Curriculum

Following are some of the educational and training experiences you’ll share as an internal medicine resident in our program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – South and Banner – University Medical Center (UMC) South campus:

Conferences

At the University of Arizona, our top priority is your education. Our program includes:

  • Morning Report - three times weekly, core topics, "question of the day"
  • Journal Club - bimonthly, research methodology and biostatistics review
  • Morbidity & Mortality - monthly multidisciplinary conference, review Systems Based Practice and Quality Improvement core principles
  • Academic Half Day - one half-day weekly academic lecture session
  • Medicine Grand Rounds - weekly
  • Yale Curriculum - weekly EBM sessions
  • Board Review - weekly, audience participation technology for real-time feedback
  • Simulation lab
  • Mock codes

Research

The program supports and fosters research interests at an early stage by identifying University of Arizona College of Medicine faculty mentors for house staff. Projects may range from laboratory to clinical research. All residents will have the opportunity to participate in the Clinical Vignette Competition at the State of Arizona American College of Physicians Meeting.

See some of our past research accomplishments

Rotations

The following is a typical rotation schedule. Rotations take place at the Banner – UMC South and Tucson campuses and the Southern Arizona Veterans Health Care System (SAVAHCS). All are within five miles of Banner – UMC South. The rural rotations take place in Green Valley and Marana, Ariz. Opportunities are also available for short away rotations to the Hopi and Navajo Nations in northern Arizona.

PGY1

General Medicine Wards6.5 blocks
Night Float1 block
ICU1 block
Emergency Medicine1 block
Anesthesiology0.5 block
Elective2 blocks
Vacation1 block

PGY2

General Medicine Wards3 blocks
ICU1 block
Night Float1.5 blocks
Cardiology1 block
Rural Medicine1 block
Geriatrics1 block
Hematology/Oncology0.5 block
Continuity Clinic0.5 block
Elective2.5 blocks
Vacation1 block

PGY3

General Medicine Wards3 blocks
ICU1 block
Night Float1 block
Rural Medicine1 block
Continuity Clinic0.5 block
Elective5.5 blocks
Vacation1 block

Ambulatory Experience

The ambulatory care experience is central to the training of the general internist and is critical for a physician practicing in more remote or underserved areas. This experience begins in internship with a continuity clinic that continues through all three years of residency. Under close supervision from a general medicine faculty mentor, residents will manage a panel of clinic patients with a wide variety of chronic illnesses and socioeconomic backgrounds. Additional ambulatory experience will be obtained from rotations through medical subspecialties, as well as geriatrics, with ample exposure to orthopedic, ophthalmologic, dermatologic, and HIV-related issues.