Curriculum and Requirements

Intern Year

The goal for intern year is to provide broad exposure to inpatient services on both Medicine and Pediatrics.  Rotations are in 4 week blocks with switches between Medicine and Pediatrics every 3 months.  The intern is also exposed to critical care medicine in the Medical ICU, Cardiac ICU and Neonatal ICU.  In addition, interns are gradually brought into the MedPeds Clinic with weekly continuity clinics and build their patient panel.  While on a medicine inpatient service, we work to minimize clinics to blend with the 4+2 curriculum of the categorical medicine program.  Additionally, a 4 week block for MedPeds Ambulatory in the second half of the year allows the interns to grow more comfortable in clinic as well as explore specialty clinics or transition clinics.  The ambulatory rotation is paired with their Quatro Chief Resident to allow for direct mentorship and support.


Second Year

Medicine Pediatrics
Consults (ID, renal, pulm, cards) Gen Peds Maroon U of C (one week nights)
Gen Med (Inpatient) Peds Subspecialty Silver
Heme Onc/ Gens(Inpatient) NICU U of C (one week nights)
Cards / CCU GCN (Nursery)
MICU (one week nights) DBP 2nd half of year
Geri/ Vacation Child Protective Services/ Vacation
Med-Peds:  MP Ambulatory (pair with PGY 4 in quatro)

During second year, further foundational experiences in General Medicine and General Pediatrics are required with the resident serving as a senior/supervisory resident.   On Medicine, we are allowed flexibility in selection of service for the second inpatient experience on Medicine between the Supportive Oncology service, Leukemia service and the Transitions Team.  The Transitions Team is a uniquely structured service designed to allow more time for patient education and follow up and is highly rated.  On Pediatrics, the General Pediatrics experience can be at Northshore Hospital in Evanston or La Rabida Hospital in South Shore depending on resident choice.   Additionally, critical care experience is maintained with supervisory experience in the CCU, MICU and NICU and the first rotation in the PICU.

Throughout their 2nd through 4th years, residents maintain a weekly continuity clinic with an annual ambulatory block.

Medicine Pediatrics
Gen Med (Inpatient) NICU
Heme-Oncor Leukemia or T Team (Inpatient) PICU
Consults, Elective or Research General Peds: NShore, La Rabida Fl, or Gold (heme onc) Junior (none supervisory)
ER Gen Peds N Shore, La Rabida floor, Gold (heme onc) Junior, or Consults (none supervisory)
CCU/ MICU NF Maroon Night SR / Vacation
Geri/ Vacation  ER
Med-Peds:  MP Ambulatory

Third Year

For the 3rd and 4th year resident, we strive for flexibility by allowing residents to switch between Medicine and Pediatrics as frequently as every month to allow the resident to explore future careers or meet educational goals.  Residents can even split their Medicine rotations into 2 week blocks! Supervisory experience is maintained with inpatient experience in Medicine on any floor service and with General Pediatrics/Maroon at Comer.  As you can read below, there are a lot of options to design an individualized curriculum while meeting all ACGME requirements.

Medicine Pediatrics
Cards resident or NF  Maroon
Consults, Elective, or Research NICU (opt out if primary care tract or with permission for individualized curriculum)
Inpatient (TT, Gens,Leuk, Heme-Onc) ER
MICU Gold Senior (if prev jr)/PROC, Gold junior, Northshore Sr, LaRa floor (not sr), Silver senior, or Consults
Consults, Elective or Research Consults, Adolescent, Elective or Research
Consults, Elective, or Research/ Vacation La Ra Tx Room / Vacation
Med-Peds:   MP Ambulatory

Fourth Year

The MedPeds 4th Year completes ACGME requirements while pursuing an individualized curriculum in their final year.  They each have administrative duties as Chief Residents.  Working with their advisors and the program director, residents meet all ACGME requirements but have the flexibility to pursue other interests like global health, transition care, ethics, education or research.  Examples in recent years include residents completing University of Chicago fellowships in Ethics and Medical Education.

Medicine Pediatrics
Any supervisory Any supervisory
Consults, Elective or Research Consults, Adolescent, Elective or Research
Consults, Elective or Research Consults, Adolescent, Elective or Research
Consults, Elective or Research Consults, Adolescent, Elective or Research
Consults, Elective or Research Gold Senior (if prev jr)/PROC, Northshore Sr, Consults,  LaRa (not super),  Silver Senior, Elective, Adol, or Research
Consults, Elective or Research / Vacation La Ra Tx Room / Vacation
Med-Peds:  MP Ambulatory