Education

Doctor & Patient Block

Societies Mentorship 

Students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine participate in professional learning communities known as Societies.  This Societies Program is embedded in the Doctor & Patient block, a longitudinal block in the preclerkship curriculum.  Within the Societies Program, small groups of students work with each other and a faculty mentor to:

  • learn interviewing, physical examination, and patient care skills at the patient bedside;
  • develop clinical thinking, documentation and presentation skills;
  • and provide consistent and structured exposure to modern concepts of professionalism.

Longitudinal nature

These small groups—a maximum of six students—stay together throughout all four years of medical school. Society groups meet weekly with their mentor during the preclerkship years of medical school for a variety of clinical experiences. 

The four-year program encourages meaningful longitudinal relationships among the students in each group and between the students and their mentor. These relationships are important for student wellbeing and establishing sense of community.

Mentorship

Mentors in the Societies Program are chosen from among the College's most distinguished clinician-educators. All are active, respected clinicians who have been recognized for their teaching skills and have devoted much of their academic careers to medical education. When mentors are absent, a mentor-at-large fills in.

Career advising components are embedded within the program.

Clinical Skills Training

Clinical skills training within the Societies Program is robust. Clinical skills sessions with real and standardized patients are coordinated with the basic science material the students are studying, facilitating the meaningful integration of clinical and basic science concepts and real-life applications for clinical thinking skills.

Before the end of the preclerkship years, each student will conduct multiple histories and physical examinations during clinical encounters, write numerous "subjective, objective, assessment and plan" (SOAP) notes and perform several oral presentations. Societies Mentors provide both formative and summative feedback, ensuring excellent preparation for ensuing clerkships.

Current Mentors

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Series Track)
(520) 694-6000
khashman@email.arizona.edu

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 626-6312
dbeskind@aemrc.arizona.edu

Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
mbishop@azcc.arizona.edu

Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track)
Service Chief Maternal & Child Health
(520) 694-1317
colleenc@email.arizona.edu

Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Barbara.Eckstein@bannerhealth.com

Assistant Dean, Curricular Affairs
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Director, Rural Health Professions Program & Commitment to Underserved People Program
(520) 626-0500
elprofcg@email.arizona.edu

Director, CPSEE
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Professor, Family and Community Medicine
(520) 626-3969
pgordon@email.arizona.edu

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
dhorn@email.arizona.edu

Clinical Assistant Professor
(520) 626-6312
rkarra@aemrc.arizona.edu

Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Director, Continuing Medical Education
Member of the Graduate Faculty
(520) 626-3083
rkutob@email.arizona.edu

Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Medical Director, Commitment to Underserved People Program
(520) 626-9390
plebenso@email.arizona.edu

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Series Track)
Associate Sub-Internship Director, Department of Medicine
(520) 621-3751
daliam@email.arizona.edu

Assistant Dean, Career Development
Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track)
(520) 626-6312
amin@aemrc.arizona.edu

Vice Dean, Education
Professor, Medicine
(520) 626-6505
moynahan@email.arizona.edu

Associate Dean, Admissions
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track) (Career Track)
Director, Life Cycle Block
(520) 626-6214
tparikh@email.arizona.edu

Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track)
Director of Integrative Medicine in Residency, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine
(520) 626-3248
rickerm@email.arizona.edu

Member of the Graduate Faculty
Professor, Emergency Medicine
(520) 626-6312
art@aemrc.arizona.edu

Assistant Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Subinternship Director, Department of Medicine
(520) 626-6852
serenascott@email.arizona.edu

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine
Associate Clinic Director, Allergy Clinic – Banner University Medical Group Tucson
(520) 626-3264
pshroff@deptofmed.arizona.edu

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 626-6312
cviscusi@aemrc.arizona.edu

Member of the Graduate Faculty
Professor, Surgery
(520) 626-0887
jwarneke@surgery.arizona.edu