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Self-Designed Electives

Self-designed electives are possible when an individual student wants to modify an existing elective to fit the student’s particular interest, or even develop a customized experience. This is done with close supervision of a faculty member or physician.

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Self designed electives usually involve only one student who will work closely with the Program Director.  A student in the College of Medicine may also be allowed to change some aspects of an approved elective.


The student who wants to change any part of an approved elective must first have the full endorsement of the Program Director. The student AND the Director must agree on the changes. The changes be clearly stated in writing and signed by the Director.

The self-designed elective is the reviewed and  approved by the Assistant/Associate Dean of Curriculum.

The intent of these procedures is to ensure the highest quality educational experience for all students, and that credit toward graduation is granted; it is not meant to discourage students from seeking to broaden their educational experience outside the UIC system.

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Please follow the instructions on the Registrar’s Scheduling Page.  Self-Designed Electives can only be applied to M4 Open Elective weeks but cannot fulfill Year 4 selectives or Pathway requirements.

Department Heads Heading link

DepartmentHeadDesgineeContact Info
Anatomy and Cell BiologySimon Alford, Ph.D.Phone: 312-355-0328
Location: 578 CME, Lab: 565 CME
AnesthesiologyDavid Schwartz, M.D.Edina Kim, MDPhone: 312-996-4020
Location: Room 3200, UICH, MC 515
DermatologyMaria M. Tsoukas, M.D., PhDMichelle M. Bain, M.D. Phone: 312-996-6966
Location: Room 380 CME, MC 624
Emergency MedicineTerry Vanden-Hoek, M.D.Lisa Gehm, M.D.Phone: 312-413-1675
Location: 47A-A CME, MC 724
Family MedicineJohn Hickner, M.D.Sagina Hanjrah, M.D.Phone: 312-413-3213
Location: 1919 West Taylor Street, MC 663
MedicinePatricia W. Finn, MDLocation: Room 1020 CSB, M/C 787
(Medicine Specialties are approved by Division Chief)
Medical EducationAlan Schwartz, Ph.D.Phone: 312-996-2070
Location: 986-D CME, MC 591
Neurology and RehabilitationJeffrey Loeb, M.D.Yasaman Kianirad, M.D., Yara Mikhaeil-Demo, M.D.Phone: 312-355-5400,
Email: ,
Location: Room 855N NPI, MC 796
Neurosurgery Fady Charbel, M.D.Phone: 312-996-4842
Location: Room 451-N NPI, MC 799
Obstetrics and GynecologyMary Stephensen, M.D.Catherine Wheatley, M.D., FACOGPhone: 312-996-7430
Location: Room 253 CSN, MC 808
OphthalmologyMark Rosenblatt, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.Pooja Bhatt, M.D. Phone: 312-996-6660
Location: EEI 3.138, MC 648
OrthopaedicsMark H. GonzalezAlfonso Mejia, M.D.Phone: 312-996-7161
Location: Room E270 MSB , MC 844
OtolaryngologyBarry Wenig, M.D., M.P.H. H. Steven Sims, M.D.Phone: 312-996-6582
Location: EEI 2.42, MC 648
PathologyFrederick Behm, M.D.Anjen Chenn, MDPhone: 312-996-3150
Location: 130 CSN, MC 847
PediatricsUsha Raj, MDJordan Hupert, M.D.Phone: 312-996-8297,
Location: Room 1245 CSB, MC 856
PsychiatryAnand Kumar, M.D, M.H.A.Joseph Cooper, M.D. Phone: 312-996-6139
Location: Room 336 CSB, MC 913
RadiologyCharles E. Ray, Jr., MD, PhDMichael Bresler, M.D.Phone: 312-996-0234,
Location: Room 2483 UICMC, MC 931
SurgeryEnrico Benedetti, M.D., FACSAmelia Bartholomew, M.D. Phone: 312-996-0699, 312-355-4300
Location: 417 CSB, MC 958
UrologyCraig Niederberger, M.D.Daniel Garvey, M.D.Phone: 312-996-9330
Location: Room 515 CSN, MC 955

Medicine Specialties are approved by Division Chief Heading link

Divsion/SectionChiefContact info
Academic Internal Medicine and GeriatricsRachel Caskey, M.D.Email:
Location: 3 OCC, MC 731
CardiologyDawood Darbar, M.D.Email:
Location: 920-S CSB, MC 715
Endocrinology, Diabetes and MetabolismBrian Layden, M.D., Ph.D.Phone: 312-996-6060
Location: 612 CMW, MC 640
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Barbara Jung, MDPhone: 312-996-9571
Location: 718E CSB
Infectious DiseasesRichard Novak, M.D.Phone: 312-996-6732
Location: Room 888 CMET, MC 735
NephrologyJose Arruda, M.DPhone: 312-996-6775
Location : 420-W CSN, MC 793
Hematology/OncologyDamiano Rondelli, M.D.Phone: 312-996-6179
Location: 820E, MC 713
Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep MedicineSteven Dudek, M.D.Phone: 312-996-8039
Location: 920 CSB
RheumatologyJean Fitzpatrick, M.D.Phone: 312-413-3922
Location: 917 CSB, MC 719