Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, represents a new concept in the field of healthcare education. Innovation is the cornerstone of our curriculum, with emphasis on human factors, design thinking, medical technologies, and entrepreneurship. We are preparing caring, compassionate, and skilled physician innovators for the practice of modern medicine.
The college is educating a new generation of physicians trained to develop transformative health care solutions at the intersection of engineering, science, and medicine. Created in 2015 as a partnership between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health, Carle Illinois is now home to more than 160 students and 700 affiliated clinical and academic faculty members.
Unlike traditional medical education, Carle Illinois’ curriculum immerses students early in clinical, case-driven, problem-based active learning intended to instill passion and creativity for discovering innovative solutions to the world’s most difficult healthcare challenges. More than 80 percent of our students have backgrounds in engineering, advanced mathematics, computer science, and other quantitative science disciplines. Courses are designed and co-directed by teams that include a basic scientist, a clinician, and an engineer.
The first Carle Illinois graduating class entered residency in summer 2022, uniquely prepared to make an immediate impact, not only with their exceptional clinical knowledge and patient care skills, but with their talent and passion for leveraging technology and data to improve patient care and outcomes.
Our graduates are well-prepared to navigate the technological advances and digital transformation happening in health care today. As emerging leaders, they will contribute ideas, solutions, and innovations that will benefit the communities, health care organizations, and patients they have the privilege to serve.
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