Residencies & Fellowships

Introduction

Weiss Memorial Hospital is a university affiliated community teaching hospital located in an area that has a culturally diverse patient population base. Our residency programs provide a truly unique educational experience for those seeking a well-rounded training. We are academically affiliated with the University of Illinois and all residency programs at Weiss are fully accredited by the ACGME.

The Educational Experience

At Weiss, our program philosophy is to provide quality clinical training to our residents in a nurturing and friendly environment. We emphasize an academic approach to problem solving incorporating critical thinking skills. Residency training incorporates a varied case mix encompassing primary as well as tertiary care, thereby providing a broad based educational experience. Residents gain solid training in basic clinical skills including comprehensive history and physical examinations.

During the course of their training:
  • All categorical PGY1s and PGY3s are required to pass an observed clinical examination.
  • All categorical PGY1s and PGY3s are required to pass an in-house promotional examination.
  • All residents are required to take the ACP In-training exam annually.

Location

Weiss Memorial Hospital is conveniently located at 4646 N. Marine Drive (Wilson at Lake Shore Drive), on the lakefront of the city of Chicago. A major national center for medical education, Chicago is also the home of the American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons.

Beaches on Lake Michigan are within walking distance from the hospital. The Art Institute, Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory are all within easy reach.

The summer months bring a variety of activities, including art fairs in the Lake View, Uptown, Gold Coast, Old Town and Hyde Park neighborhoods, and free concerts at beautiful Millennium Park. The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre are just a few of the city’s cultural treasures.

For sports fans, Chicago is home to Cubs and White Sox baseball, Chicago Bulls basketball, Chicago Bears football, Chicago Blackhawks hockey and the Chicago Fire soccer. Beautiful theaters located in downtown Chicago are home to exciting plays, musicals and ballets. Please visit the City of Chicago website for more information.

Weiss Memorial Hospital has teamed up with several professional athletic organizations to become their exclusive healthcare partner, providing them with team doctors.

Public Transportation

Weiss Memorial Hospital’s location provides easy access to public transportation with buses that stop in front of the hospital. The L trains are only four blocks from the hospital. Easy connections are made to either O’Hare or Midway Airports via the L trains or combination of bus routes and the L train.

Available Programs

At Weiss, our graduate programs include:

  • Transitional Year Program (one year): 8 positions
  • Preliminary Medicine Program (one year): 4 positions
  • Categorical Internal Medicine Program (three years): 15 positions per year
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship Program (one year): 1 position
  • Podiatry Program (three years): 5 positions per year

Available Electives

  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Orthopedics
  • Palliative Care
  • PM&R
  • Pulmonary
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • The required ambulatory month for categorical internal medicine includes clinics in internal medicine, dermatology, ob/gyn, adolescent medicine, orthopedics, pulmonary and sleep medicine, sports medicine, infectious disease, and general surgery.
  • The required ambulatory month for transitional and preliminary year includes clinics in pediatrics, general medicine, general surgery, family medicine and ob/gyn.

Outside Rotations  (Allowed only for PGY-2 and PGY-3 levels)

University of Illinois, Chicago: Most specialties available. Other outside rotations in the Chicagoland area may be arranged by residents with approval of the Program Director.

Conferences

  • CME Lectures
  • Core Lectures
  • Geriatric Conference
  • Grand Rounds
  • Journal Clubs
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
  • Morning Reports
  • Organ Rounds
  • Program Director Rounds
  • Psychosocial Rounds
  • Resident Topic Reviews
  • Teaching Rounds at Bedside
  • Tumor Boards

Scholarly Activity

The following is a list of the resident research and scholarly activity over the past few years.

