SOS Applications

The SOS program aims to enhance staff skills in office-related software through hands-on activities and peer support. 

SOS participants work together to identify which skills and appliations we want to learn or improve and practice using the software that will help us accomplish our goals.

Below is a list of applications, many of which have more detailed descriptions accessible through the menu at left. 

Tools for...


  • Qualtrics (Survey tool - data collection)
  • Microsoft One Note (Organization tool)
  • Microsoft Office Excel (Data Analysis)

Project Management 

  • Microsoft One Note
  • Microsoft Office Access
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Office Excel

Calendar & Email Management

  • Microsoft Office Outlook
  • MailChimp

Design & Publishing 

  • iBooks Author for Mac Users
  • Adobe Pro 



  • Zoom
  • Skype


  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint
  • Haiku Deck
  • Doceri
  • Explain Everything    


The Support for Office Staff (SOS) workshop series is not a certified skills program, such as is offered by The University of Arizona through its professional development courses in information technology and the IT Academy for Microsoft® Products as part of its software licensing benefits (see Related Resources below). The SOS workshop series is aimed at assisting OMSE staff as well as clerkship and elective/selective coordinators in further developing skills in using office applications, such as Microsoft® Office Word, Excel, Project, Visio, and PowerPoint and Adobe Pro, in ways targeted to support the medical education program. Some workshops may offer opportunities to learn new software.The primary facilitator for these workshops will be Karen Spear Ellinwood, PhD, JD, OMSE Faculty instructional development. AHSC BioCommunications staff may provide additional assistance or source materials.