What is Chicago Medical Training Center (CMTC)?

We are pleased to provide quality healthcare education to the world medical community. Our courses have been diligently crafted and are the product of years of experience in educating the healthcare providers of the future.

We look for medicine to be an orderly field of knowledge and procedure. But it is not. It is an imperfect science, an enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time lives on the line. There is science in what we do, yes, but also habit, intuition, and sometimes plain old guessing. The gap between what we know and what we aim for persists. And this gap complicates everything we do.

― Atul GawandeComplications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science


What kind of services does CMTC offer and who can participate?

Any medical student or graduate from any medical school can participate in CMTC programs. Students from both U.S. and International Schools are eligible to enroll pending that certain criteria are met. Even if you’re not a U.S. citizen, you can participate in CMTC’s programs! Students from all backgrounds are welcome. Please use the form below to contact us with any concerns you may have and we’ll reply as soon as possible.

Chicago Medical Training Center is pleased to offer a wide ranges of courses in the field of medical education.


How can CMTC help me prepare for Residency?

We know what is expected of graduates applying for residency. We offer a number of services to help take the edge off. Send us your documentation and, for a small fee, we will get everything ready for you.


What can you offer in terms of Clinical Rotations?

Since 1991, Chicago Medical Training Center has been placing medical students and doctors in clinical rotations. We have a broad spectrum of strong American Board Certified physicians and hospital networks in the greater Chicagoland area. Chicago Medical Training Center has established contracts with ACGME certified hospitals such as Jackson Park Hospital’s Family Practice Program, which provides more than 20,000 weeks of hands on clinical experience to students and doctors annually. Through its existing affiliation, medical students and doctors can be placed in multiple sites in the USA if needed.

Clinical rotations are a great way to strengthen your residency application. If you are looking for clinical rotations in your area, please contact us. For a fee, you can choose to rotate in certain specialties that are available in the greater Chicagoland area. It is a good way of brushing up on your clinical skills and also looks good on your applications.

Core Rotations and Elective Rotations



What is the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)?

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).

The USMLE is a standardized examination that assesses a physician’s ability to apply the knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Each of the three Steps complements the others — no Step can stand alone in the assessment of qualification for medical licensure.

We understand the importance of USMLE scores and the weight they play in your residency applications. Therefore, it is important to prepare thoroughly and in a proper amount of time. Let us help you explore the many options available to you for your studies.

USMLE Prep Courses


What is the 5th Semester (APCRP & AICM) for medical students?

The Advanced Preclinical Review Program (APCRP) offers a unique combination of Board Review preparation and Clinical Experience. This unique approach gives students a better understanding of physiological processes and pathological changes. By pairing these experiences, participants are able to comprehend clinical application concepts learned in class and are able to apply these concepts in clinical scenarios.

The program is designed to cover 16 weeks.

During this time the students participate in two different sets of activities. The first eight weeks are related to USMLE® Step 1 preparation, which includes live lectures provided by highly experienced faculty hired by the program. Peer advising is also scheduled at least three times during the course to ensure progression to the desired goals.

Understanding that every student is different, we also offer one-on-one tutoring at the request of the student. These sessions are scheduled twice a week with one of our principal faculty.

All students are provided with handouts and/or presentations containing the key aspects of the class. All Subjects are based on the content description illustrated in the USMLE Bulletin.

Basic Sciences are taught as individual subjects and, at the same time, clinical information is presented in an organ-based manner. This allows the integration of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology in a logical and comprehensive way.

The second part of the course is known as Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine (AICM). During the second eight weeks, students interact with patients and develop the skills required to do a diagnosis-oriented physical examination, H & P, and SOAP notes, among others. Students are also encouraged to continue their Q-Bank questions while applying basic science knowledge.

The clinical rotations have a rigorous evaluation system that includes: attendance, SOAP notes, patient log, and presentations – just to name a few. At the end of the sixteen weeks, a detailed evaluation and grade report are sent to the student’s medical school, which may acknowledge up to 16 weeks of credit.


What is the 6th semester for medical students?

If the student’s school is affiliated with our 6th Semester Program, students will have a chance to do up to three months of light rotations in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Ambulatory Surgery, while studying for the USMLE® Step 1. Up to 12 weeks of credit may be awarded by the student’s school.

During the course, the student’s progress is supervised and monitored on a weekly basis. Progression to subsequent rotations is based on an improvement in the student’s standardized exam scores. Advising, Tutoring, and Live lectures are also offered to 6th semester students.

The purpose of this course is to allow students to continue their clinical practice while continuing to prepare for the first step of the USMLE®.