Family Medicine Rotation Sites

Rural Site: Hopi Health Center
Location: Polacca, Hopi Indian Reservation
Type of site: Indian Health Services (Hopi Tribe)
Distance from Tucson: 334 miles (6 hours driving time) in northern AZ
Housing: Provided in a three bedroom trailer provided by the University of Arizona.
Located within one of the IHS housing areas approximately 13 miles from Polacca at Keams Canyon.
Up to three residents or students may be housed in the trailer at any given time

Special Features:

  • Low-acuity inpatient, medical home outpatient, and busy ED experience
  • No deliveries at this time (should be starting soon), but a lot of prenatal care and OB triage
  • POCUS (Point-of-Care Ultrasound)
  • Home visits with community workers
  • Being part of a public radio health show  
  • Participation in native ceremonies
  • Great sports medicine experience (option to work as doctor for the high school football team)
  • Close to Canyon de Chelly, Grand Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park

Rural Site: Safford-Gila Valley Clinic and Mount Graham Community Hospital

Location: Safford, Arizona
Type of site: Rural mining town
Distance from Tucson: 127 miles (2 hours) in southwest AZ
Housing: Provided in a one-bedroom private apartment

Special Features:

  • Full-spectrum family medicine with high-volume OB including C sections and BTLs
  • Inpatient (including low acuity ICU)
  • Many procedures, esp GYN procedures (IUDs, Nexplanons, joint injections, toenail removals, etc)
  • Option for nursing home visits
  • Option for higher volume peds visits and circumcision training
  • Option to learn D&Cs
  • Close to Mount Graham, natural hot springs and a lot of hiking and fishing

Rural Site: Whiteriver Indian Health Service

Location: Whiteriver, Arizona
Type of Site: Indian Health Services (Apache Tribe)
Distance from Tucson: 200 miles (4 hours) in the white mountains
Housing: Provided in an onsite trailer that can be shared with medical students and other residents.

Special Features:

  • True full-spectrum (Inpatient, outpatient, ED and low risk OB)
  • Outpatient done at Whiteriver and even more remote town of Cibecue
  • Busy ED and Urgent Care with lots of procedures and trauma
  • A week spent on ED, a week on inpatient/Urgenct Care, and a week at each clinic site
  • Home visits with community workers
  • Opportunity to observe native ceremonies
  • Interesting infectious diseases including hantavirus and rocky mountain spotted fever
  • In beautiful White Mountains. Several lakes and streams. Great fishing, hiking and near Sunrise Park Ski Resort

 

Rural Site: Fort Defiance

Location: Fort Defiance, Arizona
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
  • Traditional medicine healers
  • Near Window Rock Tribal Park, Navajo Zoologic Park, Monument Valley and many other hiking areas

Rural Site: Walker Family Medicine and Northern Cochise Community Hospital

Location: Willcox, Arizona
Type of Site: Old railroad town
Distance from Tucson:  82 miles (1 hour and 15min) in southeastern AZ
Housing: Housing Provided by AHEC and is TBA as this is a new site

Special Features:

  • Inpatient, outpatient, ED.
  • No OB
  • Work in a community clinic
  • Opportunities for home visits
  • Opportunities for ambulance ride alongs
  • Large Hispanic, native and pacific islander populations
  • Close to wine vineyards, Chiricahua National Monument, Apple Annies Orchards, and many other hiking and fishing areas