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.


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

Associate Professor, Otolaryngology
(520) 626-6673

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 626-6312

Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Series Track)
Director, Transition to Residency Bootcamp
(520) 626-5663

Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Director, Doctor & Patient Course
Co-Director, Societies
Director, Pathways in Health and Medicine
(520) 694-1317

Clinical Assistant Professor, (Clinical Series Track)

Assistant Vice President, Indigenous Affairs
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 626-0500

Co-Director, Bachelor of Science - Medicine
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Professor, Family and Community Medicine
(520) 626-3969

Clinical Assistant Professor
(520) 626-6312

Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Director, Continuing Medical Education
Member of the Graduate Faculty
(520) 626-3083

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Series Track)
Associate Track Director for Clinician Educator Pathway, Internal Medicine Residency Program – Tucson Campus
Mentor, Health & Societies Thread, Department of Medicine
(520) 621-3751

Associate Dean, Career Development
Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track)
(520) 626-6312

Vice Dean, Education
Professor, Medicine
(520) 626-6505

Associate Dean, Admissions
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track) (Career Track)
Director, Life Cycle Block
(520) 626-5282

Associate Professor, Pediatrics - (Clinical Scholar Track)

Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Clinical Series Track)
(520) 626-6312

Professor, Family and Community Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track)
Director of Integrative Medicine in Residency, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine
(520) 626-3248

Associate Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Vice Chair, Faculty Development, Department of Medicine
(520) 626-6852

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine
Associate Clinic Director, Allergy Clinic – Banner University Medical Group Tucson
(520) 694-1100

Program Director, Endocrinology Fellowship
(520) 694-8888

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - (Clinical Scholar Track)
(520) 626-6312

Last modified date: May 27, 2022 - 12:04pm