Chicago Medical School

The Chicago Medical School (CMS) is a community-based medical school that embraces interprofessional education as a core principle. CMS has been educating physician leaders who have distinguished themselves in their profession for over 100 years. 

Our graduates achieve a high match rate in the specialty of their choice. Over 97 percent of the Chicago Medical School Class of 2014 matched into residency programs across the country. CMS graduates will be represented at some of the most prestigious residency programs in the nation, including Harvard, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Emory, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Vanderbilt, Stanford, University of Chicago and UCLA.

CMS endeavors to create an academic environment that values individuals who come from socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds who are underrepresented in medicine.

The medical school is embarking on an aggressive strategic expansion, with the development of regional campuses, a cutting edge curriculum and simulated learning environments to significantly enhance clinical education.

The School’s faculty recently voted to dissolve its existing clinical departments in favor of one single department of Clinical Sciences. This new department will collaboratively interface with another newly created department of Medical Education, Innovation and Humanities.  Together, these two departments will lead the School towards a unique vision which will train students to be physician leaders, who innovate, adapt and discover, in an ever changing healthcare landscape.


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  White Coat Ceremony

The CMS White Coat Ceremony was held on August 14 in Rhoades Auditorium. Family and friends of the Class of 2019 were in attendance as the new students were ceremoniously coated by their Learning Community Mentor. Ronald Rembert Jr., MD ’00, gave the alumni keynote address, and Rana Rabei, CMS ’18, class council president, gave the student address.

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Welcome, Class of 2019!

Orientation was held on August 12-14, welcoming the Class of 2019 to campus.

CMS Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter

The first issue of the CMS Newsletter was recently released, featuring recent events, student and faculty accomplishments, updates from each class’s student leaders, and school updates. The newsletter, a collaborative effort between CMS faculty, staff and students, will be produced three times a year

Click here to view the newsletter in its online format, or click here to download the PDF.
  Transition Ceremonies

On June 26 and July 2, rising M3s celebrated their transition from classroom study to clinical rotations during a Transition Ceremony. Members of the Parrella and Williams Learning Communities had their ceremony on June 26, while members of the DeHaas and Glick Learning Communities had their ceremony on July 2.

During each of the ceremonies, the mentors of the featured Learning Communities spoke to their students, reminiscing about the first two years of medical school and giving advice for the final two years. Selected students from each of the communities then read essays they had written about what their white coat has meant for them, and what it will mean for them during their clerkships. Finally, the students helped each other put their white coats on, as a symbol of the network of help and support they will continue to provide to one another.

The students also received pins depicting their community crest, to match the pins that members of the Class of 2018 received during their Pinning Ceremony in April.

  CMS Accreditation Status - Full Accreditation

We are pleased to announce that the Chicago Medical School (CMS) is now in full compliance with standards as set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and is removed from its probationary status.

Throughout and ongoing, CMS has recognized the importance of transparency and has made open communication about its status and progress a priority. The school is currently engaged in a year-long internal self-assessment of accreditation standards led by 12 interprofessional teams of more than 100 stakeholders, including faculty, staff, administrators, trustees and community partners. CMS self-assessments and accreditation activities may be tracked through the CMS Office of Accreditation web page.Accordingly, we will be prepared in terms of planning, compliance and accountability for our next full accreditation visit scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  Internal Medicine Resident and Fellow Graduation Ceremony

Ten postgraduate residents, the chief medical resident, and seven fellows graduated from the CMS Internal Medicine Residency Program on June 12, 2015, in a ceremony held in the Centennial Room. The fellows completed their subspecialty training in cardiovascular disease (3); interventional cardiology (1); endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism (2); and infectious disease (1).

Congratulations to all graduates, and we wish you the best of luck in the next stage of your career.

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  Commencement 2015

The Class of 2015 graduated on June 5 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, during the university’s 101st Commencement Ceremony. More than 600 degrees were conferred, including more than 180 degrees conferred to CMS graduates.

