If you are seeking a career in medicine, you should plan to complete four years of college. To be a well-qualified candidate, you should have a strong foundation in basic science and mathematics with advanced science courses that emphasize biology or biochemistry. We offer a wide selection of appropriate advanced courses, including histology, immunology, endocrinology, cell biology, nutrition, microbiology, biochemistry and intermediary metabolism. Medical schools are now placing increased emphasis on humanities courses and volunteerism in the community and at the University.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is now computer-based testing and should be taken during the spring/summer of your junior year. The mean MCAT score for students accepted to medical schools is approximately 10.0 and the mean cumulative grade point average is 3.5 (on a 4-point scale).
Interviews by, and recommendation letters from, the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the spring or fall semester of the junior or senior year respectively.
Jim Fedinec graduated Cum Laude from Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University) with a major in biology and minor in Spanish in 1992. He was also a campus scholar for all four years. Fedinec went on to attend Rush Medical College in Chicago and graduated in 1996. He was able to go to his first choice in Emergency Medicine Residency at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and graduated in 1999.
Fedinec is a fellow of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.
He started the first emergency ultrasound programs at Northwest Community Hospital, followed by Valley West and Kishwaukee Community Hospitals. He is currently the director of the Emergency Department at Valley West Hospital and the emergency ultrasound director at both Valley West and Kishwaukee Hospitals.
Fedinec is board certified in emergency medicine and is a registered diagnostic medical and cardiac sonographer, having passed the Boards on both. He also holds two U.S. Patents, one involving an ultrasound guided central line kit and the other involving sutures.
Fedinec was a student athlete at IBC, running track and playing football. He is now an avid marathoner, running and finishing 14 consecutive Chicago Marathons from 2002 to present.