The SHIELD: Target, Test, Tell program combined frequent saliva tests with modeling and an app to keep the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and surrounding community safe when on-campus operations resumed in fall 2020. Photo by Fred Zwicky
June 9, 2022

SHIELD program a model for effective pandemic management, data show

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In the fall of 2020, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign welcomed students back for in-person instruction amid the powerful first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The university successfully maintained operations throughout the semester – with zero COVID-19-related deaths or hospitalizations in the campus community – thanks to its “SHIELD: Target, Test, Tell” program. In a sweeping report, the team behind the campuswide collaboration details the innovations in modeling, saliva testing and results […]

May 24, 2022

New Carle Illinois Dean helps launch effort to advance medical education by leveraging extended reality

  • By Beth Hart

Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s new dean has helped to launch a new center that will develop, test, and certify extended reality technologies in medicine and health care, leveraging the power of three academic institutions, the federal government, and industry. According to PR Newswire, Dr. Mark Cohen – the new dean of Carle Illinois College of Medicine — is among the leaders of the new Center for Medical Innovations in Extended Reality, known as MIXR. […]

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May 23, 2022

NIH BRAIN Initiative supporting development of a probe to monitor brain chemistry

  • By Beth Hart

The human brain remains mysterious, and any progress towards solving that mystery may bring enormous benefits. For one thing, millions of people are afflicted with brain disorders that today are poorly understood and often difficult to treat. How much light could be shed if we had a technology for making chemical “movies” of brain activity, showing “frame” by “frame” how brain chemistry changes over time—for example, during an epileptic seizure, or in response to delivery […]

Members of the Class of 2022 recite the Physician's Pledge during Convocation ceremonies on Sunday, May 15, 2022.
May 16, 2022

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Inaugural Class Graduation Marks Historic Moment

  • By Ryann Monahan

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, graduated its inaugural class on May 15, 2022.  The convocation marked a historic moment for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, its surrounding community, and the field of medicine. A partnership between UIUC and Carle Health System, Carle Illinois welcomed its inaugural class in 2018. “For hundreds of years, physicians have been trained under the same model, but not at Carle Illinois. Medicine is […]

Match Day 2022 sign showing Andrew Chang's match at Carle Health
May 13, 2022

Carle Illinois Graduates Join Carle Health Residency Program, Set to Give Back to Community

  • By Beth Hart

Two of Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s first graduates are giving back to the community that helped support their medical education, staying in central Illinois for the next stage of their medical training. Carle Illinois’ inaugural class members Andrew Chang and Phani Gaddipati will start their medical residencies at Carle Health in July, working in internal medicine to diagnose and treat patients. Carle Foundation Hospital was Chang’s first choice for residency in part because of […]

Bioengineering student Benjamin Salzberg demonstrates the prototype of the EYES ultrasonic scanning device.
May 5, 2022

Carle Illinois Student Team Develops Wearable Ultrasonic Scanner for Improved ‘Sight’

  • By Beth Hart

A Carle Illinois College of Medicine student team has designed a new assistive device that uses sound-wave technology to empower people with low vision to move safely and independently in their environment. The handheld device uses ultrasound technology to allow people with poor vision to comprehensively scan their environment for obstacles to avoid hazards. The innovation, called EYES, or Enhancing Your Everyday Sight, locates objects as far away as seven feet and then pinpoints the […]

March 23, 2022

Carle Illinois student team invents surgical smoke evacuator to increase surgical safety for patients and clinicians

  • By Beth Hart

A new Carle Illinois College of Medicine student innovation is set to make mouth and throat surgeries safer by clearing the air of potentially hazardous surgical smoke. The device, AirCleanOR, is an oral cavity smoke evacuator designed for use in procedures like tonsillectomies, in which tissues must be cauterized, producing smoke that contains toxic and cancer-causing materials. Research shows daily surgical smoke exposure is as harmful as smoking dozens of cigarettes, making it a health […]

March 10, 2022

Cohen selected as Carle Illinois College of Medicine dean

  • By Ryann Monahan

Mark S. Cohen, MD, will be the next dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and senior vice president and chief academic officer at Carle Health, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. The appointment takes effect May 16. Cohen is currently a professor of surgery and pharmacology at the University of Michigan, where he also serves as director of the Medical School Pathway of Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, director […]

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March 8, 2022

Student Innovation Trains Future Clinicians to Safely, Effectively Intubate Patients

  • By Beth Hart

A new device developed by two Carle Illinois College of Medicine students is set to help other medical students safely master a common lifesaving but difficult-to-learn medical procedure. The team’s innovation improves on the design of manikin simulators used in medical education, to teach the skill of intubation – insertion of a breathing tube into a patient’s airway to maintain oxygen flow when the airway is blocked or when the patient is undergoing surgery. Proper […]

March 2, 2022

Carle Illinois Students launch Ukrainian Refugee Relief Project, collecting aid supplies

  • By Ryann Monahan

Carle Illinois College of Medicine students are working to send aid to Ukrainian refugees in Poland. The students are launching a medical and physical goods supply drive to get additional aid to the region and seeking help from the community. “This may be one of the defining events of our generation. These people need help, and the things they need are things many of us have lying around our homes. We all have the ability to make […]