Programs for Medical Students
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We offer the following programs for medical students:
Summer Research Program
Program Advancing Research for Equity (PARE) (provides a paid for 8-week research opportunity in either biomedical or clinical research. This program is for rising second-year medical students.
On the UIC campus, there are faculty in several colleges that conduct research on health disparities issues that impact Latino and other minority communities. Participants are assigned either a research laboratory or clinic to work in during the 8-week period.
In addition to their research, students have the opportunity to take part in weekly seminars presented by distinguished faculty and obtain critical feedback of their research by established investigators. After the program is completed, some participants receive additional support to present their research at local and national conferences. The program begins June 24 and ends August 16, 2024. The application opens November 29, 2023, and the deadline is March 1, 2024.
Ongoing Research Topics
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Transplant Surgery
- Global Health
Medicina Fellows Program
The Hispanic Center of Excellence’s (HCOE) Medicina Fellows Program prepares students interested in working with an urban setting by providing them with seminars which focus the numerous cultural, social, and economic factors which influence or obstruct Latino health. The program also engages students to learn about which specialties can impact the Latino community. The Fellows will meet six times during the course of the M1 and M2 year.
- Learn about the various health risk factors affecting the Latino community.
- Explore specialties that can improve Latino health
- Interact with other medical students, residents, and faculty interested in health disparities
- Provide USMLE support for M2 year
- Develop Latino medical leaders
- Help with the transition into residency programs
- First year medical student at UIC-COM
- Academic good standing
- Strong Interest in Latino health
- Previous experience working with the under-served Conversational Spanish speakers preferred