As a future Family Medicine physician, you'll care for patients of all ages who have a wide variety of social backgrounds, beliefs, family structures, and health problems. To meet that challenge, you will need extensive clinical and procedural skills across the entire breadth of Family Medicine, including up-to-date knowledge of disease prevention, detection, and treatment. But more than this, you will also need to combine your medical expertise with a personal commitment to understanding your patients' problems from their perspective. This will help you not only treat disease, but also integrate wellness and prevention into the doctor-patient relationship.
The Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program provides the faculty support, institutional support, and patient care experiences you need to prepare for the challenges ahead. Our unopposed program gives residents extensive opportunities to assume patient care responsibilities in the context of a large, urban community hospital and a diverse patient population. Residents interested in gaining enhanced OB training in accordance with new ACGME requirements will find the experience particularly rich. A comprehensive didactic program complements the wide array of direct patient care activities to which each of our residents has access. And our affiliation with the University of Illinois College of Medicine - Chicago provides additional academic support to both residents and faculty.
Residents gradually increase their clinical and administrative responsibilities as they progress through the program. From the beginning, they act as their patients' primary physician, write all orders during the admission and hospitalization process, and perform procedures. Residents are constantly challenged to test their skills in new situations, but are not expected to take on duties for which they feel unprepared. First-year residents share overnight duties with second- and third-year residents in a team system of shared but graded responsibility. This encourages personal growth, teaching, and leadership skills alongside the more traditionally emphasized patient care skills. Support and guidance from attending physicians is always available. An innovative Night Float system during all three years of residency optimizes resident learning experiences, minimizes on-call fatigue, ensures at least two free weekends per month during all rotations, and provides balance in each resident's personal and professional life.
Residents are respected as valued members of the medical community, and attending physicians are in turn encouraged to share their expertise in their care of patients with our residents. Attendings take an interest in each resident's professional development and are expected to provide feedback and support.
Family Medicine residents are viewed as colleagues who will potentially want to maintain ties with the medical center for many years to come. In fact, after graduation, many residents choose to enter practice in communities that the hospital serves, obtaining and maintaining hospital privileges at the medical center. We can provide assistance to new graduates through partner recruitment services, practice management support, access to a comprehensive physician referral line, and the opportunity to join the medical center's managed care group. For those residents who will choose to practice in a different locale after graduation, we regard their three years with us as no less important in helping them to become the best future family physicians that they can be.