OUR CURRICULUM

MD Curriculum

The University of Illinois College of Medicine (UICOM) educational program is designed to serve a variety of career choices, allowing students to prepare for careers in medical practice, research, teaching, community medicine, and various disciplines of medical practice. Additionally, emphasis is placed on developing an attitude that’s necessary for effective communication between individual patients, and society at large. 

The curriculum stresses rational decision making and clinical problem solving based on an understanding of the basic biological, physical, and behavioral sciences; thus the integration of basic and clinical sciences is emphasized throughout the program. 

Our curriculum is delivered simultaneously with live instruction by faculty across all three campuses. To view our curriculum, visit our campus pages Chicago, Peoria and Rockford.

SCHOLARLY CONCENTRATION PROGRAMS

Scholarly Concentration Programs (SCP) have an application deadline of March 1, 2022. You can apply to more than one SCP and upon acceptance will ultimately need to choose just one.

JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMS

Overview

Joint degree programs enable students to simultaneously earn an MD and a second degree.

The MD/MPH, MD/MBA, and MD/MS are Joint Degree Programs in which some of the training toward the MPH, MBA, 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 January 12th during the M1 year. The Joint Degree Steering Committee makes the final decision on acceptance.

MD/PhD

UICOM offers admissions to MD/PhD training via the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), which is available on the Chicago campus.

The MSTP trains exceptional students for careers as physician-scientists.  In comparison to other physicians, MD/PhDs stand out for their scientific insight into bedside problems as innovative champions of progress in medicine.  In comparison to other scientists, MD/PhDs have deeper perceptions of medical significance in biology and a greater ability to transfer basic scientific advances toward patient care.  MSTP graduates routinely gain admission to highly competitive residency programs at premier academic institutions across the country.

Applicants to the MD/PhD program must:

  • Apply to UICOM through the American Medical College Application Service, (AMCAS), and select the application type for MD/PhD.
  • The MD/PhD application requires 2 additional essays: one essay details student interest in the the MD/PhD program, the second essay highlights significant research experiences. 

Length of Program: Full time students may complete the degree in 7-8 years. 

For further information on the MSTP at Chicago, please visit our website: MSTP

MD/MBA

UICOM sponsors an MD/MBA program that is offered through the Chicago campus and is in partnership with UIC’s Master of Business Administration program. Given the changing, highly competitive world of health care, there is a great demand by health care professionals, especially doctors, for business education. Both the MD and the MBA degree are highly sought after, with many doctors returning to school to get the MBA. The joint-degree program satisfies the demand by making both degrees attainable in five years.

Applicants to the MD/MBA program must:

Length of Program: Full-time students may complete the degree in 5 years

MD/MPH

The MD/MPH program is available in partnership with UIC’s School of Public Health. The joint-degree program is designed to prepare students for careers as high-level administrators, consultants and executives in the growing field of public health. The four-year program of study enables graduates to combine clinical knowledge and administrative skills and facilitate delivery of health care services in a wide variety of settings.

We invite you to learn more about the program

Applicants to the MD/MPH program must:

  • Apply to UICOM through the American Medical College Application Service, (AMCAS), and check the box expressing interest in the combined medical degree/graduate program. 
  • During the M1 year, apply to the UIC School of Public Health, which requires completing both the School of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) and the UIC SPH supplemental application forms. The supplemental form is submitted directly to the school. For MD/MPH forms and application instructions….

Length of Program: Full-time students may complete the degree in 4 years.

MD/MSCTS

The UICOM and the UIC School of Public Health offer a joint degree leading to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS) degrees.

The program of study leading to the MD/MS CTS joint degree is offered by the Health Policy and Administration Division within SPH.

Applicants to the MD/MS CTS program must:

  • Apply to UICOM through the American Medical College Application Service, (AMCAS), and check the box expressing interest in the combined medical degree/graduate program. 
  • During the M1 year, Apply to the MD/MS program by following the application directions for that program.

Length of Program: Full-time students may complete the degree in five years.

Click here for a full description of the MD/MS CTS program, including application directions, degree requirements, sample curriculum, deadlines and contact information.

Please find the MD/MS-CTS joint degree application here.

MD/MS

The MD/MS in BioEngineering program is available in partnership with UIC’s College of Engineering. By using engineering concepts and methods that apply modern technology to health care, this five year program will equip graduates with skills required to prepare them for careers as clinical researchers beyond those obtained in their MD program alone.

Applicants to the MD/MS in BioEngineering program must:

  • Apply to UICOM through the American Medical College Application Service, (AMCAS), and check the box expressing interest in the combined medical degree/graduate program. 
  • Applications to the College of Engineering can be submitted during the spring semester of the first year. Students at any of the four campuses will be eligible to apply for admission to the joint degree program. Click here for more information