Alumni of the College of Medicine at Rockford play an important role in educating the next generation of medical students. Through volunteer faculty appointments, mentoring opportunities, networking events and other volunteer opportunities, COM-R alumni can impact today’s medical students in positive ways.
Participate in the College of Medicine Medical Alumni Advisory Team
The Medical Alumni Advisory Team serves as a link between the College of Medicine Rockford and its graduates, serves in an advisory capacity for the College of Medicine at Rockford’s Office of Communications and Engagement and helps alumni stay in touch. You may be involved in providing opportunities for social interaction, networking and volunteer services while supporting the mission of the College of Medicine at Rockford. If you are interested in participating, please contact Carrie Foust at [email protected] or (815) 395-5601.
Join the Faculty
In addition to the intrinsic value of imparting your wisdom to those following in your profession and adding a university title to your CV, a number of opportunities and benefits arise from being a part of the UICOMR faculty, including:
A university e-mail address and staff ID that provide access to university resources, such as online and in-library resources from subscription databases and journal articles to checking out books
Free online courses in a variety of topics through Lynda.com
Discounts on travel, cell phones, car purchases, entertainment, computers and more
Access to the new Glenn Netto Health and Wellness Center on the campus
Invitations to present lectures through the well-publicized community lecture series
Opportunities to pursue research grants and projects
A variety of opportunities exist for teaching medical students. The vast majority of our faculty have volunteer positions that may include the following:
Hosting a clerkship at your facility
Helping students with research
Teaching a course on campus
Acting as a preceptor for an away rotation where a student would work alongside you for several weeks
Any instructor who is involved in grading a medical student’s performance must be a part of the faculty. Both clinical and research tracks are available and include the following titles:
Teaching Associate (residents and those who do not have a terminal degree may have this title)
Instructor (must have a doctoral degree, such as M.D., Ph.D., DVM, etc.)
Assistant Professor (must have a doctoral degree AND be board-certified)
Associate Professor (must be Assistant Prof. for 5 years and then can apply for promotion)
Professor (must be Associate Prof. for 5 years and then can apply for promotion)
Robert Vickrey, MD ’02, is a forensic psychiatrist in Madison, Wis., and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry for the College of Medicine. Here, he’s talking to medical students at a Psychiatry Interest Group meeting about what to expect during residency.
Interact with Medical Students
If a faculty appointment isn’t what you are looking for, but you’d be willing to help medical students in other ways, opportunities exist for you to make an impact on the medical student experience, including
Attending a student specialty interest group meeting on campus
Hosting a dinner for students to share insight about your specialty
Giving an informational presentation or lecture on your area of expertise or interest
Participating in admissions interviews for the incoming class of medical students
Acting as a mentor to students in programs such as Urban Health Pipeline, Latino Medical Student Association, Rural Medicine Program, American Medical Women’s Association and others
Attending networking events on campus and in the community
Presenting health information or programs through Student Health to medical students
Supporting programs that assist students through scholarships, awards and recognition
Giving us your idea of how your time and talent could enhance the medical student experience
Alumni and community physicians talk one-on-one about their fields with medical students during speed specialty networking events.
Be a HOST Program Volunteer
By participating in the Helping Our Students Travel (HOST) Program, in which alumni around the country help fourth-year medical students who are interviewing for a residency program in their area, you can help a student by sharing your insight on the area, hosting a meal or even providing a place to stay. With many students interviewing at more than 15 programs around the country, your involvement can help ease the financial burden and orient them to the community.
Join the Speaker’s Bureau
Community organizations and the media often turn to the University of Illinois College of Medicine as an excellent resource for expert speakers on numerous topics, from issues in the healthcare industry to medical education, various diseases and research. If you’d be willing to be contacted as an expert in your field, please contact us at (815) 395-5601 or [email protected].
Give a Community Lecture
Rheumatologist Jilaine Bolek-Berquist, MD ’04, gave a community lecture on lupus.
The College of Medicine Rockford provides free community lectures to the public on a variety of topics as part of our mission of making the community a healthier place.
We welcome alumni to propose topics that would be of interest to the general public and join the lecture series as the schedule allows.
For more information about these opportunities, contact Carrie Foust, director of communications and engagement, at (815) 395-5601 or [email protected].