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 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


The Thomas B. Boyer Liver Institute's Hepatitis C Treatment Program (HCTP), led by Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD and Geoffrey Block, MD, pursued the 340B designation, filling a desperate need in the community by offering patients discounted prescription drugs and other services.

Meet our Residents

Zachary Warner, MD, MPH
MD: Ross University School of Medicine, 2019, MPH: University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015

"Dr. Zachary Warner was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but spent most of his childhood in Iowa, Kansas, and Mesa, AZ. He attended the University of Utah where he received his Bachelors in Biochemistry, and his Masters in Public Health. Dr. Warner attended Ross University School of Medicine where he graduated magna cum lade in 2019. Dr. Warner's scholarly interests are in global health, and he has a particular interest in increasing access to healthcare among the underserved. He has pursued these interests through global health research in rural Ghana Africa, Armenia, and with the Kalinago tribe of Dominica in the West Indies. Dr. Warner is a loving father, spending most of his free time with his wife Echo, and his two kids, Ophelia and Cyrus. He also enjoys sharing his love of long distance running, hiking, fishing, gastronomy, and sports."

Resident News - Internal Medicine Residency - Tucson Campus

UArizona Research Makes ‘Top Studies of 2020’ for Sleep Journal

Kudos to Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy, who authored a paper named among the “Top Studies of 2020” published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Elizabeth Connick Wins National Women’s Health Award for HIV/AIDS Research, Advocacy

Division of Infectious Diseases chief at UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson receives NIH-supported AIDS Clinical Trials Group award at virtual ceremony in November. 

Nogales Father, Son Offer Patient/Caregiver View at Spotlight on Stomach Cancer Symposium

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!…