Currently: major: GPPA Medicine Neuroscience / Economics

“UIC, in general, provided me with a plethora of opportunities throughout the years with respect to school activities, work, recreation, leadership, research, scholarship, travel, ... the list goes on and on. The GPPA Medicine program and the Honors College were particularly instrumental in my education and scholastic maturation. I worked with Dr. Chambers and Dr. Cohen during my undergraduate years, doing some basic science research in their laboratories, however their influence on me has involved much more than scholastic mentorship. They have been great influences on me academically, encouraging me always to expand my horizons with respect to both academics and life experiences in general. Through the influence of the GPPA and Honors College programs, I was able to earn academic scholarships and research stipends; work with and mentor students as well as serve on academic boards; publish in UIC-sponsored publications and academic journals; and forge meaningful relationships with both mentors and colleagues that I still cherish today (Dr. Madia, Joey Volpe, Beth Powers, Jennifer Kosco, to name a few...). I continued keeping in touch with many of these people throughout medical school at UIC, and stayed involved in various activities and leadership roles at the graduate school level. Ultimately, after medical school, I elected to pursue a residency training program at the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. I am currently a second-year resident in this five-year program, throughout which I will operate at various hospitals, including UIC, the Jesse Brown VA, Cook County, Mercy, and Children's Memorial, as well as Drs. Dean Toriumi and J. Regan Thomas' Facial Plastic Surgery center in the Bloomingdale's building downtown.”

Currently: GPPA Medicine, Economics

Currently: major: GPPA Medicine Neuroscience / Economics

Currently: GPPA Medicine, Economics

The injury had a major impact on his career choice. A student in the GPPA medicine program and Honors College, Lee knew he wanted to go to medical school, but spending so much time with his orthopedic surgeon showed him what specialty to pursue.

Currently: major: GPPA Medicine Neuroscience / Economics

Infants born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation) can be at risk for breathing problems that may require the care of a pediatric pulmonary team through childhood. The physicians at GPPA have medical staff privileges at several Neonatal Intensive Care Units enabling us to begin caring for premature infants as soon as we are consulted by the neonatalogist. Our physicians can see infants at Northside Hospital, Athens Regional Medical Center and Columbus Regional Hospital.

Currently: GPPA Medicine, Economics
Currently: GPPA Medicine, Economics

Currently: major: GPPA Medicine Neuroscience / Economics

“The GPPA program is directly responsible for the wide range of opportunities I was able to take advantage of as a UIC undergraduate. Without the flexibility that GPPA allowed due to the guarantee of medical school acceptance, I might have had a narrower undergraduate path with a view to applying for a graduate program. Instead, I studied neuroscience and history, and also took courses in medical ethics, cultural anthropology, and philosophy. I participated in scientific research programs at UIC and the National Institutes of Health, but also had the opportunity to contribute to non-medically-related organizations and interest groups, such as OneWorld, the student-published social issues magazine, and the Honors College Admissions Policy Taskforce. Participating in GPPA provided the opportunity to explore both international and local cultures and interact with a wide range of people - from my fellow students who shared my interest in medicine, to professors eager to share their knowledge, to community leaders working toward improving conditions for impoverished local residents. I am currently a medical student at Northwestern University in the joint MD/MPH (Master of Public Health) program, but credit the GPPA Medicine program at UIC for providing a solid foundation for my medical school years and career as a physician.”

Currently: GPPA Medicine, Economics

Currently: major: GPPA Medicine Neuroscience / Economics

Also, I've read on UIC's website that you have to be a member of the honors college to be in the GPPA for medicine...or if not it's definitely strongly recommended (They have different policies for different GPPA programs. For example, I know that for the College of Education one—my program of choice—honors college membership was only 'strongly recommended.')

Currently: major: GPPA Medicine Neuroscience / Economics

Currently: GPPA Medicine, Economics

“The GPPA program is directly responsible for the wide range of opportunities I was able to take advantage of as a UIC undergraduate. Without the flexibility that GPPA allowed due to the guarantee of medical school acceptance, I might have had a narrower undergraduate path with a view to applying for a graduate program. Instead, I studied neuroscience and history, and also took courses in medical ethics, cultural anthropology, and philosophy. I participated in scientific research programs at UIC and the National Institutes of Health, but also had the opportunity to contribute to non-medically-related organizations and interest groups, such as OneWorld, the student-published social issues magazine, and the Honors College Admissions Policy Taskforce. Participating in GPPA provided the opportunity to explore both international and local cultures and interact with a wide range of people - from my fellow students who shared my interest in medicine, to professors eager to share their knowledge, to community leaders working toward improving conditions for impoverished local residents. I am currently a medical student at Northwestern University in the joint MD/MPH (Master of Public Health) program, but credit the GPPA Medicine program at UIC for providing a solid foundation for my medical school years and career as a physician.”