Program Components

The UIC CAREER program focuses on three major areas: Research, Teaching, and Professional Development. The main focus of the program is research, with the added bonus of evidence-based teaching training built into the curriculum.  Mentor coaching and opportunities are included in all focus areas. Each scholar will tailor their programmatic activities according to their career goals, with the assistance of the Program Directors, using an Individual Development Plan (IDP).


For more details, please see the Research, Teaching, Professional Development sections below. In all cases, the timeline for programmatic components will be customized and continually revised with assistance from the mentoring team and Program Directors. The actual progression of work in the CAREER program is flexible, in order to best foster growth of the scholars and align with their career goals.

IRACDA Interactions

Although the CAREER  program is housed in the Colleges of Medicine & Pharmacy, the training plan integrates and complements many existing programs at UIC. These include the UIC Center for Clinical & Translational Sciences (CCTS), Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), the UI Cancer Center, and the newly formed Center for Teaching Excellence, to name a few.


As such, CAREER scholars will be well integrated into the UIC community and have ample Campus-wide resources to assist in their research, teaching, and professional development, in addition to those provide by our partnering institution, GSU.