Internal Medicine Residency – Tucson Campus

  • Then PGY2 resident Dr. Sade Solola talks about cardiovascular aspects of her case report, “I Have a Cough with Brown Phlegm” during ACP Clinical Vignettes at Medicine Grand Rounds in May 2019.

  • As part of our resident wellbeing initiative, we host team-building hikes (such as here with 2019 incoming interns in the Catalina Mountains) and other events throughout your time training here.

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

  • Dr. Indu Partha (top right) joins PGY3 internal medicine residents to celebrate awards and honors on grad night 2019 at the Skyline Country Club in the Catalina Foothills.

  • 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.

  • PGY2 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.

  • Our Interns, Dr. Mustafa Malik and Dr. Juan Pablo Moreno-Ortiz enjoying their first week in Outpatient Clinic.

  • Class of 2019 graduates framed by city lights of Tucson below as residents, faculty and guests gather for annual grad night festivities for the Internal Medicine Residency – Tucson Campus.

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 UA 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, UA 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


University of Arizona Geriatrics faculty member Dr. Lisa O’Neill was named a 2019-20 Health and Aging Policy Fellow with Columbia University’s National Program Office and travels to Washington, DC, in September for orientation on the year-long program. Serving as the UA Center on Aging’s associate director of research and education, chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging, and manager of the center’s Arizona Geriatric Workforce Development Program, she has tackled issues that include elder abuse, hoarding disorders and caregiver support—all areas she hopes to pursue as a fellow…

Meet our Residents

Erika Ines Scholtes, MD
PGY-1 Preliminary Interns
MD: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson AZ, 2019

Dr. Erika Scholtes was born and raised in Arizona. She attended Arizona State University for undergraduate education and received a BS in Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology. She attended University of Arizona for medical school. Her interests include baking, golfing, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Resident News - Internal Medicine Residency - Tucson Campus

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Atanasio and Thano Gatzionis, who run a Nogales, Ariz., food distributorship, are among patient and caregiver panelists participating in the Spotlight on Stomach Cancer Symposium hosted Oct. 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the HSIB Forum in the Health Sciences Innovation Building, 1670 E. Drachman St., on the University of Arizona Health Sciences Campus in Tucson. Learn about them and register for Saturday!…

DOM Chair Dr. Monica Kraft Announced as 2019 AZBio Researcher of the Year

The Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio), in an announcement posted Sunday night, named internationally renowned physician-scientist and University of Arizona Department of Medicine Chair Dr. Monica Kraft as its choice for Arizona Bioresearcher of the Year for 2019 based on her work on precision medicine therapies to treat severe asthma. This is the third year in a row that a UA faculty member has won the honor, which will be bestowed at an Oct. 2 ceremony at the Phoenix Convention Center…

Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop Schedule Announced for Fall 2019

The University of Arizona Office of Research, Discovery, and Innovation’s Fall 2019 schedule for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshops runs from Aug. 22 to Dec. 4. These interactive, discussion-based sessions—designed for graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers—are open to all members of campus. All workshops count towards fulfillment of RCR education requirements from the NSF and NIH. See topics here and enroll today…



COM - Tucson General Faculty Meeting | Fall 2019
General Faculty Meeting | University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson