Message from the Program Director

Prospective Residents,

Congratulations on the next step of your journey to becoming a family physician! At the University of Arizona Family Medicine Residency at South Campus, our primary mission is to prepare family physicians for practice in rural underserved areas. You will receive a strong, full-spectrum training and will be equipped to practice medicine in any setting when you graduate.

We have a blend of training opportunities working within the Banner University Medical Center system and in rural Arizona. Our residents train at the university-based, tertiary-care hospital at the University of Arizona and at our South Campus. South Campus was previously the county hospital of Tucson, and continues to serve a diverse population. Our ambulatory training includes our family medicine clinic and rural sites, as well as time working in our refugee clinic and prenatal mobile health clinics.

To meet our mission, all of our residents rotate for a minimum of 16 weeks in family medicine, emergency medicine, and obstetrics at various rural hospitals and clinics throughout the state with funding support from the Arizona AHEC Program. Because of the large percentage of residents that go on to practice rural medicine after training at our program, this year we were one of 11 family medicine residencies nation-wide to receive rural recognition by the National Rural Training Track Collaborative. Most of our alumni currently practice in Arizona and/or rural underserved communities throughout the United States and world. We have a growing number of alumni providing medical care internationally after completing our Global Health Track during residency.

Our curriculum is guided by residents' experiences and is designed to provide them with the knowledge and skills to provide culturally competent care to our diverse patients across their lifespans. As part of our curriculum, we have longitudinal threads on resident well-being and resiliency, as well quality improvement and patient safety. In addition to the basic curriculum, we offer the option to apply for the following distinction tracks: Global Health, Spanish Language/Health Care Disparities, and Integrative Medicine. 

Our training program will take you to many beautiful places in Arizona with our rural rotations, but the roots of our training are in the city of Tucson. Tucson is a small city with a lot of character and a big heart. It is uniquely located close to the US-Mexico border, with easy access to nature, surrounded by mountain ranges on all four sides. It is the only UNESCO World City of Gastronomy in the United States.

We have a saying in Tucson, that once you come to visit, you can never quite get the sand out of your boots, and it keeps you coming back. It might be the amazing sunrises and sunsets, or the smell of the desert after the monsoons, or the warmth of the people who live here. We can’t wait to show you why we love calling this place and our program home.


Best Wishes,

Elizabeth "Kyle" Meehan, MD        
Program Director