of the Flinn Foundation...


UA Department of Urology to Host Inaugural Golf Benefit for Fight Against Prostate Cancer, Nov. 9

The chance of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one on the golf course is 12,500 to one, while one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. This November, a researcher at the University of Arizona Health Sciences is hoping to use golf to help defeat the disease during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Benjamin R. Lee...


Medical Students Honor Those Who Have Donated Their Bodies to Medical Education

This August, medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson planted a tree in memory of those who have passed away and generously donated their bodies to science. The annual event, known as the Tree Blessing Ceremony, took place on Wednesday, Aug. 28 in the Dr. Norman Koelling Willed Body Memorial Garden. The garden...


An Update from Medical Education: September 2019

Graduate Medical Education The UA College of Medicine – Tucson and its clinical partner, Banner Health, welcomed approximately 250 new residents and fellows on July 1, 2019. This year, these new trainees come from 46 states, range in age from 25-53, and include 20 percent of our own College of Medicine – Tucson graduates. In all, the UA College...


Longtime UA College of Medicine - Tucson Faculty Member, Dr. James C. Dunn, Dies

James Clarence Dunn, Sr., MD, a longtime faculty member at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Dr. Dunn was 90 years old. Dr. Dunn was a faculty member at the College of Medicine – Tucson for more than 35 years until his retirement in 2015. He joined the college in 1978 as an adjunct...


Doc Talks: Child Development and Wellbeing

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medicine invite the public to a free wellness fair and lectures by three physician-specialists Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Doubletree by Hilton Tucson – Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with a general wellness fair in which participants can...


A Message from the Interim Dean

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that the College of Medicine – Tucson is establishing two new clinical departments. Effective Monday, July 15, the surgery divisions of urology and neurosurgery were elevated to department status. Please join me in congratulating Michael Lemole, MD, and Benjamin Lee, MD. Dr. Lemole will serve as interim...


Dr. Michael M.I. Abecassis Appointed Dean of UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Following an extensive national search, Michael M.I. Abecassis, MD, MBA, has been appointed dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. His appointment begins early November 2019, as he becomes the ninth dean of the college since its founding in 1967. Dr. Abecassis is the J. Roscoe Miller Distinguished Professor of Surgery and...


An Update from Medical Education: July 2019

Student Affairs & Admissions The Office of Admissions needs your help. Sign up to assist with the medical student interviewing process. Interested in selecting the next generation of physicians? The Office of Admissions is recruiting MMI (Multiple-Mini Interview) Evaluators for the upcoming cycle! The Admissions Office will host the...


Banner – University Medicine Supports First-Year UA Medical Students with New Stethoscopes

New medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson typically have to buy their first stethoscope. But for incoming students in the Class of 2023, the purchase won’t be necessary. Banner – University Medicine, the medical school’s clinical partner, has purchased a new stethoscope for each student in the class. The...


UA Alumnus Leaves $8.8M to College of Medicine – Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has received an $8.8 million gift from the estate of Dr. Ronald K. Baker, a 1975 alumnus of the college, including the largest endowed scholarship gift ever received by the college. A significant portion of the gift, $5.9 million, will establish the Ronald K. Baker, M.D.,...


Future Doctors to Receive First White Coats at UA

Nearly 120 new medical students will receive and don their very first white coats at the White Coat Ceremony for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. The annual event, held to honor the college’s latest class of medical students, will take place Friday, July 26 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the UA's Centennial Hall, located at 1020 E....


An Update from Medical Education: June 2019

Admissions – We Need Your Help!  Each year, the dedicated faculty members and students on the Admissions Committee receive almost 10,000 applications for approximately 120 seats at the College of Medicine – Tucson. It is gratifying work, but we need you to help us with the interview process.  More information is available for faculty and staff...


For Students Who Have Overcome Challenges, Pathway to Medical School Program Demonstrates Success

Five years ago, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson launched a new pathway to medical school. Named the Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway (P-MAP) program, its purpose is to assist students interested in pursuing medicine, but who may have faced educational and economic challenges in their journey to medical school. This May, the P...


Dr. Dan Derksen Named 2019 Alumni of the Year

Dan Derksen, MD, professor of public health and family and community medicine, has been named the College of Medicine – Tucson’s 2019 Alumni of the Year. The honor is bestowed annually by the University of Arizona Alumni Association. Dr. Derksen completed his bachelor’s degree and medical degree and at the University of Arizona. He then went on...


New EMS Bachelor’s Degree Program Starts This Fall at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

A new bachelor’s degree program in emergency medical services, offered by the Department of Emergency Medicine in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, will start this fall. The Arizona Board of Regents approved the Bachelor of Science major and minor in EMS during its April meeting. The undergraduate degree program is the first...


UA’s Mobile Health Program Expands Services

The University of Arizona Mobile Health Program has expanded its services, in partnership with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), Youth on Their Own (YOTO) and Primavera Foundation’s Casa Paloma. The program, part of the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine, began its expanded services May 1. The additional services were made...


2019 UA Arthritis Center Bear Down Luncheon Teams Up With UA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, May 8

Building upon a long tradition of mutual support, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center once again will team up with the UA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for the 2019 University of Arizona Arthritis Center Bear Down Luncheon to benefit the Center and its research efforts. This event is sponsored by Desert Diamond Casinos and...


‘Happiness: A Scientific Look at How to Create Balance and Purpose in Life,’ UA Arthritis Center Lecture, May 1

“Happiness: A Scientific Look at How to Create Balance and Purpose in Life,” a free lecture open to the public, will be presented Wednesday, May 1, 6-7:15 p.m., at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Innovation Building, 1670 E. Drachman St., Tucson, 85721. The 75-minute talk will include time for questions and answers. The stresses of...


UA College of Medicine – Tucson to Celebrate 2019 Convocation

More than 100 students in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson officially will become doctors on Thursday, May 9. The convocation ceremony, where students will receive their Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees, will take place at 7 p.m. in UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. The 2019 Convocation keynote speaker is UA...


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