The University of Arizona Division of Rheumatology and the UA Arthritis Center combine their efforts and resources to provide students, residents and fellows with a rich learning experience in clinical rheumatology as well as research into the diagnosis, pathogenesis and treatments of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.
Medical Student Education
Medical students at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson participate in a variety of clinical and educational experiences through our Division. They also have access to elective courses relating to all of the subspecialties within the UA Department of Medicine including:
- Care of the older adult
- Diagnostic Radiology
- End-of-life care
- Independent study
- Medical imaging
- Mindfulness for medical students
- Native American health services
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Rheumatology (Arthritis & Clinical Immunology)
- Senior mentor program
- Surgical applications of anatomy
Refer to the College of Medicine – Tucson course catalog for specific courses and descriptions (see those with the prefix “MEDI”).
Current medical students should also explore related opportunities offered by student clubs (including the UA Internal Medicine Student Association). Learn more at the MedCats website (NetID login required).
Regarding Clerkship and Sub-Internship (Sub-I or SI) opportunities for third- and fourth-years, please contact Lucy Contreras at (520) 626-1574 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to offering traditional inpatient consulting services in rheumatology, faculty rheumatologists operate teaching clinics at the Banner – University Medical Center as well as the Southern Arizona Veteran's Administration Health Care System (SAVAHCS) facilities in Tucson. We also sponsor unique clinics that travel to some of the local American Indian Nations in Arizona and provide care for tribal members on these reservations. Grand rounds are held weekly, and include a variety of clinically-based topics. Radiology conferences held in conjunction with the faculty from the Department of Radiology are also held on a weekly basis. Pathology conferences are held quarterly. All of these allow for a unique clinical experience in rheumatology, with a broad spectrum of diseases and generous contact with teaching faculty.
The Rheumatology Fellowship Program at the University of Arizona is a two-year ACGME-accredited fellowship complying with the regulations for board eligibility. It utilizes the clinical teaching facilities at the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South campuses, which includes the University of Arizona Arthritis Center and the University of Arizona Cancer Center – North Campus, and the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS). Along with Rheumatology faculty members, fellows also provide rheumatologic care to the local Native American populations. The Division of Rheumatology provides support for two new fellows each year. There also are many unique and engaging research projects in our Division for Postdoctoral Fellowships, including in molecular immunology, clinical trials and drug development, and epidemiology and outcomes research.
Where We Teach & Train
In addition to UA College of Medicine – Tucson and UA Health Sciences education and research facilities, among places our students, residents and fellows may train are the following facilities:
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
1501 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724
Banner – University Medical Center South
2800 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85714
University of Arizona Cancer Center – Orange Grove Campus
1891 W. Orange Grove Road, Tucson, AZ 85704
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
3601 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85723