Jorge Girotti, PhDResearch: Assistant Professor Department of Medical Education
Dr. Jorge A. Girotti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education (DME). One of his responsibilities in DME is directing the Hispanic Center of Excellence, which aims to promote science and medical careers for Hispanic youth, expose undergraduate and medical students to biomedical and clinical research, and increase the representation of Latino faculty in our medical school. In addition to his DME faculty duties, he is the Associate Dean for Admissions and Special Curricular Programs for the College of Medicine. In this capacity he oversees the admissions process to the MD program, as well as Joint Degree programs (MD-MPH, MD-MBA and MD-MS-CTS), the Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) in Medicine, and the Urban Medicine program.
Dr. Girotti’s research interests reflect his focus on the development of opportunities for students from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds. The design, implementation and evaluation of educational programs to improve cultural competence among physicians and other health professionals, and programs to improve leadership skills in future physicians are his current priorities. Dr. Girotti’s research and training work has been funded by Federal agencies (National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration), by foundations (Chicago Community Trust, Portes Foundation), and by UIC (Vice Chancellor for Research, Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning).
Community service is an important component of Dr. Girotti’s work. He currently serves as member or leader in several boards: Illinois State Board of Public Health, National Hispanic Medical Association, and Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools. Dr. Girotti earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis, Educational Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago; an MA in Counseling and Guidance from Northeastern Illinois University, and the BFA in Art Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is currently completing a Master’s in Healthcare Administration in the UIC School of Public Health.