Welcome to the UIC Family Medicine Rural Pathway!

We are partnered with Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Chinle, Arizona. This is an Indian Health Service clinic, which is connected to a 60 bed hospital, and it serves as the health care hub for the region. There are approximately 37,000 active users of the facility. There are strong Navajo traditions in the community, and participation offers opportunities to learn about traditional Navajo medicine and Navajo culture.

One resident per year is selected as the ‘Rural Pathway Resident’. This resident will spend the majority of their residency in Chicago, except for 3 total months over the 3 year residency, in which they will learn in Chinle. This is generally split up for 6 weeks during PGY2 year and 6 weeks during PGY3 year. While in ERAS this is considered as a separate match (due to funding constraints), this applicant will spend the majority of their training at University of Illinois at Chicago.

If you are interested, please reach out to FMResidency@uic.edu and express your interest. We will help provide further details and answer questions.

For residents participating, flights, housing, and car rental fees are all covered by grant funding.

Services offered at CCHCF are: Adult inpatient and Pediatric Inpatient Care, Outpatient Primary Care, Adult Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Podiatry, OBGYN, Labor & Delivery, Women’s Health, Midwifery, Mental Health, Pharmacy, Optometry, Dietary-Nutrition, Dental, PT, OT, Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Lab, Public Health and School Health.

Below is an example of a schedule you may have when rotating at Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility. (Timing of experiences will change based on availability and timing of rotation.)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM Arrival Check-in IM Clinic IM Clinic EMS
PM Arrival Check-in FM Clinic FM Clinic FM Clinic
AM Repro Health IM Clinic Nursing Home EMS EMS
PM IM Clinic FM Clinic Native Medicine Emergency Room Peds
AM FM Clinic Teen Clinic Nursing Home Didactics FM Clinic
PM Emergency Room EMS Native Medicine Didactics Peds
AM IM Clinic Teen Clinic Repro Health Presentations Check-out
PM Emergency Room Repro Health Native Medicine Presentations Check-out