Entering a New Era of Medicine
The College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign offers a complete four-year medical education program leading to an MD degree. The first-year basic medical science program at Urbana-Champaign also serves those students who will complete their final three years of medical school at Peoria or Rockford. At the end of the first year of study, approximately 100 students transfer to Rockford or Peoria for their clinical training, the rest remain in Urbana-Champaign.
The mission of the College is to attract and train the finest among future physicians, help them acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for patient care and scholarship, and prepare them to practice medicine at the highest levels of quality. Complementary to this overriding mission is the intent to advance knowledge through research, to provide service to the community and to train leaders and scholars for the future. Clinical education and patient care are conducted through affiliation with community hospitals and clinics including: Carle Clinic, Christie Clinic, Carle Foundation Hospital, Presence Health Medical Center, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Danville.
The Urbana-Champaign campus, with its tradition of scholarly excellence and its strong graduate and professional program, is the setting for the College of Medicine’s Medical Scholars Program (MSP). The MSP is a unique joint-degree program in which students may combine doctoral study in another field with the study of medicine. Unlike joint MD/PhD programs in other medical schools, graduate study for students in MSP is not restricted to the traditional cognate fields of medicine. Thus, students in the program may elect graduate or professional study in areas such as law, business, sociology, or engineering, in addition to areas within the life sciences and chemical sciences. The Program is designed to provide skilled and knowledgeable leaders for a society in which the health care delivery system is rapidly increasing in complexity.