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University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine


University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

University of Illinois College of Medicine
Established September 26, 1882 (1882-09-26)
Type Public
Parent institution University of Illinois at Chicago
Dean Dimitri T. Azar, MD, MBA
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Campus Urban
Website .edu.uic.medicinewww

The University of Illinois College of Medicine offers a four-year program leading to the MD degree at four different sites in Illinois: Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana–Champaign.

In 2011, enrollment of medical students in the University of Illinois system totaled 1,290 according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.[1]


  • History 1
  • Campuses 2
  • Curriculum 3
  • Reputation and Rankings 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • Notable faculty 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The College of Medicine, originally an independent institution, opened on September 26, 1882 as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago (P&S)[2] with 100 students and a faculty of 30. Five years later, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois approved a contract of affiliation whereby the university would lease P&S as its Department of Medicine. The arrangement continued until 1912 when there was a nine-month hiatus in the affiliation due to a lack of legislative support. It was only after the faculty and alumni of P&S bought up all shares of the school's stock and presented them to the Board of Trustees as a gift that the school officially became the College of Medicine of the University of Illinois in March 1913.[3]

In the late 1800s, disease in Chicago was rampant, as was common in the area at that time. One in six children died of diphtheria, cholera or dysentery, and the role of bacteria in disease transmission was still a new discovery. Although six medical schools were already in existence, five physician-educators: Charles Warrington Earle, Abraham Reeves Jackson, Daniel Atkinson King Steele, Samuel McWilliams and Leonard St. John—decided to open their own proprietary medical school. The gentlemen pooled together $5,541.78, purchased a piece of land and secured a certificate of incorporation. The new school, located on Harrison and Honore streets, was named the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago (commonly referred to as P&S). Its doors opened on Sept. 26, 1882, with a class of 100 students and a faculty of 27 physicians.

At the West Side Free Dispensary, located on the first floor of the medical school, students in small groups could observe pathological cases and their treatment. Patients were classified according to the affected area or system of the body: heart, lungs, eyes, ears, skin or nervous system. The dispensary also furnished material for college clinics in medicine, surgery, gynecology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, neurology and pediatrics. In its first three years, the dispensary registered 20,353 patients and dispensed 17,347 prescriptions.

Other charitable organizations created in Chicago around the same time included the new Hull-House, a social services institution opened by Jane Addams in 1889. The original house remains as part of the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, along with the restored settlement dining hall.

In 1913, after years of negotiations, the P&S faculty and alumni donated stock to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees to establish the University of Illinois College of Medicine. In 1970, the Illinois legislature voted to expand the college to three additional sites: Peoria, Rockford and Urbana. Their purpose was to provide access to care for all citizens in the state and increase opportunities for Illinois residents to attend medical school.


The College of Medicine maintains an internationally renowned faculty of approximately 4,000 across the four sites. Various types of professional service are rendered by its physicians, such as primary care, specialty practice, research, teaching, preventative medicine and administration. Medical students have the opportunity to become familiar with several professional roles and to choose the role best-suited for their individual goals and abilities.

The surrounding health science center, of which the University of Illinois College of Medicine is a part, also comprises the University of Illinois Medical Center, the colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Applied Health Sciences, and the School of Public Health.[4]


Chicago Campus Located in one of the world’s largest medical district, medical students on the Chicago campus get early and exceptional clinical experience. All students accompany physicians on rounds and learn to take patient histories starting in their first year. Fifty-three residency programs are available.[5]

In addition to serving as the Chicago program site, the Chicago campus of the College of Medicine is the administrative home for the dean and all other college-wide officers. Located on the Near West Side, the college is part of the University of Illinois Medical Center, which includes the colleges of Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health.

The College of Medicine's Chicago campus sits on a plot of land once occupied by West Side Park, the former home of the Chicago Cubs.

Peoria Campus In Peoria, second- through fourth-year students get clinical experience at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Illinois - the busiest pediatric hospital in central Illinois - Pekin Hospital, and Proctor Community Hospital.[6]

Rockford Campus Among its many well-respected programs, the Rockford campus boasts the Center for Rural Health Professions, which works to improve health and healthcare in rural communities. Rockford teaches M2’s – M4’s and offers a family medicine residency program.[7]

Urbana Campus Located on the main campus of the University of Illinois, the College’s Urbana site offers students and residents a superb education that includes collaboration with colleagues across campus and cutting-edge research opportunities. Urbana also offers the dual-degree Medical Scholars Program.[8]


UIC COM is house of 4 different programs- MD, MD/PhD, MD/MPH, and MD/MBA. Each program requires different applications.

