Alvernon Family Medicine Residency

Residency Class of 2020

ERAS ID: University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson Program
ACGME #: 1200312032


Welcome from the Residency DirectorAlvernon Family Medicine Residency Director, Jessie Pettit, MD

Since 1972, the University of Arizona Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program has sought to train family physicians who address health disparities in the exam room and in our health system. The mission of our residency program is to prepare full-spectrum physicians to provide excellent family-centered, community-responsive care with an emphasis on diverse and underserved populations. Guided by our core values of (1) Promotion and valuing of diversity, (2) working with underserved populations, (3) creation of a positive and supportive learning environment, (4) maintenance of strong, well-rounded academics, we strive to create leaders in the field of family medicine to positively affect the health of our communities.

Our new and innovative intern year structure allows residents to have foundational inpatient experiences caring for hospitalized adults, children, and maternity patients, coupled with immersive experiences in the outpatient center to build a robust continuity panel in the office.

Residents in our program receive training in integrative medicine through participation in the longitudinal Integrative Medicine in Residency curriculum. Our program weaves these concepts of integrative medicine into our mission of working with underserved populations through our clinical care. Outside of the exam room, residents are trained to address social determinants of health and advocate for systemic changes in our healthcare system.

We seek applicants from diverse backgrounds to more closely match the diversity of our patient population and our community.

To accomplish our mission, we:

  • have family medicine faculty take the principal role in teaching clinical and academic skills;
  • encourage the development of lifelong skills needed to balance professional and personal roles;
  • foster the realization of one's unique identity as a family physician;
  • support resident involvement in various community projects; and
  • create an enjoyable, respectful and supportive environment.

Three miles from the University of Arizona campus, our residency is an integral part of a dynamic university department and our focus is on innovation in resident education, featuring the Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) curriculum -- 300 additional hours our graduates receive to more fully prepare them for the changing face of primary care. Our faculty model and actively practice the full spectrum of clinical medicine alongside our residents in a collegial and supportive learning environment. Our residents rotate at all three major Tucson medical centers, with an optional month of obstetrics in Phoenix.

Again, welcome!

Jessie Pettit, MD
Assistant Professor
Program Director, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency