Academic Career Fellowship

The Academic Career Fellowship is a 1 year fellowship with an optional second year program, designed to prepare a physician for a successful career in academic medicine.

The guiding philosophy of the Academic Career Fellowship is to combine practical experience in patient care, teaching, and scholarship with exposure to the rich environment that the department, university and state provide in specific areas of clinical work, teaching and administrative activity.

Planning of an individually-mentored curriculum designed to address the career goals of the fellow begins with the application process, using needs assessment and meetings with fellowship faculty.

Fellows spend 60% of their time in academic development. For the Fellow, their academic development will include graduate-level courses in the UIC School of Public Health, either in pursuit of a Certificate of Public Health or similar degree.

The Fellow academic development is focused on development of excellence in a particular area such as a specific clinical focus: HIV/AIDS; Maternity Care; Global Health; Reproductive Health; Medical Student Education; or Health Disparities for example.

The Fellow will also have teaching opportunities in the Family Medicine Residency Program through Wednesday didactics or the Family Medicine Clerkship didactics, precepting residents in clinic 2-3 sessions/month. Inpatient and maternity care services are optional.

The remaining time (40%) is spent in clinical care. They provide clinical care in one of the Family Medicine clinical experiences- University Village or Mile Square Health Center.

Clinical Training

The Fellow will spend 4 half days per week in direct patient care at the Family Medicine University Village Clinic or Mile Square Health Center.

The Fellow will precept residents in clinic 2-3 times monthly.


The Fellow will teach in the didactic programs for Family Medicine Residency and/or medical student education depending on clinic focus at least 4 times during fellowship.

Scholarly Activity

The Fellow will apply and be admitted to the School of Public Health and obtain a Certificate in Public Health or other graduate degree program that is comparable by the end of fellowship.

The Fellow will also participate and prepare a scholarly project to be presented at a regional or national conference in addition to participation on Scholarship Day in the department of Family Medicine.

Professional Development

The Fellow will spend 2-4 half days per week working on their area of core clinical focus.

The Fellow will meet regularly with his/her mentor to assess professional development and provide support to the fellow.


UIC Department of Family Medicine Faculty


Participants will be evaluated by their faculty mentor quarterly on their individualized goals.

The participants will also successfully complete the Certificate Program in the School of Public Health.

Finally participants will be evaluated by students and residents during clinical sessions and didactics.

Evaluation will also include chart audits and professionalism.



    • Teaching experience – evaluations from faculty, students, co-residents
    • Leadership – demonstrates ability to implement and follow through plans, leads team collaboratively and is respectful and inclusive
    • Full Unrestricted IL Medical License by March 1 of fellowship year
    • Demonstration of Scholarly activities
      • QI projects
      • Scholarship day
      • Publications
    • ABFM passage by July 31st


    • Write a 1-2 page Proposal:
      • Area of clinical/academic focus
      • Identified mentor and confirmation of commitment (can be part of a recommendation letter)
      • Statement of interest (max 1000 words) – why UIC, why this fellowship, how you plan to use this training
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
      • Letters should speak to teaching skills, leadership activities/potential scholarship and clinical facility (e.g. Residents can handle normal clinic volumes for training level, documentation in compliance with medical center expectations).
    • CV
    • Apply to a Master’s Program or Scholars for Teaching Clinical Excellence Program (Fall Deadline)

Application, Supporting Materials and Letters of Recommendation Due February 15th of Fellowship year


Program Contacts

Adrienne Williams, PhD
Co-Director of Academic Career Fellowship-Scholarship and Research
[email protected]

Keia Hobbs, MD
Co-Director of Academic Career Fellowship-Clinical and Academic
[email protected]