New U of Illinois medical school opens its doors

URBANA, Ill.  — The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s new medical school is set to open its doors with its first class of 32 students on Monday.

The News-Gazette reported that the Carle Illinois College of Medicine will kick off a weeklong orientation for students on Monday. There will be a welcome from Dean King Li, campus tours and a barbecue before studies begin.

Andrea Jake is director of student affairs. She said “It’s getting real.”

Opening a brand new medical school has required attention to countless details. Officials have had to consider everything from curriculum to cadavers, recruiting campaigns and designing patches for students’ lab coats.

The school will fuse medicine with engineering in hopes of training a new type of “physician scientist.” Li said it’s a “first-in-the-world” curriculum that other medical schools will copy.