Welcome to the official webpage of the Chicago Medical Student Council (CMSC), the student body government for the University of Illinois College of Medicine (UICOM) Chicago campus. We are excited to share with you the amazing environment and camaraderie that exists amongst students here at UICOM and welcome all visitors. As future physicians, researchers, and educators, it is our mission to promote the wellbeing and success of all our students as we enter the world of medicine.
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The Class of 2015’s highly successful “10 for 15” program, a student-led collaboration with faculty and administration that resulted in the largest increase in UICOM-Chicago’s performance on USMLE Step 1, was published this month in Teaching and Learning in Medicine. The article, titled “Development and Evaluation of a Student-Initiated Test Preparation Program for the USMLE Step 1 Examination” is an exemplar of the efficacy of student-initiated curricula aimed at increasing preparedness for USMLE Step 1. The article’s lead author, Lindsay F. Schwartz (’15) is currently a resident physician in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Other authors on the article include faculty and administrators from the Department of Medical Education and Office of Curricular Affairs, including our Associate Dean of Curriculum, Dr. Abbas Hyderi. Our students continue to benefit from these initiatives, which led to the provision of First Aid for USMLE Step 1 to all incoming first-year students as well as distribution of 6-month access to the UWorld Question Bank to second-year students. Current efforts led by the Chicago Medical Student Council, Student Curricular Board, and USMLE Preparedness Committee are aimed at continuing this inspiring tradition of student-faculty collaboration to support our students on USMLE exams.
Check out the article here.
On behalf of the Chicago Medical Student Council (CMSC), Student Wellness & Resilience Committee (SWRC), and Office of Student Affairs (OSA), we are proud to announce several expanded mental health services for our students offered by UIC Counseling Center at no charge to students.
“Let’s Talk” Weekly Drop-In Sessions – Held every Thursday from 4-6pm in Student Center West (SCW) Room 235, the Counseling Center will now have a counselor available for students to drop-in for informal, confidential consultations. Students can feel free to stop in to speak with a counselor about any concerns they might have, to get help solving problems they are facing, and to learn more about counseling services and other resources available to you or your peers. No appointment is necessary, and this service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mental Health Screening Tool (check it out here!) – Quick, anonymous, confidential surveys based on validated mental health screening questionnaires are now available for students. Following a screening test, you will receive your results, recommendations, and a list of key campus resources available to you.
These exciting new programs and initiatives came about after months of calls by medical students and faculty alike to expand mental health services for our students. We are very thankful to the UIC Counseling Center and Dean of Students office for working with our medical student representatives to make these options available for all our student as part of the U and I Care Initiative.
To keep up to date in real time with various initiatives underway through CMSC and other student organizations, check out CMSC’s new Facebook page and follow us on Twitter (@UICOM_CMSC)!
*Print copies available throughout the College of Medicine West (CMW) building and upon request
The Office of Medical College Admissions is implementing a student ambassadors programming and is looking for interested students to apply.
Student ambassadors will serve a major leadership role with supporting OMCA in the interview and recruitment process. They will participate in interview day breakfast and lunch, help with tours, local recruitment events, be the face of the college, lead our hosting initiative, be involved with Second Look, work with us as process consultants and basically anything that feels right as far as recruiting the next group of students.
Interested M2-M4s can apply here.