Community Education

Mini Medical School is a forum in which community members come together for a morning of learning to receive accurate and valuable health information from expert physicians and scientists who are working at the College of Medicine – Tucson. Each half-day event is centered around a specific issue, and there is plenty of opportunity for audience engagement

Past Sessions

Mini Medical School: Climate Change and Health 101


Mini Medical School: Mental Health 101




Med-Start is a summer program for Arizona high school students interested in medicine, health care or the health sciences. The program is six weeks long, and takes place during the summer between junior and senior years. Med-Start is held on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, and is run by our UArizona Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Curious about Med-Start? Here are some reasons to participate:

  • Earn college credit from a college-level English course
  • Earn college credit from the Introduction to Chemistry Lab course
  • See and take part in activities like medical examinations and science experiments
  • Learn about all kinds of health careers from professionals who want to answer your questions
  • Tour some of the best health care and research facilities in the nation


New Start is a summer program that helps incoming freshmen move successfully from high school to college. As a New Start student, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the university while making friends and connections across campus. You will also:

  • Earn 6-7 units of academic credit, putting you half a semester ahead of other first-year students
  • Meet more than 300 new first-year students
  • Live in an on-campus residence hall
  • Get to know multiple university faculty and staff members
  • Learn about the many campus resources that are available to assist you
  • Get involved in the organizations and on-campus activities that matter the most to you


The Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance helps expose high school students and teachers to basic and clinical science. Build your research skills, learn to communicate clearly and refine your problem-solving skills!

Twenty-five students each year are awarded paying research apprenticeships in the University of Arizona Health Sciences. The Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance is linked to the College of Medicine – Tucson’s Curriculum on Medical Ignorance. This program focuses primarily on students and teachers from disadvantaged environments.

Other programs

We are always expanding our educational programs for K-12 and high school students.

Find more summer programs here, including: