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In 1966, Dr. Jack Layton got an unexpected phone call from Dr. Monte DuVal, founding dean of the UA College of Medicine. DuVal was starting a new medical school, with a strong student focus, in Tucson and wanted Layton to join him. In 1967, Layton left his home in Iowa to become the first department head in the UA College of Medicine, which welcomed an inaugural class of 32 students that year. Those students would later honor him as "The Father of the Class of '71."
UA College of Medicine students are spending the summer serving rural communities through a program designed to address the shortage of physician in Arizona's non-urban areas. The Rural Health Professions Program encourages medical students to practice in small Arizona communities, where there's a desperate need for medical specialists.