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1. What is the call schedule?

PGY 1s have a total of 2-4 weeks of night float experience over their 4 months on the Family Medicine Inpatient Service. They also do 1 week of night float on the Pediatric Inpatient Service. PGY 2s have a total of three 2-week night float experiences. PGY 3s have only one 2-week night float experience. PGY 2s and PGY 3s both are on call once a week during their 2 months of Family Medicine Inpatient Service.

2. Do the new resident work hours rules really protect residents from being overworked?

Yes. We take these regulations seriously, and make every effort to promote resident health and well being. Our night-float system allows our PGY 2 and PGY 3 residents to take call less frequently, and keeps residents from working more than 80 hours per week.

3. How many electives will I have?

Core rotations are completed during the first and second years. The Third Year residents choose 8 weeks of Pediatric Selectives, 8 weeks of Adult Medicine Selectives, and 6 weeks of Electives.

4. Are outside electives allowed?

Yes. Residents may request to fulfill an elective at another institution if it satisfies an educational need.

5. Does the program offer any support for educational expenses?

Yes, Advocate Christ Medical Center allots educational stipends as follows:

  • $750 for PGY1 year
  • $1,000 for PGY2 year
  • $1,000 for PGY3 year

This fund may be used to reimburse costs for approved conferences, travel, books, computer programs and electronic devices. Additional funds may be available when certain criteria are met.

6. What is the patient population?

Advocate Christ Medical Center is a tertiary referral center, as well as a provider of care to the surrounding community, with a wide spectrum of patients and diseases. Patients come from all ethnic backgrounds and income levels, presenting a wide range of common to complex health conditions.

7. How much training is in the ambulatory setting?

Interns spend one half-day per week in the continuity clinic at the Family Medicine Center. PGY 2s and PGY 3s spend two to three half-days per week and three to four half-days per week respectively in clinic. Additionally, many of the core and elective rotations include an outpatient experience.

8. Will I have an opportunity to do scholarly activity or research?

Residents participate in scholarly activity through required Grand Rounds and Journal Club presentations, as well as through a Community Health rotation project. Residents may also pursue research experience through individual projects or ongoing faculty research at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Research is supported by Advocate Christ Medical Center's parent company, Advocate Health Care.

9. What do the graduates of the program do?

Recent graduates work in private practice and academic medicine, and have pursued fellowships such as academic medicine, sports medicine, palliative care, women’s health, and geriatrics. Although graduates of our program work in all areas of the country, many practice medicine in the Chicagoland area.

10. Does the program provide assistance in job placement?

Yes. Advocate Christ Medical Center is in a superb position to assist residents with career planning. Many former residents of our program are on the medical center staff, either as private practitioners or as medical center-based physicians. Advocate Christ Medical Center also benefits from the support of its parent organization, Advocate Health Care, which has relationships with many local physicians, health care facilities and hospitals. Advocate Christ Medical Center will actively assist residents interested in exploring such practice opportunities.

11. Where do the residents generally live?

The convenient location of Advocate Christ Medical Center affords a wide variety of living options for resident physicians. Currently, the majority of our Family Medicine residents live in Chicago neighborhoods such as the South Loop, River North, Lakeview, Wicker Park, and Old Town. Living in these areas allows residents to take advantage of everything that Chicago has to offer while also being a short 30-minute commute away from ACMC. Many residents also choose to live in the surrounding suburbs of Palos, Hometown, Lombard, Darien, Naperville, and Orland Park. Whether you are looking for the excitement of big city living or the laid back family atmosphere that the suburbs have to offer, Advocate Christ Medical Center provides numerous possibilities to suit your personal living preferences and enhance your overall residency experience.

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