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Resident Rotation Schedule

Resident Rotation Schedule

One unique aspect of the University of Illinois 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 (locations are in parentheses):

Inpatient Services

  • 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

  • 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 Heading link


Below is a representative schedule spanning three years:

Block PGY-1 PGY-2/PGY-3
1A UIH Wards Admitting Night Float
1B VA Wards VA ED
2A Oncology Y-BLock
2B Oncology MICU
3A Ambulatory UIH-Wards
3B Pulmonary Consults Y-BLock
Rheumatology Consults
4A Renal Consults Consults
4B Ambulatory Palliative Care
5B MICU VA Wards
6A VA Wards Renal Consults
6B VA Wards Y-BLock
7A Sickle Cell Wards VA Wards
7B Vacation MICU
8A CCU Vacation
8B CCU GI Consults
9A UIH Wards Endocrine Consults
9B UIH Wards Y-BLock
10A Admitting Night Float VA ED
10B GI Consults MICU
11A MICU Y-BLock
11B MICU Heme Wards
12A UIH WardS Teaching Senior
12B UIH WardS Y-BLock
13A Vacation VA WArdS
13B Specialty Night Float Vacation

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)

PGY-1 Schedule

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