The UIC COM Mentors Program aims to expose students to a variety of medical
specialties and encourages integration of basic sciences with clinical thinking skills through
matching interested students with a resident or fellow from a particular specialty for 1st hand clinical experiences. This is a program that arose in large part due to expressed student interest. Students who participated in the program in the past found it to be a very rewarding experience & very doable, time-wise.

Program objectives:
1) A group of 2-4 first/second year medical students will spend one session (3-4 hours) with a fellow or resident in clinic.
2) The fellow/resident and medical students will identify an interesting patient case from the
day’s activities and post a brief reflection on the program blackboard site.
3) Students will write up the case, include course connections and turn it in.
4) The students will research and present the case to their medical school class. Fellow/
Resident mentors will be asked to attend the brief student presentation and add additional
comments on the case and their specialty.

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 activities
M2 participants in alternate site tracks can get up to 4 IPC credits for completing their program activities.

If interested in participating or have questions, please respond to mentorsprogram@gmail.com  M1/M2 students are invited to the program on a first come, first serve basis. Specialty choices will be selected on a first come, first serve, basis. Those who are selected will be asked to attend a brief presentation during orientation week where you will meet the mentors program leadership.

Student testimony “this 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