Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at West Suburban Medical Center is designed to help you become an excellent physician. Our program has been training physicians since 1981. We believe in safety, respect, integrity, accountability, and innovation. If these values are important to you, we’re excited to share the unique features of the West Suburban Internal Medicine Residency with you. Together, you will provide superior care to our patients while you learn and grow in your field.

Welcome!

Welcome to the West Suburban Internal Medicine Residency Program! We are thrilled that you are you are considering our program in your journey of lifelong learning and service.

The residency leadership is committed to provide medical residents a structured and collegial learning environment that will lead to excellent and independent attending physicians at the end of their journey here at West Suburban Medical Center. Graduate medical education is an ever-changing landscape and it is where ideas and innovation are thriving. At West Sub, we pride ourselves in welcoming and being part of those changes.

Welcome to our program!

Please contact Ariel Nasca for more information:

(708) 763-6959
[email protected]

Learn More About the Program

Unique Program Features

Internal Medicine Residency Program

  • Exceptional training in both Primary Care and Subspecialty Internal Medicine
  • Ideally located in the historic suburb of Oak Park, Illinois with lively restaurants, cultural attractions, and just minutes from downtown Chicago affording the best of city and suburban living
  • One-on-one teaching for many subspecialty rotations
  • Opportunities to do hands-on procedures
  • Emphasis on bedside teaching
  • Diverse patient population
  • A comprehensive career development program, with attention to CVs, job placement, and fellowship pursuits
  • Friendly residents and faculty who work hard, but enjoy life outside residency
  • Resident autonomy commensurate with experience
  • Academic Half Day to provide residents with a dedicated and protected time for our didactic curriculum
  • Practical skills for “real-world” medicine
  • Access to Simulation Lab at Loyola University Medical Center
  • Competitive salary and benefits, which includes paid membership in American College of Physicians, subscription to Annals of Internal Medicine, MKSAP, generous CME money and time, and meal stipends for overnight call
  • High Value Care Lecture series
  • Lecture series for professional development with goal of becoming a well-rounded physician (Resident 360°)
  • Participation in regional and national conferences (i.e. ACP)

 

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Application Requirements
  • All applications should be received by November 15th via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
  • Graduates of international medical schools must have a degree from a school listed in the World Health Organization Directory of Medical Schools which is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
  • ECFMG certification (if appropriate) should be current and valid. However, in the case of current year medical students, requirements for ECFMG certificate must be met prior to the start of residency.
  • Graduation from medical school within the last three years is highly preferred.
  • All candidates must be United States citizens or Permanent Residents. We do not sponsor or accept any visas at this time.
  • Competitive USMLE or COMLEX scores.
  • USMLE Step 2- CK / COMLEX Level 2-PE Exams should be submitted by January 15th for consideration for a categorical position.
  • HANDS-ON U.S. clinical experience is required. Observorships are NOT hands-on experience.
  • Please refer to FREIDA, The AMA Residency and Fellowship Database for any further information.
  • A recruitment committee reviews each application individually and extends invitations for interviews. We will not respond to applicants’ requests for additional information regarding their application status.
Sample Contract

View and download a PDF sample of the West Suburban Medical Center Residency Contract.

Salaries & Benefits

2021-2022 Stipends

First Year
2021-2022 Stipends: $55,486.61
CME Time: 3 Days
CME Reimbursement: $500

Second Year
2021-2022 Stipends: $57,137.73
CME Time: 4 Days
CME Reimbursement: $750

Third Year
2021-2022 Stipends: $59,167.79
CME Time: 5 Days
CME Reimbursement: $1,000
 

Additional Benefits

  • Examination – Two paid days to take the USMLE Step 3
  • Training & Certification – Offered during Orientation Week:
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
    Recertification available during Senior Resident years
  • Memberships – American College of Physicians
    • Annual dues paid by the Residency Program
    • Annual ACP In-Training Examination paid by the Residency Program
    • Complimentary subscription to Annals in Internal Medicine
    • MKSAP 18 electronic access
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) – Provided in accordance with WSMC Policy
  • Extended Illness Bank (EIB) – Provided in accordance with WSMC Policy
  • Insurance Offered
    • Group Health Insurance
    • Group Dental Insurance
    • Long-Term Disability Insurance
    • Term Life Insurance
    • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – 401k offered
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Health Care Contribution, Dependent Care
    Contribution
  • White Lab Coats – Over the course of the three years, four (4) white lab coats will
    be provided to each resident. WSMC will provide laundering of lab coats.
  • Business Cards
  • Meal Stipends for Call Coverage – An $11.50 meal stipend is provided to residents
    for each night they are on call at the medical center
  • Electronic Library Resources – UpToDate and OVID
  • Parking – Residents are allowed to park free-of-charge in the hospital parking
    garage.
Resident Life
Beyond training competent and well-rounded internists, there is a focus on camaraderie and teamwork. We offer activities that enrich relationships with peers and faculty, develop mutual respect between residents and hospital administration, and foster skills in procedures and team building. These include:

  • Charitable work in the community we serve
  • White Coat Ceremony to honor the first step in post graduate training
  • Academic Half-Day lunches
  • ACP Leadership Day in Washington D.C.
  • Procedural Skills Workshop and Dinner
  • Resident Retreats to promote Wellness and Team Building
  • Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ and Medical Student Day
  • Orientation Bowling Party

