Rural Electives & Special Sites

Rural Geriatrics Experience: Frontier Medicine Ajo
Ajo, Arizona
Type of Site: Frontier Medicine
Distance from Tucson: 132 miles (1 hour and 15min) from Tucson
Housing: Provided in the fire station house

Special Features:

  • Large geriatric population
  • Home visits
  • Comprehensive medical center with physical therapy, and dentistry
  • Ambulance ride alongs

Rural Site: Fort Defiance
Fort Defiance, Arizona; near Window Rock Tribal Park, Navajo Zoologic Park, Monument Valley and many other hiking areas
Type of Site: Indian Health Services (Navajo Tribe)
Distance from Tucson: 336 miles (6 hours) near NM border
Housing: Provided in an onsite trailer that can be shared with medical students and other residents.

Special Features:

  • Full-spectrum family medicine (including outpatient, ED, ICU and OB)
  • Specialty clinics including hepatitis clinic, HIV clinic, procedure clinics
  • Opportunities include time working with physical therapists, podiatrists, public health department and workers and traditional medicine healers.


Other Electives:


Rural FM: Juneau, AK SEARHC
Juneau, Alaska
Type of Site: Alaska Native Center
Housing: Provided by SEARHC

Special Features:

  • Outpatient, inpatient (peds and option for adults), OB
  • Medical home model for clinic with case managers in each pod
  • Complex Medical needs
  • High Volumes pediatrics
  • Many outpatient procedures

Rural FM: Valdez, AK
Valdez, Alaska
Type of Site: Frontier Medicine
Housing: Home stay with one of the physicians

Special Features:

  • Full spectrum family medicine (including outpatient, inpatient, ED, OB)
  • OB includes surgical OB
  • Many pediatric patients
  • Remote Site
  • Complex Medical needs
  • Procedure heavy including colonoscopies

Rural FM: BC, Canada
Rural British Columbia, Canada  
Home stay

Special Features:

  • Broad Spectrum Family Medicine (including inpatient, outpatient, ED, urgent care)
  • Run by two graduates of our program
  • POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound)
  • A lot of fracture management
  • Xray reading