RPM - Revolutionizing Peoria Medicine

RPM – Revolutionizing Peoria Medicine


Revolutionizing Peoria Medicine

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria is gearing up to revolutionize medicine in Peoria!

How are we doing this? UICOMP is expanding!

For 45 years, UICOMP has educated medical students during their second- through fourth-year of medical school (with the first year spent in Urbana), but that soon will change. In the fall of 2017, we will welcome the inaugural class of first-year medical students. 

The College of Medicine is rolling out a new curriculum, and construction work has begun on the UICOMP campus of a new anatomy lab for cadaver dissection and a virtual dissection suite. New technology will give students the opportunity to see and learn medicine in a more clinically relevant way – how they would expect to encounter it in the real world of medicine. Imbedded within the new curriculum will be experiences that educate students on broader aspects of medicine, including health care systems – learning how health care systems work, as well as patient safety, quality improvement – population health and healthcare disparities, and personal and professional development. We want to train our students to be able to effectively communicate with their patients and others in healthcare. We want them to be able to effectively access and assess the latest and best evidence-based medicine. We also want them better prepared for residency beginning on day one.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many additional students will be coming to Peoria?

We anticipate an average of 55 first-year medical (M1) students

When will this change occur?

In the Fall of 2017

Why make Peoria a four-year medical school?

In short, this will improve the educational experience for students by providing:

  • Streamlined curriculum across all four years
  • Opportunity for earlier clinical exposure
  • Better cohort development (current M1s have little to no guidance from upperclassmen)
  • Better continuity for students
  • Improved student recruitment
  • Improved future physician retention

Is Peoria the only campus undergoing this change?

No. The Rockford campus similarly will increase its enrollment in 2017.

Why now?

While this change has been desired for some time, the transition is a result of a combination of seeking to improve the student experience and the University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval of a new medical school on the Urbana-Champaign campus geared toward medicine, engineering and entrepreneurship.

How will this be funded?

The University will provide the funding for operating costs of the additional faculty and staff as well as an additional $1.5 million for room renovations.