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How many pediatric residents are in your program?
We accept 13 residents per year for a total of 39. We have two fourth year chiefs.

When did your residency program start?
Our program has been in existence since 1972. We are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Our department also sponsors Pediatric Critical Care and Neonatology Fellowships.

How many of your residents pursue a career in primary care versus fellowship training upon graduation?
Approximately 25% of our residents pursue careers in primary care, 25% pursue hospitalist medicine and 50% pursue fellowship training. 

Where do your residents live?
Half of our residents live in Chicago and half live in the Chicagoland suburbs.

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Is your program affiliated with a medical school?
Advocate Children's Hospital has an affiliation with three major medical schools:

  • Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences - The Chicago Medical School
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
  • Midwestern University - The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical students from these schools rotate through the ACH for both core and elective rotations. Our residents are highly involved in both the formal and informal training of these students. As PL1s, medical students are assigned to your team on the wards. As PL1s you will get the opportunity to do formal instruction of students on the "Teaching Elective". In addition to our major affiliations, medical students from all over the country come to ACH for elective rotations during their M4 year of training. If you are a student who is interested in an elective rotation at ACH-PR, contact Tara Murphy in the Medical Student Office at Phone 847.723.6479.

ALGCH's pediatric electives and descritpions

What type of pathology will I see at ACH-PR?
Over the past 25 years, ACH-PR has evolved from a community hospital to a major referral and trauma center for all of Northwest Illinois. We have pediatric subspecialist in virtually all medical and surgical specialties as well as a large general academic pediatric faculty. There are over 3900 deliveries per year and 450 admissions to our 54 bed NICU annually. The Advocate Children’s Hospital has a state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit composed of 15 beds and 900 admissions per year. Our general pediatric floor is composed of 51 beds and serves 3500 families annually.

Despite our evolution into the third busiest children’s hospitals in Illinois, Advocate Children’s Hospital-Park Ridge remains true to the community philosophy inherent to our early beginnings. Each patient needs to be evaluated within the context of their family and the community in which they live.

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Will all of my weekly continuity clinics be on site?
The resident continuity clinics are all on site at The Yacktman Children's Pavilion, our outpatient center adjacent to the hospital and on the ACH-PR campus. Our primary care clinic follows the Patient Centered Medical Home model. We pride ourselves in the broad experience that you will receive in general pediatric clinic and traditionally we exceed the ACGME requirements in this area.

Can I be involved in research?
At ACH-PR, we want our graduates to be good consumers of research. Our monthly journal clubs is organized in a fashion that lends itself to a critical appraisal of the literature. In addition, there are several active ongoing research projects in the department which include:

  • Assessment of Growth of Infants Fed an Amino Acid-Based Formula 
  • Inhaled Nitric Oxide for the Prevention of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) in Preterm Infants 
  • Risk Factors for Fibrosising Colonpathy in U.S. Patients with Cystic Fibrosis Treated with Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy 
  • Probiotics in the Hospitalized Patients: Are They Dangerous? 
  • Endothelin Levels in Children with Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Utility of Serum Ferritin in the Differential Diagnosis of Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis
  • Evaluation of a New Inhaled Medication for Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease
  • Ontogeny of Endothelin Receptors in the Rat Brain, Heart and Kidneys at Different Postnatal Ages

Residents are encouraged to get involved in the many faculty research projects at Advocate Children's Hospital. For more information visit the Center for Pediatric Research.

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