COVID-19 Resources

Update on COVID-19 and Visiting Medical Students:

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The University of Arizona is following the AAMC guidelines.

Recommendation 1 ― Away Rotations for Medical Students

The work group recommends that for the 2020-2021 academic year, away rotations be discouraged, except under the following circumstances:

• Learners who have a specialty interest and do not have access to a clinical experience with a residency program in that specialty in their school’s system.

• Learners for whom an away rotation is required for graduation or accreditation requirements.

Individuals meeting these exceptions should limit the number of away rotations as much as possible. Students should consider geographically proximate programs, when appropriate, to meet learning needs.


1.  We are currently developing on online or virtual rotation to enhance orthopaedic education.

2. The University of Arizona has a long and cherished history of having outstanding medical students rotate in Tucson, Arizona.

3. All requests go through VSAS. Rotations are based on a first come first serve basis. No screening methods, such as USMLE scores, are used.

4. We can accommodate 4 students per month.

5. We encourage rotations up until NRMP match submission day (typically mid-late February)

6. Rotators are interviewed during their time in Tucson.

7. Interview dates have not been selected yet for the 2020-2021 interview cycle.

8. If a visiting rotation occurs after our formal interview dates, the U of A faculty will meet and rank that person appropriately in order to encourage as many rotators as possible.


Spacious Tucson has been spared from a large number of COVID-19 cases. We restarted elective surgeries a few weeks ago. For your safety, Medical students will not be involved with known COVID cases or “rule-out” COVID cases. Please see our website for more details about our residency. We have 4 residents per year and a great clinical experience since we have no fellows to get in the way of resident education.