International Programs


Better healthcare worldwide through effective and responsive international partnerships in health professions.


Partnership is the focus for the conceptual definition of the Department of Medical Education’s International Programs. Partnership is defined as a long-term collegial relationship characterized by mutual multidimensional planning, exchange, and benefit, with a forward-looking purpose.


To partner with health professions education leaders, institutions, and policy-making bodies worldwide to advance the field of health professions education in order to improve healthcare practices and policies internationally.


  • To facilitate the use of education methodologies and approaches that are based on sound educational theories and best practices
  • To collaboratively construct and disseminate new approaches, methodologies, and scholarship in health professions education
  • To establish and enhance international networks of health professions education leaders and practitioners
  • To provide linkages with basic science, clinical, and health care delivery programs in the College of Medicine at UIC to fulfill the educational goals of the partners

Programmatic means to achieve these goals include consultation, institutional resources, and educational programs, such as fellowships, certificate programs, workshops, and onsite degree programs. These means draw upon the strengths of the multidisciplinary faculty, including expertise in curriculum, instruction, assessment, evaluation, ethics and humanities, clinical decision-making, research methodology, and leadership and organization.


Examples of educational initiatives that may benefit from international partnership include:

  • Curriculum development or revision
  • Instructional delivery consultation
  • Development of assessment tools and programs
  • Program evaluation
  • Skills development for program directors
  • Development of accreditation and licensure standards
  • Research collaboration
  • Faculty development
  • Development of international or multicultural case studies for educational use
  • Starting a new medical education unit

Partnership Process

The Department of Medical Education invites partners to explore programmatic change from conceptual definition and framing through change implementation and evaluation. Our multidisciplinary faculty will exchange expertise with international leaders in health professions education to:

  • Identify a problem
  • Identify factors that contribute to the problem
  • Explore solutions
  • Review and critique published evidence related to proposed solutions
  • Develop multiple site-specific solutions
  • Explore factors involved in the change process associated with chosen solutions, including implementation barriers and champions and outcomes evaluation

Potential Partners

The Department of Medical Education works in collaboration with a broad cross-section of people involved in health professions education internationally, including:

  • Academic leaders
  • Health care institution leaders
  • Professional societies
  • Governmental officials
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Donors

Medical Education Fellowships

The short-term fellowship program is specifically designed for health professionals who have specific educational problems or issues to explore. A concentrated program of individualized research and consultation with DME faculty members is arranged for each participant. Duration of the program is one to six months.

Short-term fellows can pursue projects and research in the following areas:

  • Clinical decision making
  • Competency assessment
  • Curriculum planning
  • Educational research
  • Instructional methods
  • Leadership and organization
  • Medical humanities
  • Medical informatics
  • Primary care education
  • Program evaluation
  • Quality management and improvement
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • Test construction

On-Site MHPE

International Programs also offers the MHPE on site at institutions worldwide. Successful programs built around a modular format were completed at the Faculty of Medicine Suez Canal University in Ismalia Egypt (1988-89), at the Beijing Medical University for physician leaders from throughout the People’s Republic of China (1991-92), and at multiple sites for health professions education leaders throughout Brazil (1998-2000). Planning continues with other international institutions interested in offering the MHPE program in their countries.

For further information, please contact:  Ara Tekian, PhD, MHPE, Director, International Programs