After completing residency training at UIC, I entered the practice of internal medicine in the community. I subsequently returned to academic medicine, and have been a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Illinois College of Medicine since 2001. I have enjoyed both inpatient and outpatient internal medicine, but have been primarily focused on hospital medicine since becoming Section Chief of Hospital Medicine at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (JBVAMC) in 2008. My interests include clinical teaching, quality improvement, patient safety, health system reform, and telehealth.
The JBVAMC is an integral part of the residency experience at UIC, and serves as a teaching hospital for medical students, resident physicians, fellows, and clinical faculty members from UIC. It affords us the opportunity to work with and help a unique patient population. The JBVAMC consists of a 200-bed acute care facility and four community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs). Our inpatient facility, the Bedtower Pavilion, opened in May of 2008 and is one of the more modern VA inpatient facilities in the country.
The UIC Internal Medicine Residency Program is an outstanding place to get training. Our clinical faculty members enjoy teaching, excel at patient care, and are very accessible. The environment is supportive and the comradery among residents is excellent. Please contact me if I can provide any additional information.
Adam Mikolajczyk, MD
Associate Program Director
I have lived in the Midwest my entire life. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!), and then completed medical school, Internal Medicine residency, Gastroenterology fellowship, and Transplant Hepatology fellowship at the University of Chicago. I then joined the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2018 as a faculty member in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. During my chief residency year at the University of Chicago, I simultaneously completed a Medical Education fellowship. This year was profoundly formative for me, as it was through these two experiences that I discovered a deep passion for teaching, mentorship, and medical education research. My subsequent research has focused on the implementation of hepatology-focused curricular interventions within undergraduate and graduate medical education as well as more innovating new approaches to subspecialty education within Internal Medicine training.
Unquestionably, being able to interact with the residents on the inpatient hepatology service, in morning reports, and in both formal and informal didactics, is the most enjoyable part of my job. Our residency program celebrates diversity and inclusivity, fosters autonomy in clinical care, offers a wealth of educational opportunities, and personifies the overarching commitment of the university to the underserved and less fortunate. I hope you will consider joining our family; doing so for me, has been both an honor and a privilege. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about the program.
Alfredo Mena Lora, MD
Associate Program Director
I was born and raised in the Caribbean, spending my formative years in Haiti and my native Dominican Republic. I moved to the beautiful city of Chicago and completed both my internal medicine and infectious diseases training at the University of Illinois. At UIC, I found great mentors and developed a strong commitment to scholarly work and medical education. I was a chief resident and chief infectious diseases fellow during my training and now serve as core faculty for the internal medicine and infectious diseases training programs. I have a passion for teaching and truly love interacting with medical students, residents and fellows. My research interests include infection prevention, antimicrobial resistance and global health. I enjoy studying antimicrobial resistance and implementation of innovative infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship strategies in community hospital settings in resource limited settings in the United States and abroad.
The University of Illinois has a long history of excellence in medicine which dates back to the late 19th century. For generations, our institution has trained superb clinicians and researchers and has served the diverse communities of Chicago with compassionate, innovative, high- quality care. Our Department of Medicine is full of talented clinicians and researchers that will provide you with all the mentorship you need to develop your career in medicine. Our goal is to give you all the tools and opportunities to make you an outstanding internist, and give you the skills for you to grow in whichever direction you choose to in this great field that is medicine.
I look forward to meeting you this recruitment season and would love to talk to you more about our program, our mission and our city!
Anne Polick, MD
Associate Program Director University of Illinois Hospital
I am a general internal medicine physician in the Division of Academic Internal Medicine. I trained here, was a chief resident here, and have been on faculty ever since. I spent my first two years in practice as part of a Patient Centered Outcome Research Initiative Grant which looked at putting a PCP in the hemodialysis center. Through my clinics in two dialysis centers, I’ve continued my interest in the care of the HD and post-transplant patient. I have a particular interest in the doctor-patient relationship, the health of women, and the care of the underserved, as I believe that accessibility and inclusivity are vital in building an effective, compassionate medical home for our patients.
I currently practice inpatient, outpatient and observation medicine. As a teaching attending on both the wards and the clinic, and through structured didactics, I have the opportunity to teach and to learn with the residents, which I absolutely enjoy. My favorite part of internal medicine is making a diagnosis, and I love working up complex cases on the ward with residents and students in a collaborative environment.
In addition to my clinical work, I have served as the block lead for the preclinical M1 organ blocks Skin/Muscle/Movement, and Gastroenterology/Renal/Endocrinology, and I am a site director for the M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship here at UIC. I find my roles in graduate and post-graduate education have made me a better internist, and I feel passionately about the importance of continued education as a way to improve patient care. I am very excited about my role in the resident Wellness Committee, a resident led group that endeavors to improve the general well-being of our house staff with tools they can take with them into independent practice of this fulfilling, yet oftentimes demanding, lifework. As a mother of two small, incredibly cute, cuddly children, I’m learning the importance of self-compassion and balance in providing care to ourselves, our families and our patients.
Please contact me with any questions about our program, or my arc through it. I am proud of where I trained and honored to be part of this program!
Robert Sargis, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director Physician-Scientist Development Program
I am a Chicago native and received my Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College prior to completing a joint MD/PhD degree at Rush University. I then completed my Internal Medicine Residency training and Fellowship in Endocrinology, in the Physician-Scientist Program at the University of Chicago, where I was on faculty prior to joining the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My research focuses on the mechanisms by which environmental pollutants act as endocrine disrupting chemicals to promote the development of metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. In addition to my research, I have a clinical practice with a special focus on the treatment of diabetes and lipid disorders.
As Director of the Physician-Scientist Development Program at UIC, I am deeply committed to fostering the development of future physician scientists. This includes those wishing to pursue traditional research paths as well as individuals seeking careers in areas of inquiry that span historically disparate academic areas. My mission is to create a supportive and collaborative Physician-Scientist Training Program that leverages the immense and diverse resources at UIC to develop future leaders of academic medicine who couple outstanding and compassionate clinical care with cutting edge research in pursuit of improving human health.
INSTRUCTIONS: In order to add a sidebar anchor:
Duplicate the existing item, listed as a 1/6 text field. (Or create a 1/6 column and add a text field, modify the class so it’s exactly “additionalAnchor”).
Modify the text field inside the 1/6 column. Inside there, modify the HYPERLINK so that it would go to a corresponding section with a “#” in front of it. (Example, we have a “chief” section on the page, then it would make sense to have the hyperlink go to “#chief”)
Then change the hyperlink TEXT to a appropriate label.
IMPORTANT: If not done already, go into that CONTAINER that corresponds to your anchor (i.e. Meet The Chiefs), and add an ID matching the anchor’s HYPERLINK WITHOUT the “#”, i.e. “chief”.
(If using side bar widget box, then there’s a saved copy of a widget box COLUMN, grab it in the column library, it should 1/6 of a length of a column.)
NOTE: Order added to the sidebar is from last to first.