Our guide was Dave Haney, Director of Strategic Communications, gave us an overview and history of the organization. As he discussed how the program had grown and changed, we learned the first graduating class in 1973 had one female and the rest male, compared to the 2013 graduating class there are 40-45% female graduates. We learned there are about 1,200 instructors at the college and 1,000 of those instructors are volunteer.
On the tour we had the behind the scenes look at the many different labs that the college offer. There are simulation labs as well as different research labs, which are continually being updated, the newest of the labs opened just over a year ago. As one might guess, there is a vast amount of various medical research going on at the college daily. OLLI had the opportunity to meet one of the professors, who is working to cure to Alzheimer’s, and he discussed his current research.
OLLI would like to thank Dave Haney and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria for a well done tour!
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