Welcome from the Regional Dean
Exciting things are happening at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford! We are embarking on impactful transformation to move the college and campus in a strongly progressive direction.
Our mission of education, research and service for health keeps us focused on being an academic medical center committed to developing an optimal learning environment for training healthcare professionals, conducting innovative research and improving the health and wellness of our society. After an intense strategic planning process with nearly 100 community partners and campus leaders, seven committees were charged with developing actionable objectives to fulfill that mission. Their work was stellar!
The UIC Health Sciences Campus – Rockford includes the College of Medicine, College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy and their respective programs, which allows for inter-professional collaboration among our students, identify new training sites for medical students, establish a vigorous faculty development program, and evaluate possibilities of a Rockford-wide simulation center.
Important research in the fields of cancer, immunology and health policy is conducted on campus. Due to a remarkably generous gift of $3 million from the Blazer Foundation, we recently opened a Regenerative Medicine and Disability Research lab. The Research Committee prepared a growth plan for the next five years and identified ways to promote increased medical student, resident, fellow and faculty participation in research.
Founded in 1971 to address the health care needs of the people of Illinois, the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford has trained more than 2,200 physicians. Nearly 50 percent of our graduates practice in Illinois and over 250 remain in the Rockford region. In addition to training physicians, the College of Medicine Rockford provides health care services at the L.P. Johnson Family Health Center and the Rochelle Outreach Services. Dr. L.P. Johnson, a pioneer in family medicine education, started our residency program in 1972, which now boasts over 20,000 patient visits a year. Faculty retention and strategic direction of our clinical practice was the focus of the Clinical Practice Committee.
The College of Medicine Rockford also serves as home to The National Center for Rural Health Professions and the Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program. RMED trains medical student to meet the specific needs of rural communities. We offer opportunities for area high school and college students to interact closely with professionals in an academic or industrial research environment through summer internships and a partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific.
The College has benefited from strong community partnerships. Those relationships have been enhanced and new ones forged as the College has taken an increasingly active role in improving the health and well-being of the Community of Rockford and transformation of the campus into a vibrant site for community activities related to health, wellness and education. The campus is designed to promote health and wellness for faculty, staff and students with healthy food options, wellness programs a fitness center and coffee lounge.
As an economic driver for the city and the region, the College has identified methods to promote growth including developing research opportunities and a research agenda that can add value to the local economy and support private company work in the community through collaboration with University of Illinois expertise and resources; identifying and assisting in the coordination of community and health system programs and initiatives, thus creating a focus of greater cohesion concerning health and wellness in the community; and creating income opportunities through sponsored learning programs. The campus is available to host national or regional conferences as well as continue to deliver community-based wellness programs.
I am both humbled and grateful to serve as Regional Dean of the College of Medicine Rockford. It is my goal to greatly expand upon the areas in which the College of Medicine has already excelled, and to dedicate the college to enhancing the health and economy of Rockford region. I hope you will feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have. I can be reached at (815) 395-5600 or at ASG@uic.edu to begin the dialogue.
Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE
Professor of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medical Education
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
Since 1971, the College of Medicine at Rockford has focused on building an academic medical institution committed to education and advocacy, dedicated to research and continuous innovation, and centered on clinical service in the surrounding communities. More About the Region