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The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix is located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

NOTE: The name includes a "space", an “en dash” and a "space" between Medicine and Phoenix.

On first reference in text, in titles, signage, news releases and other formal uses, the University of Arizona is spelled out. On subsequent text references, it is acceptable to shorten the name to “the UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.” Acceptable second references also include: “the College,” and “the medical college.” On second or subsequent references, “College” (capitalized) may be used in internal and promotional materials produced by that specific college. In other instances (news releases and other material for external audiences), “college” should be lowercase on second or subsequent references.

“COM – P”, "COMP" or "UA COMP" are NOT allowed for any external publications.

The University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is the institution’s legal name and proper title. In all materials intended for off-campus distribution, the preferred first reference is “the University of Arizona.” For on-campus publications, the University of Arizona is sufficient.

When referring to the University of Arizona in official logos and return addresses, it is correct to capitalize “The” at the beginning of a sentence, while NOT capitalized in the middle of the sentence.

Example: I received a great education at the University of Arizona.

On second and subsequent references to the University of Arizona, terms such as “the UArizona” and “the University” are acceptable.

Note: The correct and acceptable abbreviation for the University of Arizona is “UArizona,” not “U of A”, “UA” or “the UA” on second and subsequent references.

University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UArizona Health Sciences includes the UArizona Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with nearly 6,000 students on main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UArizona Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UArizona Health Sciences employs almost 4,000 people, has over 800 faculty members and garners more than $140 million in research grants and contracts annually. UAHS also is supported by almost 5,000 “Designated Campus Colleagues,” including nearly 3,000 faculty, who generously contribute their time, services and expertise without pay to help UAHS accomplish its mission.

In subsequent references, “UAHS” is acceptable for both internal and external audiences.

For internal publications, “UAHS” may be used on first reference.

Banner Health

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health-care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 29 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services, including family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry.

Banner – University Medicine

With locations in Tucson (Main and South Campus) and Phoenix, this academic medical network was created through the partnership of Banner Health and the UArizona. Banner – University Medicine serves as the primary clinical partner for the UArizona Health Sciences.

Banner – University Medicine is the Banner division that was formed in 2015 that all of the below entities fall under.

  • Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center.
    • Diamond Children’s is acceptable on second reference.
  • Banner Health.
  • Banner – University Medicine.
  • Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.
    • Banner – UMC Phoenix is acceptable on second reference.
  • Banner – University Medical Center South.
    • Banner – UMC South is acceptable on second reference.
  • Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.
    • Banner – UMC South is acceptable on second reference.
  • Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.
    • Banner – UMC Tucson is acceptable on second reference.
  • Banner – University Medical Group.

Arizona Board of Regents

Arizona Board of Regents is the correct name of the governing body for Arizona’s public university system. Accepted second references are “the Regents” and “ABOR,” never “BOR.”

Arizona Legislature

The Arizona Legislature is the state’s official governing body. On second reference, capitalize “Legislature” when specifically referring to that body; lowercase “legislature” when it is used generically.

  • Example (when referring to the Arizona Legislature)Both houses of the Legislature adjourned today.
  • Example (when using the term generically): No legislature ever has approved such an amendment.

Capitalize “House” and “Senate” when “Arizona” is dropped, but the reference is to Arizona’s governmental bodies specifically.

  • Example: The (Arizona) House adjourned today.

Frequently Referred-to Entities

  • Arizona Biomedical Collaborative (ABC 1, ABC 2).
  • Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
  • Banner Health.
  • Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center.
  • Banner – University Medicine.
  • Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.
  • Banner – University Medical Center South.
  • Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.
  • Banner – University Medical Group.
  • Barrow Neurological Institute.
  • Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB).
  • BIO5 Institute or BIO5 (all caps).
  • Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB).
  • Indian Health Service (IHS).
  • Institute for Advanced Telemedicine and Telehealth (T-Health).
  • Maricopa Medical Center.
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI).
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Phoenix Biomedical Campus.
  • The Critical Path Institute (C-Path).
  • Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Listed below are the names of several prominent centers and institutes at UAHS:

UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

  • Center for Applied NanoBioscience & Medicine.
  • Center for Simulation and Innovation.
  • University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s.
  • Center for Toxicology, Pharmacology Education & Research.


Courtesy Titles and the Use of Abbreviated Titles

Because doctors’ degree titles more accurately describe an individual’s expertise, it is preferable to include degree designations after an individual’s name, rather than to precede the name with Dr., in all internal and external publications. For example, “John Smith, MD,” clearly indicates that individual’s academic background, while “Dr. John Smith” fails to indicate whether he is a medical doctor (MD), a doctor of philosophy (PhD), a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD), a doctor of education (EdD) or a doctor of osteopathy (DO), etc.

In a reference following a person’s name, use only the highest academic degree earned. If all earned degrees must be used, list the highest first. Equal-level degrees (such as PhD and MD) should be listed in the order they were earned.

Note: Periods are not needed when using degree abbreviations.

  • Example: John Smith, PhD, CCRN, FAAN.
    However, a comma should come before and after initials.
  • Example: John Smith, PhD, CCRN, FAAN, stated that the new grant would help in finding a cure for diabetes.

In internal and external publications, it is acceptable to use “Dr.,” “Mr.” and “Ms.” in second and subsequent references. When writing headlines for internal publications, use of the title “Dr.” is acceptable.

Affiliations and Titles

For UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson and UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix faculty members who also are members of Banner – University Medical Group and have clinical privileges at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner – University Medical Center South or Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, use academic titles for primary identification. Affiliation with other entities also may be used, as appropriate, in context.

There are exceptions. For example, individuals who are directors of centers at AHSC generally are identified by that title.

  • The speaker was Fernando D. Martinez, MD, director of the BIO5 Institute.

Proper titles are lowercase when they follow an individual’s name, uppercase when they precede the name.

  • Correct: The lecturer was Professor John Smith, PhD.
  • Preferred: John Smith, PhD, professor of anatomy, lectured.

The title of an administrator of a department or division is “director” or “head,” depending on the entity.
The title of an administrator of a section within a department is “chief.”

Miscellaneous Usage

Academic degrees
Lowercase degrees: Holly is working on her master of science degree.
Use an apostrophe: She will be awarded a master’s degree in May.

In general, spell out the word “and.” Use an ampersand (&) only if it is part of an organization’s name.

Area code
Use hyphen after area code. Do not use parentheses around area code. Example: 520-626-7301.

Comma, in a series
Do not use a comma before the last item in a series.

Fundraising, fundraiser
Write as one word, no hyphen, in all cases.
The development officers are engaged in fundraising.
The development officer is a fundraiser.

More than/over
Use “over” when referring to spatial relationships: A police helicopter flew over the hospital.
Use “more than” when referring to numerals: Last summer’s helicopter rescues cost more than $100,000.

Spell out one through nine. Use figures for 10 and greater.
Exceptions: When referring to age, money or percentages, use figures.

Regents’ Professor
Use an apostrophe: Regents’ Professor Stanley Livingston is visiting Africa.

Toll-free numbers
Do not include 1 before toll-free numbers (800, 888, 877, 866). Example: 800-555-1212.

Capitalize and hyphenate.

When a URL includes www., do not include http:// in front of it.