Research and Education for the Advancement of Compassionate Healthcare

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine REACH program is an intensive clinical and research immersion summer experience for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career as a physician. In addition to helping students prepare for medical school, REACH was developed to grow the presence of students underrepresented in the field of medicine.

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The application period for the 2022 summer program is now CLOSED. Please check back later for information about future REACH programming.

REACH Program Highlights

As a REACH participant, you will:

  • Be a part of a class of aspiring medical professionals.
  • Gain clinical and research immersion experience, while having access to the larger university Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), maximizing your networking opportunities.
  • Work hand-in-hand with faculty mentors and graduate students during your research and clinical training.
  • Receive medical school admissions preparation and visit the JUMP Simulation Center.
  • Participate in professional workshops on a variety of topics to support your personal and professional growth, including a Research Writing Seminar designed to teach how to write and publish academic papers.
  • Present your research at the 2022 Illinois Summer Research Symposium at the end of your program.
  • Have access to the University of Illinois Library, one of the largest public academic libraries in the United States.
  • Have an opportunity to exchange ideas and broaden your knowledge through research team participation. You will be assigned to a research team consisting of participants from similar majors. Your team will meet regularly under the leadership of a Research Team Leader who is pursuing an advanced degree in a related field of study. The research team serves as a mechanism to help refine your research project and build relationships with other students.
  • Receive a $5,000 stipend for participation in the REACH program and 3-4 hours of independent study credit.

REACH student participants will receive room and board for the duration of the program, as well as travel expenses to and from the summer program.

All applicants must be citizens of the United States or hold permanent residency status.

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Extended REACH Webinar Series

Watch this space for information on FREE webinars featuring experts in their fields, including Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign!


Q: What is the format of the EXTENDED REACH Online Learning Experience?
A: Each online learning session will be offered via a one-hour Zoom webinar. After hearing from a content expert, you will have the ability to submit questions to the presenter.

Q: Do I need to be admitted into the EXTENDED REACH Program to participate?
A: Our traditional REACH Program requires an application. However, our EXTENDED REACH Program is an online learning opportunity available to anyone who would like to participate, without an application and admittance process.

Q: Do I need to be a student underrepresented in medicine to participate?
A: The traditional REACH Program was designed to provide a pathway experience for students underrepresented in medicine. While many of the online learning experiences will still be designed for these students in mind, this online opportunity is available to anyone who would like to participate.