General Philosophy

We believe that resident physicians learn best by making meaningful decisions in the context of close supervision by attending physicians. Residents have the opportunity to learn in a multitude of clinical settings and often work with diverse, multi-disciplinary teams that help foster their personal and professional growth. Residents’ independence increases as they progress through residency, as does their teaching and administrative responsibilities.


We often learn most from our patients.  UIC caters to a diverse patient population, providing primary care to the surrounding community while also serving as a tertiary referral center. UIC prides itself as serving an urban population that is historically medically underserved. Our patients greatly enrich the training experience of our residents.


Bi-directional evaluation of residents, faculty, and the residency program occurs continuously on several levels. After every rotation residents have the opportunity to evaluate the educational experience of the rotation, their faculty, and their peers. Similarly, residents are evaluated by their peers and faculty after each rotation. Residents are also evaluated using faculty-observed mini–Clinical Evaluation Exercises (mini–CEXs) and 360-degree evaluations in Med-Peds continuity of care clinic and pediatric wards.

The UIC MedPeds Residents participate in a curriculum which has been designed to train and educate resident so they meet the ACGME milestones for advancement. Our curriculum is designed to prepare residents for the demands of clinical practice as well as for the certifying exams of both the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Med-Peds residents have regularly scheduled educational activities including didactic lectures, case-based interactive discussions, and bedside teaching.

  • MedPeds ambulatory conference series (4x per month)
  • Morning reports
  • Noon conferences
  • Journal clubs
  • EBM didactics
  • Clinical Pathophysiology Conferences
  • Weekly Grand Rounds in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
  • Other rotation/speciality specific conferences
  • NEW – initial MedPeds Grand Rounds to occur this academic year
  • University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) and Children’s Hospital University of Illinois (CHUI)
    • General Pediatric and subspecialty inpatient unit
    • Newborn nursery
    • General Internal Medicine and subspecialty units
    • Intensive Care units including neonatal, pediatric, cardiac, and medical
    • Emergency Department
  • Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
    • General Internal Medicine unit
    • Medical and cardiac intensive care unit
    • Primary care and subspecialty clinics
  • UI Health Outpatient Care Center
    • Primary care and subspecialty clinics
  • Some rotations utilize the combined resources of the other institutions in the Illinois Medical District (i.e. Stroger, Rush), as well as, other institutions in the Chicagoland area (i.e. Shriners Hospital for Children – Chicago, Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge)

In addition to the hands-on experiences residents have on clinical rotations, we are fortunate to have the resources of the Graham Clinical Performance Center to enhance resident training.  Here residents have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate their clinical and procedural skills in immersive, simulation-based, clinical encounters with highly trained standardized patients, task-trainers, and mannequin code simulators.  Additionally, residents can receive training in the use of ultrasound for diagnostics and visual guidance when performing invasive procedures.

High quality teaching is a priority throughout the University of Illinois. Physicians possess the unique role of being both students and educators throughout their career. Residents spend extensive time with our faculty, who staff all the inpatient and outpatient clinical rotations at UIC.  In addition, residents are provided the opportunity to improve their teaching skills through workshops facilitated by the Department of Medical Education (DME). DME provides exemplary longitudinal education for residents, which focuses on learning how to become a more effective teacher to patients and peers.

All residents participate in quality improvement initiatives.  The curriculum is implemented during the outpatient educational conference series.  Residents choose their own projects and are provided faculty supervision and guidance.  To maximize impact and to reinforce the importance of sustainability of interventions, residents partake in continuous/longitudinal projects with their fellow post-graduate year colleagues.  Further, certificate level training in quality improvement is available as well.

UIC is fortunate to be the home of the UIC School of Public Health, one of the top public health schools in the country.  All UIC residents have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Public Health degree during their training at UIC, and the tuition is completely waived by the university.  Med-Peds training tends to attract those with a population-based perspective on health care. Thus, it is no surprise that many of our Med-Peds residents have taken advantage of this opportunity and obtained their MPH during residency.

 Key features of the program:
  • Tuition waived
  • Classes offered online and at night
  • 4 divisions – community health sciences, health policy and administration, environmental and occupational health, and epidemiology and biostatistics

Additional degree programs available to housestaff include: a Masters of Health Professions Education (MHPE) for those interested in being leaders in medical education, a Masters in Business Administration via the UIC Liautaud MBA Program, or a Masters in Clinical and Translational Science  (MS CTS).