CURRICULUM

Tracks

We offer different tracks to help you sub-specialize in areas of interest during your residency.

Global health track

The UIC IM/EM global health program is a new entity in a established global and urban program at UIC that involves the family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and med/peds programs. With the initiation of the IM/EM global health track, we can take advantage of the length of our residency to provide residents multidisciplinary didactics  that span over a 2 year period with dedicated time to work on a longitudinal project (domestic or abroad) during the 3rd, 4th, and 5th years. The goal of the track is to develop a thorough skill set to work in the public health sector domestically or abroad.

With an International Emergency Medicine (IEM) fellowship associated with the residency and access to the UIC school of public health, we have created a 6 year IM/EM/IEM track in which you obtain an MPH and get dedicated time to work abroad during your 6th year. This concept is similar to the 6 year IM/EM/Critical Care tracks available at other programs. The goal of the program is to direct the candidate into the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship with an opportunity to extend a project over years.  The IM/EM/IEM fellowship track will create leaders in the field of public health and provides valuable experience for those seeking a career in global health.

Center for Global Health

Social emergency medicine & global health track

The Emergency Department (ED) is the port of entry into the healthcare system for our most disenfranchised populations. EDs are taking ownership of our role as a safety net and are leading the way in the development of systematic interventions to improve population health. It is no longer feasible to separate an understanding of the social determinants of health from emergency medicine (EM) residency training.

Social Emergency Medicine promotes the integration of social contexts into the practice of Emergency Medicine. It is the framework through which we recognize and appreciate the interplay of the social determinants of health and health disparities in emergency care and how these impact individual and community health measures and the illness experience.

Global Health is “an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care.” Global Emergency Medicine incorporates these global health principles into practice of emergency care in resource-limited settings, disaster and humanitarian response, and emergency medicine development.

The goal of our Social Emergency Medicine and Global Health Track is for participating residents to assert competence in addressing and alleviating health disparities. This program seeks to provide residents with the tools to deconstruct how social factors impact health outcomes and to build skills to provide high quality, patient-centered, culturally appropriate care to all patients, particularly those who are underserved and marginalized. This program is aimed at creating the future leaders of Social Emergency Medicine and Global Health in our specialty. Participants will:

  1. Understand the relationship between societal factors and health disparities and outcomes.
  2. Engage in meaningful mentorship and scholarship aimed at addressing health disparities through community (local or international) and ED-based interventions.
  3. Experience and gain appreciation for interdisciplinary approaches to healthcare challenges that are faced in emergency care.
  4. Complete a Social or Global Emergency Medicine Capstone Project

This is an opt-in track open to all EM and IM/EM residents in addition to the integration of Social Emergency Medicine didactics within the residency program as a whole. You are able to declare your intent to participate through our online form.

Please feel free to direct any questions, concerns or inquiries to Marina Del Rios (mdelrios@uic.edu) or Sukhi Bains (bainss@uic.edu).