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Aspiring Physicians Celebrate Match Day, Residency Results

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Friday, March 20, 115 medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson (COM-T) learned where they will first practice the science and art of medicine as they begin the next phase of their professional journey. “We are extremely proud of our Class of 2020,” says Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA, dean of the...


UArizona Restructures ‘Match Day’ in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

TUCSON, Ariz. — Out of an abundance of caution for the welfare of students and employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional, large-scale Match Day ceremony hosted by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has been canceled. Instead, medical students will hold smaller, private celebrations with their friends and loved...


Endowed Scholarships Dinner Celebrates College Founders and Donors

On Monday, Feb. 10, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson hosted the 2020 Endowed Academic Scholarships Dinner to celebrate founding faculty members, as well as donors who have supported endowed scholarships for medical students. “This dinner is a celebration of not only our past, but our future,” Dean Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA...


$500,000+ Gift Establishes Drach Endowed Chair for Urology

University of Arizona alumnus and Professor Emeritus George W. Drach, MD, has donated more than $500,000 to establish a new endowment in the College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Urology. The transformative gift, in combination with gifts from other donors, will establish The George W. Drach, MD, Endowed Chair for Urology. Funds from the...


Aspiring Doctors to Learn their Future at Match Day Ceremony

Out of an abundance of caution for the welfare of students and employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional, large-scale Match Day ceremony hosted by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has been canceled. Instead, medical students will hold smaller, private celebrations with their friends and loved ones to celebrate...


A Message from the Dean: The 'First 100 Days'

Dear Colleagues: I have now been your Dean for 100 days. I thought it might make sense to share some thoughts with you in the spirit of conscious leadership and collaborative thinking. Let me first state upfront that I had been well briefed prior to coming to the University of Arizona, and as a result, I have encountered relatively no surprises...


Primary Care Physician Pipeline Bolstered by New UArizona Scholarship

TUCSON, Ariz. - The outlook for future primary care access in Arizona improved in January when 29 students from the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix became the first recipients of the new UArizona Primary Care Physician Scholarship Program. Developed in partnership with and funded by a portion of $8 million...


Stopping Stroke in its Tracks: Symptoms, Treatments Topic of UArizona Lecture in Green Valley, Feb. 20

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center will continue its 33rd annual Green Valley Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m., with “Stopping Stroke in its Tracks:  Stroke symptoms and modern treatments to minimize brain attack damage,” presented by  Mohammad El-Ghanem, MD. The UArizona Sarver Heart Center Green Valley...


UArizona Tucson Med Students Awarded Free Tuition

The University of Arizona Primary Care Physician Scholarship Reception on Friday, January 31, recognized the first 21 recipients from the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Medical students will receive free tuition in exchange for practicing in a rural or urban underserved community in Arizona for up to four years, depending on how many...


Faculty Inducted as Regents Professor and Distinguished Outreach Faculty

Marvin Slepian, MD, and Teshia Arambula Solomon, PhD, were recognized by the University of Arizona President’s Office on Monday, January 13 in an induction ceremony for new University of Arizona Regents Professors, University Distinguished Professors and University Distinguished Outreach Faculty. The annual event recognizes and honors UArizona’s...


Faculty Affairs Launches Professional Development Podcast

A new podcast spearheaded by the Dean’s Council on Faculty Affairs aims to support College of Medicine – Tucson faculty with advice on career development and wellbeing best practices.  “The purpose of the podcast is to share ideas, experiences and knowledge fromfacultyforfaculty,” says Allie Min, MD, podcast host and assistant dean for faculty...


UArizona Colleges of Medicine to Provide Free Tuition for Primary Care Medical Students

TUCSON, Ariz. – In a move to address both the severe statewide primary care physician shortage and the growing burden of student debt, the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix will begin providing free tuition in the spring semester to students who agree to practice primary care in a federally designated underserved...


Veteran-focused Mental Health Forum, Nov. 8

When: Friday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Where: Jim Click Hall of Champions, 1766 E. University Blvd., Tucson University of Arizona Veterans Education and Transition Services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and My Veteran Passion are collaborating on the Mental Health Forum, an event designed to inform the public about issues veterans...


‘Revolutionary’ New Class Challenges UArizona Students to Cure Alzheimer’s Disease

A new class at the University of Arizona Health Sciences is preparing students to lead scientific discovery and is challenging them to create a drug that can help patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Slated to begin in January 2020, “Designing Drugs: From Chemistry to Cure,” is a unique interdisciplinary class spearheaded by May Khanna, PhD, an...


Banner – University Medical Center Tucson earns comprehensive stroke center status

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson has earned comprehensive stroke certification from The Joint Commission. Accreditation and certification by The Joint Commission is recognized nationwide as the gold standard in the treatment of the most complex stroke cases. Banner – University Medical Center Tucson (B – UMCT) now offers the first Joint...


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...


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