The Section of General Internal Medicine provides both primary care internal medicine services and consultation for pre-operative evaluation and inpatient care. It focuses on providing a comprehensive approach to patients in their need for medical care across the continuum of ambulatory and inpatient services. As the major site of primary care adult services, our ambulatory centers provide a focal point for the care of the growing number of patients in managed care plans affiliated with the UIC Medical Center.
With over thirty faculty members at the UIC and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Centers, our section has a staff with varied backgrounds and diverse clinical and academic interests. Our clinical emphasis includes comprehensive general internal medicine with an emphasis on prevention and risk factor modification including diet modification, exercise, stress reduction and life style alterations. Our research interests deal with the latest innovations in a variety of health services research. These include improving patient-physician communications, bioethical aspects of practice in the managed care environment, innovations in educating medical residents and students regarding managed care and primary care, enhancement of self-care in diabetic patients, and secondary data analyses of large clinical databases with regard to quality assessment, access and patient satisfaction.
Our perspective on primary internal medicine seeks a balance between the technical, scientific aspects of healthcare delivery and the humanistic aspects of caring for patients in their totality and cultural context. We believe this is an exciting time to practice internal medicine with all the craft and knowledge that is both available now and soon obtainable through further investigation. Our faculty conveys this positive sense of a creative approach to our fellows, residents, students and the other staff caring for our patients.