The Academic Internal Medicine (AIM) Residency Track provides additional academic training to internal medicine residents who have an interest in conducting clinical research as generalists. The AIM Track is an opportunity for residents to receive training in public health and clinical and translational research, and actively participate in scholarly activities under the mentorship of Department of Medicine faculty.  This AIM Track prepares residents for fellowships in General Internal Medicine as well as other career opportunities in academic medicine focused on clinical and translational research. UIC has resources in the Department of Medicine, School of Public Health (SPH), Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), and Institute for Health Research and Policy (IHRP) to support the curriculum, experiences, and mentorship of residents in the AIM Track.

Curriculum: The AIM Track curriculum may include in-depth study of clinical epidemiology and population health, behavioral science, public health, medical informatics, health interventions, research methods, health economics, and health services research. Additional areas of training opportunities may include health disparities, medical writing and presentation, community-based participatory research, survey research methods, and clinical decision analysis. The curriculum includes online classes through the SPH as part of a certificate program. Other methods of learning throughout residency include journal clubs and research conferences through the CCTS and IHRP.

Scholarship: Residents in the AIM Track receive formal mentorship to support their research experience during residency. Residents actively engage in a research project with opportunities for presentations locally at UIC as well as at a national conference. UIC offers fully online certificate programs designed to fill a growing need for clinicians competent to conduct research (e.g., Health Disparities Research). Credit may also be applied towards an MS degree for those who continue taking classes after residency. UIC’s online certificate programs are taught by experienced faculty and are designed to provide easily accessible training in research skills to health professionals.

The Urban Global Health (UGH) Residency Track provides additional training to Internal Medicine residents who have an interest in pursuing health equity, locally and internationally.  The Urban Global Health Track has three core goals: (1) To share with resident physicians the practical knowledge essential to caring for vulnerable populations, (2) To offer resident physicians the opportunity to care for underserved populations alongside experienced attending physicians who have intimate community relationships.  (3) To mentor resident physicians in the application of ethical research methods necessary to meet community needs.

Education:  The UGH curriculum includes a mix of didactic experiences incorporated into the Internal Medicine residency structure.  UGH residents will participate in a quarterly lecture series focused on the practical medical care of marginalized patient populations.  Residents will also meet monthly with UGH leadership to discuss approaches to community-based and global research.  Participants are also encouraged to take advantage of educational offerings through the UIC School of Public Health and to attend monthly multidisciplinary dinner meetings at the UIC Center for Global Health.

Scholarship: At the end of residency, UGH residents should be prepared to present their scholarly work at UIC events or at national conferences.   Residents in the UGH track will receive formal mentorship to support their scholarly activity during residency. Mentors are selected for their commitment to resident development and have active projects internationally or at the community level.  Mentorship oversight is provided by the Urban Global Health committee, a faculty group tasked with monitoring UGH resident progress.

Service:  Select UGH residents will staff a continuity clinic at one of the UI Health Community Clinic Network (UCCN) clinics.  UCCN is a network of 7 primary care clinic sites distributed throughout the city.  The goal of the UCCN is to bring non-judgmental and culturally competent HIV care to patients in the communities where they live.  UGH residents who work at the UCCN clinics will gain experience caring for diverse patient populations and will learn to address complex medical issues in unique socio-economic contexts.

Visit our Urban Global Health website to learn about our Urban Global Health initiatives.