The Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago has a long tradition of providing thorough and comprehensive training in Internal Medicine. Our goal is to prepare future internists for a wide range of career paths, including careers in academic medicine, primary care and subspecialty clinical practice. We do so with an eye toward the changing health care environment and the increasing demands upon physicians to be both evidence-based and humanistic in their approach to clinical decision-making.
Training occurs at two sites, the University of Illinois Hospital and the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center. Both provide primary and tertiary care to a large number of patients, many of whom look to the residents as their primary health care providers. Housestaff spend approximately 50% of their time at each site and maintain a continuity outpatient practice at each site. The faculty and all departmental conferences are fully integrated across both institutions.
In both the inpatient and outpatient settings, residents have substantial primary decision-making responsibility and develop strong relationships with their patients. The full-time on-site teaching faculty, the inpatient ward service teaching model, and the outpatient dedicated preceptor model provide optimal supervision and guidance, yet encourage the independent thinking that comes from playing a major role in patient care.
Education is a priority, with housestaff serving in the role of both learner and teacher. A teaching skills workshop is offered each year to help prepare housestaff for their leadership and teaching responsibilities. The resident’s obligation to be a role model for more junior trainees is emphasized in order to foster the development of an ethical and compassionate approach to patient and colleague interactions and to encourage a scientific approach to clinical care decisions.
Recently renovated facilities and the Outpatient Care Center provide a state-of-the-art environment for patient care and learning. The City of Chicago provides an extraordinary location for residency training. The ‘city of big shoulders’ offers a rich mixture of recreational and cultural activities. Together, Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Medicine offer an exciting environment for professional and personal growth.