Chicago, a city defined by its diversity of people and places, offers many cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities. It is a cosmopolitan, world-class city of approximately seven million people with a rich architectural tradition and renowned cultural institutions such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Aquarium, Field Museum, Planetarium, and the Art Institute. Chicago is a hub for medical activities and educational opportunities. Prestigious organizations such as the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and many professional societies and specialty boards are headquartered in the metropolitan area. The city offers the outdoor recreation of its many neighborhood parks and beaches along with fishing and yachting on Lake Michigan. For spectators, the famous Chicago Bulls, Bears, White Sox, Cubs, and Blackhawks provide hometown excitement.
The College of Medicine
The College of Medicine is the largest medical school in the United States. It offers medical education at three geographic sites: Chicago, Peoria and Rockford. The Univeristy of Illinois Medical Center is located in the middle of the Illinois Medical District.
The University of Illinois at Chicago
The UIC Medical School (“West Campus”) is located two miles from downtown. Housing is affordable in the immediate vicinity of campus. Many students live on campus or within walking distance, although some prefer the cultural opportunities of other neighborhoods. Excellent rail and bus public transportation service the campus from all parts of the city and suburbs.
UIC is the largest institution of higher learning in the Chicago area and major center for international education and research. The 187-acre campus established in 1982 by a merger of the University’s Chicago Circle and Medical Center campuses, is located just one mile southwest of downtown Chicago. It is considered one of the largest and the finest comprehensive research universities in the nation. Research funding granted to UIC faculty, usually through competitive grant programs, has grown at an average annual rate of 15 percent over the past decade. UIC enrolls approximately 25,000 full-time students, and nearly 30 percent of the enrollment is at the graduate and professional levels.
Why The University of Illinois at Chicago?
Located in the heart of the Illinois Medical District, the University of Illinois College of Medicine is the largest medical school in the country. The extensive clinical and research resources provide an extraordinary and exciting opportunity for the study of medical science. Outstanding features include:
• Medical education at the UIC College of Medicine and the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago is superb, and is tailored to the needs of our combined degree students.
• UIC has a long record of achieving diversity in academic programs, and has the highest percentage of under-represented minorities of all comprehensive US universities.
• The UIC MD/PhD program is unique in the nation, is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Bridge to the Doctorate fellowships, which target students from under-represented groups for advanced scientific training. The 2013-2014 academic year has a record enrollment of dual degree students, placing the College of Medicine among the national leaders graduating MD/PhD students.
• The College of Medicine and University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences Systems have been awarded $2 million each to develop innovative new ways to treat patients with complex medical conditions. The awards from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute are designed to lower hospital admissions, identify and treat complications sooner, and encourage and assist patients in taking a more active role in their care. UIC is one of 15 universities to receive funding from the NIH to foster career development in women’s health research. The $2.4 million, five-year educational grant from the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health and the NICHD will fund and train junior faculty scholars to become independent women’s health investigators. The program, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health, is a collaborative effort among UIC’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health; the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Applied Health Sciences; and the School of Public Health.
• The UIC College of Medicine is among 10 medical schools participating in the AAMC pilot cohort of the Association of American Medical College’s effort to implement its newly developed residency preparedness program. That’s aimed at better laying the groundwork for graduates to best the ver-tougher competition for residency spots.The ultra-modern, 300,000 sq ft College of Medicine Research Building brings together the loaboraroties of basic scientists and clinical researchers to promote collaborative and translational research. The College of Medicine Building is undertaking a transformation of its learning space that will further enhance the student experience. The West Tower will undergo significant internal renovation during the next year that will bring it into the 21st century with infrastructure upgrades, more flexilbe classrooms and a vast increase in the amount of natural light streaming into the building.
• The University of Illinois at Chicago has been selected as one of six research centers in the U.S. to help develop a comprehensive new strategy to control Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases in health facilities. The UIC Epicenter for Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections will study how healthcare workers can care for patients with emerging infectious diseases without putting themselves at risk. It is a new collaboration between infectious disease physicians in the UIC College of Medicine and industrial hygienists in the UIC School of Public Health
• UIC is a member of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University), sponsored by the Searle Foundation which plans to support biomedical research with $50 Million over the next ten years.
• UIC is the location of the $1.5 Million Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometer for Proteomics, endowed by the Chicago Biomedical Consortium.
• UIC is the site for the Center for Structural Biology, including the new, state-of-the-art, 900 MHz NMR spectrometer
• UIC's Cardiovascular Research Initiative has linked the clinical activities of the section with the rich basic research environment within the larger medical school campus.