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The Internal Medicine residency program at Lutheran General Hospital is dedicated to the training of excellent general internists who are able to practice confidently and successfully in any setting or location. For those residents interested in sub-specialty training, residency at Lutheran General provides an outstanding foundation upon which to build. In addition, by the conclusion of the Internal Medicine residency program, we expect our residents to master the skills necessary for lifelong learning, develop and maintain the highest professional and ethical standards, and develop the ability to reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses to engage in continuous self-improvement.

"LGH residency program allowed me to give back to the community through programs such as Community Health." - Nancy Stewat, D.O.

Lutheran General is one of the top 100 hospitals and top 15 teaching hospitals in the country. Our educational program boasts state of the art inpatient facilities with a core faculty of 80 teaching physicians and more than two hundred private attending physicians. We offer uncommon strength in ambulatory teaching and practice through a large outpatient facility with twenty-five thousand medicine outpatient visits per year. The breadth of resources available at Lutheran General Hospital ensures that residents can receive a comprehensive educational experience at one campus.

The Residency Program in Internal Medicine consists of 30 PGY I residents (19 categorical, 11 Preliminary) and 18 residents in each of the PGY II and PGY III years. 3 categorical medicine positions are available for the early Osteopathic Match, though we offer all osteopathic physicians the opportunity to receive accreditation by the AOA in our Osteopathic Residency Program. Residents at Lutheran General work closely with medical students from our 3 educational affiliates (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine/Chicago Medical School, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the University of Illinois at Chicago), our own fellows in medical subspecialty training, and a variety of outstanding attending physicians. These interactions support an atmosphere that is not only intellectually stimulating and rewarding, but one in which high quality patient care is provided.

During the in-patient Medicine services, residents work in teams consisting of one senior resident,  2 interns and a variable number of students. A teaching attending physician is assigned to each in-patient team. The resident teams are involved in all aspects of patient management. Senior residents function as team leaders and conduct work rounds. Teaching attending physicians serve as mentors and conduct teaching rounds three days per week. Residents also work closely with each patient's physician of record, with subspecialty consultants, and with nursing care coordinators. Ample time in the Medical and Cardiac Intensive Care Units ensures that all residents are skilled in the management of critically ill patients. We offer a wide range of sub-specialty elective rotations on-site where residents work side by side with board certified specialists. Over the course of three years and, particularly during the third year of residency, we work closely with each resident to create an educational program that will meet his or her educational needs and career goals.

In our outpatient facility, Nesset Pavilion, residents are supervised by dedicated primary care teaching faculty. Our shared resident-faculty practice is a unique opportunity to develop ambulatory skills in a "real world" clinical environment.

Scholarship and research is an integral part of our training program. All residents complete and present a scholarly project before graduation. Excellent opportunities for clinical research are available at Lutheran General Hospital; residents are able to work with faculty members from the Department of Medicine and receive additional support with study design and data analysis from our on-site research personnel.

 “A program where outstanding patient care an
 exceptional resident education unite in an affable environment” -  May Bakir, M.D.

An additional distinguishing aspect of the Lutheran General Internal Medicine residency program is our commitment to serving the medically underserved. This occurs through two different types of programs, both of which are voluntary but very popular.

CommunityHealth Clinic is a volunteer-based free clinic serving the indigent and uninsured on Chicago's near northwest side. Our residents and one of our faculty members staff the clinic three nights per month on a voluntary basis. We believe that this experience instills the values of service and volunteerism in our residents. This experience also provides our residents with an exposure to a more diverse patient population as well as health problems that may be unique to an urban setting. The residents also learn teamwork and cost conscious use of limited resources. The experience at CommunityHealth has been a wonderful addition to our residency experience; it offers a completely different view of the healthcare needs of our population and results in a highly satisfying and fulfilling personal experience.

 “Very supportive environment in a collegiate atmosphere.  The ICU experience is excellent and allows for excellent academic and personal growth.” - Rutuja Patel, D.O.

The second opportunity emphasizing care of the medically underserved is our international medicine experience. Each year in February, residents from the Internal Medicine Residency program have the opportunity to be part of a medical team that travels to rural Guatemala to bring medical care to the poor and underserved in that country. The residents are supervised on these trips by Department of Medicine faculty members. Over the past several years, the program has also facilitated other international medicine opportunities for interested residents. Residents have traveled to Latin America, Africa, China, and India on these rotations. Through these international experiences, our residents learn teamwork, self-reliance and gain personal and professional satisfaction that comes from helping persons in need.

To ensure that residents have a voice in the development and implementation of the educational curriculum, residents at Lutheran General are valuable members of departmental and hospital committees and attend monthly meetings with the program director, chairman and other faculty. The environment at Lutheran General is thus one of congeniality and teamwork.

Each year, approximately half of our graduates choose a career in primary care internal medicine, many choosing to join the faculty of Lutheran General Hospital. The other half of our graduates enter one of many outstanding fellowship programs. We currently offer three year fellowships in Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology.

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