The commencement address was given by William E. Evans, PharmD, faculty member, researcher, and former president and CEO at St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Patrick Kent, CMS ’17, president of the Executive Student Council, delivered the student address.

The ceremony also included an address by SGPS alumna Theresa Peterson, PhD ’03, who welcomed the new graduates to the family of RFUMS alumni, and the conferring of honorary degrees to Dr. Evans and Timothy Hansen, PhD, professor and vice president for academic affairs.

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   Annual Awards Ceremony

The university’s Annual Awards Ceremony was held at the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier on June 4, the afternoon before Commencement. More than 60 students received awards for their exemplary accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, research, community service, humanitarian efforts and service to the school. Members of the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society were also recognized.

The ceremony was followed by a Commencement Reception for all graduates and their families.

   Student Leadership Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to the CMS students and organizations who were given special recognition at the Student Leadership Award Ceremony. Victoria Hoch, CMS ’17, received the CMS Student Leadership Award;Patrick Kent, CMS ’17, received the RFUMS At Large Leadership Award; Jalia Tucker, CMS ’17, received the Rising Rosalind Award; and Shannon Burke, CMS ’18, received the Outstanding Community Member Award and the Stewardship Award.

Phi Delta Epsilon was named Outstanding Student Organization for its dedication to philanthropy, leadership, and education. Other student organizations that received awards included the Interprofessional Clinic Initiative, the International Health Interest Group, Rosalind Franklin University International Students, the South Asian Medical Association, Outreach for HealthOUTPatients, the Women’s Health Interest Group, and the Athletics Club.

   CMS Faculty and Friends Recognition Dinner

The CMS Faculty and Friends Recognition Dinner took place on May 1, sponsored by the Office of Faculty Recognition and Enhancement. The dinner and the following ceremony gave recognition to the contributions of CMS faculty, especially the more than 700 volunteer faculty members who dedicate their time and effort to the school.

Several faculty members were given special recognition for their recent accomplishments: Dr. Stuart Oserman received the CMS Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching; Drs. Carl Correll, Ted Lorenc, Lori Moss, Naomi Parrella, and Judith Potashkin received the CMS Champions Award; and Sheryl Juliano received the Special Recognition for Contribution to CMS Educational Innovation award.

  Welcome, Dr. Record!

Dr. James Record has recently joined CMS as Vice Dean and Chair of Medical Education, Innovation and Humanities. He was previously the Associate Dean of New York Medical College’s branch campus and Vice President of Academic Affairs at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. His interests include humanities in medicine, curricular development, and most importantly, his family.

In his new role, Dr. Record will work with Dean Tomkowiak to lead the medical education transformation. He is excited to be part of RFUMS and collaborate with the extraordinary interprofessional faculty and administration to create a dynamic and paradigm-changing curriculum.

  2015 Pinning Ceremony

The medical school’s inaugural Pinning Ceremony was held on Friday, April 17. Members of the Class of 2018 invited their family and friends to this event to celebrate the successful completion of their first year of medical school. Dean Tomkowiak delivered the welcome address and Dr. Gregory Brisson, assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, gave the keynote address.

The ceremony centered on the House and Learning Community Program. Students were called onstage according to house, where they received a pin from their Learning Community faculty mentor. Each student’s pin depicted the crest of his or her house.


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Match Day 2015

Chicago Medical School’s 2015 graduating seniors did very well in the Match, achieving positions in competitive programs locally and across the country. Twenty-seven percent of the class will remain in Illinois for residency, with another 17% going to California and the remainder spread widely.

Twenty percent of the class will enter primary care fields such as Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Medicine-Pediatrics. Students also matched into programs in highly competitive Specialties—Emergency Medicine (21 students), Dermatology (6), Orthopedic Surgery (5), Ophthalmology (2), Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Radiation Oncology, and Urology (1 each). They matched in competitive medical centers, including hospitals affiliated with Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, and Columbia on the East Coast, prestigious programs on the West Coast that include Stanford, UCLA, the University of Southern California, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and top Midwestern programs such as Washington University/Barnes Hospital, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland Clinic.

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