Welcome to the UIC Neurology Residency Program

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago offers an ACGME accredited 4-year neurology residency training program that accepts 6 residents per year. Our educational mission is to develop a strong clinical and academic foundation for our residents, while preparing them for the next step in their careers. Through our diverse training sites (the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System- a tertiary care urban hospital, Advocate Christ Medical Center- a large suburban community referral center, and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center) we provide a wide range of clinical, academic, and research opportunities for our residents to not only develop a strong foundation in general neurology, but to gain vital exposure to the neurologic subspecialties. We are committed to continually evolve, and incorporation of resident feedback is a fundamental aspect of the process. Above all, our program prioritizes the resident educational experience as a key component of the departmental goal of providing the highest quality of care to our patients and community.

Message From Our Director

Dear Applicant,

I have always considered neurology to be the “final frontier” of medicine, with so much yet to be discovered. It is precisely this need for continued advancement in our understanding of the neurosciences that makes it such an exciting time to be a part of this field, and has led to so many significant developments in neurology over the last several years. The opportunity to contribute to the continued evolution in neurology is what drives our department to provide excellent patient care, through focusing on basic science and clinical research, and our training program through developing the clinical and academic neurologists that will shape the future.

I have always enjoyed the teaching aspect of academic medicine, and the opportunity to have a role in the training of future neurologists is my primary motivation and passion. Whether it is when I am on clinical rounds in the Neuro-ICU or giving didactic lectures in the classroom, the dynamic of teaching medical students, residents, and fellows is what I find most rewarding. I have always been involved in graduate medical education, most recently as Associate Residency Program Director here at UIC, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to take over as Program Director with two exceptional Associate Program Directors who share my dedication and commitment to the program, Neelofer Shafi MD and Zulma Hernandez MD. The 3 of us place an absolute priority on making the resident experience here as educational and enjoyable as possible, by creating a culture of respect, open communication, and responsiveness to feedback that makes for a wonderful teaching and learning environment unique to UIC.

I encourage you to explore the details of our program through the links below, and feel free to contact us with any further inquiries.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Zulma Hernandez, MD
Associate Neurology Residency Program Director