Tabatha Wells MDAssistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine University of Illinois College of MedicineFamily Medicine
Maternity Care Co-Director
Southern Illinois University, 2009
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Family and Community Medicine, 2012
Faculty Development Fellowship, SIU-SOM FCM, 2013
Leadership Training Academy, Physicians for Reproductive Health, 2014
AREAS OF INTERESTS
Medical Student Education
I attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (2009) and completed my Family and Community Medicine Residency (2012) and Faculty Development Fellowship (2013) at SIU-SOM as well. I worked as Faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine doing full spectrum family medicine, including maternity care, at the SIU Center for Family Medicine, a Federally Qualified Health Center and Patient Centered Medical Home, until 2015, at which time I decided to return home to Chicago for a faculty position with the UIC Department of Clinical Family Medicine.
I always knew I wanted to be a physician and knew family medicine was the right choice for me as soon as I discovered it as a specialty. I love pediatrics and maternity care and it is the only specialty in which I am able to do both on a daily basis. Due to growing up in Chicago I also always knew that I wanted to provide care in underserved areas to be able to give back to my community. I was awarded a partial medical school scholarship from the Illinois Department of Public Health due to this drive to serve the underserved populations of Illinois and plan to continue to give back for the length of my career. However, I never in a million years thought that I would become a teacher! Until I was a medical student myself, I always said “I hate teaching!” The style of teaching done during my training at SIU-SOM during medical school and residency changed my mind and I quickly decided I wanted to be involved with teaching residents and medical students and now could not imagine a job as a physician that didn’t include helping train our future physicians. I am very involved with Family Medicine Midwest, an annual conference for medical students, residents, and physicians, with the goal to educate and increase our family medicine workforce.
I am very passionate about being an advocate for patients and fellow physicians on a local, state, and national level, especially on social and reproductive justice issues, and have pursued several positions that allow me to do advocacy work, including positions with the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, and others. I have attended multiple training sessions on advocacy and participate regularly in various advocacy related works in our state capital, Springfield, as well as in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. I am excited to advocate for the vulnerable and underserved at UIC Family Medicine.
American Academy of Family Physicians
Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
Illinois State Medical Society
Chicago Medical Society
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Physicians for Reproductive Health
International Assist Medical Missions
Planned Parenthood of Illinois