The Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program (THMEP) was established in 1963 to conduct graduate and continuing medical education programs at Tucson Medical Center and throughout the greater Tucson community. Initially created as a consortium of physician groups, TMC and other regional hospitals, THMEP offered the first residency training programs in Southern Arizona and remains a major provider of graduate and continuing medical education in the region, with active support of the greater Tucson medical community for over 50 years. Since 1971, with the first graduating class of the newly formed University of Arizona School of Medicine, THMEP has been closely affiliated with the University of Arizona, which is an integral partner in both graduate and undergraduate medical education activities at TMC.

The formation of THMEP was based on two firmly held principles: First, that quality medical education is best attained under the guidance of outstanding clinicians in an environment of clinical excellence; and, second, that the highest quality of medical care is attained through an association with a strong educational program. As such, the goal of THMEP has remained unchanged since its inception – to constantly improve both medical education and patient care through a strong commitment to both.

Currently, THMEP routinely supervises medical education at TMC and other community sites for medical students from three Arizona medical schools: the University of Arizona, Midwestern University and A.T. Still University. THMEP independently sponsors a Transitional Year residency and, with TMC, sponsors a residency program in Clinical Pharmacy. THMEP Administers a TMC-based Podiatry residency, cosponsored by TMC and Midwestern University. THMEP also supervises inpatient activities at TMC for Family Medicine residents from the Wright Center – A.T. Still National Family Residency, in concert with El Rio Community Health Center, one of the nation’s select, federally-qualified community health centers. Finally, through THMEP, TMC serves as a major teaching hospital for residents from a variety of University of Arizona residency programs, including Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and others.

As a resident in a THMEP program, and as a student or resident from another institution, but participating in an educational program with us, your responsibility is to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to provide the very best in evidence-based, compassionate and appropriate care for your current and future patients. Our responsibility is to provide the environment in which this is possible and to encourage and assist your professional growth and education in any way we can.