Internal Medicine Residency – Tucson Campus

  • Internal Medicine Residency Graduation - Class of 2022 Celebrated and Honored for their achievements.

  • 2022 Internal Medicine Chiefs bonding with the new IM Interns on a Chiefs' Hike in Mount Lemmon.

  • Internal Medicine Residency – Tucson Campus director Dr. Laura Meinke chats with medical students and residents at a Faculty Meet-and-Greet event held in the Medical Research Building.

  • Internal medicine residents, fellows and students share thoughts on their projects and posters during Research Academic Half Day competition in Kiewit Auditorium in Spring 2019.

  • Tucson Campus former Internal Medicine resident Dr. Alexander Peck presents his report, “The Case of MC,” at Medicine Grand Rounds for ACP Clinical Vignettes competition.

  • Our 2021 Chiefs, Dr.'s Eric Brucks, Martin Chacon, and Sumana Veeravelli bond with the new IM Interns on a Chief Hike in Mount Lemmon.

  • Internal medicine residents explain and critique each other's work during poster competition at Research Academic Half Day, a spring ritual at the University of Arizona Department of Medicine.

  • Thirty to 40 awards and honors are presented each spring at the University of Arizona Department of Medicine Annual Awards Assembly at the Arizona Inn, many coming with a financial prize.

  • Former Internal Medicine Resident and overall winner Dr. Kevin Breen covers high points in his research on genetics of brain cancer in oral vignettes portion of 2019 Research Academic Half Day.

  • Associate Program Director, Dr. Josh Malo and 2021 Internal Medicine chief, Dr. Eric Brucks, welcome the new interns during the IM Orientation Meet and Greet, 2021.

Over nearly five decades, we have developed a highly collegial, mid-sized academic training program that offers diverse experiences at multiple state-of-the-art training sites. With Tucson nestled in the northern region of the Sonoran Desert and in the heart of the Old West, our residents gain exposure to a broad range of patients and faculty. We also offer centers of excellence on arthritis, cancer, diabetes, geriatrics, heart, liver, lung disease and more, in which University of Arizona faculty welcome our residents into their labs and allow them to participate in both clinical and bench research.

If you are looking for a friendly program with high academic standards and rigorous clinical models, we welcome you to visit and meet our leadership, faculty and residents as part of our interview process. Tomorrow is here today. Come grow with us!

Laura E. Meinke, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program – Tucson Campus, University of Arizona Department of Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency – Tucson Campus


Housestaff training in internal medicine at the University of Arizona originated in 1972. Since then, we’ve graduated more than 700 physicians trained in all aspects of primary care. We consider this training experience to be highly competitive and successful. Residents learn the fundamentals of inpatient medicine while caring for patients on the general medical wards and in state-of-the-art intensive care and cardiac care units. The experience is broadened by ample exposure to ambulatory medicine. We also enjoy one of Arizona’s highest board passage rates.

Our primary clinical partner is Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, which is part of the academic division of Phoenix-based Banner Health along with multiple clinical facilities in Tucson that include the Banner – UMC South community hospital, UA Cancer Center Peter & Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic and, adjacent to that, the new adult multispecialty outpatient center known as Banner – University Medicine North. Along with other community partners such as the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS), residents are now able to care for patients in a range of settings: a University hospital, community hospital and VA medical center, in addition to various outpatient clinical operations.

Residents are expected to focus on three major goals — education, clinical skills and research excellence. Research opportunities are plentiful and encouraged. Our intent is to provide the necessary background for the successful practice of medicine and to allow growth and interest in clinical and basic sciences research at an early stage in training. To accomplish this, three major teaching facilities are utilized: Banner – UMC Tucson, the SAVAHCS, and Tucson Medical Center. In addition, outpatient continuity clinic experiences are available at Banner – UMC Tucson, SAVAHCS as well as with specialty and general practice groups and community physicians.

This Year's Residents


Curiosity guides the Regents Professor to bridge medicine, engineering and now the law to address unmet needs in medical research and mentorship.

Meet our Residents

Biagio James Collura, MD
MD: Ross University School of Medicine, 2021

I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona with my two little sisters and attended University of Arizona for my undergraduate studies. I completed medical school at Ross University School of Medicine fell in love with traveling and exploring new cultures and new foods. My spare time is spent golfing, playing music cooking, and hanging out with my puppy. My career aspirations are to pursue a career in cardiology or critical care.

Resident News - Internal Medicine Residency - Tucson Campus

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