Curriculum

Each year consists of 13 four-week blocks. All residents will have four weeks of vacation taken annually in one or two blocks. Below is a general outline of the schedule of intern and senior residents.

PGY-1 residents

  • 12 weeks of general medicine
  • 6 weeks of night float
  • 4 weeks of medical intensive care unit
  • 4 weeks of cardiac intensive care unit
  • 2 weeks of inpatient hematology teaching service
  • 4 weeks of vacation
  • 4 weeks of outpatient medicine
  • 1 week outpatient gynecology rotation
  • 1 week of palliative pain management
  • 2 weeks of emergency medicine
  • Electives: subspecialty consult services and subspecialty clinics

PGY-2 residents

  • 4-5 inpatient months (general medicine floors, medical ICU, cardiac ICU, night float, malignant hematology service) per year
  • 4 weeks of renal consults
  • 4 weeks of infectious disease consults
  • 2 weeks of observation unit
  • 2 weeks of hematology consults
  • 4 weeks of outpatient medicine
  • 4 weeks of vacation
  • Electives: subspecialty consult services and subspecialty clinics, including HIV rotation at Stroger
  • Dedicated block time for research, global health, community health, QI or medical education projects

PGY-3 residents

  • 4-5 inpatient months (general medicine floors, medical ICU, cardiac ICU, night float, malignant hematology service) per year
  • 2 weeks of pre-op clinic/medicine consult service
  • 2 weeks of geriatric medicine
  • 2 weeks of emergency medicine
  • 4 weeks of outpatient medicine 
  • 4 weeks of vacation
  • Electives: subspecialty consult services and subspecialty clinics, including HIV rotation at Stroger
  • Dedicated block time for research, global health, or community health, QI or medical education projects

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Outpatient experiences

All categorical interns have a continuity clinic that occurs one half day per week. Residents have the option of choosing between:

In addition to continuity clinic and the month-long outpatient (ambulatory) block, outpatient clinic experiences are included in most Internal Medicine subspecialties. Other non-Internal Medicine outpatient electives include gynecology, sports medicine, palliative care, neurology, ophthalmology, and dermatology.

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Didactics

  • Repeatedly throughout the week
    • Intern report: a mix of both case based and lecture style reports, moderated by a Chief Resident and/or an Attending or Fellow Physician 
    • Senior resident report: case based, moderated by a Chief Resident and an Attending Physician
    • Noon conference: lecture style conference, led by an Attending Physician, typically covering core internal medicine topics
  • Weekly
    • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds: hosted once weekly, presented by Rush faculty or invited guest speakers
  • Monthly
    • Clinical Pathophysiology Case Conference: presented by senior residents, during their PGY-2 or PGY-3 year, while rotating on either their outpatient or research block
    • Research Grand Rounds: presented by local, national and international researchers to present research focused seminars to students, house staff, and faculty
  • Annually
    • Internal Medicine Board Review: hosted throughout the second half of the academic year as part of the noon conference lecture series

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