It's a busy week for students and staff at Peoria's College of Medicine. This year the University of Illinois College of Medicine is getting it's largest incoming class of students, 67. Anna Serrano said having a doctor for a mom played a big role in her career decision.
"Seeing the work that she does and seeing how the people in the community would see her and just light up when they saw her. It brought me so much joy and it showed me how much she really does effect this community," she said.
Serrano is among nearly 70 students in their first year at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. The dean says it's the largest number they've seen so far.
"We projected there was gonna be a substantial shortage of physicians. Healthcare is the largest part of our economy here in Peoria. We want to be part of training the physicians of tomorrow so that there are people to take care of those of us in Central Illinois and beyond," said University of Illinois College of Medicine Dean Sara Rusch.
Tremont native Taylor Schweigert graduated from Bradley University. The father and husband said he plans to practice medicine in Central Illinois after finishing his residency.
"Just my background being from Tremont going to undergrad at Bradley, through that exposure I was able to see the value that Peoria has, in the the region, it's very strategic and really provide a lot to the community," he said.
There are a total of 244 students at the College of Medicine, the largest in its history. The dean said they are all from Illinois.