Typical Resident Schedule

 Below is a representative schedule spanning three years:

PGY-1 Schedule

  • 5-6 general medicine/specialty ward blocks
  • 2-3 Critical Care (Medical Intensive or Cardiac) blocks
  • 5-1 night float blocks
  • 5-2.5 consult blocks (intern night float one night per block)
  • 1 ambulatory medicine block
  • 1 additional week off at the end of the year before the start of your PGY-2 year
  • 4-weeks of vacation

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

  • X rotations (2-4 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, and dedicated didactics

PGY-2 + PGY-3 Schedule

  • 2-3 general medicine/specialty ward blocks
  • 1-2 Critical Care (Medical Intensive or Cardiac) blocks
  • 8 Y blocks (2 weeks each)
  • 5-1 ER block
  • 0-0.5 night float blocks
  • 5 geriatrics/palliative blocks
  • 2-3 subspecialty consult blocks
  • 4-weeks of vacation

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

Rotation Options

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

In addition, we have the following outpatient/consult experiences:

  • Ambulatory Care (UIH/VA)
  • Consultation/Outpatient Services (UIH/VA):
    • Cardiology
    • Endocrinology
    • Geriatrics
    • GI
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Renal
    • Palliative Care
    • Pulmonary
    • Rheumatology
  • Off-Rotation Electives:
    • Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) Elective
    • 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

In addition to the above, we offer a yearly Global Medicine Elective through the Department of Infectious Diseases where residents have the opportunity to practice medicine in the Dominican Republic.

Every year, 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. We attempt to accommodate all rotation requests, especially residents’ preferences for their future subspecialty.


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