In 1962, the Arizona Board of Regents granted authorization to The University of Arizona to develop a College of Medicine. The ground was broken in May 1966 for the Basic Sciences Building that was completed in September 1967 and occupied that same month by the 32 students of the first class. In May 1971, the M.D. degree was granted to the members of the first graduating class and to date more than 3,400 have been graduated.
The College of Medicine presently has an enrollment of more than 400 full-time medical students. In addition, the College of Medicine has over 500 interns, residents and fellows in 48 accredited programs.
The College of Medicine is located at The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC). This major medical and educational complex also includes the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, the Arizona Health Sciences Library, the Life Sciences Center, and the University of Arizona Medical Center University Campus. The College of Medicine also contains the BIO5 Institute, the McKnight Brain Institute and the following Centers of Excellence: Arizona Arthritis Center, Arizona Cancer Center, Sarver Heart Center, Steele Memorial Children's Research Center, Arizona Center on Aging, Arizona Respiratory Center, Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Arizona Hispanic Center, and the Valley Fever Center.
Banner University Medical Center - Tucson is the primary teaching hospital of the College of Medicine, but a total of four hospitals are part of our educational programs. In addition to BUMC-T, our trainees rotate at Tucson Medical Center, the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, and Banner University Medical Center-South Campus. The four hospital facilities provide a broad and comprehensive clinical experience for residents, allowing them to care for individuals from all socioeconomic strata with a wide variety of medical problems.