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. 

  • The Chief Residents coordinate a rotation request system by which residents can request consult services, longitudinal electives (Y-block), research half-days (Y-block), and the global medicine elective.
  • The Chiefs work with residents to create their own subspeciality electives such as allergy/immunology and transplant nephrology.
  • We attempt to accommodate all rotation requests, especially vacations and residents’ preferences for their future subspecialty.

Over the course of a three-year residency, you will have the opportunity to rotate on the following:

Inpatient Services (locations are in parentheses):

  • Medical ICU (UIH/VA)
  • Cardiology/CCU (UIH/VA)
  • General Medicine Wards (UIH/VA)
  • Internal Medicine Specialty Wards (UIH):
    • Liver
    • Oncology
    • Hematology
    • Sickle Cell
  • Inpatient Neurology Wards/Consults (UIH)
  • Emergency Medicine (UIH/VA)

Outpatient/Consult experiences (locations are in parentheses):

  • Ambulatory Care (UIH/VA)
  • Consultation/Outpatient Services (UIH/VA):
    • Cardiology
    • Endocrinology
    • Addiction Medicine
    • Geriatrics
    • GI
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Renal
    • Palliative Care
    • Pulmonary
    • Interventional Pulmonary
    • Rheumatology
  • Off-Rotation Electives:
    • Clinical Decision Unit (CDU)
    • Echocardiography
    • Point Of Care UltraSound (POCUS) / Procedure Service
    • Primary Care Elective
    • Sports Medicine (VA)
    • Transplant Infectious Diseases (UIH)
    • Transplant Nephrology (UIH)
    • Clinical Informatics (UIH)
    • Reflective Practice

Typical Resident Schedule

Below is a representative schedule spanning three years:

PGY-1 Schedule

  • 4-5 general medicine/specialty ward month blocks
  • 2-3 critical care (medical intensive or cardiac) blocks
  • 2-4 night float 2-week blocks
  • 6-8 subspecialty consult blocks
  • 4 weeks ambulatory medicine
  • 2, 2-week vacations
  • 1 additional week off at the end of the year before your PGY-2 year starts on July 1

4 + 2 (X+Y) Rotation Format for PGY-2/3

  • Senior residents rotate on 4 weeks of “X” + 2 weeks of dedicated ambulatory “Y” time. Each “X” block is composed of two “X” rotations.
  • X rotations (2 weeks): general medicine wards, subspecialty wards, ICU, subspecialty consults, night float, or vacation
  • Y block (2 weeks): general medicine continuity clinic, subspecialty clinics, research, urgent care, longitudinal electives, and dedicated didactics
  • 4-week vacation

PGY-2/3 Schedule

  • 2-3 general medicine/specialty ward months
  • 6-8 critical care (medical intensive or cardiac) weeks
  • 8 Y blocks (2 weeks each)
  • 4-6 ER weeks
  • 2-4 night float weeks
  • 8-12 subspecialty consult weeks
  • 2, 2-week vacations

Sample Y-Block (PGY-2/PGY-3)


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