The Department of Medicine is composed of more than four hundred faculty members, staff and trainees housed in nine buildings located on the West campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In 2014, the University of Illinois at Chicago ranked 49 in NIH funding granted to medical schools. The Department of Medicine, with its 213 faculty members, obtains external research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), private foundations (e.g., American Heart Association, National Kidney Foundation),clinical trials, and industry. The department currently has over 26 Research Project Grants (R01), 4 Career Grants (K23), and 5 Institutional Training Grants (T32) totaling over $34 million. Research in the Department of Medicine occupies over 30,000 sq. ft. in six buildings on the West Campus.
Scholarly Activity in DOM
Basic research in the Department of Medicine involves discovery-based research on the normal functions of systems, organs, tissues, cells, and molecules, as well as disease-related research, which derives its primary rationale from diseases and includes research on disease mechanisms. The Department of Medicine also has a strong translational research component, in which researchers apply discoveries generated during research in the laboratory and in preclinical studies to the development of trials and studies in humans. Comparative effectiveness of prevention and treatment strategies are also and important part of translational research in the Department of Medicine. Clinical research in the Department of Medicine includes patient-oriented research such as clinical trials and studies to develop new technology related to disease, epidemiologic and behavioral studies, as well as outcomes and health services research.
The DOM faculty members are actively involved in teaching and training young physician scientists, postdoctoral fellows, predoctoral students, and undergraduate students in research.
Clinical Investigator Pathway
The Department of Medicine is committed to an environment that fosters the development of future physician-scientists. Towards this end, the Clinical Investigator Pathway that allows residents to pursue training in internal medicine, with a strong emphasis on research, and a guaranteed position in a subspecialty research fellowships. Research training is for three years, in any laboratory at the university. The Department of Medicine is a major biomedical research center, replete with rigorous and exciting opportunities for Physician-Scientist training. Research years consist of 80% protected time for research and 20% clinical time with one half day a week of clinic. During the last year of research, the Physician-Scientist is brought on as full-time faculty for the residency program.
NIH T32 Training Grants
The Department of Medicine holds Institutional Training Grants (T32) in the divisions of Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Medicine.