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Richard (Rik) Stringham, M.D., FAAFP


Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Phases 2/3; UI College of Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Pronouns: he/him/his


I was raised, educated, and trained in California and then worked as a attending physician at the Northridge Family Medicine Residency Program, in Northridge, California part-time and part-time in private practice for 10 years prior to coming to UIC in 2008.  I was the Director of Medical Student Education for our department prior to becoming the Assistant Dean for Curriculum for Phases 2/3 (3rd and 4th years of medical school) in 2015. I enjoy my many jobs at UIC which include seeing patients in the outpatient setting at University Village, teaching medical students, Assistant Dean for Curriculum duties, and educational research. I love working at UIC because of the diverse patients and intelligent, hard-working, and diverse students, and staff. When not working I enjoy traveling and hiking with my wife and daughter, reading a good book, and playing alto saxophone.

Clinic Location: Family Medicine Center at University Village

Clinical Interests: I enjoy a broad family medicine practice which includes caring for children and adults.  I have an interest in dermatological and musculoskeletal conditions.

Research Interests: I am interested in medical education research.  Projects I have been involved in have included looking at the psychological factors that affect faculty, resident physicians, and students involvement in the evaluation and assessment process, factors that affect patients saying yes or no to having a medical student see them in the clinical setting, increasing student involvement in improving medical education, seeing if non-clinicians can rate clinical encounters, and reviewing off-ramp programs in medical schools that allow students to leave medical school with an alternative degree if they desire.

Notable Honors:

UIC COM M3 Golden Apple Award – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2023
UIC DFM Departmental Faculty of the Year – 2023
Top Box Doctor of the Year – 2022 (awarded to 1 doctor in UIC Health System)
UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching (AET) – 2019
UIC DFM Rising Star Award – 2016
UIC Family Medicine Inpatient Teacher of the Year Award – 2014, 2016
2015 Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, Teacher of the Year Award
UIC COM Alpha Omega Teacher of the Years Award – 2015
UIC COM M4 Golden Apple Award – 2015
UIC Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Teaching Recognition Program – 2012

Selected Publications

Stringham R, Whitlock J, Perez N, Borges N, Levine R. A Snapshot of Current US Medical School Off-Ramp Programs – a Way to Leave Medical School with Another Degree. Medical Science Educator. Online First. Accepted Nov 20, 2020.

Miller, K, Stringham, R, Zylstra, ,R. 2020, Elder Abuse, Paulman, P, Taylor R, et al. Family Medicine: Principles and Practice. Springer International Publishing. pg. 347 – 353.

Russel S, Geraghty J, Kobayashi K, Patel S, Stringham R, Hyderi A, Curry R. Lessons Learned from Implementing a Student-Driven Feedback System for Clinical Curricula. Academic Medicine. Sept. 29, 2020 doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003760

Yudkowsky, R, Hyderi, A, Holden, J, Kiser, R, Stringham, R, Gangopadhyaya, A, Khan, A, Park, YS. Can Non-clinician Raters Be Trained to Assess Clinical Reasoning in Post-encounter Patient Notes? Academic Medicine: 2019 Nov: Volume 94, Issue 11S: pS21-S27.

Paulman P, Harrison J, et al. Signs and Symptoms in Family Medicine. Published by Elsevier in 2012. I edited the chapter on Rashes and wrote the sections on fungal infections, pediatric exanthemas and acne

Stringham R, Shah, N. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: An Update on Diagnosis and Treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2010 Aug 15; 82(4):370-377.

Stringham R, Analyzing the Obstacles to an Effective Evaluation Process, Family Medicine. Jan 2010; 42(1): 8-9. (research letter)


Undergraduate – University of California, Riverside. Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. 1991.
Medical school – UCLA School of Medicine, MD degree. 1994
Residency – Santa Monica/UCLA Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, 1997, Co-Chief Resident 1996-97.

Licensures and Certifications

Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine; 1997, recertified in 2003, 2010, 2021

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Family Medicine, since 1994
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, since 1997
Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, since 2008

Selected Presentations

Stringham R. Phase 3 Medical School Graduation Requirements: What should be required and what should be recommended? AAMC Annual Conference. Table Topics Luncheon. Seattle WA. November 4, 2023

Stringham R. Approving Disability Accommodation Requests and Educating Medical Students with Disabilities in Phases 2/3. AAMC Annual Conference. Table Topics Luncheon.  Nashville, TN. November 12, 2022.

Russel S, Geraghty J, Kobayashi K, Patel S, Stringham R. Third-Year Core Clerkships: Lessons Learned from the Implementation of an Innovative, Student-Driven Feedback System in Clinical Curricula. Central Group on Educational Affairs 2019 Annual AAMC Conference. Grand Rapids MI, March 29, 2019.

Lewandowski C, Geraghty J, Ariani L, Tarek A, Urosev M, Stringham R, Hyderi A. A Collaborative Approach Between Students and Administration to Improve USMLE Step Exam Preparedness and Performance. Central Group on Education Affairs (CGEA) 2018 Annual AAMC Conference. Rochester MN. March 23, 2018

Stringham R. Musculoskeletal and Dermatology Updates, Chicago Essential Evidence Topics, UIC College of Medicine, Chicago, March 23 and 24, 2017

Gecht M, Stringham R, Hanjrah S. Applying the National Family Medicine Curriculum for Clerkship Evaluation and Development. Works-in Progress at Annual STFM Medical Student Education Conference, Atlanta, GA. Feb 6, 2015

Price A, MacDonald J, Gecht M, Stringham R. Strategies to Increase Breastfeeding Education in Undergraduate Medical Education. Poster Presentation at Annual STFM Medical Student Education Conference, Atlanta, GA. February 6, 2015.

Stringham R. “Dermatological Don’t Misses”.  Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting, Gurnee, IL, November 9, 2014.

Stringham R.  Behavioral Health Update. Chicago Essential Evidence Topics, UIC College of Medicine, Chicago, April 11, 2014.