Director’s Message

Becoming a physician is an intricate process. Learning the art of medicine is as essential as learning the science. Central to this art is acquiring the wisdom and skill to work collaboratively with patients, in order to truly understand and meet their needs.

In our quest to train physicians who are committed, compassionate and responsive to the needs of our diverse and evolving patient populations, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine offers the Patient-centered Medicine (PCM) Scholars Program, one of the first in the nation to explicitly train students to practice patient-centered care.

The Program affords students selected as PCM Scholars a unique opportunity to work with culturally and socioeconomically diverse patients, from the M1 through the M4 years. This educational endeavor is an outstanding example of a curricular innovation that draws upon the passions and motivations of students, the knowledge and expertise of our multi-faceted faculty, and creates learning experiences that directly benefit patients.

If you think “patient-centered care” should be a priority in health care, we welcome you to come join the next generation of physicians who are learning to provide care with this orientation.


Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD
Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Associate Head for Faculty Development & Research
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Director, Patient-centered Medicine Scholars Program
Co-Director, ENGAGE-IL
College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago

In Solidarity — in valuing our differences, our diversity and our shared humanity, with compassion, respect and dignity for all human beings.


The PCM Scholars Program was made possible  by Grant # 1 D56 HP 08344 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Medicine and Dentistry.

Special thanks to the PCM Student Advisory Committee for their help in developing this website: Angela Bixby, Benjamin Carney, Meenadchi Chelvakumar, Dempsey Hughes, Anne Jennings, Yury Parra, and Laurine Tiema.

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