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Top Medical School 2008 No.8: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Aug. 28, 2008
Top Medical School 2008 No.8: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

8. University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Medicine

808 S. Wood St., Room 165 CME 783 MC 783
Chicago, IL 60612-7302
(312) 996-5636
Fax: (312) 996-6693
http://www.medicine.uic.edu

Total graduate enrollment 1331
Hispanic graduate enrollment 174
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 13%
Total M.D. degrees earned 298
M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 28
Percent of M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 19%
Full-time Medical school faculty 1131
Full-time Medical school Hispanic faculty 44
Percent of Medical school Hispanic faculty 3%

The Medicina Scholars Program at UIC Hispanic Center of Excellence is dedicated to diversifying medical school applicants by recruiting Latinos into medicine with the goal of increasing the Latino applicant pool to medical school. Medicina Scholars provides a three- year curriculum designed to develop strong competitive Latino medical students. The Medicina Scholars program is an "acculturation" into the medical professional providing early exposure to the medical profession by introducing them to role models, health care, case studies, and the medical environment. The curriculum provides advanced courses in the History of Medicine, Professionalism, Public Health Policy, Cultural Competence, and Grand Rounds in primary and specialized care. The curriculum is a positive reinforcement and exposure to current topics in the medical field that impact the health care of Hispanics. The courses are taught by volunteer Latino faculty and Latino community physicians. In addition the students get training on health screenings and volunteer in the community. Finally Medicina Scholars participate in an annual Leadership Development Conference where students develop leadership skills, participate in lectures by Latino faculty and Latino community physicians. This program builds a foundation of basic medical courses that give students knowledge to succeed and compete for medical school admissions. They learn and practice skills that increase critical thinking, oral and written communications, interpersonal skills and team work in the health care field.


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