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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   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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