Plans for U of I Champaign-Urbana Medical School Approved

Seeking to utilize its globally-ranked standing in materials research and development, the University of Illinois this month finalized plans to oversee the construction of a new medical school adjacent to its primary Champaign-Urbana campus. The plans were described on Sunday, March 22 by the USA Today.

Responding to researchers who see increasing challenges and opportunities in biomedicine, the University of Illinois sees the new medical school as a way to bring together the College of Engineering and the clinical resources of the nearby Carle hospital-and-health-system. The University’s trustees repeatedly assured staff and affiliated professionals at their existing medical school, the University of Illinois College of Medicine, that the decision did not signal any diminution of their support level for the existing UIC school, which is organized around a traditional urban teaching-hospital model and is affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The new medical school will be located in Champaign-Urbana, at Carle’s flagship hospital and at campus locations to be determined. It will be the first medical school opened in Downstate Illinois since the creation in 1970 of the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. The first Champaign-Urbana medical school students will begin class work in fall 2017.