University of Illinois College of Medicine

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University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Established September 26, 1882 (1882-09-26)
Type Public
University University of Illinois at Chicago
Dean Dimitri T. Azar, MD, MBA
Location Chicago, Illinois USA
Campus Urban
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The University of Illinois College of Medicine offers a four-year program leading to the MD degree at four different sites in Illinois: Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana–Champaign.

In 2011, enrollment of medical students in the University of Illinois system totaled 1,290 according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.[1]


The College of Medicine, originally an independent institution, opened on September 26, 1882 as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago (P&S)[2] with 100 students and a faculty of 30. Five years later, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois approved a contract of affiliation whereby the university would lease P&S as its Department of Medicine. The arrangement continued until 1912 when there was a nine-month hiatus in the affiliation due to a lack of legislative support. It was only after the faculty and alumni of P&S bought up all shares of the school's stock and presented them to the Board of Trustees as a gift that the school officially became the College of Medicine of the University of Illinois in March 1913.[3]

Chicago Campus[edit]

In addition to serving as the Chicago program site, the Chicago campus of the College of Medicine is the administrative home for the dean and all other college-wide officers. Located on the Near West Side, the college is part of the University of Illinois Medical Center, which includes the colleges of Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health.

The College of Medicine's Chicago campus sits on a plot of land once occupied by West Side Park, the former home of the Chicago Cubs.


In addition to a traditional medical program, the college of medicine offers two physician-scientist training programs; the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) in Chicago, an NIH-funded program that offers full tuition benefits and a stipend to the awarded students and the Medical Scholars Program (MSP) in Urbana-Champaign.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ "Report Explanation Enrollment Counts: Source: LCME Part II Annual Medical School Questionnaire". Medical School Profile System. AAMC. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
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  4. ^ Charles Hirsch MD receives Distinguished Alumnus Award at 2003 Commencement, University of Illinois College of Medicine. Accessed September 16, 2008.
  5. ^ "Olga Jonasson". Changing the Face of Medicine. Bethesda, Maryland: United States National Library of Medicine. March 14, 2004. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 

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