About the Department of Medical Education

The Department of Medical Education (DME) at the University of Illinois – College of Medicine at Chicago is one of the first offices of medical education and is the oldest and largest continuously functioning department of medical education in the world. DME was founded by George Miller, a seminal figure regarded as the father of the discipline of medical education. DME continues to have significant local, national, and international influence and impact through its many and varied programmatic missions.

DME is recognized internationally for offering the continuum of graduate preparation for Health Professions Education (HPE) leadership and scholarship. Its long-standing Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) program has been referred to by external evaluators as the “gold standard” of such programs. DME also offers a doctoral program in HPE, in collaboration with the College of Education at UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago), and at the other end of the continuum, Health Humanities, certificate programs for clinical education program directors, for clinical teachers, and in standardized-patient-based education. Increasingly, we offer customized international certificate programs. DME also offers a Master of Science in Patient Safety Leadership program.

Alan Schwartz, The Michael Reese Endowed Professor of Medical Education, leads DME as Interim Head.