Specialized training pathways

The University of Chicago offers several specialized training programs designed for residents headed either for academic careers or for private practice.

Residents are also encouraged to create their own programs through elective rotations. Residents may opt for additional inpatient or sub-specialty consultation rotations, intensive experiences in outpatient medicine, and rotations in community settings, among others.
We have several programs that you may choose to complete during your residency:

We also have the joint Internal Medicine-Pediatrics and the Physician Scientist Development Program who train alongside our Categorical Internal Medicine Residents.

LUCENT: Leadership for Urban Primary Care Education and Transformation

The LUCENT Primary Care Track is a multi-disciplinary program that aims to develop effective leaders for primary care transformation in urban communities. The program prepares trainees to enter primary care positions and become leaders in today’s ongoing transformation of primary care.

Residents who participate in this track will:

  • Have expanded ambulatory clinical training
  • Have reduced inpatient responsibilities in their PGY 2 and 3 years
  • Participate in twice monthly primary care symposiums
  • Lead clinical practice innovation projects
Find out more information about Lucent on our MedChiefs' site or on the Lucent website.

MERITS: Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching and Scholarship

The MERITS Fellowship & Training Programs in Medical Education provides participating residents with the conceptual and practical skills required for successful future careers as medical education scholars and leaders.

The goal of MERITS is to develop educational leaders and scholars through:

  • Participation in a focused medical education curriculum
  • Participation in Research In Medical Education (RIME) workshops
  • Completion of faculty mentored research projects
  • Active engagement with a rich network of colleagues and faculty in an environment of collaborative learning and support
See more at the MERITS Fellowship Program and Track in Medical Education website.

Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship

The MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago offers the oldest, largest, and most successful clinical ethics fellowship in the world.

This program is designed for residents interested in gaining training and experience in medical ethics. The program begins at the beginning of PGY3 year and includes:

  • A five week, full-time Summer Intensive with 3-4 seminars daily
  • A structured ethics curriculum including Topics in Clinical Medical Ethics, Introduction to Moral Philosophy, and Research-in-Progress seminars
  • Participation in the ethics consultation service
  • Completion of a faculty mentored research project
See more at the Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship website.

Global Health Opportunities

Residents have the opportunity to coordinate with the Center for Global Health (CGH), which offers a broad range of educational, research and clinical opportunities. Graduates will leave well-equipped to pursue a future career in global health.

Residents who participate in this track will:

  • Complete a self-paced online Global Health curriculum
  • Pursue opportunities for funded clinical rotations at sites both abroad and locally (Bolivia, Botswana, China, Cook County Jail, Rosebud Indian Reservation, Tanzania)
  • Volunteer in local underserved communities throughout Chicago
  • Lead discussions based on their clinical rotations working with underserved populations
Find out more information about global health opportunities on UChicago's Center for Global Health site our MedChiefs' site or read the brochure here.

Women’s Health Track

Our residents have the opportunity to take advantage of our newly designed Women’s Health Track, which integrates a focus on gender-specific care and women’s health into the Internal Medicine or Med-Peds residency training.

Residents who participate in this track will:

  • Additional clinical exposure to core women’s health topics including pelvic and breast exams, counseling patients on contraception, managing menstrual dysfunction, PCOS, adolescent medicine, STDs and vaginitis, preventative health in women, managing menopause symptoms, mental health issues in women including intimate partner violence and perform trauma-informed care
  • Exposure to gynecologic procedure such as IUD and Nexplanon placement
  • Additional one-on-one mentoring with women’s health faculty
  • Opportunities and support for scholarly work in women’s health including research, QI, and educational initiatives
Find out more information on our MedChiefs' site.

One-Year Housestaff Positions

The University of Chicago Internal Medicine Training program also offers one year positions to candidates anticipating careers in Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, and Radiology.

The yearlong experience offers a broad exposure to all aspects of internal medicine prior to entering specialty training. House officers receive a curriculum nearly identical to our categorical interns and are given one month of elective time.