Internal Medicine Residency Program

 

Overview

The goal of our residency program is to train residents as general internists who:

  • Are fully competent to practice Internal Medicine in both ambulatory and inpatient settings, and;

  • Are fully prepared for any career pathway in Internal Medicine, including primary care, hospital-based medicine, subspecialty training and academics.

We think there are 5 main things that make internal medicine residency training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria unique: the training, the people, the place, the perks, and the opportunities.

 

The Training 

Who you will learn from You will learn from clinicians who have not only “been there, done that,” but are “in there, doing that. ”Full-time faculty members are practicing clinician-educators, with extensive practical patient care experience. Their priority is clinical education in the context of excellent patient care. They are here for you.

  • Subspecialty faculty span all disciplines. They teach you subspecialty medicine and show you how it’s practiced in the “real world” to achieve excellent outcomes.

  • And, of course, your best teachers will be your patients, who will be drawn from our referral base of over one million people, and who account for 35,000 annual admissions and 100,000 ED visits.

  • How you will learn:

  • Faculty attending physicians provide hands-on bedside teaching during rounds and in the clinic

  • Outpatient education occurs in the resident continuity clinic and in community private practice offices. As a resident here, you will have opportunities to follow your patients, learn the business aspects of outpatient practice, and participate in clinical quality improvement of your own clinic practice.

  • Clinical simulations. In addition to our current $1 million high-fidelity simulation lab, the College of Medicine and OSF-Saint Francis Medical Center were recently given a $25 million gift for the construction of a state-of-the-art medical simulation and education center on the medical center campus, which opened in Spring, 2011.

  • Didactic conferences include morning reports (a favorite!), noon conferences, grand rounds, board review sessions, journal club, and a pre-clinic curriculum.

  • Resources include online subspecialty curricula, a website repository of PowerPoint presentations from noon conferences, and the outstanding online resources of both the University of Illinois College of Medicine and the OSF-Saint Francis Medical Center medical libraries

  • Learning objectives, educational goals, and performance expectations are clearly communicated for each rotation and learning activity. An online evaluation system closes the loop with feedback from peers and attendings. News, schedules, policies, and much more are posted on our comprehensive internal 'resident-only' web site.  

 

The Place

Where you will be living

The Internal Medicine Residency Program accepts 12 categorical residents into each first year class for a total of 36 residents. There is also a four-year combined Medicine-Pediatrics Program, which accepts 8 residents into each class. In addition, we have 9 preliminary internship positions - 2 for the Neurology residency program at SFMC, 4 for the Radiology residency program, and 3 other Internal Medicine preliminary positions. Thus, there are nearly 50 Internal Medicine residents in our combined programs, as well as residents in Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics and Radiology. There is also a UICOM-affiliated Family Medicine residency located just one block away at Methodist Medical Center. A Cardiology fellowship began taking its first fellows by July, 2012.  

  • A metropolitan area of 360,000 (2nd largest in the state behind Chicago)

  • favorable cost-of-living (which further stretches an already generous salary and benefit package)

  • A culturally-diverse community which is the home of one of the world’s largest companies and a major university

  • low crime rate

  • minimal commute times

  • just 2 ½ hours from Chicago or Saint Louis (with convenient rail or bus routes available)

  • All this adds up to a very family-friendly community

  • Where you’ll be training: OSF-Saint Francis Medical Center

  • 600 bed state-of-the-art tertiary care academic medical center

  • 4th largest hospital in Illinois and the largest outside of Chicago

  • referral base of over one million people, with over 35,000 annual admissions and 100,000 ED visits

  • a $250 million expansion project for the Children's Hospital, a new 60-bay emergency department, operating rooms, and intensive care units  

 

 

 

 

The People

 

 

 

One of the biggest benefits of being here is the folks you get to work with. People are friendly, supportive, and generally just fun to work with. You will be paired with a resident “buddy” upon matching with our program who will help you get connected. Here's a preview of some of the people you will be working and relaxing with.

 

 The Perks (click here for more details).

Salaries and benefits reflect the value we place on our residents. Highlights include:

 

  • salaries in the top quartile for the Midwest

  • contract signing and relocation bonus

  • generous annual education allowance

  • meals at our 24 hour-a-day cafeteria are provided at no charge to residents who are on duty

  • three (3) weeks of paid vacation per year

  • professional meeting allowance

 

The Opportunities 

  

  • Our graduates are well-prepared for any career path within internal medicine, be it fellowship training, hospital medicine, or primary care general internal medicine.

  • In recent years, 50% of our graduates have chosen to pursue additional training in subspecialties such as cardiology, clinical nutrition, gastroenterology, pulmonary-critical care, hematology-oncology, nephrology, infectious diseases and rheumatology. The preparation of our graduates is recognized by subspecialty training programs, as evidenced by the excellent fellowships our graduates obtain. (Click here to see recent placements.)

  • Cardiology fellowship started in 2013 with 3 fellows every year. Gastroenterology fellowship started the first class of fellows in July 2014. Pulmonary/critical care fellowship is under development.