Curriculum

Our program consists of 36 months of training in internal medicine and its various subspecialties - a year by year breakdown is available below:

Intern Year

Inpatient Internal Medicine Service - 4 months
Intensive Care Unit/Critical Care - 2 months
Inpatient Pulmonology - 1 month
Inpatient Cardiology - 1 month
Emergency Medicine - 1 month
Inpatient Infectious Diseases - 1 month
Outpatient Gastroenterology/Nephrology/Endocrinology - 1 month
Geriatrics (Inpatient and Outpatient) - 1 month

Second Year

Inpatient Internal Medicine Service - 3-4 months
Intensive Care Unit/Critical Care - 2 months
Research - 1 month
Ambulatory - 1 month
Electives/Required Speciality Rotations - 3-4 months

Third Year

Inpatient Internal Medicine Service - 2-3 months
Intensive Care Unit/Critical Care - 2 months
Ambulatory - 1 month
Electives/Required Speciality Rotations - 6-7 months

Required speciality rotations include - rheumatology, neurology, nephrology, infectious diseases, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, hematology/oncology, and pulmonology

Additional optional rotations include - radiology, dermatology, and allergy/immunology

Didactics/Education Schedule

Monday - Critical Care Lecture (1:30 PM - 2:30 PM)

Tuesday - Morning Report (7:45 AM-8:30 AM), Block Didactics (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

Thursday - Morning Report (7:45 AM - 8:30 AM)

Friday - Grand Rounds/Morbidity & Mortality Conference/Patient Management Conference

Other educational opportunities which residents regularly participate in include tumor board, multi-speciality lectures, and mock codes.

All interns will present an M&M or Patient Management Conference. Second years present Journal Club Conferences throughout the year. All third years will present a Clinical Pathophysiology Conference.

Typically during the month of July various senior residents will present a series of intern basics lectures during July covering topics such as writing notes/rounding efficiently, physician wellness/work-life balance, coping with death, and management of common conditions such as COPD. GI bleeding, Heart Failure, Chest Pain, etc.

Research

Our program is heavily involved with the local chapter of the American College of Physicians and is one of the organizers of the annual Chicagoland ACP research day. We also host our own in house research symposium. In addition our residents regularly present at the Midwestern University Research Day.

Residents have presented at many national conferences such as; ACOI, ACG, ACP, and others.

All of our residents are required to do at least one dedicated research month where they are assigned a research mentor and expected to create a research project and see it to completion.