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University of Illinois College of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
808 South Wood Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
(312) 996-5636
Email address
School Information
"University of Illinois College of Medicine is one of the largest medical schools in the country. Our diverse student body of over 1,300 students hails from a wide variety of cultural and economic backgrounds. This diversity adds to the rich educational experience that is the College of Medicine. The College’s four campuses—located in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana - take advantage of the state’s urban and rural environments and offer numerous opportunities for clinical training and research. Our distinguished faculty contributes to the college’s reputation as one of the best schools for both undergraduate and graduate medical education. The College’s 75 residency programs are highly sought after" (Source:
General Information
The University of Illinois College of Medicine is planning on implementing curriculum aligned with DEI concepts. All incoming students will have required reading and discussion centered on anti-racism. Additionally, the Anti-Racism Urgent Action Committee was formed. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The College of Medicine's "Student/Faculty/Staff Recruitment and Retention" subcommittee will "focus on strategies to increase attention to recruitment of black students, faculty and staff."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school has a "Medical School Curriculum" subcommittee which will "plan the summer anti-racism reading/discussion group for incoming students and plan roll out across all phases" and "focus on reviewing the current curriculum content in all phases to remove biases and inaccuracies, identify deficiencies/omission (that need to be added into the curriculum) and to continue to incorporate the social determinants of health into the materials being taught."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The College of Medicine has a subcommittee on "Faculty and Staff Development." The school states, "This college-wide subcommittee will develop and present faculty and staff education around being active in the anti-racism culture. Education on racial inequities, micro aggressions, caring for diverse patient populations, improving teaching techniques/content that is free of bias and encouraging engagement of active bystanders will be some of the content presented to faculty and staff in order to improve the environment for students and other members of the college community."
Symbolic Actions
  • The College of Medicine created an "Anti-Racism Urgent Action Committee." Within this structure lies the creation of a Steering Committee and various subcommittees for more specific goals.
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Engagement awards UIC College of Medicine Faculty with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award “to recognize extraordinary contributions and commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
  • On September 29, 2022, the School of Public Health at UIC held a Distinguished Lecture with the Public Health Critical Race Praxis: Perspectives on the Intersection of COVID and Critical Race Theory with Chandra L Ford, who id the founding director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice and Health.
  • The Department of Emergency Medicine hosts the Underrepresented in Medicine Externship Program.
Last updated July 30th, 2023
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