Message from the Residency Director
Thank you for visiting our website to learn about our exceptional program. We are excited to share our residency’s purpose, philosophy, and resources.
I am proud to be a graduate of the UIC Family Medicine Residency (FMR). It was here that I learned how to be a full-spectrum Family Medicine Physician, and I 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), pregnancy care, reproductive health, procedures, LGBTQ+ health, medication-assisted recovery, and more! We train our residents to provide evidence-based comprehensive care as compassionate, patient-centered, justice-oriented physicians, and to serve those in areas of unmet need.
We have an extremely diverse patient population at the 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 status to include reproductive healthcare, LGBTQ+ care, addiction medicine, community health, and care for other special populations.
Our residency program’s broad patient populations draw from three 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. We recently added a continuity site at Pilsen Family Health Center, a community clinic in a majority Spanish-speaking neighborhood.
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 interprofessional and community 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, pregnancy care, inpatient medicine, gender-inclusive medicine, substance use disorders, community activism, global health, research, teaching, procedures, and more.
We are proud to be a RHEDI site and are advocates for reproductive justice, both in education and in our own practice. We are committed to training full-scope reproductive healthcare to our residents.
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 pregnant/laboring 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 have built this program to help you realize your highest potential as a Family Medicine physician. If you are seeking full-spectrum, academic Family Medicine training, please consider the UIC Department of Family and Community Medicine.
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