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.