New Medicine Subinternship Program Director Named, Clerkships Coordinator Hired

Dr. Serena ScottSerena Scott, MD, an assistant professor in the University of Arizona Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, has been named director of the Subinternship Program at the UA Department of Medicine.

The program, also known as the Sub-I Program, is designed to provide fourth-year medical students opportunities for hands-on learning and clinical training. Subinternships involve clinical rotations in one of six core clinical disciplines: internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics & gynecology, emergency medicine or family medicine. A Sub-I experience helps prepare students for residency by allowing them to function with increased responsibility compared to clerkship rotations. A student on a Sub-I rotation functions like a traditional intern or PGY-1 resident physician would function.

Dr. Scott joined the faculty at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson in 2016. She has been a member representing general internal medicine of the Department of Medicine’s Core and Key Clinical Faculty since 2017. In January, she also was named member of the 2018 LEAD Certificate Program for the Association of Chief and Leaders of General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM). ACLGIM is affiliated with the Society of General Internal Medicine and Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM).

Dr. Scott served previously as a hospitalist who was on the “Leaders Training Track” at the University of Colorado/UC Hospital Medical Group in Aurora, Colo. She did her undergraduate studies in anthropology at Northwestern University and earned her medical degree and MBA at the University of Arizona in 2011.

New Ambulatory Clerkship Block

In addition, Celina Andrade has been hired as a senior program coordinator for the Clerkships Program working cooperatively with Lucia Contreras, also a senior program coordinator with the program. The rationale involves changes made in 2012 where the Medicine Clerkship was split into an eight-week inpatient rotation and a discontinuous four-week ambulatory selective rotation. Students spend time in the medicine outpatient clinics OR in one of three possible specialty rotations to be created (e.g., Cardiology, Hem-Onc, Infectious Diseases). She will oversee the Ambulatory Medicine block, which starts in February 2019.

Andrade earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a master’s degree in education from the University of Arizona. She also holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Colorado in Denver. She worked previously for the UA as a program coordinator for the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, office specialist for the Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA), and an alumni relations intern, alumni outreach and development advisor and family weekend director for ASUA. Her first day back was July 16.

Contreras will continue as coordinator for the Inpatient Medicine block of the internal medicine clerkship, a position she has held for nine years. Before that, she was program coordinator for the UA Gastroenterology Fellowship. She was hired as a secretary for the UA Gastroenterology Lab in December 1988. Before that, she worked for University Hospital, a predecessor of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

“Dr. Serena Scott Picked as 2018 LEAD Scholar in Internal Medicine by ACLGIM” | Posted Jan. 3, 2018
“Thirty New Faculty Begin UA Careers in Department of Medicine since July 1” | Posted Sept. 29, 2016
“Host of New Department of Medicine Hires Named, More to Come” | Posted June 9, 2016

Release Date: 
07/13/2018 - 2:00pm