MD Program

The MD curriculum of the College of Medicine at Chicago, the largest of the college's four programs, provides a solid foundation in the basic and clinical sciences and early exposure to patients. The curriculum stresses rational decision making and clinical problem solving based on an understanding of the basic biological, physical, and behavioral sciences; thus the integration of basic and clinical sciences is emphasized throughout the program.[9]

Combined Professional/Graduate Degree Program Admission (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, and MD/MBA)

Candidates interested in combined degrees from the College of Medicine and the Graduate College or the School of Public Health or the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago must meet admission requirements stipulated by each program. Please contact the respective program for information regarding applications and requirements.[10]

Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA)

The Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) is targeted toward high school students, guaranteeing incoming freshmen admission to a the professional or graduate program. A high school senior who wishes to be considered for the GPPA must apply to one of the University of Illinois at Chicago undergraduate colleges and to GPPA in the College of Medicine. Learn more about GPPA admissions and requirements.[11]

Urban Medicine, Rural Medicine, and Global Medicine Program for Medical Students

UIC COM also offers an Urban Medicine Program, Rural Medicine Program, and Global Medicine Program programs to accepted students. Students must apply to each program separately once they have received their acceptance letter from the College of Medicine.[12][13][14] Each of these programs provide an extended curriculum and longitudinal community project opportunities to medical students throughout all four years of medical school that focuses on four main themes such as: Disparities in Health Care Access and Outcomes,Community Based-Participatory Research, Diversity and Intercultural Communications, Policy and Advocacy, among other themes applied to a setting of interest for the student (Global Medicine, Rural Medicine, or Urban Medicine).

In addition to a traditional medical program, the college of medicine offers two physician-scientist training programs; the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) in Chicago, an NIH-funded program that offers full tuition benefits and a stipend to the awarded students and the Medical Scholars Program (MSP) in Urbana-Champaign.

Reputation and Rankings

  • Recognized as a leading medical school, the College of Medicine attracts some of the best students and faculty in the nation. Among our alumni: U.S. Representative James A. McDermott, ’63, and Olga Jonasson, ’58, a pioneer in kidney transplantation.[15]
  • 1 in 6 Illinois physicians are trained at the University of Illinois [16]
  • UI College of Medicine is ranked #25 by the NIH ranking based on amount of funding - surpassing most of the other major hospitals in Chicago.[16]
  • UI College of Medicine is currently ranked #52 among research based medical schools in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report.[17]
  • UI College of medicine ranks #1 for Hispanic graduates and #5 for African American graduates according to the “Top 100 Producers” ranking for 2008, Diverse Issues in Higher Education.[18]
  • UI College of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for enrollment of Hispanic medical students according to the "Top 25 Medical School Enrolling Hispanics" ranking.[19]
  • UI College of Medicine is currently ranked with in the “top 10 medical schools for Hispanic students” by the Hispanic Business Magazine 2013.[20]
  • UI College of Medicine is the largest medical school in the country. Its 1,351 students hail from a wide variety of cultural and economic backgrounds serving as a vast network of future leaders in health care and medicine.[15]
  • 75 residencies are available in a wide variety of fields on our four campuses. From emergency medicine in Chicago to family practice in Peoria, internal medicine in Urbana, and rural medicine in Rockford, students choose from a wide variety of specialties.
  • The College’s faculty conducts groundbreaking research in many fields. Advancements include the development of a vaccine against prostate cancer, transplantation of pancreatic islet cells to cure Type I diabetes and more.
  • The College of Medicine’s distinguished faculty trains one in six Illinois physicians. Many faculty members have been recognized as top researchers in their fields. For example, Professor of Psychiatry Ovidio De Leon, MD, is a recent recipient of the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents, and many UI doctors are recognized every year as “top doctors” by Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors
  • At UICOM and other medical schools, students rely on loans to cover most costs. During the four-year period from 2003 to 2007, UICOM medical students took on an average of $166,000 in student loan debt while receiving an average of $14,500 in scholarships
  • No other medical school can compete with the College of Medicine’s ability to provide students with clinical experience early. On the Chicago campus, [Chicago campus site] for example, students make rounds with physicians and learn to take patient histories beginning in their first year.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


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External links

  • The University of Illinois College of Medicine — official website
    • Chicago campus website
    • Peoria campus website
    • Rockford campus website
    • Urbana campus website
  • Composite images of the graduating classes - digital images from the UIC Library collections
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