University of Illinois College of Medicine

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

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]


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, although six medical schools were already in existence, five physicians: Charles Warrington Earle, Abraham Reeves Jackson, Daniel Atkinson King Steele, Samuel McWilliams and Leonard St. John—decided to open their own proprietary medical school. They 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. 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.

Present status

The College of Medicine has a faculty of approximately 4,000 across the four sites.

The surrounding health science center, of which the University of Illinois at Chicago 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 districts, 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.

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.[5]

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.[6]

Urbana Campus Located on the Urbana-Champaign 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.[7]


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.[8]

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.[9]

Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA)

The Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) is targeted toward high school students, guaranteeing incoming freshmen admission to a 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.[10]

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.[11][12][13] 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

Among the school's alumni are : U.S. Representative James A. McDermott, ’63, and Olga Jonasson, ’58, a pioneer in kidney transplantation.[14]

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

See also


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