Residency Program Nuts & Bolts

  • 7 adult residents per year
  • 2 child residents per year
  • Front-loaded schedule
  • Continuity Clinic
    • Half-day 1x/week
  • Elective time
    • PGY2 = 2 weeks
    • PGY3 = 6 weeks
    • PGY4 = 10 weeks
  • Joint Arrangement
    • UofC IM (2 positions)
    • North Shore IM (5 positions)
  • Neurology Fellowships
    • Clinical Neurophysiology (ACGME)
      • Combo
      • EMG
    • Epilepsy (ACGME)
    • NeuroCritical Care (UCNS)
    • NeuroImmunology (MS Society Grant Funding)
    • Neuromuscular (pending ACGME)
    • Vascular (pending ACGME)
  • Institutional Fellowships
    • MERITS (Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching & Scholarship)
    • MacLean Center for Medical Ethics
  • Annual Resident Research Symposium
  • Education Fund = $1,000/year (balance carried forward)
  • Travel Fund = up to $1,000 each year if presenting at a national conference
  • PGY2
    • night float = 6 weeks/year
  • PGY3
    • peds home call = 20/year
    • buddy call = 3-4/year
    • ectopic call = 4/year
  • PGY4
    • home call = 8-9 weeks/year (when senior)
    • buddy call = 4/year
    • ectopic call = 4/year
  • Vacation = 20 days/year (paid)
  • Sick leave = 5 days/year (paid)
  • Medical leave = 20 days/year (paid), runs concurrent with FMLA
  • Education Days = time off to attend conferences and meetings is permitted with prior approval from the Program Director

A comprehensive didactic lecture schedule includes lectures and discussions focusing on a diverse list of neurological disorders. Our residents attend lectures given by speakers from other institutions, as well as speakers from other departments within the hospital. Visit our the lectures section on our website for more information.

  • Rotations are completed in 2 or 4 week blocks.
  • Rotation blocks are not consecutive (meaning you will not be required to complete all of your inpatient blocks back-to-back for example)
  • Residents are not required to go to North Shore on their Continuity Clinic Day

Read more about our rotations here: Residency Curriculum

In order to help our residents achieve their highest level of potential during their residency, many of our faculty serve as mentors (selection is made by mutual consent). Mentors assist residents with monitoring stress levels, guiding career choices, assisting with fellowship applications, encouraging publications, assisting with research projects, and assisting with ongoing learning.

Because many of our neurologists are committed to conducting cutting-edge research, our residents have access to patients who are currently undergoing new treatment modalities – years before they are widely available elsewhere.

Our neurologists welcome resident participation in their research studies. The research involves a number of national and international clinical trials and other aspects of clinical research as well as bench-type research. Many of our neurologists are supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and other groups for their basic and clinical research work on various neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and peripheral neuropathy.

Our residents participate in an annual “Barry G.W. Arnason Resident Research Symposium”. Each class presents a poster or presentation which involves basic research, clinical research, or a description of an interesting patient with a review of the literature. A visiting professor delivers a special seminar before the symposium and also serves as the judge of the presentations. An award (one per class) is presented to each of the best PGY-II, PGY-III and PGY-IV posters or presentations.

The University of Chicago Medicine is designated as a Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, meaning the hospital is prepared to handle the most seriously injured trauma patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Together with its Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center at Comer Children's Hospital and its Burn and Complex Wound Center, UChicago Medicine is able to provide the community a comprehensive system of care to treat the full range of trauma injuries in patients of all ages.

UChicago Medicine began providing Level 1 adult trauma care on May 1, 2018, nearly 30 years after discontinuing the program. The academic medical center has offered Level 1 pediatric trauma care since 1990.

The institution is home to the South Side of Chicago's only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and the University of Chicago Medicine Aeromedical Network (UCAN), which provides helicopter transportation from the scene of an emergency to our Hyde Park campus or between hospitals within a 200-mile radius.

Through our Urban Health Initiative, we are partnering with and supporting community organizations to provide trauma patients and their families with wraparound services, violence-recovery efforts and other services that ensure they can recover from traumatic injuries.

Our Services

We provide trauma surgery, acute care surgery and critical care surgery to treat injuries involving:

  • Burns
  • Blunt trauma, which can occur from falls or pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes
  • Penetrating trauma, typically seen in gunshot or stab wounds

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We have a new and expanded emergency department (ED) that also offers adult trauma care. The new ED features an efficient layout and design, which has cut waiting, admitting and discharge times. It is connected to the Center for Care and Discovery, allowing for effi cient access to lifesaving resources such as operating rooms. For example, the longest travel time to operating rooms in the CCD has been reduced by 50 percent – from 15 minutes to
7 minutes. The new ED opened in December 2017, followed by the trauma center in May 2018.

The new ED has 41 treatment stations, 4 trauma resuscitation bays, 7 rapid assessment units, 4 psychiatric rooms, 1 bariatric room, dedicated imaging facilities, rapid assessment unit for patients who need minor medical care, and on-site biocontainment unit to deal with infectious diseases and biological agents. Additionally, patients experience more privacy, with separate rooms instead of curtained cubicles, and they have a dedicated patient entrance as well a separate entrance for EMS/paramedics. Patients and emergency responders shared an entrance to the old adult ED.

In addition to the new ED, Mitchell Hospital will be turned into a facility dedicated to the care of patients with cancer. The initial conversion of Mitchell will be phased over time, but began in late 2017.