A Letter from the Program Director
Thank you for visiting our website to learn about our special program. We are very excited to share with you our philosophy, direction and resources.
As a residency leader, I devote my energy to developing the residents of UIC Family Medicine into full-service Family Physicians. With more than ten years of residency education experience, I have learned that residents want, as I do, to be much more than skilled technicians. I believe that most of the good we doctors can bring to our patients is based in the character we have, our sincerity, our compassion and our diligence. Good teachers of Family Medicine guide and support residents to fulfill their higher aspirations as physicians.
The diversity at the University of Illinois at Chicago is second to none. UIC is proud to be the number one Medicaid provider of Illinois. While this implies that our residents receive strong training in underserved care, the vulnerable groups we treat extend beyond socioeconomic classes and also include reproductive health, LGBTQ care, population health and global medicine.
Our residency program's greatest resource for training physicians is a highly diverse patient population, drawn from two complementary clinic sites. Mile Square Health Center is a federally qualified health center providing community-based care to a mix of mostly low-income English and Spanish speakers. University Village on the UIC undergraduate campus serves an ethnically and economically diverse community with an array of health insurances in a state of the art, all electronic facility.
Our residents are from all over the country and are a cohesive and mutually supportive team. They have chosen UIC FMR for the opportunity to become evidence-based, full-spectrum family physicians with extra expertise in the care of special populations. Our residents also take advantage of the many University resources, such as free graduate school and College of Medicine teaching roles, and the tremendous network of partners available to the Department.
We, as a department, believe that Family Medicine is the answer to American healthcare. The faculty here also represents the diverse spectrum of American medicine. They each maintain practices alongside our residents in the Family Medicine Centers. Activities of the faculty include organizational leadership, maternity care, inpatient medicine, global medicine, research, teaching, procedures and care for special populations.
UIC hospital provides the benefit of advanced specialty and subspecialty departments for upper level rotations. Within the university medical center we maintain our own "unopposed" Family Medicine inpatient service, including our own adult, child, newborn and maternity patients and admissions from the emergency department. We utilize the West Side Veteran's Administration Hospital in areas where this site better meet the needs of our residents.
We have built this program to help you realize your highest potential as a physician. If you are seeking full-spectrum urban academic family medicine in a diverse and vulnerable patient setting this Residency deserves your most serious consideration.
Evelyn Figueroa, M.D.
Family Medicine Residency
||Our Mission Statement
To produce inspired physicians who provide high quality, compassionate, patient centered,
holistic, evidence based, open minded, resource conscious medical services in areas of unmet need, across all ages and conditions.