Grand Rounds : Archive, 2003-2013

Dr. Jorge Girotti

Dr. Jorge A. Girotti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education (DME). In addition to his DME faculty duties, he is Associate Dean and Director, Special Curricular Programs –overseeing Joint Degree programs (MD-MPH, MD-MBA and MD-MS-CTS), the Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) in Medicine, and the Urban Medicine program. Dr. Girotti is also Director of Admissions, College of Medicine. Part of his responsibility in DME includes directing the Hispanic Center of Excellence, which aims to promote science and medical careers for Hispanic youth, expose undergraduate and medical students to biomedical and clinical research, and increase the representation of Latino faculty in our medical school.

Dr. Girotti’s research interests reflect his focus on the development of opportunities for students in minority and disadvantaged populations. The design, implementation and evaluation of educational programs to improve cultural competence among physicians and other health professionals, and programs to improve leadership skills in future physicians are his current priorities. Dr. Girotti’s research and training work has been funded by Federal agencies (National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration), by foundations (Chicago Community Trust, Portes Foundation), and by UIC (Vice Chancellor for Research, Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning).

Community service is an important element for Dr. Girotti. He currently serves as member or leader in several boards: Illinois State Board of Public Health, National Hispanic Medical Association, Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools, Institute of Medicine of Chicago, and Aspira, Inc. of Illinois. Additionally, he serves on various committees within UIC, notably the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos, and the Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning committee.

Dr. Girotti received a Certificate in Business Administration, from Loyola University of Chicago. He earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis, Educational Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago; an MA in Counseling and Guidance from Northeastern Illinois University, and the BFA in Art Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.