Authorization for establishment of the College of Medicine was granted in 1962 and the first class was
initiated in 1967. The University Medical Center, completed in 1971, was expanded in 1994. The new
Arizona Health Sciences Library and Learning
Resource Center was completed in 1992.
4-year semimodern. First year: A 40-week period
when the basic sciences are presented. Patient contact
is provided and behavioral sciences are emphasized.
Second year:A36-week period consisting of advanced
basic science courses, behavioral sciences, and a continuation of the introduction to clinical sciences. Third
year: A 48-week period when the clinical sciences are
presented with at least 6 weeks of clerkships in each of
the principal departments. Fourth year: A 33-week
period for electives in the student’s career path.
Biologic, cultural, psychosocial, economic, and sociologic concepts and data are provided in the core
curriculum. Increasing emphasis is placed on problemsolving ability, beginning with initial instruction and
carried through to graduation. Excellence in performance is encouraged and facilitated. Awareness of the
The learning environment encompasses lectures, smallgroupinstruction,independentstudy,clinicalclerkships,
practice in physical diagnosis, computer-based instruction, and a variety of other modes for the learner. The
Patient Instructor Program in the second year uses a
unique method of clinical instruction. Real patients are
trained to help students fine-tune their physical examination and history-taking skills. Students receive
immediate feedback on their performance from the
patient instructors, which helps to develop and improve
the skills needed during the clinical years. Students learn
in various settings at the University Medical Center, and
a variety of community inpatient and outpatient settings.
Minority admissions: Disadvantaged, rural, and minority
residents of Arizona are urged to apply for admission.
Other degree programs: A combined MD-PhD program
of study is also offered.
Basic premedical science courses plus 2 semesters of
English are required for admission. Applicants for both
entering and transfer openings will be considered only
fromArizona residents and certified and fundedWICHE
applicants. Selection of candidates for admission is
based on ability, motivation, maturity, integrity, interpersonal skills, and exposure to medicine. Transfer and
advanced standing: Applicants must be matriculated in
WHO-listed foreign medical schools, 2-year or 4-year
U.S. LCME-accredited medical schools, or accredited
sciences. All applicants must take the USMLE.
An Honors/Pass/Fail system is in operation. A written
evaluation that characterizes specific student performance is also recorded with the Office of Student
Affairs. The major criterion for promotion is that the
student passes all required courses in the curriculum
during each academic year. The student may repeat a
course only once.Apassing score must be recorded for
both Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE in order to graduate.
Teaching: The Health Sciences Center complex is
located adjacent to the university campus and consists
of several interconnected buildings: Basic Science,
Clinical Sciences, Outpatient Clinic, University Medical Center, Children’s Research Center, the Health
Sciences Library, and Cancer Center. Other:Additional
facilities used are the Tucson VA Hospital and Tucson
and Phoenix hospitals. Library: The Health Sciences
Center Library houses 176,000 volumes and 3600 medical journals. It is the only major biomedical library in
the area. Housing: Some rooms are available for single
students in the residence halls and for married students
at the Family Housing Project.