2023 Year in Review

Thomas Kelly
Thomas Kelly
As 2023 draws to a close, the college pauses to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff

After an extraordinary year for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, we reflect on moments that demonstrate our commitment to advancing medicine through leadership, innovation and service.

We recognized the contributions of renowned physicians, educators and scientists and welcomed new members to the college’s family, including our new dean, Fred Wondisford, MD, MS, MBA.

We continued to build a pipeline for physicians and scientists joining the workforce in Arizona and beyond. The Class of 2023 matched at exceptional residency programs in Arizona and across the country. Postdoctoral researchers earned scholarships and grant funding to further their work. The Class of 2027 joined the college’s family optimistic for how they will impact the future of medicine.

In partnership with Banner Health, the college announced the expansion of the residency and fellowship programs by 229 positions over the next few years. The hope is many of them will stay right here in Arizona to practice medicine and help address the physician shortage.

Our students, faculty and staff exemplified our core values through their support of our community through advocacy and engagement.

The 2023 Year in Review highlights some of the achievements of our students, faculty and staff. Learn more about the impact our college is making.

Highlights from 2023

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Destination Known: The Class of 2023 Match into Residency 

Through intensive — and often exhaustive — studies, daunting exams and a global pandemic that upended their education, the Class of 2023 stayed strong. That resilience was rewarded during their Match Day Friday, March 17. Learn More

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Commencement Crystallizes Years of Hard Work for the Class of 2023

On May 8, more than 70 medical students from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Class of 2023 processed through downtown Phoenix to the Arizona Financial Theatre. There, a boisterous crowd of their most ardent supporters waited. Learn More

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Postdoctoral Researcher One of Four Recipients of the Inaugural ExCEL Scholar Award for Cancer Research 

Nicole Jimenez, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was one of four recipients to receive the inaugural ExCEL Scholar Award. Focused on engaging and developing the next generation of leaders in cancer research, the Excellence in Career Enrichment Leadership (ExCEL) Committee at Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center (MECC) created the award. Learn More

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Medical Students Pay It Forward at the Inaugural Go Girl Scouts Go STEAM Camp

Since 1912, the Girl Scouts have been encouraging female youth across the country to dream big and to embrace confidence that they can accomplish whatever they set their mind to. That spirit was present during the inaugural Go Girl Scouts Go STEAM Camp — an event designed to teach the scouts about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Medicine (STEAM) through a variety of hands-on activities. Learn More

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The Journey Begins: The Class of 2027 Receives Their First White Coats

The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage; it marks the beginning of the medical students’ studies for a career dedicated to healing through medicine, advocacy, professionalism and service. On Friday, July 14 — as students’ friends and families gathered in the West Ballroom of the Phoenix Convention Center — the Class of 2027 celebrated this important milestone. Learn More

Women in Medicine

Women to Watch in Medicine and Science 

Every September, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix proudly celebrates Women in Medicine and Science Month (WIMS) by featuring women who are advancing health care through their service as physicians, scientists and teachers. These outstanding women embody the present and future of medicine, leading the way as rising stars in their respective fields. Learn More

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College Sets New Course as Dean Wondisford is Officially Welcomed

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix is entering a new chapter — one set to be guided by Dean Fred Wondisford, MD, MS, MBA. To commemorate the transition, a reception was held Thursday, October 26, on the college’s campus. It was an occasion defined by excitement, optimism and gratefulness. Learn More

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Family Medicine Food Pantry Aims to Address Food Insecurity in Local Communities

One in 10 people in Arizona face food insecurity. *This equates to more than 750,000 people — nearly one-third of whom are children. To meet the needs of those experiencing hunger, an estimated $438,117,000 more per year in income is needed. Recognizing this gap, Steven Brown, MD — a professor of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine and program director of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix’s Family Medicine Residency — along with resident leaders partnered with St. Mary’s Food Bank and Sun Produce to establish the Banner Family Food Pantry in April 2023. Learn more

About the College

Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated more than 800 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,700 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Bioscience Core, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.