Curricular Programs

The College’s MD programs prepare students for the practice of medicine with an outstanding science education and extensive clinical experience. Students are assigned to either the Chicago campus, the Peoria campus, or the Rockford campus for the duration of the program.   


Traditional MD Program:

In order to apply to the standard track MD Program, please follow the directions given on the application process website.

Specialized Programs:

In addition to our traditional MD program, there are four specialized programs which are described in the below table: 





Rockford Chicago Chicago 
Chicago Chicago
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION RMED is a program designed to train and support family physicians in the practice of medicine
in rural Illinois.
The GMED program aims to train students to be global health leaders. With an emphasis on addressing global health equity, students will gain skills and knowledge to develop careers as global clinicians, educators, policy makers or researchers.


UMED is a program for students who plan, upon completion of residency training, to locate their practices in Illinois urban communities in specialties needed by those communities. It is a unique program that integrates special UMED activities with the regular medical school curriculum. The IMED program supplements the existing curriculum of COM by adding an innovation, technology and medical design focus to existing team-based learning groups. The CE-MED program aims to train students in the clinician executive skills and knowledge essential to addressing the complex leadership challenges resulting from healthcare organizational and health policy changes that impact the way clinicians provide care.
Applicants must apply separately to the College of Medicine (COM) and the respective specialized program.

Applicants submit the standard COM application through the American Medical College Application Service, AMCAS.

APPLY TO  SPECIALIZED PROGRAM Contact the RMED office at 1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL 61107, (815)395-5780, or email Complete the GMED application on the GMED website and submit via email to Apply to the UMED program online or via e-mail to Complete the IMED application on the IMED website and submit via email to
This program is open to students beginning with the entering class of fall 2017.

The University of Illinois offers several programs in which another degree is earned in addition to the medical degree.

Joint degree programs enable students to earn an MD while pursuing additional degree paths. Both degrees are awarded simultaneously.

The MD/PhD Degree is offered through the Chicago Campus's Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). The program makes recommendations to the admissions committee for acceptance, in most cases prior to initial matriculation.

The MD/MPH, MD/MBA, and MD/MS CTS are Joint Degree Programs in which some of the training toward the MBA, MPH, JD, and MS may be campus specific whereas, in most cases, the MD portion of the training can be completed at any of the four campuses. For these programs, first year medical students (M1) are eligible to apply and applications are not due until December 1 during the M1 year. The Joint Degree Steering Committee makes the final decision on acceptance.

Pre-MD/Pipeline Programs

  • PAP: The Post-Baccalaureate Admissions Program provides an opportunity for selected individuals to participate in an 11-month structured education process after undergraduate and prior to medical school that enhances the science foundation and essential skills necessary to handle the rigors of Medical Education.

  • SPP: This Summer Pre-Matriculation Program is a six-week academic enrichment program aimed at bolstering students’ basic medical science knowledge and encouraging development of professional and peer support networks during the summer prior to matriculation at the College of Medicine.

  • GPPA: The Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions Initiative allows a limited number of Freshman per year to be admitted to University of Illinois (Chicago campus) with guaranteed admission into the Medical School. Students need only maintain pre-set curriculum and performance criteria to maintain their guarantee. This program is currently restricted to undergraduate students admitted to UIC.

Special Interest / Special Recognition Programs

  • RIMSAP: The Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistant Program helps qualified applicants from Illinois cover some of their financial needs. Accepted students receive low-interest-rate loans. This program is designed to provide primary care doctors to rural communities in Illinois. Students must be interested in family practice or another primary health care field.

  • JAMES SCHOLAR – JS/ISP: The James Scholar Program for Independent Study focuses on supporting and refining research skills among medical students as they develop into physicians and clinical professionals. The program is designed to support outstanding medical student researchers during their M2-M4 years.

  • PCM: The Patient-Centered Medicine (PCM) Scholars Program is one of the first in the nation to explicitly train students to practice patient-centered care. The Program affords students selected as PCM Scholars a unique opportunity to work with culturally and socioeconomically diverse patients from the M1 through the M4 years.

  • RSPP:The Rural Student Physician Program (RSPP) is a 28-week extended clerkship that immerses up to 10 percent of the third-year students in Peoria into a comprehensive educational experience in a rural community setting, integrating the curriculum for pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine, psychiatry, general surgery and family medicine. The experience is designed to recruit students into rural-oriented residencies and primary care.

  • UI COM Certificate Programs: Two online certificate programs are available for application to first year medical students. The College of Medicine can provide up to 10 medical students an online educational opportunity to enhance their career options and strengthen their CV for residency application. Students can use these programs to better prepare themselves for research-oriented residency programs. 

  • Summer Craig Research Fellowship: This competitive program provides an exciting opportunity for medical students interested in research to conduct projects under the guidance of the College of Medicine faculty.

  • Richardson Scholarship for International Study: Financial support is provided to fourth year students to complete a clinical rotation abroad.