Primary Care Internal Medicine residents are required to complete 3 inpatient wards at Stroger Hospital, 3 inpatient wards at Rush University Medical Center, 1 MICU month, Medical Spanish (if not yet proficient), and 3 electives. Each intern and resident receives 28 days of vacation per academic year.
Primary Care Blocks
The primary care block rotations are 3, four-week clinical, didactic and research experiences that expand residents’ knowledge about primary care and improve residents’ ability to care for diverse populations. The clinical work revolves around two themes: the care of vulnerable populations (e.g. the homeless and patients with addictions) and non-medical specialties (e.g. ophthalmology, dermatology and orthopedics).
During the 3 Primary Care block rotations all Primary Care residents are assigned to outpatient electives to allow for a weekly half-day seminar series. Seminars focus on advanced topics in primay care covering outpatient medical, legal, and phychosocial issues that arise when caring for patients in the ambulatory setting.
- Medical Spanish
- Ambulatory Orthopedics
- Sports Medicine
- Global Health
- Ambulatory Medicine Rotation
- Addiction Medicine
- LGBTQ Medicine
- Correctional health
Caring for patients in the community is integral to the Primary Care Internal Medicine residency experience. Throughout their training, residents spend one-half day each week caring for patients in community-based health centers. Attending physicians affiliated with the Primary Care Internal Medicine residency program precept residents in clinic. Residents care for underserved patients and opportunities to care for Chicago’s Spanish-speaking communities are available.
PGY 2 and PGY 3 residents in good standing may add a second half-day of weekly clinic that will enhance their primary care training in addition to their weekly continuity clinic. Second and third-year residents may choose to see patients in a clinic caring for patients with HIV (Core Center), diabetes, heart failure, breast complaints, asthma or any of the other medical subspecialties. In addition, they may choose to add a second primary care clinic at Rush University Internists.
In the community setting, residents hone doctor-patient communication skills as they establish long-term relationships with patients. In addition, residents learn to diagnose and manage the full spectrum of ambulatory disorders, emphasize preventive health, and have the opportunity to learn about the community by participating in neighborhood programs