Program History

Med-Start was created in 1969 by Dr. Merlin K. "Monte" DuVal, MD to introduce students to the importance of healthcare in rural areas, reservations, and economically disadvantaged areas through the recruitment and training of students from these regions. Med-Start in collaboration with the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AZ-AHEC) prepares young people for their future in the health professions by exploring career opportunities and providing college-level coursework in English and science and math. The students will gain opportunities to participate in professional lectures, health-related field trips, and hands-on lab experiences and live on campus.

The Med-Start program sponsored by the University of Arizona Health Sciences-Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with Arizona-Area Health Education Centers is a collaborative effort between the UA College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing and College of Public Health and other departments at The University of Arizona and other Arizona educational and healthcare organizations.