Message from the Residency Director
Thank you for visiting our website to learn about our exceptional program. We are excited to share with you our residency’s purpose, philosophy, and resources.
I am proud to be a graduate of the UIC Family Medicine Residency. It was here that I learned how to be a full-spectrum Family Medicine Physician and continue to have the broadest scope in our department. This program trained me to do inpatient and outpatient medicine, geriatrics and home visits (with help from a UIC Geriatrics Fellowship), maternity care, reproductive health, procedures, LGBTQ health, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and more! I, and the rest of the Department’s faculty, train our residents to provide evidence-based comprehensive care as compassionate, patient-centered physicians.
We have an extremely diverse patient population at University of Illinois at Chicago and are one of the top Medicaid providers of Illinois. Our residents receive strong training in underserved care. However, the vulnerable groups we treat extend beyond socioeconomic class to include reproductive health care, LGBTQ care, community health and care for other special populations.
Our residency program’s broad patient populations draw 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. This year we have also launched a rural training track in central Illinois.
Our residents come from all over the country and work together as a cohesive and mutually supportive team. They have chosen UIC FMR for the opportunity to become evidence-based, full-spectrum Family Medicine physicians with expertise in the care of special and vulnerable populations, addressing social determinants of health and health disparities. Our residents also take advantage of the many University resources, such as tuition waivers for graduate school, College of Medicine teaching roles, and the tremendous network of partners available to our department.
We, as a department, believe that Family Medicine is the answer to many of the challenges of American healthcare, and our faculty represent the diverse spectrum of Family Medicine. They each maintain broad-scope practices alongside our residents at either University Village/Pilsen or one of Mile Square’s sites. Activities of the faculty include organizational leadership within the College of Medicine and the University, maternity care, inpatient medicine, gender-inclusive medicine, substance use disorders, community activism, global health, research, teaching, procedures, and more.
UI Health’s large academic medical system provides the benefit of training in advanced specialty and subspecialty departments via upper-level rotations. Within the university medical center, we maintain two “unopposed” Family Medicine inpatient services. In these services, we provide care to our own adult, child, newborn, and maternity patients as well as a portion of the “unassigned” patients admitted from the Emergency Department. Our residents also rotate with several specialty services at Jesse Brown Veteran’s Administration Hospital, and we hold a competitive Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA) grant.
We would also like to invite you to check out our rural training track in Gibson, IL at Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services. Rural track residents spend R1 year in Chicago at University of Illinois Hospital and begin their rural training during R2 year. The program at Gibson is 100% unopposed with strong addiction medicine, procedural training, and OB training, including surgical obstetrics. See our rural track page for more information.
We have built this program to help you realize your highest potential as a physician. If you are seeking full-spectrum, academic Family Medicine training, please consider the UIC Department of Family Medicine.
We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has created uniquely challenging circumstances for your residency application experience. We have been working tirelessly to support you through the application process as well as to ensure the highest standards of excellence for the learning experiences of our current and future residents and will continue to do so.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.
L. Amanda Perry, MD (she, her, hers)
Program Director, UIC Family and Community Medicine Residency
Medical Director, UIC Family and Community Medicine Home Visit Program
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine