Welcome From the DeanWe have a great deal of pride in our educational programs here at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Urbana. In this center for medical education and bioscience excellence, we develop the physician-scientist leaders needed for 21st century health care. Both our traditional 4-year medical education and our Medical Scholars dual-degree programs reflect the depth of knowledge and scholarly opportunity that exists on this campus. Scholarly opportunities for students and faculty alike exist through integrated interdisciplinary activities. For example, our faculty hold joint appointments in other colleges and disciplines across the campus. In our Medical Scholars program, the 3rd largest in the nation, students can pursue a joint degree in any one of over 35 different disciplines. Recent graduates have earned their degrees in fields as diverse as aeronautical engineering, neuroscience and philosophy. After graduation, our students are selected to pursue their Graduate Medical Education at many of the nation's top-ranked programs such as Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard. The uniqueness of the interdisciplinary education that takes place on the Urbana campus becomes embedded into the way our graduating physicians approach and integrate all aspects of their work and medical practice. At the College of Medicine, we consider ourselves very fortunate to be a part of this world-class institution where the superb education and collaboration with colleagues across the campus creates a special atmosphere for inquiry and commitment to excellence. Uretz J. Oliphant, M.D.
Interim Regional Dean