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Program Overview:

The UIC COM Mentors Program aims to expose students to a variety of medical specialties and integrate the basic sciences with clinical thinking skills. Interested students are matched with a resident or fellow from a particular specialty and have the opportunity to enter the clinic and receive hands-on training. This program arose in large part due to expressed student interest, and students who have participated in the program in the past have found it to be a very rewarding experience.


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Program Requirements:

1) First/second year medical students will spend at least one half day in clinic with a fellow or resident.

2) The fellow/resident and medical student will identify an interesting patient case from the day’s activities, and the student will post a brief reflection on the program’s blackboard site.

3) Students will submit a formal write-up on one case, which will also include class correlates; an M4 will provide formative feedback.

4) During the Spring semester, students will be expected to collaborate with 3-4 other peers to create and present a poster at the annual Mentors Program Symposium. Faculty and M4 judges will evaluate the presentations and give constructive feedback.


Course Credit:

Introduction to Patient Care (IPC) credit (required component of the Essentials of Clinical Medicine course):

-      M1 participants can get 1 IPC credit for completing their program requirements

-      M2 participants in the Mentors Program Track can satisfy all their required visits


If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact  M1/M2 students are accepted to the program on a first come, first serve basis. Specialty choices will be assigned in a way that best accommodates participant preferences.  Those selected for the Mentors Program will be asked to attend a brief presentation during the first week of classes when the mentors program leadership will introduce themselves and answer any questions.


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Student Testimony:

“The Mentors Program is an opportunity for both students who know what specialty they want to pursue and who would like to gain early experience and mentorship, as well as for students who would like to explore different specialties to see what fits their interests best.”


Specialty choices represented in the program:


1) Anesthesiology

2) Cardiology

3) Emergency Medicine

4) Endocrinology

5) Dermatology

6) Family Medicine

7) Gastroenterology

8) Hematology/Oncology

9) Internal Medicine

10) Medicine/Pediatrics

11) Neurology

12) Neurosurgery


13) Pathology

14) Pediatrics

15) Pulmonology

16) Plastic Surgery

17) Psychiatry

18) Obstetrics & Gynecology

19) Ophthalmology

20) Orthopaedic Surgery

21) Otolaryngology

22) Radiology

23) Surgery

24) Urology


We look forward to working with you,


Mentors Program Leadership


The Mentors Program was developed at UIC.  Thanks for making Mentors Program history.