Advancing Rockford Medicine

Thank you for your interest in supporting our remarkable institution.

For nearly 45 years, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford has served our region as an academic medical center committed to developing an optimal learning environment for training healthcare professionals, innovative research, and dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the community. Our mission is clear - and our results are impactful.

  • Our students are matching in some of the top programs in the Country and begin residencies better prepared than peers due to the inclusive, clinical based learning happening in Rockford.
  • Innovative research and impassioned care is also happening here. Our faculty and students conduct leading edge research in critical areas such as lymphatic filariasis, regenerative medicine, thyroid disease and pregnancy, prostate cancer and lung cancer. This research is life changing and is having a worldwide impact.
  • Through the National Center for Rural Health Professions, we work to eliminate the health disparities and improve workforce in rural, underserved communities and we've become a leader in making our community, region and State a healthier place. Over 70% of the program's graduates are going back to serve in rural Illinois communities.
  • Our college is positioned as a respected, community-wide collaborator in providing education on health-related issues, supporting pipeline programs which aim to engage the next generation of healthcare providers early, and improving the health and well-being of our patients.

This year, we begin preparing for the 2017 arrival of our first year medical students and renovations begin on campus with a goal of improving the student experience and enhancing our learning environment. Additionally, in conjunction with our partners in healthcare, we continue to explore the expansion of residency training programs to strengthen the educational mission of our campus, enhance physician recruitment, and help build a pipeline of physicians who will remain in and serve our region.

Our institution's ability to execute our mission and serve our community isn't possible without the generosity of donors like you. To find out more about the vital role philanthropy plays in advancing our institution forward and how your gift can impact the future of medicine, please call (815) 395-5921 or email


Laura W. Wilhelmi, MBA
Director of Development, Office of Medical Advancement
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford