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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the summer 2020 REACH program has been cancelled. However, we are excited to offer the 2020 REACH Online Learning Experience—a way to receive REACH-inspired training, but safely at home.
Through a series of free webinars, we are offering webinars with experts from across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. You can review the recorded webinars below.
2020 REACH Online Experience Schedule
Designing Resiliency and Well-being
Thursday, June 11 | 2-3 p.m. CDT
With Ruby Mendenhall, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
In this session, Ruby Mendenhall will share how STEM Illinois is expanding our ecosystem of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to inspire youth from diverse backgrounds and learning styles to explore STEM education and career opportunities. From a Communiversity Think and Do Tank, a Communiversity Wellness Center, and a new lab to decrease health disparities and promote health equity by addressing the social determinants of health in the Carle Illinois Health Maker Lab, you can learn about the many STEM and health-related initiatives we’re pursuing in the Champaign area.
Finding Opportunities Along Your Path
Thursday, June 18 | 2-3 p.m. CDT
With Jennifer Crum, MS, Senior Assistant Director, Health Professions Advising, The Career Center at Illinois
In this webinar, we will discuss strategies to identify and solidify meaningful opportunities for your growth and experience as you explore careers in health. From building your resume to better understanding your interests, this webinar will equip you with strategies to pursue the right opportunities for your goals.
Molecular Advances that could Democratize and Empower Nextgen Innovation
Thursday, June 25 | 2-3 p.m. CDT
With Martin Burke M.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
We all care about being healthy. Yet only a small fraction of the 7.7 billion people throughout the world currently have the opportunity to transform new ideas for improving healthcare into testable prototypes. At Carle Illinois, we aim to harness this tremendous untapped human potential by democratizing health innovation and thereby empowering individuals and communities around the globe to help address some of the most important challenges facing society today. In this webinar, we’ll focus on how Dr. Burke’s lab is developing a platform that has been leveraged to develop molecular prosthetics–small molecules that autonomously perform protein-like functions and thus have the potential to treat a wide range of currently incurable diseases, including cystic fibrosis and anemias. Continued advances in these directions have the potential to democratize and thereby broadly empower nextgen molecular innovation.
Following passion and perseverance on one’s journey
Thursday, July 9 | 2-3 p.m. CDT
With Kevin Teal, M.D., Neurosurgeon at Carle Hospital, and Clinical Instructor at Carle Illinois College of Medicine
In this webinar, Dr. Kevin Teal will share about his career in neurosurgery, and share how passion and perseverance result in grit—a crucial key to success along one’s journey.
Content inspired by the book Grit by Angela Duckworth.
Setting a Game Plan for Applying to Medical School
Thursday, July 16 | 2-3 p.m. CDT
With Colin Van Orman, M.S., Assistant Director of Recruitment at Carle Illinois College of Medicine and Heather Wright, M.S., Director of Recruiting and Student Success at Carle Illinois College of Medicine
In this session, we’ll provide an overview of the medical school admissions process. Topics include:
- Defining holistic review and understanding what it means in practice
- Action steps to prepare a robust AMCAS application
- Secondary applications and how to approach them
How Access to Energy is a Healthcare Issue
Thursday, July 23 | 2-3 p.m. CDT
With Joe Bradley, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor in the Bioengineering Department at The Grainger College of Engineering and Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Did you know that access to energy is also a healthcare issue? Joe Bradley will share about his work with the company, Sun Buckets, that provides energy solutions to the energy-impoverished. This company not only provides energy, but also improves health conditions for many around the world.
Q: What is the format of the REACH Online Learning Experience?
A: Each online learning session will be offered weekly via a one-hour Zoom webinar. After hearing from a content expert from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, you will have the ability to submit questions to the presenter.
Q: Do I need to be admitted into the REACH Program to participate?
A: During a typical year, participating in the REACH Program does require an application and admittance process. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making this online learning opportunity for summer 2020 available online 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 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.
Summer 2021 REACH Program
Be sure to sign up for updates to learn more about the program. And, stay tuned for information on the Summer 2021 REACH Program. Applications will open December 2020.