This is a categorical program offering an invaluable intern year of internal medicine that will strengthen your knowledge base and create camaraderie with our medicine colleagues. Beginning your first year in neurology training as a PGY2, there is a focus on building a solid foundational knowledge through clinical experience rotating on mostly inpatient services, including general neurology, stroke, neuro intensive care, and neuro-oncology. You will also have clinic months during which you will gain early exposure to all subspecialties in neurology including movement, neuromuscular, neuro ophthalmology, epilepsy, sleep, cognitive behavioral, and neuroimmunology. As you progress to your senior years as a PGY3 and PGY4, the goal is to build your leadership skills as on the inpatient teams, gain further subspecialty exposure, and allow for elective time to pursue personal interests in neurology.
You are trained in treating and stabilizing patients acutely in the inpatient setting as well as providing them with long-term neurologic care in the outpatient setting. There is a vast educational curriculum, including neuroradiology conferences, morning reports, journal clubs, grand rounds, and noon lectures provided by leading experts. Our residents present at resident and departmental conferences to help build their public speaking and presentation skills.
Our faculty are eager to work with our residents on research projects with the goal of presenting their work at our Neurology department grand rounds at the end of their fourth year, as well as submitting papers to national journals for publication and presenting their work at national conferences.
At UIC, we embrace and value diversity, reflected in our residents and attendings who come from countries all over the world, each with a unique educational and cultural background. Diversity is also embodied in our patient population and wide spectrum of diseases. You will have chances to rotate both at the University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) and Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Hospital (JBVA), inpatient and outpatient. Each has its own practice mode, unique patient population and medical structure/system.
The University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) is an academic teaching hospital located in the Illinois Medical District, one of the largest urban healthcare districts in the country. UIH is a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and a tertiary referral center, accepting complicated patients from Chicagoland and surrounding area. Our hospital is equipped with an epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) where we care for patients with complex, refractory seizures and a neurosciences intensive care unit (NSICU) where we encounter patients with high acuity, life-threatening ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, traumatic brain injuries, CNS infections, and neuromuscular diseases with respiratory compromise. At the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs (JBVA) Medical Center, our residents have the opportunity to give back to those who have given so much for our country. Caring for veterans offers a unique challenge, as these patients often have multiple medical comorbidities that have to be taken into consideration when treating their neurological problems.
Outside of work, you will have plenty to explore within the city. Chicago is home to some of the best museums, sports teams, restaurants, shopping and theaters in the country. Our campus is close to the downtown area for easy access to all the fun experiences, while the campus itself is quiet, convenient and safe. Little Italy, a nearby community, is very family friendly, while West Loop, which is just across the highway, is known for the best restaurants in the city. There is ease of transportation, so many residents can enjoy work and life balance without a vehicle. We thank you for considering our training program and look forward to meeting you soon!
Sara Torabi, MD and Kaleigh Fetcko-Fayad, MD
PGY4 Chief Residents