August 26, 2021

Town Hall: ‘We all have choices in life. This one is a choice with meaning for all’

  • By Beth Hart
Dr. Ruby Mendenhall, 2021 Recipient of the Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award
August 26, 2021

Carle Illinois Associate Dean Honored for Humanistic Approach to Solving Health Disparities

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Associate Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation Ruby Mendenhall is the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award. The award is given annually by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced the well-being of at-risk or underserved populations, through scholarship, advocacy, and leadership. Mendenhall was selected from a field of more than 40 nominees for this national […]

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August 19, 2021

Carle Illinois’ Summer Outreach Programs Link Youth Scientists with World-Class Health Research, Mentors

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine is giving high school and college students from underrepresented groups exposure to research experience on health topics ranging from cancer and tissue engineering, to documenting the health effects of the COVID-19. Carle Illinois’ summer REACH program for undergraduate students and the SpHERES (Sparking High Schoolers’ Excitement for Research in Engineering and Science) provide learning and research opportunities to students from groups that are underrepresented in medicine, science, and engineering. The […]

August 12, 2021

Moussa Named Carle Illinois’ New Associate Dean for Research

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Dean King Li has announced the appointment of Issam D. Moussa, M.D., M.B.A., as Associate Dean for Research effective August 16, 2021. He succeeds Dr. Marty Burke, who is stepping down from the associate dean’s position to devote more time to his own research efforts. Dr. Moussa has served in leadership roles at Carle Health and Carle Illinois since 2018. As Associate Dean for Research, he will provide strategic leadership for policies and procedures related to research and innovation at Carle Illinois and will […]

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July 22, 2021

Summer of Discovery Charts Course for Future Impact on Health Care

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine students are setting a course to change the future of human health through the college’s unique Discovery Learning program, contributing to everything from brain tumor research to emergency medical care for diverse populations. In the summer 2021 Discovery Learning program, 26 Carle Illinois students are partnering with and learning from expert clinicians, scientists, and industry leaders. First-year students enrolled in the Discovery Learning program spend six weeks immersed in clinical […]

July 18, 2021

Carle Illinois Class of 2024 Celebrates White Coat Moment Following COVID-19 Delays

  • By Beth Hart

For Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Class of 2024, starting a medical career during a worldwide health crisis meant postponing the traditional ceremony launching their journey to become physicians. The group of 48 students started medical school in July 2020 under COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, requiring Carle Illinois to postpone the milestone event where they receive their white coat and commit to the ethical practice of medicine. After a year’s delay, the future physician-innovators celebrated […]

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July 12, 2021

Carle Illinois Announces New Chief of Staff

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Dean King Li has announced the hiring of Dr. Rosalind Garcia-Tosi as the college’s new chief of staff, effective July 26, 2021. Garcia-Tosi will succeed the college’s inaugural chief of staff, Gary Giacomelli, who plans to retire in October. As Chief of Staff, Dr. Garcia-Tosi will serve as a key advisor to the Dean and lead a variety of strategic, executive, administrative, and operational activities across the college. She will […]

June 29, 2021

Carle Illinois Student’s Emergency Response Comes to the Rescue on First Day of Medical School

  • By Beth Hart

Most medical students don’t put their life-saving instincts to the test the first day of medical school, but that’s exactly what happened to new Carle Illinois College of Medicine student Vignesh Alla when an explosion rocked his dormitory. After completing his first day of orientation June 28, 2021, as a new student at Carle Illinois, Alla returned to his residence in Hendrick House, only to learn that the building’s maintenance staff was investigating a possible […]

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June 24, 2021

Doing VR Right: Carle Illinois pairs case-based teaching with new technology to advance medical education

  • By Beth Hart

Virtual reality can improve student mastery of difficult medical concepts when VR is strategically incorporated into case-based teaching, according to new research by an academic team at Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Teaching Associate Professor Roberto Galvez and a team of Carle Illinois faculty members set out to study the value of VR as a tool to improve medical student learning. “Everyone in higher education is talking about using VR for educational activities because it is […]

June 3, 2021

Expert Viewpoint: Why do we need a health care equity law?

  • By Beth Hart

On April 27, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 158, a health care equity bill sponsored by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, making law the Illinois Health Care and Human Services Reform Act. In drafting the bill, the caucus consulted with Ruby Mendenhall, an Illinois professor of African American studies and sociology and assistant dean for diversity and democratization of health innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Mendenhall has researched health care disparities and […]