Curricular Affairs

Programs

 

In-House Clinics (9)

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.

Care Connections:  Care Connections works to connect underserved clients to social resources around Tucson and in order to improve their quality of life through sustainability.

Integrative Medicine CUP Clinic:  Medical students work alongside integrative medicine-trained physicians and fellows to provide basic integrative medicine services that include one-on-one consultations, acupuncture, mind-body groups, and educational courses. Our aim is to improve our patient’s health and well-being by implementing evidence-based integrative medicine in an affordable and resourceful way.

Kid's Clinic: The Kid's Clinic at the University of ARizona helps make sure all children get the care they need. We serve uninsured kids from ages 0-18 years old, free of charge, with well-child visits, sports physicals, and vaccines.

LGBT+ CUP Clinic:  Medical students will take history and perform physical examinations under the supervision of volunteer attending physicians while providing a friendly and affirming point of entry for LGBT+ patients into the healthcare system, especially the uninsured and underinsured.

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.

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, medical students work in this free glaucoma screening clinic for underinsured and uninsured populations.  This is part of a national program.

Women’s Clinic:  In collaboration with Emerge! Center for Prevention of 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.

 

Clinical Programs (8)

Clinica Amistad:  Medical 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.

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.

Medcats Migrant Services:  Medical students will provide basic health care services to asylum seekers who are in transit to being re-united with their loved ones after entering the US.  Students will triage the patients for the coordinators and attendings so they can be advised when individuals would benefit from receiving a higher level of medical care, such as at a CUP clinic, urgent care, or emergency room.

MexZona – Rocky Point Medical Clinics:  Medical students will perform HPI & Physical on patients alongside volunteer physicians, and possibly provide interpretation for physicians as well.  The monthly 3-day field trip must be registered in the UA International Travel Registry Notes by each student scheduled to attend.

Mobile Health Program:  Medical 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.

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.

Street Medicine CUP Clinic-Tucson:  Medical students will collaborate with undergraduates to allow for both sets of students to observe the challenges the homeless population faces in accssing healthcare.  This proram will be a free, non-profit clinic that will focus on triage, basic laboratory testing, basic primary physical and mental health screening, basic wound care, and referals to other CUP Clinics.

 

Non-Clinical/Educational Programs (20)

AMWA Outreach Program:  AMWA outreach holds preventive health events focused on women and children. This includes monthly preventive health workshops at Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse sites. Preventive health workshops provide education regarding stress management, diet & nutrition, healthcare access, women’s & sexual health, and infant & child health.

ArtWorks:  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.

COM Mask Fit Testing Program:  Medical students will provide Respirator Mask Fit Testing twice a year during Transitions and Intersessions 1.

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:  Students will assist with food box assembly and other volunteer roles at the Community Food Bank to better understand the workings of the food bank and connect with the health disparitie3s that some patients live with.

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.

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.

MedCats REACh (Resiliency, Engagement and Community Health) Program:  MedCats will be collaborating with ASU OCHER (ASU Office of Community Health Engagement and Resiliency) Tucson's Thrive in the 05 Initiative to engage and support the Tucson community.  Volunteer opportunities include food distribution and social calls at Tucson House and assisting in phone surveying in underserved communities to ensure their voices are heard.

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:  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.

Pima Juvenile Inmate 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.

SHARE – Students Helping Arizona Register Everyone:  Students 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.

Sister Jose Women’s Center:  Sister Jose Women’s Center empowers women who are homeless and provides basic necessities to assist with self-care.  This volunteer opportunity allows students to work closely with this unique population and improve their skills of empathy, patience, and communication.

Special Olympics Program:  Medical students will pair with individuals who are participating in Special Olympics for mentoring.  There will be lectures, research opportunities, and events that the medical students will also be able to partake in.

Sun Smarts:  Med students teach sun safety and skin cancer prevention to elementary school children, through interactive discussions and activities, using material from the EPA’s SunWise curriculum.

Team Hoyt Arizona:  Students serve by supporting assisted athletes in endurance races, ranging in distance 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.

TREE – Tucson Refugee Education and Empowerment:  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.

Tucson High Mentorship Program:  Medical students mentor Tucson High students and pre-health undergraduates at the UA from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in medicine to encourage/support academic success and to expose these students to the health professions.

UA HOPE – Health Literacy, Outreach, Prevention, and Engagement:  Medical students organize support groups, fundraisers, screening events, transportation, and educational workshops to address the needs of underserved cancer patients and their families.