The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, located in Tucson, Arizona, is one of two MD granting medical schools in the state of Arizona. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix was initially established as a branch campus in 2007, but became an independent medical school in 2012. The campus is located at the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) center on the campus of the University of Arizona and is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. Traditionally, the college accepted Arizona residents exclusively. However, for the 2009-2010 incoming class, the school changed its policy to allow for admission of “highly-qualified” non-residents.
The College of Medicine at the University of Arizona was founded in 1967 with an initial class of 32 students. It has since grown to enroll approximately 135 students annually and has graduated over 3,400 physicians since its inception.
Beginning in the early 1990s, a Phoenix program was established to allow the school’s 3rd and 4th year medical students to complete clinical clerkships at Phoenix-area hospitals. In August 2007, a 4-year branch campus was founded at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC), on the former site of the historic Phoenix Union High School, and its inaugural class of 24 students was admitted. In 2012, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) granted preliminary accreditation to the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine – Phoenix and the recruitment and admissions processes for the two colleges are now independent. Though the Phoenix campus began as collaboration between the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and the neighboring Translational Genomics Research Institute, Arizona State University pulled out of the partnership in April 2010, citing state budget cuts. Both colleges are now associated solely with the University of Arizona.
In 1974, the University of Arizona received $5.5 million from the Arizona state legislature to renovate its football stadium. A provision of this legislation (ARS 15-1630) prohibited the school’s associated academic medical center, then known as University Medical Center from performing abortions (unless the mother’s life was in jeopardy) or teaching its medical students about various abortion procedures. This legislation is still in effect for every public medical school in Arizona, making Arizona the only state which prohibits the teaching of abortion in public universities. To address this issue, Planned Parenthood implemented a rotation for obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn) residents to receive abortion training to meet Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements. Residents and medical students have thus maintained the ability to study the medical and surgical abortion procedures necessary to complete their training. Second and third year Ob/Gyn residents have scheduled time available to pursue training. Medical students may pursue training on an elective basis.
The standard curriculum is a four-year program which currently graduates approximately 135 students per year.
Classes for the first two years are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. In the last two years, students complete clinical clerkships at a number of Tucson-area hospitals and have the option to rotate in Phoenix as well. Grades for the last two years are assigned on a Pass/Fail/Honors basis. This system is similar to the curriculum of most other schools medical schools. The college also awards joint MD/PhD, Masters of Public Health (MD/MPH), and Masters of Business Administration (MD/MBA) degrees through the College of Medicine, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and the Eller College of Management, respectively.
The University Of Arizona College Of Medicine offers medical students an outstanding medical education. Our integrated, multidisciplinary curriculum combines the latest advances in biomedical science with the practice of the classical art of medicine. Our membership in the Arizona Health Sciences Center, and our affiliations with more than a dozen hospitals and health-care facilities across two campuses, ensure that students will always have access to groundbreaking research opportunities, world-class faculty, and meaningful patient-care experiences.