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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...


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...


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...


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