UICOMP alum helps alma mater launch four-year program

PEORIA - A donation from an alum has helped the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria become a four-year medical school.

Dr. Larry Jennings graduated from UICOMP in 1980, and has been working in private practice in Mount Carmel, Illinois for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Mrs. Evelyn Jennings, made a significant contribution to UICOMP this year. A plaque on display at the school recognizes them for their contribution. 

"This expansion is a historic moment, not just for the medical school, but for downstate Illinois as we continue to recruit, train, and retrain physicians for Illinois," says Dr. Sara Rusch, UICOMP Regional Dean. 

The 2017-2018 school year is the first year UICOMP has had first-year medical students on campus. This year's first-year class has 60 students. Previously, first-year students were on the Urbana-Champaign campus. 

UICOMP has a total of 240 students on campus this year. 

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