Message from the Director

We are the University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program at Tucson Campus. It has been almost 50 years since we began training new physicians in the basics and intricacies of internal medicine. Our facility is located in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, nestled in the northern region of the Sonoran Desert and the heart of the Old West.

We are an ACGME-accredited program (renewed in January 2018) based out of the UArizona Health Sciences campus, which includes the Department of Medicine and College of Medicine – Tucson, as well as the colleges of pharmacy, nursing and public health.

We have multiple centers of excellence affiliated with us, including the Arizona Cancer Center, Sarver Heart Center, Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center, ArizonaArthritis Center, Arizona Center on Aging, Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, Thomas D. Boyer Liver Institute and the BIO5 Institute—to name just a few. UArizona faculty welcome our residents into their laboratories allowing them to participate in both clinical and bench research. As a result, beyond the rigorous clinical training, our program has a history of matching its graduates into competitive fellowships and careers.

Our primary clinical partner is Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, which provides compassionate, cost-effective and evidence-based medical care to patients across Southern Arizona as the only Level I Trauma Center in this region of the state and, in April 2019, opened a new nine-story, state-of-the-art hospital tower. Other Banner clinical facilities in Tucson, include: Banner – UMC South, a Level IV Trauma Center and IBM Watson Health Top 100 community hospital; the UA Cancer Center, one of 49 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation and the only one in Arizona; and Banner – University Medicine North, a new, 208,000-square-foot adult multi-specialty outpatient treatment center that opened in January 2018, incorporating the newest ideas in patient-centered care and the most up-to-date clinical services and features.

We also work closely with other clinical partners in the region, including the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Tucson Medical Center, specialty and general practice groups and community physicians, who provide additional clinical experiences for our residents to round out their training. Outside of the Tucson city limits, we have rotations on the Navajo and Apache reservations, as well as available international experiences.

We’re family here. Our goal is to provide the best experiences for you to learn what you need to learn to be the best physician you can be and set you up to be successful in the next phase of your medical career, whether that’s here with us at one of our 17 ACGME-accredited fellowships, one of our hospitals or clinics, in private practice or elsewhere.

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, Clinical Scholar
Associate Vice Chair, Office of Education, Department of Medicine
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program – Tucson Campus, Department of Medicine