Dr. Jorge A. Girotti joined the Department of Medical Education as an Assistant Professor this past year. He has been at UIC for 20 years and brings a rich and varied background with him. He has nineteen years of progressive management experience in a variety of areas in the medical school. He is also principal investigator and director for the UIC Hispanic Center of Excellence, which is now part of DME. He also authored a successful grant application to the US-HHS-Health Careers Opportunity Program and served as principal investigator and director for this program. He has held memberships in a number of college committees: Admissions; Student Promotions; Curriculum, Instruction, and Appraisal; Liaison Committee on Medical Education Self-Study Task Force. He has played an active role at the campus level on issues of importance to Hispanic and African American students, faculty, and staff. He was appointed by Chicago Mayor Harold Washington to the Mayor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs and served as Commissioner for four years, monitoring progress at the city's Department of Health in relation to the health care needs of Latinos in Chicago. U.S. Surgeon General Antonia Novello appointed him to a committee to formulate strategies to better address the health care needs of Latinos at the national level. He has also served as a Fellow in the competitive American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship program. He was recently appointed as a Commissioner of the Illinois State Board of Public Health.
While working in the College of Medicine, he has held a variety of titles. Currently he is the Associate Dean and Director, Special Curricular Programs Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence, and Director, College of Medicine Admissions. He has held the title Associate Dean and Director, Urban Health Program. He was previously an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education.
Dr. Girotti was recently awarded the Certificate in Business Administration, from Loyola University of Chicago. He earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis, Educational Administration, in 1990, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1983, he was awarded the MA in Counseling and Guidance from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. He was awarded the BFA in 1979 from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. His publications, presentations and research reflect his interests and focus on the development of opportunities for students in minority populations. These interests are demonstrated by his focus on cultural competency, minority faculty development, and the encouragement of students to diversify their practice and location choices. This focus does not contradict his interest in encouraging students to learn about and enter practices in medically underserved locations. He has a strong interest in the development of a Center for the Study of Minority Health Professionals at UIC.
His professional memberships include the American Association for Counseling and Development, American Educational Research Association, American Public Health Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc.