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  1. How are residents evaluated during residency?
    Residency is a time for trainees to grow and improve their skills in order to become successful, well-rounded physicians. With that in mind, the process of evaluation and feedback is continuous during residency training at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital. We have applied the ACGME Core Competencies to create a list of goals for a resident at each level of training. This helps both the resident and the evaluator have a common understanding of our expectations.

    Each month, residents receive evaluations from colleagues and attending physicians. Our behavioral scientist, Dr Laurie Honor, Ph.D. works with housestaff to improve interpersonal and communication skills, and patient-physician interactions through direct observation and videotaped interviews. Residents meet semi-annually with the program director to review their performance. 


  2. Does the program encourage scholarly activities?
    The program encourages each resident to complete at least one scholarly activity during training. We host an annual Clinical Vignette and Poster competition and encourage participation and support for the fall regional ACP Associates Meeting. Residents also may join a research project (see below) or write an article, abstract or case report. Faculty members are very willing to help with these ventures. Transitional Year residents are required to complete a quality improvement project.
  3. What research opportunities are available during training?
    Completion of a research project is not required for the Transitional Program. However, residents will gain a better understanding of research methodology and enhance their ability to critically analyze medical literature by attending lectures regarding medical epidemiology/biostatics and accessing research materials that guide them through the various stages of research. Various faculty members serve as mentors for the residents and statistical assistance is also available. Dr. Manish Jain also serves as Research Director for graduate medical education at Presence Saint Francis Hospital and created a research methodology roation.

    In addition to resident-driven research, several faculty members are involved in research projects in areas such as HIV Medicine, Cardiology, End-of-Life Medicine/Palliative Care and Geriatrics and Quality Improvement projects. Transitional Year residents are required to complete a quality improvement project.

  4. What is Presence Saint Joseph Hospital looking for in a resident?
    Candidates who are highly motivated, eager to learn and work well with others will be given strong consideration and are encouraged to apply.
  5. What is the patient population at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital and the affiliated training sites?
    Chicago's broad cultural and ethnic variety is well represented in Presence Saint Joseph Hospital's patient population. The continuity clinic experiences at outside sites enhance the exposure to patients from the socioeconomic continuum.
  6. Is there a lot of "scut work" to perform?
    Presence Saint Joseph Hospital provides 24-hour phlebotomy, transportation services, EKGs, respiratory therapists and more to help minimize the amount of "scut work" for residents.
  7. Is it hard to find affordable housing in Chicago?
    Presence Saint Joseph Hospital is located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Chicago. Most of our residents choose to live nearby, where one-bedroom apartments rent for on average $800-$1,000 per month. Lincoln Park, Lake Michigan, bookstores, grocery stores and fitness facilities are all within walking distance of the hospital.
  8. Does the program provide support for educational expenses?
  9. Is the program accredited?
    Yes. During its most recent review, the program received continued accreditation from the ACGME. The review committee commended the program for its compliance with ACGME and institutional requirements without any citations.