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UI Health Welcomes New Class of Health Sciences Students

Chancellor Amiridis, VC Barish with new students

The Inaugural Welcome Event Provided Inter-professional Connections

On September 6th, Chancellor Michael Amiridis, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Robert Barish, MD, MBA and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Rex Tolliver hosted a welcome reception for the new students of the seven UIC Health Sciences Colleges to connect across disciplines. Despite the rain, over 300 individuals came together to establish interprofessional relationships early in their academic careers.


Students gathering at reception

Within the modern landscape of health care education, an environment of inter-professional education and team-building is becoming increasingly important. At UIC, that the foundation for this inter-disciplinary collaboration starts as early as the first several weeks among the health sciences colleges. To kick-off the 2018-2019 academic year, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs coordinated the inaugural welcome reception inviting all first year health sciences students.

The welcome reception was a social avenue for connection among the newest students of the seven UIC health sciences colleges: Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Social Work. Throughout the curriculum of each degree program, students often come together to connect, problem-solve and learn among a cohort of interdisciplinary teams. These opportunities better prepare UIC health sciences students to connect with health science colleagues outside of their discipline once entering their practice and onset of their careers.

With over 300 individuals present, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs is sure to make this an annual tradition that builds a strong sense of community and tradition among the health science colleges at UIC.

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  1. Students were encouraged to connect interprofessionally and met with Interprofessional Education (IPE) to learn more about how to become involved with other disciplines and gain additional experience.
  2. Leadership in attendance included (left to right) College of Pharmacy Dean Glen Schumock, College of Medicine Interim Dean Charles Ray, UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Robert Barish.
  3. The OVCHA worked closely with the Office of Sustainability to ensure that the welcome reception was mindful about being a "zero waste" event. Thanks to our eco-educators for volunteering!