The medical care needs of urban residents continue to challenge physicians and others involved in health care delivery. Disparities in health outcomes based on gender, ethnic, and a number of socio-economic factors have been well documented in the literature, and are more likely to be encountered in diverse urban settings.As a leader in educating a diverse physician workforce, the University of Illinois College of Medicine is uniquely positioned to address the preparation of future leaders in urban medicine.
How UMed does it...
UMed provides students with a curriculum presented both in-person and online. The curriculum supports the longitudinal community rotation project, in which students are partnered with a community organization in their first year and expected to implement or improve a program within that community, based on the community’s identified needs.
Is UMed right for you?
Are you committed to working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds?
FACT: The UMed program includes a more diverse set of students than the general UI COM class, such that over 30% of UMed grads identify as an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority.
Have you enjoyed past activities or projects working with urban communities?
FACT: The current UMed students are working with over 20 different urban communities and neighborhoods in Chicago.
Are you interested in understanding and addressing the diverse factors that cause and perpetuate health and health caredisparities in urban communities?
FACT: UMed’s community projects address many of Chicago’s diverse needs including: health education, health career pipelines, smoking cessation counseling for the homeless, health needs assessments and much more!
We would like to sincerely thank the many organizations and individuals who continue to support the Urban Medicine Program.