Urban Medicine Program

Class of 2018UMed Class of 2019

“To prepare physician-leaders to serve underserved urban communities”

What is the Urban Medicine Program? 

The UMed program provides an extended curriculum and longitudinal community rotation project to medical students throughout all four years of medical school that focuses on four main themes:


     Disparities in Health Care Access and Outcomes  Community Based-Participatory Research

*        Diversity and Intercultural Communications  Policy and Advocacy


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, UIC 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.








We would like to sincerely thank the many organizations and individuals who continue to support the Urban Medicine Program.


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 College of Medicine 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 care

disparities 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!