The medical care needs of urban residents continue to challenge physicians and others involved in health care delivery. Disparities in health outcomes based on gender, ethnic, and a number of socio-economic factors have been well documented in the literature, and are more likely to be encountered in diverse urban settings.As a leader in educating a diverse physician workforce, the University of Illinois College of Medicine is uniquely positioned to address the preparation of future leaders in urban medicine.

How UMed does it…

UMed provides students with a curriculum presented both in-person and online. The curriculum supports the longitudinal community rotation project, in which students are partnered with a community organization in their first year and expected to implement or improve a program within that community, based on the community’s identified needs.

Curriculum Framework

UMed is a longitudinal, four-year curriculum that takes advantage of UIC’s location and breadth of clinical and community opportunities to prepare physician-leaders for urban communities. Graduates of the UMed curriculum will be equipped to deal with the challenges confronting the urban population, regardless of which specialty they enter. Their professional careers will encompass one or more of the areas described below.


  • Provides the highest quality of patient care in a safe, culturally sensitive environment that respects and celebrates the background and customs of patients and families
  • Endeavors to improve long term quality of life for patients and their families through the integration of medical services with other pertinent resources


  • Consistently works with his/her community on behalf of families to empower them to have not only adequate and quality medical care, but also the resources to maximize health and well being
  • Educates local, county, state and Federal elected officials on the medical and health promotion needs of his/her community
  • Engages community institutions and businesses to find solutions for common community concerns


  • Designs or collaborates with researchers on projects that aim to understand and improve the quality of life, reduce disparities in access or quality of care, and/or prevent disease
  • Improves participation in and relevance of research projects in the community by connecting local community leaders with academic researchers
  • Facilitates the application of translational research findings to community issues


  • Seeks to engage in public policy deliberations, either at the local, county, state or Federal levels in agencies or non-governmental