The curriculum is designed to enhance specific skill sets in each academic year of training. This structure allows a progressive increase in outpatient and elective rotations as a resident grows from intern to senior resident. The rotations are generally 4 week blocks, with occasional 2 week rotations on Day Float, Night Float, ENT, Behavioral Health, and Rehab Medicine. Vacation can be taken in a single 4 week block, or split into 2 two week vacations.
Each resident has a continuity clinic one-half day per week throughout the 3 years of residency.
The intern year at the MacNeal Internal Medicine Residency Program focuses on developing skills in general internal medicine, both in the Continuity Clinic and on the Inpatient Medicine Service (IMS). There are rotations in the ICU and Emergency Room as well to develop patient care skills in the critical and emergent settings. The overall goal for the intern year is to attain patient care skills, develop interpersonal communication skills, build one’s foundation of knowledge, and learn medical documentation skills. At the end of the year, interns are skilled in making patient management decisions in collaboration with the senior resident and attending physicians.
During the second year, residents transition to being leaders of the internal medicine team. Residents learn to be independent in their critical thinking and medical decision making skills. Second year residents independently lead an Internal Medicine Service team, and work alongside PGY-3 residents in the Intensive Care Unit. Residents also have an opportunity for cross cover and night admitting during their night float rotations. Residents may choose to do an elective at UIC this year.
The third year resident has an increased number of rotations in ambulatory care and electives. This year is meant to enhance the resident's clinical knowledge in outpatient medicine and in subspecialties in preparation for the ABIM board examination and potential fellowship applications. At the end of the PGY3 year, residents are well balanced and confident in both inpatient and outpatient management of patients. Residents are well prepared to take the Board exam.
Example 3 Year Schedule

Block  PGY1 PGY2  PGY3 
 2 Rehab Medicine / Vac  Vac / Night Float  Primary Care 
 3 ICU  Neurology  Night Float / Day Float 
 4 IMS  Endocrinology  Vac / GI 
 5 Cardiology  IMS  Night ICU 
 6 IMS  PC 5 / Day Float  Hematology / Oncology 
 7 Vac / ENT  Night Float  Geriatrics 
 8 ICU  Cardiology  Rheumatology 
 9 Nephrology  Day Float / PC 5  Night Float / Pulm 
 10 IMS  Vac / Night Float  IMS 
 11 IMS  IMS  Day Float / Vac 
 12 Emergency Medicine  UIC Endocrinology  Primary Care 
 13  IMS  ICU  IMS 
We offer a variety of subspecialty and ambulatory rotations.
Subspecialty Rotations
  • Cardiology
  • Nephrology
  • Endocrinology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Pulmonology
  • Gastroenterology
  •  Geriatrics
  • Neurology

Ambulatory Rotations

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Office Gynecology
  • Office Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain Management
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dermatology
  • Community Internal Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine