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Academic Skills Services

The director of academic skills in the Office of Student Affairs at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford is focused on ensuring the academic success of all UICOMR students.

The office is dedicated to serving a diverse population of students through a variety of services including:

  • Learning Strategies
  • USMLE preparation
  • Peer Educators

Learning Strategies

The director of academic services supports all students who are looking for strategies in time management, organization, test-taking skills, and/or anything related to academic success.

Students can set up an appointment to receive assistance in creating a study plan, discuss their learning and test-taking strategies, or figure out how to manage different tasks to reduce stress.

Our Road to Residency Program also offers presentations on different learning strategies and tips for academic success in medical school.

Additional Resources for Learning Strategies

United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Preparation

Academic Support provides numerous resources to assist students in the preparation of Step 1 and both components of Step 2, Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS).  Students are required to pass Step 1 and both components of Step 2 prior to graduation.

Step preparation resources are shared through Road to Residency presentations, individual appointments, and small group meetings. Please contact Director of Academic Services Stephanie Williams at for more information.

Additional Resources:

Test taking strategies

Step 1 Resources

USMLE Bulletin


Peer Educators

The Office of Student Affairs, in collaboration with the Office of Medical Education, offers an exceptional Peer Educator Program to assist students with review and application of course content. Please contact Director of Academic Skills Stephanie Williams at for more information.