GME Diversity



Welcome to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson GME Diversity page. 
We are excited that you are considering continuing your education at our institution. The UACOM – T is dedicated to celebrating diversity, creating an
environment of inclusive excellence where all members have a sense of equity and belonging as we seek to develop thriving and caring medical providers. 
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is located in the southwestern region of the United States and sits on the original homelands of indigenous
peoples who have stewarded this land since time immemorial. We recognize and acknowledge the people, culture and history that make up the Wildcat community.
Recognizing this privilege, respect for all dimensions of diversity is essential to the successful attainment of our mission. We are committed to promoting health, improving
wellness and diagnosing, and treating disease for all the people of Arizona and beyond, through innovation in education, research, and patient
care. An intentional culture of Inclusive Excellence creates role models, broadens perspectives, combats negative stereotyping and optimizes our
ability to provide world-class health care for all.  We engage in institution-wide trainings and dialogues to continually advance our institutional growth
and healthcare advocacy. Collaboration and teamwork are also vital in ensuring our engagement with our clinical partner, Banner Health, whose mission
is “Health care made easier, so that life can be better”. We invite you to take a closer look at our institution and find your place with us.


Victoria E. Murrain, DO                                                                                     
Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Professor, FCM




We continue to strive to become a stronger and more inclusive community, as we learn and grow together. 

The UA COM – Tucson Residency and Fellowship Programs continue to embrace great activities to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Programs are featured here so you are aware of the great work they are doing. 



This 2-year track focuses on strengthening the skills of intermediate and advanced Spanish speaking residents to provide enhanced care to a large Spanish speaking
patient population as well as developing projects to educate themselves and fellow residents in cultural competency and health care disparities.
Health Care Disparities (HCD) Education has become a critical part of training medical providers to care for diverse populations.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “individuals, families, and communities that have systematically experienced social and economic disadvantage
face greater obstacles to optimal health”. In recognition of the impact health care disparities have on quality of care, the ACGME has required that residents,
fellows and faculty be educated in reducing health care disparities and that they be engaged in institutional initiatives to do the same.
  • Initial Spanish proficiency testing to determine eligibility
  • Continued Spanish proficiency testing to determine progress
  • Monthly, one-hour facilitated advanced Spanish classes featuring interactive, systems based Spanish curriculum
  • Access to self-paced Canopy medical Spanish on-line training modules
  • Quarterly Health Care Disparity forums organized by track participants featuring local community speakers and topics relevant to the local patient population
  • Opportunity to take the ALTA Clinician Cultural and Linguistic Assessment (CCLA) exam and become a certified bilingual provider
  • Presentation of project at Annual GME Scholarly Day and encouraged to submit to national conferences
  • Certificate presented at the end of the 2-year track indicating completion and bilingual provider status (if applicable)


Participants are nominated by program leadership in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Combined Campus, Virtual Beginner Spanish Class.  The goal of the monthly 1-hr class is to build conversational medical Spanish speaking skills of beginners.  As Spanish speaking skills improve, we hope that participants will consider applying for the Spanish Language Healthcare Disparities (SLHCD) Distinction Track during the next application cycle. 

For more information please contact Christina Renteria for Tucson Campus and Ina Rios for South Campus. 

Spanish Language Health Care Disparities Forums
Upcoming Virtual HCD Forums:
April 8, 2021 from 1-3PM   Approaching Cultural Minority Families when Discussing End of Life Choices:  Living and Dying with Dignity in Diverse Backgrounds
Join us at:
Previous HCD Forums:
02/7/2018 – Drug Addiction:  Impact on our Communities – Guest Speaker:  Stacey Cope, Southern Arizona Overdose Prevention Coordinator, Sonoran Prevention Works.
04/25/2018 – “Will You Still Love Me When I’m 64?”  Keeping Seniors From Falling Through the Cracks. Guest Speaker:  Monica Vandivort, MD
06/05/2018 – LGBTQ+ HCD… Come Test your Knowledge.  Featuring an Expert Panel Overview and Closing the Gap Discussion
08/09/2018 – Health Care Disparities – Be a Change Agent!  Guest Speaker:  Francisco Moreno, MD
10/02/2018 – Who is Daynai Cristal?  Taking a Deeper Look at Southern AZ Refugee Health.  Featuring a screening of the film Who is Dayani Cristal followed by an expert panel discussion.
01/23/2019 – Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence – Featuring a brief screening questionnaire presentation and Speaker from Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
4/18/2019 – Limited Health Literacy:  The Hidden Risk Factor – Guest Speaker:  Barry D. Weiss, MD
8/8/2019 – HCD Forum and Community Resource Fair – Guest Speaker:  Martha Monroy, MA
10/10/2019 – Cultural Differences in End of Life Care and Communication Preferences – Case Scenarios, Group Discussion and Presentation – Guest Speaker:  C.Bree Johnston, MD, MPH, FACP
02/13/2020 – Suicide in the African-American Community:  The Growing Crisis Among Black Youth – Guest Speaker:  Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD
10/8/2020 - (Virtual) Limited English Proficiency: The Use of Interpreters Instead of Family Members - Panel Discussion & Breakout Rooms – Panelists:  Agnes Attakai with Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Elissa McDavid with International Rescue Committee (IRC), Andi Hammonds with Owl & Panther/Iskashitaa & Father Ricardo Elford with Clinica Amistad
02/11/2021 -   (Virtual)  COVID-19 and Vaccine Access:  Guidance and tips during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Guest Speakers: Theresa Cullen, MD, MS & Michael D. L.Johnson, PhD


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Resident and Fellow Volunteer Opportunities 

Mind Clinic 

CUP Clinic 

Casa Alitas

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