Certificate Program

Program Overview

The Certificate Program in Medical Education and Research is offered by the Department of Medical Education(DME) under the Division of International Affairs and the College of Medicine Office of International Education (OIE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC COM). Over the course of 12 months, the Certificate Program prepares international medical graduates in a classroom setting with clinical research and teaching skills while also providing exposure to the American healthcare system and culture.

Certificate Program Brochure

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Certificate Program Description

Over the course of the program, this certificate, which includes a research component that reinforces the coursework, presents students with the appropriate timeframe to produce a final paper, which will afford them the opportunity to submit as a manuscript for publication. In addition, the Certificate Program seeks to prepare students with research skills and clinical teaching abilities while immersing them in the American healthcare system and culture in both a classroom and laboratory setting, which allows students to apply theory into practice. Close faculty mentorships provide guidance in research projects and career development while courses supplement the didactic experience with activities to enhance the students’ skills and knowledge.

Required Application Materials

Applications will be processed by the Office of International Education in coordination with the Department of Medical Education as well as the Departments within the College of Medicine upon receipt of the following application documents:

  1. Copy of passport – Photocopy of passport’s biographical page showing name and personal information.
  2. If applicable, provide copies of the front and back of all immigration documents (i.e. DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor J-1 Status, I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student, etc.).
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Copy of Medical School Diploma*
    1. Please note if you recently graduated from Medical School and are currently preparing to take the USMLE** I and II or just completed either Step I or II, you may include these scores in your application.
    2. Supporting documents to show strong command of English Language (Kaplan, TOEFL, or other)
  5. Official transcripts
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. One-page personal statement detailing goals for the Certificate Program
  8. Financial guarantee or sponsorship letter from a sponsoring institution for the duration of the Certificate Program

*Equivalent graduate degree is acceptable for those applicants not seeing U.S. residency
**USMLE scores can be waived for those applicants not seeking U.S. residency

Admissions Process

  • Applicants must be financially sponsored by their government or by a home country health institution.
  • Admission is on a rolling basis and we encourage applicants to continue submitting their applications until we reach capacity.
  • The certificate program accepts a new cohort once a year. The certificate program starts June 1 and ends on May 31.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so it is best to submit as soon as possible. The admissions process may take several weeks depending on approvals and interviewer schedules.
  • Upon admission, the Office of International Services (OIS) will provide instructions requesting the electronic submission of the required OIS Documents in order to prepare the proper immigration document (I-20) for the students to apply for their F-1 student visas. As part of their OIS Documents, international students must submit he following three things:
    • Declaration of Certification of Finances (DCF)
    • Evidence of Funding (Submit a copy of the financial guarantee from the Sponsor showing a total balance equal to or greater than the estimated)
    • Copy of Passport (Photocopy your passport’s biographical page showing your name and personal information)
  • The applicant is responsible for providing UI COM Office of International Education with a financial guarantee from the sponsoring institution that complies with the dates and duration of the acceptance letter.
  • Once the I-20 or DS-2019 is issued, the Office of International Services will package it with other welcome materials including information and guidance on how to apply for the F-1 or J-1 student visa or transfer your F-1 or J-1 status to the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Accepted students are required to attend Orientation sessions during the first week of the program.
  • Health insurance: The sponsoring institution shall provide each fellow with a comprehensive health insurance, a health benefits plan offered by an insurance company, or managed care organization authorized to do business in the state of Illinois, which also complies with the J-1 visa requirements.
  • Students who are sponsored under the J-1 non-immigrant student status must provide proof of health insurance that meets the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor requirements.
  • Participating in or completing the Certificate Program does not constitute acceptance of medical research fellows into UI COM’s residency programs or into any other UI COM programs.

Please submit all required documents in one PDF document to visitCOM@uic.edu. Use the program name “Certificate Program” as the heading in the subject of the email. Applications cannot be processed until all required documents are submitted.