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Welcome to Lutheran General Hospital. As Chief Resident, I have a unique perspective of our Residency program. I have had the pleasure of training at Lutheran and am now acting as a junior faculty member. Over my time spent here I have developed a strong belief that our program does an excellent job preparing our residents to become well-rounded physicians and know that this training is done in a supportive and team centered environment.

Just walking the floors of Lutheran General Hospital, you will overhear teaching by Senior residents, Attendings, and Program Directors. While on the general medical floor, you interact with different people and learn various styles of patient management. Alongside your senior residents, you formulate a daily patient care plan and discuss cases with attendings and consultants. As you become more comfortable and skilled, attendings allow just the right amount of autonomy, so that you can truly take responsibility and ownership of your patients.

Whatever your future holds, primary care or fellowship, you will have all the support and guidance you need. You are paired up with an academic advisor and clinic mentor, both of whom you will meet frequently and who will provide career advice and the support you need to achieve your goals.

There has been no more exciting a time to be at Lutheran than right now. We are a community hospital and at our heart will always be. But the excellence of research and teaching are also a core value at Lutheran and hospital leadership has opened the Russell Institute for Research and Innovation which is solely staffed to help us be more involved in clinical research. It is staffed with qualified grant writers, statisticians, etc., to help with any research idea you have. Under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Timothy Laurie, our research director, our residents have presented cases and original research at nationally recognized meetings and in various peer reviewed journals.

Additionally, we have restructured our educational curriculum and have adopted protected afternoon “didactic sessions” that allow post-graduate year specific education to occur.

Situated in the Chicago Suburb of Park Ridge, our Hospital allows easy access from various parts of the city. As a result, our residents in the past have lived virtually everywhere in the greater Chicago area. Our residents commute from Aurora, Barrington, Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Oak Park, Olympia Fields, and the downtown Chicago areas. There are multiple freeways and public transportation nearby which makes the commute from many of these locations feasible.

A unique opportunity our program provides to alleviate stress is our in-house gym, complete with Olympic size swimming pool, personal trainers, massage therapist, and wide array of exercise equipment. The residents are invited to join the gym free of charge and can continue the free membership for the duration of their residency.

As Chief Resident, I understand that the residency experience is more than just conferences, research and clinical time. I strongly believe that the well being of our residents is a vital part of our program. During intern orientation week, intern camaraderie and partnership is facilitated through a trip to the local bowling alley. Frequently, the resident class will organize outings, soccer games, and resident-attending basketball competitions. This provides time away from the hospital to get to know your colleagues and share your interests.

In addition to the resident organized initiatives, The Department of Medicine hosts social programs throughout the year to promote fellowship amongst our residents. Each spring there is a Resident Appreciation Day. This is one of our favorite days since all the residents get the day off and call is taken by attendings. This day consists of the Resident Skits; where our interns have the opportunity to display their creativity. They take turns portraying their experiences, what life is like as a resident and poke fun at faculty members. At the end of the year there is a formal Graduation Dinner that is held only for the Department of Internal Medicine. This is a time to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments that all of the residents have made throughout the year.

At Lutheran General Hospital there is a camaraderie that often lasts far beyond graduation. We have made lifelong friendships during our residency and have a lot of fun together as a residency program. We hope that you choose to become a part of our program!

Marc Conte-Russian
Chief Resident
Department of Internal Medicine
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

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