Impact Your Alma Mater – Volunteer!

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.

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 LinkedIn Learning.
  • 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)

If you’d like to learn more, check out Be Part Of Academic Medicine or contact Dr. Mitch King at (815) 395-5610 or [email protected].

Full-time and paid positions may also be available. See for current openings.

Dr. Vickrey meets with student interest group

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
Speed specialty networking event

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

Dr. Bolek-Berquist presents a lecture on lupus.

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, at (815) 395-5601 or [email protected].