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College of Medicine opens $8.8 million Surgical Innovation & Training Laboratory

September 16, 2020 Attendees at the Surgical Innovation & Training Laboratory applaud the ribbon cutting. Chancellor Michael Amiridis, seated, cut the ribbon with robotic scissors. (Photo: Diane M. Smutny, DMS Photography) Operating robotic scissors, University of Illinois Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis snipped a ribbon to officially open the University of Illinois College of Medicine Surgical Innovation & Training Laboratory, or SITL, on Sept. 15. “This is a very important occasion as it not only establishes new and advanced ways we can provide state-of-the-art [...]

Ground broken for new outpatient surgery center

August 13, 2020 From left, Michael O’Keefe of Ankura, UIC Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Dr. Robert Barish, Sallie and Bruno Pasquinelli, Trustee Ramon Cepeda, Trustee Dr. Stuart King, Illinois Senate President Donald Harmon, UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis, University of Illinois System President Timothy Killeen, College of Medicine Executive Dean Dr. Mark Rosenblatt, UIC Student Trustee Jocelyn Bravo, and CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics Michael Zenn break ground for the UI Health Outpatient Surgery Center [...]

COVID-19 vaccine to be tested in UIC clinical trial

June 15, 2020 The University of Illinois at Chicago will soon test a vaccine for COVID-19. Expected to launch July 9, the trial — a phase 3 clinical study — will test the efficacy of a vaccine developed by biotech company Moderna. “We want to see if the vaccine will prevent people from getting COVID-19 or if it will prevent people from experiencing severe illness if they do get the disease,” said Dr. Richard Novak, lead investigator of the [...]

192 UI COM students graduate early

April 10, 2020 Aerial view of College of Medicine buildings (Photo: Brad Cavanaugh) Today, 192 medical students from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, one of the largest and most diverse medical schools in the country, will graduate early. Among the early grads, about one-third have been matched to residency programs in Illinois. “This will help meet the growing demand for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the college is joining other medical schools [...]

University of Illinois College of Medicine decreases tuition

January 16, 2020 Aerial view of College of Medicine buildings (Photo: Brad Cavanaugh) The University of Illinois College of Medicine will reduce its tuition rates for all students, beginning with the 2020-21 academic year. The decision was approved today by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Tuition rates at the College of Medicine will decrease by 2.1% for in-state students and 16% for out-of-state students. “The rising indebtedness of medical students upon graduation is an issue [...]

Chicagoan gives $10M to UIC for outpatient surgery center

November 14, 2019 Rendering of the proposed outpatient surgery center, to be located at Taylor and Wood streets. With a $10 million donation to the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bruno and Sallie Pasquinelli created the UIC Pasquinelli Outpatient Surgery Fund. The funds will be used to equip a new center for outpatient surgery at UI Health, UIC’s hospital and academic health enterprise. The new building, which will be located on the corner of Taylor and Wood streets, [...]

Four UIC leaders named ‘Notable Women in Health Care’

November 12, 2019 Terri Weaver, dean and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Nursing; Dr. Joan Briller, professor of clinical medicine (cardiology and obstetrics and gynecology) at the UIC College of Medicine; Dr. Audrey Stillerman, associate director of medical affairs for the UIC Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships at UI Health Mile Square Health Center; and Rani Morrison, senior director of care continuum at UI Health, have been named to Crain’s Chicago [...]

2019 UIC Distinguished Professors

October 16, 2019 The UIC Distinguished Professorship recognizes scholarship, creativity and leadership. Faculty members are nominated by their peers and are selected by a committee that includes others who have received the honor. This year’s distinguished professors are: Guido Pauli, professor of pharmacognosy in the College of Pharmacy Pauli’s research interests include the metabolomic analysis of natural health products and discovering anti-tuberculosis drugs. In 2015, he helped land a $9 million grant from the National [...]

Excellence in Teaching: Richard Stringham

October 11, 2019 Each year, UIC honors some of its most dedicated and outstanding teachers with the Award for Excellence in Teaching. The winners, who receive a $5,000 salary increase, are selected by past recipients of the award from nominations made by departments and colleges. Years at UIC: 11 What does it mean to win an Excellence in Teaching Award? I am humbled to receive this prestigious award but I am most honored when I receive recognition directly [...]

UIC opens three new health care simulation centers

September 13, 2019 View the fact sheet This fall, the University of Illinois at Chicago celebrates the opening of three health care simulation centers. The facilities, which are run individually by the university’s College of Medicine, College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy, use specially trained actors, advanced and computerized manikins of all ages, and simulated environments to help students and health care professionals practice clinical skills, communication and decision-making skills, and get hands-on training in medical diagnosis, treatment [...]

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