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Pass Program

Proudly Serving Students for 20+ Years


Since 1996

  • March 1, 1996

    PASS Program Begins

    Dr. Francis starts PASS Program out of Champaign, IL.

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  • May 2, 2006

    PASS expands to In-House Teachings

    PASS Program builds its own facilities to host all its lecture activity and house students as well

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  • January 3, 2017

    PASS continues to expand and service students

    PASS Program helps its 10,000th student

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A System Developed through Experience and Success

The Pass Process

Step 1

Cover up the answers and read the last sentence.

Step 2

Declare whether it is a concept or a clue question.

Step 3

Now read the vignette. Evaluate each sentence as you read it.

Step 4

Declare the clue or concept one more time.

Step 5

Find an answer consistent with Step 4.

Meet our Instructor


Dr. Francis Ihejirika, MD

Founder/Director of Pass Program

Dr. Francis Ihejirika, was born in a small village of Owerri, Nigeria. He emigrated to the United States at the age of eight, two years after the onset of a Civil War in Nigeria. His family was in fact the first refugee family allowed into the United States in 1969. This required new legislation from Illinois senators at that time. Francis attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, graduating with a degree in Biology. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Champaign, Illinois.

He did his Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois and enjoyed a very successful practice there for nearly 10 years. He returned to the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1997 as a Faculty Member in the department of Pathology and became the academic support for the Urban Health Program which assisted minority students. Under his guidance, the pass rate and test scores for minority students increased significantly. He then developed, and is now current director of the PASS (Physician Assisted Student Success) Program in Champaign, Illinois.



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I took my Complex level 1 twice, and this was going to be my third attempt. My school has a 3-strike policy, meaning if I didn’t pass my exam, I would be dismissed from my program. I came to the pass program broken, hopeless, and frightened. With nothing to loose, I embraced everything Dr. Francis and Dr. Le-Pava taught. I embraced their methodology of approaching the material, their guidance on how to approach questions. At the end of the course, I took my exam and I received my score. I increased my score by 148 points from the first time I took the exam. Not only did Dr.Francis re-ignite my passion to study medicine, he taught me the right way to approach medicine and my patients. I left the pass program with hope, determination, and excitement because I was going to be able to get back into doing what I love. You will meet lots of different people from different walks of life, and that in itself is a very humbling experience, because all of us had one goal in mind, to practice medicine for the love of helping others. The Pass center isn’t just the pass center for me; they are my family. I was treated like family from the first day that I got there, until now. I am so thankful for you Dr. Francis and Dr. Le-Pava. Thank you for saving my career, and opening my eyes as to how medicine should be taught and practiced. I will be coming back for step 2 and step 3. See you in a couple months!

Shant P. October 16, 2018

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