The College of Medicine at Rockford has created an environment that provides remarkable learning opportunities backed by a commitment to continuous development.
Our campus provides:» Outstanding medical training for M2 through M4 students
» Unparalleled clinical experience
» An outstanding residency in family medicine» A leading role in rural medicine» Diverse, committed faculty members
» Strong ties to the community
» Remarkable opportunities for research
» James Scholar Program
Outstanding medical training for M2 through M4 students
After completing their first year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, students enter the MD program at Rockford for intensive academic and clinical training. Our program has trained more than 1,300 physicians, with more than 300 Rockford graduates currently practicing in Illinois.
Unparalleled clinical experience
The College of Medicine at Rockford offers the most extensive longitudinal ambulatory experience of any medical school in the country. Starting in the M2 year, our students are assigned to one of our primary care clinics for intensive, hands-on clerkships, where they work closely with patients in a clinical setting.
An outstanding residency in family medicine
Our Family Medicine Residency Program is the only post-graduate training program in Northern Illinois. Taught by talented faculty from different specialties, residents engage in their core rotations at SwedishAmerican Hospital, which was recently named a Top 100 hospital in the country.
A leading role in rural medicine
Through the National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) the College of Medicine works to improve healthcare in rural communities through education, evaluation and research. Students in our Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program are exposed to a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary curriculum that prepares them to meet the needs of this underserved population.
Diverse, committed faculty members
Our faculty numbers more than 750 members, including 60 full-time appointments in specialties ranging from biomedical sciences to surgery to pediatrics. Most of our faculty are community physicians in private group practices.
Strong ties to the community
The Rockford community offers a wonderful place to live, learn and practice medicine. We maintain strong ties to the community through our relationships with local affiliate hospitals and organizations, and many of our students and faculty become actively engaged in local projects.
Remarkable opportunities for research
Students frequently join the research teams headed by faculty in our eight academic programs, which have produced pioneering breakthroughs in the medical industry. Using the advanced resources of Health Systems Research, students, faculty, healthcare providers and other members of the community have access to excellent tools for research support.
James Scholar Program
Through the James Scholar Program, highly qualified students individualize their medical training by pursuing independent research projects that fulfill their unique talents and interests. James Scholars must meet stringent entrance requirements. They enjoy special benefits, including priority in scheduling, a budget for research expenses, travel awards, special seminars and a partnership with a faculty research mentor.