UI, Carle partner for new series

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URBANA — Leaders at the University of Illinois and Carle Hospital are working together in new ways as they get ready for the new College of Medicine. On Tuesday, they put on a lecture about health innovations. They plan to make it a monthly series. Tuesday’s was the first one. This is just another way they’re collaborating as they get ready for the new college.

Even though they’re not ready for students yet, organizers say both sides can see the benefits. Workers at Carle can take advantage of research done at the University of Illinois. And people at UI will benefit from the expertise of the doctors. The new college will be an engineering-based medical school. Project leaders say they’re excited to see things moving forward.

“Up until recently, it was an idea, a great idea, but it was not something that you could put your hands on,” said Bob Healey, M.D., who is a chief quality officer at Carle. “Events like tonight and the coming months are an example of something real that’s happening and with collaboration.”

An 18-member group is working on finding a dean for the new college. Then they’ll set the courses, find faculty members and start accepting students. Leaders at Carle say they’re expecting the first class of students in 2018. They want to start with 25 people and grow from there.

The lecture series will draw from the experience of people on both sides of this partnership. They plan to look at topics like rural health, neuroscience and public health. They’re open to the public. To find out more, click here.

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