United Community Health Centers

Site Coordinator: 
Don Smith, MD
Student Per Period: 
Daily number of family practice patients: 
Continental 15-25; Three Points 15-20; Arivaca 10-20.
Flex Time Activities: 
  • Evaluation of patients in nursing home
  • Home visits
  • Procedures: suturing, skin biopsy, small labs, EKGs
  • Special projects possible
Hospital Affiliation: 
St. Mary's and UMC
Insurance Spectrum: 

Mix of:

  • private pay
  • Medicare
  • sliding fee
  • HMOs
Patient Population Profile: 

4000 patients enrolled at Continental; 1500 at Three Points; 600 at Arivaca; 25% Hispanic at each site.

Residency Info: 
No. 100% with attending, Dr. Smith, who is a FCM Teaching Fellowship graduate; also some pediatric and internal medicine experience
Site Specific Info: 

Spanish a plus, but not required (5% monolingual Spanish).

Mileage and Housing: 
Mileage compensation not provided by FCM.
Misc. Info: 
  • Three rural clinics: Continental (Green Vally); Three Points; Arivaca (all south or SW of Tucson)
  • Rural AZ community health centers (federally-assisted CHCs)
  • Physician's assistant/nurse practitioner
  • Some travel required (but only one site per day); Continental (2 days), Three Points (2 days), Arivaca (1 day)
  • Carpooling available
Comments from Students: 

"All of the doctors and nurse practitioners were excellent teachers. It was a wonderful hands-on learning experience, and I would recommend this site to everyone."

"Dr. Smith's greatest strength is his attitude. He is an excellent instructor,always challenging me in a positive manner and he really cares about his patients and their communities."

"The ability to work in three separate clinics with diverse populations really provided a broad range of patient encounters. Staff was friendly, patients were great."

"An excellent venue for practice and development of rural aspects of medicine."

"Dr. Donald Smith is very knowledgeable on a broad range of subjects. Able to handle complex patients with ease. Respectful to patients and willing to listen to patients empathetically wh8le maintaining good focus. Excellent teacher and patient educator."

"There is a great diversity of patients, especially at the Three Points and
Arivaca clinics. You see a little bit of EVERYTHING. All the support staff
(nurses, MAs) are really nice and helpful, too."

"Amazing family doctor with great rapport with patients."

Comments from Faculty: 

"We care for patients of all socio-economic levels, from very poor to working poor to working insured and retirees with Medicare. This give us a wide range of practice which is never boring. Students often get to be involved in the frequent minor procedures which we perform. Caring for communities like Arivaca gives a real rural health experience. The staff and physicians enjoy having the students here and they are given increasing levels of responsibility."

Site Address: 
United Community Health Centers 81 W. Esperanza Ste. 201 Green Valley, AZ 85614 United States