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University of Illinois at Chicago Pediatrics Residency Program

Chicago, IL

Beach Run

Michelle Barnes, MD

Program Director

Diane Arce

Program Coordinator

  1. Mission-driven program caring for a largely vulnerable patient populations; over 70% of our patients have Medicaid

  2. Large medical school with teaching opportunities at all levels

  3. PICU rotations at affiliated Chicago hospital with a level 1 trauma center

  4. Large state-of-the-art simulation center

  5. Children's hospital within a hospital allowing for continuity of care with adult providers and transitional care programs

  6. Funding support to present research at national meetings

  1.  Longitudinal tracks for PGY2-3 residents: Community Health and Advocacy, Global Health, Medical Education, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, and Research, with mentored scholarly projects and protected time

  2.  Medium-sized program with 12 pediatric and 4 med-peds residents per class

  3.  Fellowship opportunities in pediatric hematology/oncology, adolescent  medicine, pediatric endocrinology, neonatology, and medical education

  4.  Wellness Committee supporting our residents at work (wellness half-days) and outside of work (retreat, Surprise Night)

  5.  Close 1:1 faculty mentorship

  6.  50% of residents pursue fellowship, 50% of residents pursue academic or community general pediatrics


We are located in Chicago in an urban environment. Some residents live within walking distance of the hospital, and others live within the many other neighborhoods throughout Chicago. Chicago is a 4-season city with outdoor activities in our many parks and the lakefront, as well as ice skating, hiking, outdoor festivals, and nearby (Midwest) skiing. Residents spend time at our many restaurants, clubs, music venues, shows or sporting events.

  1. X+Y 3+1 scheduling, implemented July, 2022

  2. Longitudinal electives for PGY2-3 residents during Y block

  3. Academic half-day curriculum for residents during Y block

  4. Morning and noon didactic and interactive conference series

  5. QI and patient safety curricula for residents across all PGY levels

  6. Simulation curriculum in situ and at our simulation center: inpatient, ICU, delivery room, and clinic settings, also to promote procedural and communication skills

  7. Targeted board preparation program with individualized mentorship

  8. Off-site rotations at local hospitals in Chicago for unique experiences in pediatric trauma, inpatient pediatrics, and perioperative management of children and youth with special health care needs

  1.  Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for interested residents

  2.  Task Force emphasizes mentorship, community engagement, research to address health disparities, and celebrating diversity as a program

  3.  Faculty and resident participation in recruitment and retention of UIM residents and faculty

  4.  Diversity Educational Symposium every year

  5.  Bias Reduction in Medicine training for all residents

  6.  Incorporation of language around diversity and inclusion across all aspects of  our curriculum

  7.  Academic half-day session focused on diversity, inclusion and equity

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