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Child Abuse Pediatrician

UIC - Rockford
Rockford, Illinois
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Apr 2, 2024

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford (UICOMR) seeks a faculty member in Child Abuse Pediatrics. The rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor of Clinical Pediatrics will be commensurate with experience. The selected candidate will play a pivotal role as the Co-Medical Director of MERIT, contributing to research in the field of child abuse and neglect, as well as clinical pediatric practice. The position will involve a well-rounded commitment to research, clinical practice in the field of child abuse, and other clinical activities relevant to the individual's specialty. The research aspect entails taking a leadership role in developing a robust research program within the department. 

The University of Illinois, College of Medicine, is a national leader in medical education. The Rockford regional campus was founded in 1971 to address the healthcare needs of the people of Illinois and has trained over 2,000 physicians. The MERIT program, which commenced in May of 2008, is a non-hospital-based, University of Illinois COMR child abuse program providing outpatient medical evaluations for minors suspected of abuse or neglect as well as inpatient consults at all three Rockford hospitals. MERIT has continuously expanded its service to the region and now provides expert medical evaluations to around 375-400 patients yearly, covering 13 counties and 7 Children Advocacy Centers (CACs) in northwest Illinois. For more information, please refer to the MERIT website. 

The University offers outstanding opportunities for the development of its students, faculty, and staff. Rockford, a progressive mid-sized metropolitan area in northern Illinois, is approximately 85 miles west of Chicago. The city features an award-winning park system, several gardens showcasing diverse flora and landscapes, a prominent art museum along with other art-related attractions, a vibrant theater scene, a revitalized downtown, a river walk, a minor league hockey team, numerous golf courses, affordable living, a diverse dining scene, and convenient access to other major Midwest cities.

Minimum qualifications include (1) MD/DO or its foreign equivalent and completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in Pediatrics. Board certification or board eligibility in Child Abuse Pediatrics, (2) prior clinical expertise in the field of child abuse, and (3) unrestricted Illinois license to practice medicine in Illinois or Illinois license eligible. Experience in conducting clinical research within Pediatrics is preferred but not required. Strong organizational and leadership skills, including managing multiple projects and priorities are preferred but not required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Collaborative team player with the ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary setting. Culturally competent, with a demonstrated ability to provide compassionate care to diverse populations and foster an inclusive environment. Availability for shared responsibility of on-call duty during nights and weekends, as needed. Ability to travel locally and out-of-county as needed. Transportation costs are reimbursed in accordance with UIC policies. 

To apply, visit, include a cover letter, CV, and list three professional references. 


The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process. 


The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit

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