Curricular Affairs

Programs

Asylum Clinic This clinic is held on an as-needed basis for torture victims seeking asylum. One physician, student, and interpreter meet with the client to document torture, not for evaluation of physical illness. The Asylum Program of Arizona uses the medical affidavit as part of the court case seeking political asylum for the victim. 
Clinica Amistad Students support this free, non-profit health clinic in South Tucson by taking patient vital signs; serving as a medical interpreter to primary care providers; managing patient appointments; managing patient medications; and assisting in various diagnostic tests.
Flying Samaritans This club travels to Agua Prieta, Mexico once a month to participate in a free medical clinic for the community.
Health for the Homeless Health for the Homeless allows for medical students to volunteer at an established clinic run by Tom Hill in downtown Tucson.  This CUP program will provide students with a unique opportunity to understand the limitations the homeless population encounters in accessing and receiving healthcare.
MIND Clinic Medical students will participate in this free mental health clinic dedicated to treating the psychiatric needs of the underserved patients of Tucson as part of the mental healthcare team alongside a psychiatrist by assisting with taking histories and performing psychiatric evaluations to assess patients’ mental health needs and implement treatments.
Mobile Health Program Students work with the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s mobile van, staffed by nurse practitioners and family physicians, providing prenatal and general health care at sites around underserved regions of Tucson and also at local Health Fairs.
Project Taking Charge Help underserved community members learn about stroke risks and other Neurological disorders at health fairs and outreach events.
Refugee Clinic Medical students work with residents and physicians at the BUMC South Campus to address the challenges that refugee patients face to attain sustainable, primary care services.
St. Andrew's Clinic Medical students work at the clinic in Nogales, AZ, alongside physicians, nurses, therapists, and other volunteers from both sides of the border to practice their history and physical exam skills, and experience a truly unique form of medicine and health care delivery serving pediatric patients from northern Mexico.
Students Helping In-Need Elderly (SHINE) Medical students work in an inter-professional team to gain experience working with the elderly at St. Luke’s Home through clinical and real-life interactions. This program covers all aspects of care of the older adult, including but not limited to, clinical care, education and transitions of care.
Shubitz Family Clinic Under the supervision of volunteer attending physicians, medical students coordinate and provide culturally appropriate preventive care, primary care, referrals and diagnostic tests to patients who have no other source of healthcare. Language interpretation is provided.  
Sight Savers Using ophthalmologic diagnostic equipment under the supervision of an ophthalmologist, students work in this free glaucoma screening clinic for underinsured and uninsured populations at several Tucson locations. This is part of a national program.
Sports Physicals for Refugee Youth (SPRY) Medical students, under the supervision of an attending physician, provide free physical exams for refugee students.
Tot Shots Vaccine Clinic Medical students help provide immunizations to low income children of Tucson under the supervision of volunteer physicians.
Women's Clinic In collaboration with Emerge! Center for Domestic Violence, women and their children receive free preventive care, primary care, referrals, and diagnostic tests by medical students under the supervision of volunteer attending physicians.

Non-Clinical Programs

AMWA Outreach Program AMWA outreach olds preventive health events focused on women and children.  This includes monthly preventive health workshops at Emerge! Center for Domestic Violence sites. Preventive health workshops provide education regarding stress management, diet & nutrition, healthcare access, women's & sexual health, and infant & child health.
Art Works Medical students are paired with developmentally disabled adults and participate in art and music to increase awareness of the social and medical issues faced by people with the developmental disability.
Diabetes Education, Prevention and Outreach (DEPO) Students will be involved in classes provided by the Diabetes Prevention and Education Center which give underserved individuals in the community an opportunity to receive greater knowledge with regards to self-management/prevention of diabetes and overall health maintenance free of charge.
FARMacy Medical students coordinate the enrollment of the families enrolled in a program aimed at reconnecting youth to a healthy food system, teaches them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empowers them to make healthy life choices. Through this program, we hope to connect adolescent patients seen at El Rio with a high-risk for developing nutrition related diseases to the Tucson Village Farm (TVF) where they will receive hands on farm-to-table nutrition education on how to incorporate healthy food into their diets.
Food Rx Medical students volunteer at the Community Food Bank farmer's market on specific mornings providing healthy cooking demonstrations using ingredients commonly found in emergency food boxes including local/seasonal produce provided by farmers.
HopeKids Arizona Medical Students work with HopeKids Arizona to provide ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition [all free of cost to the families].  As volunteers, we surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.
Juniors Active in Wheelchair Sports (JAWS) Adaptive Athletics Medical students play competitive and recreational sports with children with disabilities involved in the JAWS (Juniors Active in Wheelchair Sports) program promoting social interaction and healthy lifestyles, and assisting the students in understanding the resilience of these youth.
MedCat Companions Medical students will provide companionship and engagement with patients at Banner UMC to combat feelings of loneliness, improve patient satisfaction, and foster healthcare team-patient relationships.  Students will not provide medical advice during visit.
MedPride Students will participate in events that promote the health and wellness of the LBGTQ+ community through education and advocacy.
Med Teach Middle School students in under-resourced schools learn about the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the heart and/or eye while participating in dissections of sheep hearts and eyes under the instruction of medical students. Students also promote the importance of a science background in potential health careers.
MedVets at SW Blind Rehab Center Medical students work with blind veterans through social activities, tours of the facility and learn techniques to assist visually impaired veterans during community retreats such as visiting the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or fishing in local lakes.
Nutritional Health Awareness Medical students teach and empower middle school students to make informed lifestyle choices to lead towards a healthier adult life. Structured classroom activities provide weeks of lessons that teach students about the basics of nutrition, health literacy, health policy and the role of fitness.
Owl & Panther Medical students will volunteer with Owl & Panther, a project under the Hopi Foundation, to work with survivors of torture on expressive writing and art projects.  Student must complete volunteer training and commit to participating for a full semester.  Consistent attendance is essential to build a rapport with the participants and gain their trust.
Pima Inmate Health Education In collaboration with The Health Education Project at El Rio Health Center, medical students interact with both female and male low-risk detainees discussing various health topics at the Pima County Jail and at the Pima County Juvenile facility.
Students Helping Arizona Register Everyone (SHARE) Students participating will be trained to serve any person who needs to obtain health insurance, requires health coverage renewal or simply has questions regarding the Marketplace, ACA and Medicaid, known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and will assist in enrolling individuals in coverage at enrollment fairs, clinical sites and other events.
Students Together Against Trafficking (STAT) Students will work with Sold No More and Streetlight USA to raise awareness of human trafficking in Tucson as well as in other areas of Arizona by participating in education programs in local middle schools and at the College of Medicine.  Students will also provide support and mentorship to trafficking victims.
Sun Smarts Medical students teach sun safety and skin cancer prevention to elementary school children, through interactive discussions and activities, using material from the Environmental Protection Agency's SunWise curriculum.
Team Hoyt Arizona Students serve by supporting assisted athletes in endurance races, ranging in diestance from 1k to 26.2 miles.  In teams of two to four, students take turns guiding assisted athletes in strollers through the racecourse and across the finish line.
Tucson High Mentorship Program Students are paired with Tucson High students who are interested in medicine.  They also meet with the students in group sessions where they are exposed to different aspects of medicine and science.
Tucson Refugee Education and Empowerment (TREE) Medical students will provide educational assistance to children and adults at their residence.  They, in turn, teach the medical students about their culture as they welcome them into their home.
Wishmakers at UACOM Medical students will work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to participate in wish granting opportunities and events that help children with serious illnesses all the while allowing the medical student to understand the impact one person can have on an individual and their family.