An Update from Medical Education: September 2019

Friday, September 6, 2019

Graduate Medical Education

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson and its clinical partner, Banner Health, welcomed approximately 250 new residents and fellows on July 1, 2019. This year, these new trainees come from 46 states, range in age from 25-53, and include 20 percent of our own College of Medicine – Tucson graduates. In all, the UA College of Medicine – Tucson currently sponsors over 70 GME training programs that include 740 trainees in various specialties.

Of course, at the same time we welcome this new group, we say farewell to our cohort of graduating residents and fellows. Many in this group have chosen to stay at the UA to further their training or work within the Banner Health network. 

Earlier this year, we were excited to announce the Dean’s Resident and Fellow Scholarships, which will allow our trainees the opportunity to augment their training with educational coursework that is directly aligned with their professional career goals. This scholarship opportunity dovetails nicely with the annual GME Research Scholarships that are available to trainees each year.   

GME continues to have a strong Resident/Fellow Wellness Program with an annual Wellness Symposium, story-telling and Appreciation Night at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. We have been able to expand mental health services with a new joint UME and GME Mental Health Services Program. In partnership with Banner Health, we are looking forward to the unveiling of a new resident and fellow lounge in early 2020. 

Finally, there are two recent GME awards that we wish to highlight. First, our South Campus Family Medicine program was recognized by the National Rural Training Track Collaboration for having 45 percent of graduates in the last three years practicing in rural areas. Secondly, our GME Program Administrators, who make up the backbone of our GME family, were finalists for a University of Arizona campus-wide Team Award for Excellence.  

Pathways of Health and Medicine Longitudinal Curriculum

The Class of 2023 created a word cloud during the “Cultural Awareness and Patient Care” session. The session was led by Victoria Murrain, DO, Michelle Ortiz, PhD, Carlos Gonzales, MD and Colleen Cagno, MD. The session introduced and discussed concepts including culture, ethnicity, and race. Students also completed a cultural self-assessment and role-played a patient-physician scenario to practice conversation starters to dialogue with patients about their cultural backgrounds and beliefs.