Rotation Descriptions

First Year

Critical Care Unit (ICU) 
In the ICU, you work with a team of fellow family medicine residents to manage critically ill patients. Daily teaching rounds are conducted by our three nationally recognized pulmonary/critical care attendings. In addition to performing procedures such as intubations, central line placement, ABGs and others, you will also gain experience in managing ventilated patients, performing ACLS, and handling end of life care.

Emergency Medicine 
During your month in the ER, you will learn the first-line management of acutely ill patients. You will have opportunities to suture, intubate, and participate in CPR, while reading EKGs, x-rays, and ABGs. During this month, you also spend one week with the anesthesiologists practicing intubations in the operating room.

Family Medicine Service (FMS) 
During your months on FMS, you will closely manage patients who present with an array of medical problems, from chest pain to newly diagnosed malignancy. Daily rounds with the residents and attendings, in addition to weekly grand rounds and dermatology rounds, provide multiple educational opportunities.

Inpatient Community Doc Service - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 
During this month, you rotate at Lurie Children’s Hospital and follow patients on the community-doc service. As part of the pediatric inpatient resident team, you admit and manage common inpatient pediatric illnesses including asthma exacerbations, fever in newborns, hyperbilirubinemia, UTIs, and dehydration.

Maternal Child Health (MCH) 
On the MCH service, you are part of the team that manages laboring patients, postpartum patients, obstetric triage, and the newborn nursery. Daily rounds feature high yield teaching points by C-section trained family-medicine attendings and MCH fellows. There are ample opportunities to learn and practice obstetric and newborn procedures with the seniors, fellows, and attendings.

Surgery 
During the intern year, the focus of surgery is on the inpatient management of surgical patients. Working with one of our two surgical groups, you will see patients in the hospital and spend time in the OR assisting in surgeries, with a focus on hands-on technical skills. You will also see patients in the outpatient surgery clinic.

Second Year

Behavioral Science In this rotation, you spend time with a child and adolescent psychiatrist, managing ADHD, depression, and bipolar disorders in an outpatient setting. You also spend time with an adult psychiatrist, learning the outpatient management of depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADHD, and anxiety.

Critical Care (Senior) 
The West Suburban ICU is a 13 bed unit in which we manage for a wide range of medical and surgical diagnoses. By the time you graduate, you will be well-trained in the management of common cardiac emergencies (AMI, CHF, arrhythmia), pulmonary emergencies (ARDS, Respiratory Failure, COPD, Asthma) and common medical/surgical diagnoses (DKA, Sepsis, Acute Abdomen). This is a truly unique experience for family medicine residents. The family medicine residency provides full coverage of the ICU six months of the year. There are ample opportunities for procedures (central lines, endotracheal intubations, thoracenteses) under the guidance of the critical care specialists. Daily work rounds include teaching from our nationally recognized critical care attendings and cardiologists. As a second year you spend a month on service in the ICU, and do one week of night float.

Family Centered Pediatrics (FCP) 
During this month, you will spend most of your time at seeing pediatric patients. Under the guidance of our pediatric attendings, you will gain skills in routine well child visits as well as management of commonly encountered pediatric outpatient illnesses. Additionally, you will participate in MCH case management where our OB patients are reviewed and discussed to assess their level of risk and needs for management of a healthy pregnancy.

Family Medicine Service (Senior) 
The Family Medicine Service (FMS) is a comprehensive and diverse, high-volume general medical/surgical service. West Suburban Medical Center provides a unique mix of urban, underserved patients as well as suburban patients. As the FMS senior, you are responsible for delegating daily work tasks for the interns, coordinating daily teaching rounds, and providing enhanced learning opportunities for the interns. As a second year, you spend two months as an FMS senior.

Maternal Child Health (Senior) 
During this rotation, you spend 6 weeks total leading the MCH team. Your role includes supervising first year residents and medical students, and as a team managing laboring, postpartum, and triage patients, as well as newborn nursery. The MCH team manages the labor of many high risk diagnoses (including pre-eclampsia, hypertension, gestational diabetes, preterm labor, multiple prior C-sections, etc), and our Level II nursery cares for premature babies as young as 32 weeks.

Pediatric Emergency Department - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 
This month you will spend at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's in downtown Chicago, where you gain valuable experience seeing pediatric patients in an emergency setting. You see common childhood illnesses and injuries such as respiratory illnesses, gastroenteritis, dehydration, fractures, and trauma. You also attend the pediatric resident lectures, given by pediatric ER specialists, on a weekly basis.

Third Year

Critical Care (Senior) 
The West Suburban ICU is a 13 bed unit in which we manage for a wide range of medical and surgical diagnoses. By the time you graduate, you will be well-trained in the management of common cardiac emergencies (AMI, CHF, arrhythmia), pulmonary emergencies (ARDS, Respiratory Failure, COPD, Asthma) and common medical/surgical diagnoses (DKA, Sepsis, Acute Abdomen). This is a truly unique experience for family medicine residents. The family medicine residency provides full coverage of the ICU six months of the year. There are ample opportunities for procedures (central lines, endotracheal intubations, thoracenteses) under the guidance of the critical care specialists. Daily work rounds include teaching from our nationally recognized critical care attendings and cardiologists. As a third year you spend a 2 weeks on service in the ICU, and do one week of night float.

Family Medicine Service (Senior) 
The Family Medicine Service (FMS) is a comprehensive and diverse, high-volume general medical/surgical service. West Suburban Medical Center provides a unique mix of urban, underserved patients as well as suburban patients. As the FMS senior, you are responsible for delegating daily work tasks for the interns, coordinating daily teaching rounds, and providing enhanced learning opportunities for the interns. As a third year, you spend one month as an FMS senior.

Geriatrics 
You will spend a month in various parts of the community to get a full spectrum experience in elder care. In addition to spending time with a community family medicine practice that has particular focus on geriatrics, you will also spend time in nursing homes, inpatient and home hospice, a memory clinic at Rush Presbyterian hospital, and a local township center with social services for the aging. As a second and third year resident you will also be assigned to one to two nursing home patients whom you follow monthly throughout the two years.

Maternal Child Health (Senior) 
During this rotation, you spend 6 weeks total leading the MCH team. Your role includes supervising first year residents and medical students, and as a team managing laboring, postpartum, and triage patients, as well as newborn nursery. The MCH team manages the labor of many high risk diagnoses (including pre-eclampsia, hypertension, gestational diabetes, preterm labor, multiple prior C-sections, and more), and our Level II nursery cares for premature babies as young as 32 weeks.