Three-Year Curriculum

As part of our program, residents will be expected to do some ride-along time in GROUND based ambulances. Residents will NOT be required to do ride-along time in AIR ambulances. Opportunities for the latter do exist, but are optional.


  • 4 weeks - Orientation
  • 5, 4-week blocks - Emergency Department: BUMCT and BUMCS
  • 4 weeks - Medical Intensive Care: SAVAHCS
  • 4 weeks - Emergency Department:  SAVAHCS
  • 4 weeks - Emergency Surgery/Trauma:  BUMCT
  • 4 weeks - Orthopedics:  BUMCT
  • 2 weeks - Obstetrics:  BUMCT
  • 4 weeks - Anesthesia:  BUMCT
  • 4 weeks - Vacation (split into two 2-week blocks)
  • 2 weeks - Emergency Ultrasound


  • 8, 4-week blocks - Emergency DepartmentBUMCT and BUMCS
  • 4 weeks - Medical Intensive Care (PICT):  BUMCT
  • 4 weeks - Surgical Intensive Care/In-House Code Team:  BUMCT
  • 2 weeks - Cardiology:  SAVAHCS
  • 2 weeks - Toxicology
  • 4 weeks - Selective
  • 4 weeks - Vacation (split into two 2-week blocks)


  • 9, 4-week blocks - Emergency DepartmentBUMCT and BUMCS
  • 4 weeks - Emergency Department:  Tucson Medical Center
  • 4 weeks - Pediatric Intensive Care: BUMCT
  • 4 weeks - Selective
  • 4 weeks - Vacation (split into two 2-week blocks)

Information Mastery

The objective of the three-year integrated Information Mastery curriculum is to enable our graduates to fully understand and use the scientific literature in their future practice, whether that be primarily clinical or as a physician-scientist. The curriculum has three longitudinal courses: Journal Club, Evidence-Based Medicine and ScholarQuest. ScholarQuest is a novel and ambitious journey that leads each and every resident through an original research project.

"Merit Badges"

ACLS, ACLS Instructor, ATLS, PALS, Base Station Physician Course

The University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS)

The University of Arizona Health Sciences complex serves as the premier referral center for much of the southwestern United States. It features a full range of primary and subspecialty services, including more than 30 accredited training programs. The complex includes the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, on a rapidly expanding 30-acre site. The University of Arizona is listed as one of the United States' top 10 research universities by the National Science Foundation.

Banner - University Medical Center Tucson (BUMCT)

BUMCT Emergency Department is a primary teaching setting in which more than 70,000 patients will be cared for this year. These patients comprise a diverse socio-economic mixture. Being a primary provider of indigent care through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the Regional Level One trauma center, and a tertiary care referral hospital creates an extremely interesting milieu of patient pathology. The acuity is very high and the turnover rapid. Approximately 80 percent of a resident's ED time will be at Banner - UMC Tucson.

Banner - University Medical Center South (BUMCS)

BUMCS has become an important contributor to our teaching program. Our integrated faculty supervise our residents in this unique setting that will serve about 40,000 patients this year.

Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System (SAVAHCS)

The Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Tucson has an outstanding national reputation for both research and clinical practice. This sprawling Spanish Colonial complex serves as the site for our PGY I medical intensive care rotation. A superb combination of teaching excellence and patient care responsibility is afforded to the resident. The Intensive Care Units are state of the art, all patient laboratories and past medical records are computer accessible throughout the institution, and the latest diagnostic imaging equipment is available on site.  In July 2013, we added an exciting PGY I rotation in the Emergency Department.

Tucson Medical Center (TMC)

The TMC Emergency Department is private practice staffed and very busy, seeing in excess of 85,000 patients per year. It is staffed with an outstanding group of board-certified Emergency Medicine physicians. Residents work one on one under the direct supervision of this Attending staff during part of the senior year.