The Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago has a 60-year tradition of providing thorough and comprehensive training in Internal Medicine. Our goal is to prepare future physicians for a wide range of career paths, including careers in academic internal 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 (UIH) and the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center (JBVA). These two sites are within three blocks of each other and a half block from public transportation. Housestaff spend approximately 60% of their inpatient time at UIH and 40% at JBVA. Ambulatory clinics are located at each hospital. The sites share common faculty and joint educational experiences.

Recently renovated facilities and the Outpatient Care Center provide a state-of-the-art environment for patient care and learning. 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 peer interactions and to encourage a scientific approach to clinical care decisions.


Cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity abound across our campus. The University of Illinois College of Medicine is the most diverse medical school in the country. The Internal Medicine Residency has twice the national average of underrepresented minorities training in it. We serve a large, diverse patient population at both institutions that come from all over the Chicago area and the United States that provide us with a variety of medical illnesses, and a culturally rich education.

During the challenges of a pandemic, political clashes, and social unrest, residency wellness has been a priority for our trainees. We have structured work hours to assist with healthy time away from patient care. We have a 4+2 curriculum model for senior residents wherein residents alternate between a 4-week block of inpatient care and consults and a 2-week block of dedicated outpatient ambulatory medicine. We give two additional Wellness Days that residents can take off during the year. We have a rigorous Backup Policy that delineates how coverage can immediately be obtained should a resident feel less than capable of excellent patient care due to stress or personal/family illness. We have a liberal Family and Medical Leave policy that gives abundant paid time off for trainees starting or growing a family or if there is personal or family illness.

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. We are fortunate to be located in a wonderful city rich in world class museums, architecture, restaurant, and multicultural neighborhoods and events. Most residents live within 15 minutes of campus that minimizes commute time interfering with their abilities to return home and enjoy the bounty that Chicago brings. Together, Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Medicine offer an exciting environment for professional and personal growth. We hope you will choose to interview and train at the University of Illinois at Chicago to enhance your personal and academic growth during the exciting next phase of your medical education…becoming a physician in our wonderful profession.

Program Overview

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency program is a three year, ACGME accredited program with teaching sites at both the University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) and the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center (JBVA). Both sites are within walking distance of each other and transportation to off-site rotations is rarely, if ever, an issue with our residents.

Within the Department of Medicine, we have ACGME accredited fellowships in all subspecialty fields including cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, nephrology, pulmonary-critical care, endocrinology, rheumatology and allergy-immunology. >>More

Training Facilities

Teaching is done at the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital, the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center (JVBA), and at the UIC Outpatient Care Center.

University of Illinois Hospital

Over 600 primary care physicians and specialists provide high quality primary and referral care to patients from the city, state and around the world. The University Hospital is a modern 424- bed facility with seven specialized intensive care units. The University of Illinois at Chicago Health Sciences Center includes the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Associated Health Professions and the School of Public Health, all of which interact regularly with the medicine housestaff. The University of Illinois Medical Center is ranked one of the nation’s best teaching hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. >>More

Jesse Brown VA Hospital

The Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which recently celebrated its 50 years of academic partnership with the UIC College of Medicine, is a tertiary care facility with 175 beds and a modern ambulatory care center. Primary care services are divided into four practices and are based on the “continuity of care model”. The total number of visits in the Ambulatory Care Center is among the highest of all the VA facilities. Faculty hold academic appointments at the UIC, and many are involved in various research projects ranging from molecular biology to outcomes research. >>More

UIC Outpatient Care Center

The UIC Outpatient Care Center, which opened in 1999, is a state-of-the-art facility with a fully computerized medical record system. Its 245,000 square feet house all subspecialty and general medicine outpatient services and our women’s health center.  >> More

Research Projects

Because of our affiliation with the University of Illinois College of Medicine, residents within our program have access to world-class, state-of-the-art research facilities and motivated clinical faculty which help breed an environment of interest in research. Whether your interests are in basic science, translational or clinical research, residents are provided with multiple opportunities to pursue their own research projects throughout their time in our program.

Residents can request dedicated research time during either their PGY-2 or PGY-3 years or work outside of their clinical duties. Also, we are heavily committed to giving residents the opportunity to present their research data or case presentations at professional society meetings of their choosing. For example, every year, we participate in the annual ACP Northern Illinois State chapter meeting.  >> More

Core Conference Curriculum

Each subspecialty of internal medicine has one noon slot per month to lecture on a pre-assigned topic in their areas of expertise. Attending physicians from each subspecialty section are invited to discuss these topics with an emphasis on physical diagnosis and patient management with the goal of teaching at the level of an internal medicine resident.

The topics in the first half of the academic year are commonly encountered diseases or clinical scenarios and these lectures are repeated annually.  The topics in the latter half of the academic year are less common clinical entities and are not repeated annually. >>More

Multidisciplinary Conference and Journal Club

During the third year of internal medicine residency, all graduating seniors are required to complete and deliver presentations at both a multidisciplinary conference (MDC) and a journal club (JC) during the noon conference hour.

For MDCs, the cases discussed revolve around currently or recently admitted patients who required either multi-specialty involvement or had a complicated hospital course due to a challenging diagnostic course. This conference creates a forum in which residents can hear attending faculty from the internal medicine subspecialties discuss their thought processes related to a current case and how diagnostic and therapeutic interventions were chosen. >>More

Typical Resident Schedule

One unique aspect of the University of Illinois at Chicago Internal Medicine Residency Program is the large range of both inpatient and outpatient educational opportunities. Over the course of a three year residency in internal medicine, you will have the opportunity to rotate on the following offered inpatient services (locations are in parentheses):

  • Medical ICU (UIH/JBVA)
  • Cardiology/CCU (UIH)
  • General Medicine Wards (UIH/JBVA)
  • Internal Medicine Specialty Wards (UIH):
  • Liver
  • GI
  • Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Sickle Cell
  • Inpatient Infectious Diseases Wards/Consults (UIH)
  • Inpatient Neurology Wards/Consults (UIH)

Read more of the typical resident schedule here

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