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Building Excellence in the Continuum of Medical Education: Perspective and Prospective University of Illinois - Chicago | 2021-2022

Celebrating 25 years of the gppa ba-md medical scholars program

ABOUT THE GPPA MEDICAL SCHOLARS BA-MD PROGRAM The University of Illinois College of Medicine Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) Medical Scholars Program (MSP) commenced in 1996 and is a combined BA-MD program. Students admitted to this highly selective program are guaranteed a seat in the College of Medicine upon successful completion of the requirements. The GPPA Medical Scholars Program focuses on the learners' undergraduate studies and is dedicated to enhancing skills characteristic of scholarship, inquiry and life long learning necessary for professional leadership in medicine. The purpose of the Medical Scholars Program is to educate leaders of the future, capable of critical thinking and analysis who are active participants and solvers of medical and social problems.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the GPPA Medical Scholars program, a series of symposia with discussions of the evolution of medical education, both pre-medical and post-graduate, and our program over the last several years.

Symposium 1: The Scope of Medicine and the Social Contract

In this symposium, the history and development of medical education and the academic medical center will be discussed in the context of the evolution of the social contract.

Thursday, 10/14/21, 5pm-7:30pm, via Zoom

  • Dr. Donald Chambers, Director, Medical Scholars BA-MD Program and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Physiology and Biophysics, Medical Education, University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Dr. Jordan Cohen, President Emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges and Chair Emeritus of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism and Professor Emeritus of Medicine
  • Dr. Kenneth Ludmerer, Mabel Dorn Reeder Distinguished Professor in the History of Medicine and Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Dr. Mark Rosenblatt, Executive Dean and Charles I. Young Chair in Ocular Research Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois College of Medicine

Symposium 2: Meeting the Challenges of Diversity and Excellence in Academic Medicine

This symposium will focus on the challenges of building a diverse medical community in the context of excellence and social justice.

Thursday, 11/18/21, 5pm-7:30pm, via Zoom

  • Dr. Michael Amiridis, Chancellor and Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Dr. Philip Gruppuso, Associate Dean Emeritus of Medical Education and Past Director, BA-MD Program and Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry, Brown University
  • Dr. Kenneth Ludmerer, Mabel Dorn Reeder Distinguished Professor in the History of Medicine and Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Dr. Alicia Monroe, Provost and Senior Vice President of Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Family Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Dr. Donald Wilson, John Z and Akiko K Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Maryland Medical School and Vice President for Medical Affairs, Emeritus, University of Maryland

Symposium 3: Building Excellence in the Continuum of Medical Education

This symposium will discuss evolving core values, curriculum, themes, and strategies in the continuum of medical education.

Thursday, 1/20/22, 5pm-7pm, via Zoom

  • Dr. Robert Barish, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Dr. Rita Charon, Chair, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics and Professor of Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
  • Dr. Raymond Curry, Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Dr. Jules Dienstag, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Carl W. Walter Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Robert Perlman, Former Associate Dean, Biological Sciences Division, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago

Symposium 4: The BA-MD Experience

This symposium will bring together a number of national leaders in BA-MD education to discuss integration of education and core values while meeting specific institutional missions and goals.

Thursday, 2/24/22, 5-7pm, via Zoom

  • Dr. Donald Chambers, Director, Medical Scholars BA-MD Program and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Physiology and Biophysics, Medical Education, University of Illinois College of Medicine

More information to come!

Medical scholars homecoming weekend celebration

APRIL 21, 2022: Senior Thesis Forum (MORE INFORMATION TO COME)

APRIL 22, 2022: Alumni PanelĀ (MORE INFORMATION TO COME)

April 22, 2022: Keynote Speakers (MORE INFORMATION TO COME)

April 23, 2022: Celebratory Gala (MORE INFORMATION TO COME)

The mission of the GPPA Medical Scholars BA- MD Program (MSP) facilitates an excellent undergraduate education in liberal arts and sciences with specific attention to the scope of medicine, social justice and the evolution of the social contract to a group of students who have demonstrated potential and interest in a life in medicine.