Saturday, May 4
2 pm (Processional line-up at 1:40 pm)
Peoria Civic Center 4th Floor Ballroom
PEORIA, Ill. [May 2, 2019] – Fifty-two students from the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria will receive their medical degrees on Saturday, May 4, at the Peoria Civic Center, raising the total number of doctors who have received their medical degrees in Peoria to 2,075.
Among this year’s graduates are three from the tri-county area and another four from surrounding central Illinois communities. Six of the students will remain in Peoria to continue their residency training locally, and 13 graduates will remain in Illinois to complete their residency training. This illustrates that the Peoria campus is meeting its original mission to “increase the quantity and quality of doctors in downstate Illinois.”
Local story angles among this class of students include graduates of Morton High School, Metamora Township High School and Peoria Notre Dame. Two members of the class are engaged to be married with a wedding date of May 18 in Peoria.
A physician shortage of up to 120,000 physicians is expected by 2030, according to data published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (April 11, 2018.).
Two key factors contribute to the anticipated shortage. The growing, aging population will contribute to demand with population growth of 11 percent and those over age 65 increasing by 50 percent by 2030. In addition, one-third of all currently active doctors will be older than 65 in the next decade so retirement decisions of these doctors will further impact supply.
On average, students spend 12 years in education after graduating high school before they can practice medicine. (4 years undergraduate college; 4 years in medical school; 3 – 5 years residency.) Those who specialize in certain areas of medicine may spend up to an additional 6 years in educational training.
The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP) educates 244 medical students and nearly 300 physician residents annually. The College of Medicine is home to the Cancer Research Center, the Center for Outcomes Research, and a collaborator in Jump Simulation