Selective Rotations

Required rotations that may be taken in the 2nd or 3rd year

Community Medicine

During this month, you will work one morning a week at the Boulevard, a respite care home for the homeless in Chicago. In addition, you will spend time with community dwelling individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, and work with homeless outreach in coordination with PCC Community Wellness. Additional experiences may also include more work at our chemical dependency center, the Cook County jail, and educational talks at local schools.


Primary goals of this 1-month rotation include learning to diagnose and treat common outpatient dermatologic diseases in children and adults. You will learn how to detect skin cancer, observe and learn to perform skin biopsies, and when it is important to refer. This is all done under the supervision of board-certified dermatologists.


In this month, you will spend afternoons in a busy OB-GYN practice, seeing both high-risk and normal pregnancies and a wide range of gynecologic issues. You will gain knowledge and proficiency in procedures such as IUD placement, colposcopy, and endometrial biopsy.

Musculoskeletal Medicine I

In this rotation, you will work closely with one of our experienced sports-medicine trained family physicians. Your focus will be on outpatient evaluation and treatment of knee, shoulder, back, and neck injuries and complaints. There is ample hands-on teaching, with special emphasis placed on the physical exam as well as for joint injections of the knee and shoulder. Formal sports medicine lectures are attended by our residents on a weekly basis.

Musculoskeletal Medicine II

During this month, you will work closely with multiple specialty groups including rheumatology and orthopedic surgery. You will spend time in an outpatient setting, and in the operating room gaining competency in joint exams, reading plain films, and performing joint injections. You will also have the chance to hone your rheumatology history and physical exam skills, as well as review the medication management of rheumatologic disease.


During this ½ month rotation, you will spend time in a local, busy ophthalmology practice learning basic eye anatomy, common causes of vision loss, and indications for vision-screening examinations. You will also develop rational plans for treatment of common eye disorders and recognize when to refer.


During this ½ month rotation, you will work directly with board-certified urologists in order to obtain a useful knowledge base to provide primary urologic care across the lifespan. You will become proficient at the diagnosis and management of common problems related to the urinary system and genital tract, and gain familiarity with procedures commonly performed in the subspecialty.