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IM/EM Curriculum

We are a five-year joint residency program offering four-week clinical rotations in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at five unique Chicagoland medical centers. Our clinical experiences range from tertiary academia and the VA system to several exceptional community-based hospitals throughout our city.

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During your IM/EM Residency at UIC, you will have the opportunity to complement clinical work with other educational curricula including, but not limited to:

  • Participation in conferences within the Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine parent programs
  • University wide educational opportunities with world class speakers and scholars
  • Practical application of procedural and clinical skills in our state-of-the-art Simulation and Integrative Learning (SAIL) Center
  • IM/EM Conferences and Journal Clubs
  • Opportunities to teach medical students at all levels of training
  • Multidisciplinary quality improvement and patient safety initiatives

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Our residents call five separate hospitals “home.” Caring for patients across the entire city of Chicago gives our residents a remarkable experience compared to other programs across the country. Discover what unmatched benefits each location has to offer.

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As a resident, you will work clinically at five different hospital sites in Chicago. Our program challenges you to adapt to your surroundings and immerses you in caring for the incredibly diverse communities that comprise our city.

The Benefits of Clinical Rotations at Multiple Sites

The primary teaching sites for Internal Medicine are the UIC Medical Center (UI Health) and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. The four main teaching sites for Emergency Medicine residents are UI Health, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center. The advantage of working in such a broad spectrum of hospital systems is that it prepares our residents to practice internal medicine and emergency medicine within different environments and systems and heterogenous patient populations.

Our program creates dynamic and adaptable physicians ready to care for all patients anywhere. Undertaking a joint residency program with such varied clinical sites may appear daunting. However, the challenge will prepare you to practice medicine confidently in whatever situation you confront in your career.

Ambulatory experience

All IM/EM residents will have regular patients they follow in their General Internal Medicine Continuity Clinic. We benefit from having a dedicated IM/EM clinic on Wednesday mornings in the Outpatient Care Center at UI Health.

Our clinic is open all year round; however, it is staffed by IM/EM residents rotating during their Internal Medicine months. For example, when one resident is rotating with Emergency Medicine, another resident from the same class in Internal Medicine cares for their clinic patients to further facilitate continuity. We are fortunate to have our clinic precepted by Dr. Anne Polick, our General Internal Medicine Faculty member and an honorary member of the IM/EM residency program.


Residents alternate between Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine services in 3-month blocks throughout their residency. While we have some requirements to graduate, we strongly consider resident interests when building the schedule.