Dr. Irene Aluen-Metzner is the Cook County – Rush University Primary Care Residency director. As a graduate of the program herself, she has extensive experience and knowledge about the workings of the program and as Rush faculty she is devoted to making residency training memorable, not only for the clinical excellence that Cook County Health and Hospital Systems and Rush University provide, but also for the profoundly gratifying and fulfilling experience of caring for our patients.
After more than 10 years of practice in primary care, she continues to love coming to work every morning and knows that there is no place she would rather be. As an educator, her main area of interest is building resilience and preventing burnout: she wants all graduates, whom she considers her extended family, to feel as fulfilled and satisfied with their professional lives for decades to come as she does.
As a clinician, her areas of interest include cancer genetics, addiction medicine and LGBTQ medicine.
Her plans for the future include expanding the primary care residency program by highlighting the unique experience that a combined university program and safety net institution setting have to offer in terms of academic and human experience, where electives like addiction medicine, correctional medicine and LGBTQ medicine provide a skill set that matches the needs of our contemporary society. Ultimately, she hopes that graduates will feel enthusiastic about staying at CCHHS and Rush University Hospital to practice in their field.
Dr. Irene Aluen Metzner lives in one of Chicago’s suburbs along with her husband and daughter, and in her spare time enjoys restoring old flea market finds to their former glory.