Resident Life

Recent Research, Publications and Posters
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura and Hemorrhage After mRNA-1273 SARS-COV2 Vaccination. IDWeek Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2021.
  • A case of Coombs-negative hemolytic anemia in a patient with COVID. SGIM Midwest, 2021.
  • Granulomatous tubulointerstitial nephritis as the presenting symptom of Crohn’s Disease, Case Report. Submitting for publication
  • Everything is Not as It Seems, Case Report. ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, 2020
  • “Recommendation for avoidance of femoral line placement in proning SARS-CoV2 patients” quality improvement project poster. ACP Northern Illinois 2020
  • Anchors Away. Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, 2020
  • Full Blown MANEC Episode Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, 2020.
  • The Role of IL-13 and Granulysin in the pathogenesis of Steven Johnson Syndrome. Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, 2020.
  • Possible links between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and COVID. Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, 2020.
  • I’m not NUTS. Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, 2020.
  • Raising the Bar. Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, 2020.
  • Slowed to a Crawl. Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, 2020.
  • Chemotherapy induced myocarditis presenting as STEMI. Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, 2020.
  • Lyte with a Twist. Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, 2020.
  • Medical Doctors and Dementia: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2020
  • Mass effect- Quest for the primary. Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, 2019
  • Inappropriate use of IV iron in Non-Hemodialysis CKD Patients with Anemia Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, First Place Winner, 2019.
  • A Sore That Grew Too Soon. Illinois Chapter Northern Region Annual ACP Residents’ & Medical Students’ Day, 2019
Recent Fellowship Placement

Hematology/Oncology
Cook County Hospital

Nephrology/Critical Care
University of Pittsburgh

Endocrinology
Marshall University
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Geriatrics
Rush University
Loyola University

Infectious Diseases
Rush University Medical Center
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Nephrology
UCLA

Pulmonary/Critical Care
LSU

Infectious Disease/Critical Care
SUNY

Palliative Care Medicine
Vanderbilt University

Interview Day
To provide all applicants that are selected for an interview with a safe and equitable interview day given the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, all interviews will be held virtually for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

A full itinerary will be email to the candidates prior to the interview. We are still finalizing the full interview day as to maximize the candidate’s exposure to all aspects of the program, including the program director, teaching attendings, our current residents, and the hospital itself.

Living in Oak Park

West Suburban Medical Center has 234 licensed beds and is situated in Oak Park, Illinois, which is located 8 miles west of the city of Chicago. Because Oak Park is a crossroads city, West Suburban Medical Center serves both an urban and suburban population.

To work in Oak Park is an opportunity to interact with a remarkably diverse population of people. Not only do the patients you will care for represent all walks of life, your colleagues represent a wide variety of cultures and languages as well.

Oak Park life offers a rich array of culture, restaurants and shopping districts. According to the last census, more than 20 languages are spoken in Oak Park homes. There is easy accessibility to the city of Chicago, either by highway or by two public transportation lines. This combination of suburban life, with excellent schools and green parks, yet easy access to the vibrant and urban city of Chicago, attracts many people to this city.

If you are interested in coming to West Suburban Medical Center for your residency training, we encourage you to seek more information on Oak Park. Here are a few websites to start your search.

Sample Monthly Calendar

Sample Monthly Conference Calendar
Description of Conferences

Academic Half-day

We have moved from the traditional daily noon conference to a concentrated block of protected academic time that occurs each Tuesday from 12:30-4:30 p.m. (lunch is provided). Didactic lectures are given by our faculty members and/or outside guest speakers that offer another perspective on the approach to several diagnoses and their treatments. The Half-Day also encompasses “hands-on” interactive activities such as an EKG workshop, Journal Club, Resident as Teacher, ClinicoPathologic Conference, High Value Care topics, and Resident 360, which involves discussions regarding job contracts, malpractice, and building a CV as examples.

  • Journal Club: A senior resident presents a recently published journal article pertaining to inpatient/outpatient medicine. Articles are assigned by either the Chief Resident or faculty.
  • Resident as Teacher: RAT is a one hour conference lecture given by a resident on a topic of interest in any subspecialty. It is usually attended by the Program Director and an attending from that particular subspecialty.
  • Buzz Session: The residents meet with Program Director, Associate Program Director, and Chief Resident. Any suggestions, issues, and concerns are raised for discussion. The group can brainstorm on ways to improve the residency. Many new innovations have been developed at our monthly Buzz Session.
  • Board-Review: Board Review is conducted by the Chief Resident and/or Program Director. Questions are reviewed with emphasis on medical knowledge, the reasoning between the right and wrong answers, and test-taking skills.

Daily Huddle

Monday-Friday from 6:30-7:30 a.m., a faculty member meets with the overnight residents and the incoming residents to discuss cases admitted the night before. This teaching opportunity enhances transitions of care and ensures safe continuity of management.

General Morning Report

This conference occurs on Monday and Thursday from 7:10-8:00 a.m. and is led by a faculty member and Chief Resident. The night float team presents one or two cases that were admitted the previous night. There is an emphasis a system-based approach, differential diagnosis, management, and encompassing a high-value care approach in the treatment plan.

Inpatient Teaching Rounds

The inpatient general medicine resident teams meet from 10-11:30 a.m. on non-call days to conduct an in depth review of inpatient medical topics with a dedicated faculty.

Morbidity and Mortality

Morbidity and Mortality is a conference in which cases are discussed when there has been a change in a patient’s status requiring a higher level of care or if there was an unexpected mortality that occurred. An in-depth discussion takes place with the senior inpatient residents, the Chief Resident, the Program Director, and various teaching faculty.

Grand Rounds

A weekly Grand Rounds is typically conducted by a visiting faculty member from an outside institution. The focus is on updates and advances in medicine, and is clinically relevant and evidence-based.