General Surgery Clinical and Training Sites

Training Sites

Arizona Simulation Technology & Education Center (ASTEC)

The Arizona Simulation Technology & Education Center (ASTEC) is a 30,000 sq. ft. facility that provides interprofessional learning opportunities in a high-tech, realistically simulated environment. ASTEC engages learners at all levels of healthcare education utilizing high-fidelity simulation technology with innovative methods of experiential learning theory. The facility is equipped with a 6,000 sq. ft. Sim Deck& that includes six patient rooms, three of which can be converted to any type of hospital environment and three that represent an operating room, intensive care unit, and labor and delivery suite, each equipped with hospital-grade gases. These rooms, along with a simulated pharmacy, surround a 3,000 sq. ft., two-story multipurpose area that can be utilized for any large-scale training event, including a variety of procedural-based training stations. 

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Clinical Sites

Banner — University Medical Center Tucson

Banner — University Medical Center Tucson (aka, University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus) is nationally recognized for providing exceptional patient care, teaching future health care professionals and conducting groundbreaking research. Also located on the campus is Diamond Children’s – recognized for its specialized pediatric services including neonatal and intensive care, emergency medicine and cancer therapies. Banner University Medical Center Tucson is Southern Arizona's only Level I Trauma Center, meaning we care for the most critically injured patients. The hospital is consistently listed among the nation's top hospitals in the prestigious Best Hospitals ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

Rotations Include:

  • Chiefs:  Surgical Oncology (GI, Soft Tissue and colorectal), Acute Care Surgery, and Hepatobiliary/Transplant
  • Seniors: Acute Care Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, MIS, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology
  • Juniors:  Critical Care, Acute Care Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Hepatobiliary/Transplant, ENT, Plastics, Night Float  

Banner — University Medical Center South

Banner — University Medical Center South (aka University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus) is a comprehensive medical center that includes an Emergency Department, a state-designated trauma center and a Behavioral Health Pavilion. The hospital is staffed by Banner University Medicine physicians and is managed by Banner Health under an operating agreement with Pima County. Our specialty services include inpatient and outpatient behavioral health, treatment and education for diabetes, innovative geriatrics care and comprehensive orthopedics.

Rotations Include:

  • Chiefs:  General Surgery
  • Juniors:  General Surgery and Night Float

Tucson Medical Center

Tucson Medical Center (aka TMC) has been Tucson’s locally governed nonprofit regional hospital since it admitted its first patient on November 9, 1944.  Its roots extend back to the 1920’s when the internationally known Desert Sanatorium began operating as a tuberculosis treatment center and health retreat.  This community hospital, licensed for 650 beds, is located approximately five miles from The University of Arizona. 

Rotations Include:

  • Chiefs: General Surgery
  • Seniors:  Pediatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery              
  • Juniors: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

South Arizona VA Health Care System

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) which serves over 150,000 veterans located in eight counties in southern Arizona and one county in western New Mexico, is a 283-bed hospital which  provides training, primary care and sub-specialty health care in numerous medical areas for eligible veterans. SAVAHCS plays a vital role in Arizona health care education as the principal affiliate with the University of Arizona's College of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. Each year over 700 physicians, nurses and other health care professionals from educational institutions across the country receive training at SAVAHCS. Virtually all SAVAHCS staff physicians hold faculty appointments at The University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Rotations Include:

  • Chiefs: General Surgery, Chief Rotation
  • Seniors: General Surgery
  • Juniors: General Surgery, Anesthesia, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular, Night Float

Tuba City Regional Medical Center

Tuba City Regional Medical Center, located in Northeastern Arizona, serves 35,000 Hopi, Navajo and Paiute tribal members. 

The unique community of Tuba City offers a culturally rich environment. The hospital was constructed in 1975 with a bed capacity of 73. PGY 2 residents gain a robust, rural general surgery experience.


Flagstaff Medical Center

Flagstaff Medical Center, located in Northern Arizona, is a major regional hospital distinguished, among other services, by being the only Level 1 Trauma Center north of Phoenix. Flagstaff Medical Center is also home to Guardian Medical Transport, a leader in developing innovative, continuous compression CPR techniques that is tripling survivor rates for cardiac arrest patients.

Serving more than 700,000 people in communities across the region, this 270-bed hospital provides our PGY 3 and PGY 4 with general surgery experience. 

International Rotation
Rotation Site in Cape Town, South Africa

As global health becomes more successful and fewer people are dying of malnutrition and communicable diseases, the burden of Global Surgery has become immense.  This International Elective rotation is designed to expose our residents to the diversity and intensity of surgical disease in the third world.  More importantly, to expose our residents to train with African surgeons and to work in their country.  The opportunity to meet and work with their residents will be invaluable as our US residents try to understand how they can make a difference in this rapidly changing and interconnected world and also learn to provide good surgical care in an environment with limited resources. We deliberately chose a site that will provide our residents with significant surgery volume, increase appropriate autonomy, cultural awareness, and also scholarship.

Groote Schuur Hospital is a large, government-funded teaching hospital situated on the slopes of Devil’s Peak in the city of Cape Town, South Africa.  It was founded in 1938 and is famous for being the institution with the first human-to-human heart transplant.  The hospital is internationally renowned as the training ground for some of South Africa’s best doctors, surgeons and nurses.  As an academic health center, Groote Schuur strives to provide outstanding tertiary and quaternary care of patients of the Western Cape and beyond.  There are over 3700 dedicated staff who care for more than 560,000 referrals and inpatient admissions each year.  Patients have to be referred by a primary or secondary health care facility.  Many of the cases are complex.