Chicago Medical School
|The Chicago Medical School|
|Motto||Life in Discovery (Vita In Inventione)|
|Dean||John M. Tomkowiak, MD|
|Location||North Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Campus||Urban, 97 acres|
Chicago Medical School (CMS) is an allopathic medical school located in North Chicago, Illinois. It is one of the graduate schools of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS).
Founded in 1912, Chicago Medical School has a 100 year history of a broadly-based, socially constructive admission process relatively unlike that of other medical colleges. Under the leadership of Dean John J. Sheinin, CMS achieved full American Medical Association approval in 1948.
Chicago Medical School currently has 763 students enrolled and over 6,500 alumni.
Chicago Medical School was founded as a night school in 1912. The non-profit Chicago Medical School originally operated on the principle that admission should be based on merit alone. In particular, "Chicago Med" admitted women and minority applicants decades earlier than most professionals schools. As the school's 1912-13 bulletin states, "It is the firm belief of the Faculty of this school that there are deserving men and women, who, if given a second opportunity, will soon 'catch up' with and even surpass those students who have had earlier opportunities and advantages." It delivered quality medical education to a wide range of students.
In 1935, Dr. John J. Sheinin became Dean of Medicine and decided that the school must be saved. Prior to Dr. Sheinin, and due to CMS's lack of affiliation with a hospital, the school had been struggling financially. To help keep the school open in the 1940s, wealthy retired Chicago businessman Lester North Selig issued a challenge to his contemporaries in Chicago's business world: Did they or did they not support a medical school where admission was based on merit alone? By 1948, Dr. Sheinin had won accreditation for the school by consistently strengthening its curriculum, finances, and community support.
Also under Dr. Sheinin, the American Plan was developed. This policy stuck to the original policy of admission solely based on merit. Eleanor Roosevelt praised the plan in her nationally syndicated "My Day" column:
The American Plan...is simply a plan of nondiscrimination. Only two considerations govern the admission rules of [Chicago Medical School]- character and scholarship merit.One wishes that more schools and colleges and universities throughout the county would have the courage to set their standards high, but to eliminate two questions that all too often one finds on a request for admission: What is your race and what is your religion? It seems to me that these questions have no bearing on one's right to an education in whatever field of learning one has chosen to follow. They should have no bearing, either, on one's success in whatever profession that he or she is preparing for.
The Chicago Medical School has had accreditation issues in 2004 and again in 2013, when it was placed on probation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). In February 2014, the LCME determined that the school's areas of concern are no longer in non-compliance.
CMS has a long history of public philanthropy and was one of the first to encourage students to perform community service as a natural outgrowth of a medical education. Students were historically required to serve in the Medical Clinic Free Dispensary and the Chicago Maternity Center in order to graduate. Currently students participate in many community service projects supporting the local community. In the view of former Dean Arthur J. Ross, III, "The current generation of students is the most altruistic, service-oriented generation ever to come through health care training- including generations older than me. It's the icing on the cake for them to study in a place that supports their service." 
Interprofessional Community Clinic
In 2013, members of the class of 2016 established the Interprofessional Community Clinic, a free clinic that provides limited healthcare services to low-income and underserved residents of the area. The clinic is staffed by volunteer students and licensed healthcare professionals and is held after hours at the Rosalind Franklin University Health System's North Chicago location. Interprofessional teams of students evaluate, treat, and refer patients under physician supervision.
Students spend the first two years learning basic medical sciences and the last two years participating in clerkships at affiliate hospitals. The educational program combines lectures, labs, small-group discussions, team-based learning, and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning. There are eight required clerkships to be completed in the third year: medicine, surgery, family medicine/primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, pediatrics, neurology, and emergency medicine. The senior requirements include four weeks in a medicine, family medicine/primary care, or pediatrics subinternship.
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is an interprofessional health sciences university. Thus, M.D. candidates take courses alongside students in other health professions, including podiatry and pharmacy.
The Office of Medical Student Affairs and Diversity works closely with students to provide resources, programs, and support to ensure a smooth progression through medical school and transition to residency. With this office's support, students host traditions such as Field Day on the first Saturday after classes begin and stress reduction activities before exams.
The House and Learning Communities Program facilitates the development of students in a collaborative cultural context. The program includes four Houses that link sixteen learning communities across the four years of medical school, connecting students in a network of faculty and fellow students with varying interests and levels of experience. Incoming students are assigned to one of four learning communities, each led by a practicing physician who mentors the students for all four years of school. Each learning community is assigned to a House that connects students of all four years. The Houses are named after four distinguished CMS alumni: Fannie Emanuel, Marion Finkel, Herbert Lipschultz, and Caesar Portes.
Caesar Portes, M.D., class of 1928, was a notable proctologist and surgeon. He was a pioneer in cancer screening and early detection services. He was the cofounder and medical director of the George and Anna Portes Cancer Prevention Center of Chicago.
Herbert Lipschultz, M.D., class of 1948, was a beloved family physician in the northern Chicago suburbs. He was a role model and CMS professor who served as President of Skokie Board of Health.
Marion Finkel, M.D., class of 1952, was an internist and pharmaceutical researcher who moved away from Chicago following her graduation. She was hired by the Food and Drug Administration, where she directed the Office of Orphan Product Development.
Teaching hospital affiliations
Chicago Medical School is community-based, giving students an opportunity to rotate through many hospitals and hospital systems in the greater Chicago area. These include:
- Advocate Christ Hospital
- Advocate Condell Medical Center
- Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
- Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital
- Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital
- Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
- Alexian Brothers Medical Center
- Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
- Centegra Memorial Medical Center
- Elgin Mental Health Center
- John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
- Little Company of Mary Hospital
- Mount Sinai Medical Center
- Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
- Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
- Presence St. Mary's Hospital
- Rosalind Franklin Health System
- Saint Anthony Hospital
- Becker, Robert (2004-06-16). "Medical school put on probation. Administration, ties to hospitals, student debt cited.". Chicago Tribune.
- "Dean's Blog, March 14, 2014".
- "Chicago Medical School Office of Undergraduate Studies".
- "Chicago Medical School Student Affairs".
- "Chicago Medical School Houses".