UICOMP Department of Surgery
MEDICAL EDUCATION IN PEORIA
A student-focused culture with teachers and faculty mentors who are friendly, supportive, and helpful is how graduates of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria describe the unique culture. We are located in downtown Peoria’s medical district within six blocks of more than 950 patient beds at its two primary clinical affiliate hospitals.
Future physicians training in Peoria benefit from small class sizes and experience hands-on medicine and clinical experiences across a wide variety of specialties and sub-specialties, often one-on-one with attending physicians and resident physicians.
Multidisciplinary research is supported and encouraged. Research mentors offer students excellent opportunities to become active investigators while gaining experience and flourishing as researchers. Research labs focus on cancer research as well as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke, neurotoxicology of environmental agents, and ion channel research.
AT A GLANCE, THE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE PEORIA
- Educates about 240 medical students annually
- Nearly 300 MDs and DOs in 20 residency and fellowship programs
- Employs about 170 full-time faculty and 1,300 part-time/non-salaried faculty
- Active in basic science and clinical research, including outcomes research and economic evaluation
- Partner in the world-class Jump Simulation
The Peoria medical school campus is located in downtown Peoria, adjacent to our major academic affiliates, UnityPoint Health – Methodist and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Together, these two hospitals provide:
- Access to more than 900 patient beds
- Service to a patient population of more than 2 million people.
- OSF-SFMC includes a Level I trauma center with the busiest helicopter transport service in the state and is home of Children’s Hospital of Illinois, the only full service tertiary hospital for kids in downstate Illinois.
- UnityPoint Health – Methodist serves patients with a wide range of disorders and houses the psychiatry and family medicine residencies.
PLAYING IN PEORIA
Peoria is located along the Illinois River exactly 170 miles from both downtown Chicago and St. Louis. Named an All-American City in 2013, Peoria has its own ballet and symphony orchestra, is home to an NCAA Division I basketball team, minor league baseball and hockey teams, a world-class zoo and the Peoria Civic Center, which hosts nationally-recognized concerts and Broadway shows. Peoria has one of the largest park districts in Illinois with numerous golf courses, an indoor skating rink and access to dozens of miles of walking/biking paths. Peoria also enjoys a low cost of living and is home to the Fortune 50 company, Caterpillar Inc.