At West Suburban Medical Center
The categorical Internal Medicine residency is a traditional program to train residents in internal medicine and its subspecialties. Following successful completion of the three year residency, residents are eligible to sit for Boards with the American Board of Internal Medicine. Our residents are well prepared to practice in general internal medicine, hospitalist medicine, or additional subspecialty training. Because of flexibility within the three year schedule, residents are able to tailor their elective rotations to meet their career goals and needs.
The Categorical Program includes a well-organized ambulatory curriculum to complement the clinical experience in outpatient medicine. Each week, residents and a general medicine faculty review topics in ambulatory medicine, which include medical cases, psychosocial components, billing and coding, and a variety of other subjects.
Residents attend continuity clinic once a week, depending on the rotation. Three to four residents are supervised by a primary care faculty member whose sole responsibility is to guide residents in the practice of outpatient medicine. Each resident has a panel of patients who identify the resident as their primary care provider. The resident is the point person for the patient and his/her family, consultants, and the emergency department. If the patient requires inpatient hospitalization, the resident service follows him/her through his/her hospital course.
Junior and senior residents also participate in a university student clinic adding to the diversity of the patients that we serve.
Residents will obtain additional outpatient training during elective months, and spend blocks of time in subspecialty offices and clinics. Many rotations, such as Rheumatology, Endocrinology and Allergy-Immunology are largely outpatient based. On other rotations, such as Pulmonary Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology and Hematology-Oncology, residents are expected to attend outpatient clinic sessions several times a week.
Regardless of the resident’s future career goals, he or she will likely be spending some time in the practice of outpatient medicine. This variety of ambulatory experience will provide good preparation for future medical practice.