Revolutionizing Peoria Medicine
The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria is gearing up to revolutionize medicine in Peoria!
How are we doing this? UICOMP is expanding!
For 45 years, UICOMP has educated medical students during their second- through fourth-year of medical school (with the first year spent in Urbana), but that soon will change. In the fall of 2017, we will welcome the inaugural class of first-year medical students.
The College of Medicine is rolling out a new curriculum, and construction work has begun on the UICOMP campus of a new anatomy lab for cadaver dissection and a virtual dissection suite. New technology will give students the opportunity to see and learn medicine in a more clinically relevant way – how they would expect to encounter it in the real world of medicine.
Imbedded within the new curriculum will be experiences that educate students on broader aspects of medicine, including health care systems – learning how health care systems work, as well as patient safety, quality improvement – population health and healthcare disparities, and personal and professional development. We want to train our students to be able to effectively communicate with their patients and others in healthcare. We want them to be able to effectively access and assess the latest and best evidence-based medicine. We also want them better prepared for residency beginning on day one.
Scroll down or look to the left column for answers to most of your questions, to find out about upcoming meetings, or to reach out with your own questions/comments. To say we're revved up would be an understatement!
Frequently Asked Questions
How many additional students will be coming to Peoria?
We anticipate an average of 55 first-year medical (M1) students
When will this change occur?
In the Fall of 2017
What's taking place now?
An M1 Work Group was formed and tasked with accomplishing three primary goals:
- Revamp the first-year curriculum
- Renovate key facility space
- Hire new faculty a staff
Why make Peoria a four-year medical school?
In short, this will improve the educational experience for students by providing:
- Streamlined curriculum across all four years
- Opportunity for earlier clinical exposure
- Better cohort development (current M1s have little to no guidance from upperclassmen)
- Better continuity for students
- Improved student recruitment
- Improved future physician retention
Is Peoria the only campus undergoing this change?
No. The Rockford campus similarly will increase its enrollment in 2017.
While this change has been desired for some time, the transition is a result of a combination of seeking to improve the student experience and the University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval of a new medical school on the Urbana-Champaign campus geared toward medicine, engineering and entrepreneurship.
What changes will occur on campus?
Among the biggest changes:
- The addition of first-year students requires anatomy education, including the use of cadavers. Currently, plans are to put an anatomical lab on the second floor of the B-wing (near pathology).
- Added classroom space. Plans are being formed for a second, large classroom on the second floor by expanding a current classroom. this will create an active learning space with technology tables, microphones, etc.
How will this be funded?
The University will provide the funding for operating costs of the additional faculty and staff as well as an additional $1.5 million for room renovations.
A second phase of renovations is being planned to renovate current examination rooms for clinical skills, expanded technology and study rooms, and reconfiguring the first floor A-wing. This will be dependent on philanthropy.
What can you do?
- Keep teaching students, residents, and peers
- Volunteer for a committee (talk to Dr. Meenakshy Aiyer)
- Offer your support
What are the M1 Committees/Subcommittees?
- Infrastructure (curricular, capital improvements, faculty and staff recruitment, faculty development)
- Curriculum Restructuring
- Program Evaluation
- Advising and Mentoring
Got questions or want to get involved?
Contact Dr. Meenakshy Aiyer,
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs