An M.D. Program built at the nexus of engineering and innovation

The Carle Illinois M.D. program is designed for creative innovators ready to lead the revolution in healthcare delivery as physician-leaders and physician-innovators.

Paradigm-shifting curriculum

Our curriculum breaks the mold. A non-traditional approach to learning means empowering future physician-leaders to think differently and provide even better patient care.

Active learning for energetic thinkers

Immerse yourself in our case-driven, problem-based, active learning environment where clinical experience, engineering and innovation are central to training exceptional physicians.

Student Wellness and Affairs

Our Office of Student Affairs is a group of dedicated, passionate and student-focused professionals. They want to get to know you personally and will do everything in their power to support you while you advance in your training.


Our academic advisors are here to help students set goals and make plans to achieve them. Advisors help our students navigate their curriculum and maximize their Illinois experience.


You will have immediate clinical experience through interacting with real patients in your first week. During the clinical integration course, you will be paired with a physician mentor who will guide you through developing foundational clinical skills and an understanding of healthcare systems. Your family medicine clerkship begins at the start of your second year.

Capstone Projects

Harness your peak creativity through Innovation, Design, Engineering and Analysis (IDEA) projects. You will generate new ideas to improve healthcare challenges during each clinical clerkship. One of your IDEA projects will be selected as your capstone project and will potentially translate to new approaches, technologies and treatments.

Financial Aid

Through partnering with generous donors, our first class of 32 students will be provided full four-year scholarships. For information regarding the need for additional resources, please contact our financial aid office.

Mentor Program

Each Carle Illinois student is paired with a physician-mentor who will guide the student during clinicals and provide support. Students and mentors are encouraged to develop a relationship through the four-year program.

Student Handbook

In order to ensure that our students have every opportunity for success, we are creating a handbook to help guide expectations and guidelines for how our students are expected to act while they are Carle Illinois students.

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