  • “Primum Non Nocere: First Do No Harm”, Presenter- Arati KC; poster presented at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day November 2017, Chicago, IL
  • “Factors that contribute to Indeterminate Results from the QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube Test in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease”, Co-Author- Sidra Ahsan; published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, November 2017
  • “When a Medication Can be a Cause and Cure. Alemtuzumab as the Cause of Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia”, Presenter- Maja Spaseski; poster presented at SHM (Society of Hospital Medicine) Conference April 2018, Florida
  • “Health Maintenance in Inflammatory Disease: Impact of Insurance Status”, Presenter- Sidra Ahsan; presented at Digestive Disease Week in June 2018, Washington D.C.
  • “Gitelman Syndrome: A Rare Cause of Seizure Disorder and a Systematic Review”, Presenter- M. Asim Shahzad; poster presented at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2018, Chicago, IL and published in Hindawi in February, 2019
  • “Is it Only a Migraine Flare?: A Case of Dangerous Anchoring”, oral vignette presentation by- Basak Saracoglou; Third place prize at SGIM (Society of General Internal Medicine) Regional Meeting September 2018, Chicago, IL
  • “A Silent Cry: A Case of Seronegative Myasthenia Gravis”, oral vignette presentation by Maribonn Tiangson; Second place prize at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2018, Chicago, IL
  • “Noninvasive Evaluations of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Pediatric Populations”, Co-Author- Aysha Aslam; published in Advanced Research in Gastroenterology & Hepatology, January 2019
  • “Timely Administration of Birth Dose Hepatitis B Virus Vaccine May Break Chain of Perinatal Transmission”, Author- Aysha Aslam et al.; published in Hepatology, May 2019
  • “The Promising Role of Probiotic and Synbiotic Therapy in Aminotransferase Levels and Inflammatory Markers in Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease- A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”, Co-author- Aysha Aslam; published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, June 2019
  • “Tolvaptan-induced Liver Injury: Who is at Risk? A Case Report and Literature Review”, Co-author- Aysha Aslam; published on Cureus Open Access, June 2019
  • “Think Aortic Dissection in HIV Patients”, Presenter- Arati KC; poster presented at SGIM (Society of General Internal Medicine) Midwest regional meeting, September 2019, Minneapolis, MN
  • “Recognize Interstitial Pneumonitis Caused by Drug Toxicity, Particularly Chemotherapeutic Agent- Zytiga”, Presenter- Irisha Badu; presented at SGIM (Society of General Internal Medicine) Midwest regional meeting, September 2019, Minneapolis, MN
  • “Osmotic Demyelination Syndrome: It is Not Always about Salt”, Presenter- Fadee Kutom; poster presented at SGIM (Society of General Internal Medicine) Midwest regional meeting, September 2019, Minneapolis, MN; and accepted poster at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2019, Chicago, IL
  • “Resilience and Burn Out in Medicine”, Presenter- Anne Williams-Darrow; accepted oral presentation at the Medical Organization for Latino Advancement Regional Conference October, 2019, Chicago, IL
  • “Ruptured Appendiceal Mucocele, a Rare Entity of the Appendix: The Presentation and Management in the Elderly”, Presenter- K. May Jongyotha; accepted poster at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2019, Chicago, IL
  • “Syncope- So Long Misdiagnosed and Overdiagnosed”, Oral presentation by- Irisha Badu, accepted oral vignette to be presented at the ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2019, Chicago, IL
  • “High Degree AV Block in NSTEMI: Role of Early Revascularization”, Presenter- Raj J. Patel, accepted poster at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2019, Chicago, IL
  • “Octreotide Use in Severe Refractory Sulfonylurea-Induced Hypoglycemia During a Shortage of 50% Dextrose Injection”, Presenter- Hussam Syed; accepted poster at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2019, Chicago, IL
  • “Recurrent Chest Pains- Guess What is the Culprit?”, Presenter- Aysha Aslam, accepted poster at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2019, Chicago, IL
  • ” ‘I Look like an Animal’- Rare case of Bullous Pemphigoid Due to Dose-Related Toxicity of Nivolumab”, Presenter- Irisha Badu; accepted poster at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2019, Chicago, IL
  • “Methanol Toxicity: A Rare Cause of Vasodilatory Shock”, Presenter- M. Asim Shahzad; accepted poster at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2019, Chicago, IL
  • “Time to Administration of First Antibiotic Dose in Sepsis Patients- Phase II”, Presenter- M. Ihtesham Shaji; accepted QI poster at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2019, Chicago, IL
  • “To Treat or Not to Treat- Unusual Presentation of Hepatitis B Serology Markers”, Presenter- Yating Wang; accepted poster at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2019, Chicago, IL
  • “Peptic Ulcer Disease in the Ileum? A Case of Recurrent Bleeding from H. pylori Infecting Ectopic Gastric Mucosa Found at Ileostomy”, Presenter- Sidra Ahsan; accepted poster at ACP Northern IL Regional Associates’ Day October 2019, Chicago, IL
  • “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover- The Challenges of Diagnosing Nondilated Obstructive Uropathy”, Presenter- M. Asim Shahzad; accepted Poster at ASN Kidney Week November 2019, Washington D.C.
  • “A Case of Severe Anaphylactic Reaction to Taxanes, Fatal Catalyst for Sickle Cell Crisis: Unusual Presentation”, Presenter- Irisha Badu; accepted poster at SCON (World Summit on Cancer Science and Oncology Research) Conference November 2019, Las Vegas, NV
  • “Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer Imaging Findings and Implications for Treatment”, Author- Sherif Elsherif et al.; accepted article in Abdominal Radiology, 2019
  • “Ovarian Cancer Genetics and Implications for imaging and Therapy”, Author- Sherif Elsherif et al.; accepted article in Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, 2019
  • “Intestinal Vasculitis Masquerading as Appendicitis”, Co-Author- Sidra Ahsan; case report submitted to ACG Case Report Journal, 2019

Application Requirements

For 2019-2020, Weiss is offering positions in the categorical internal medicine, preliminary medicine and transitional year programs. To apply:

  • All applications must be sent through ERAS. We will not accept faxed, mailed or emailed applications.
  • The minimum score requirements are:
    • Internal Medicine Program: 230 in step 1 and 240 in step 2
    • Preliminary Year: 230 in step 1
    • Transitional Year Program: 230 in step 1
  • Scores cannot be combined for an average required score
  • Application deadlines for 2019 – 2020 season are as follows:

Transitional Year Applicants

  • Application deadline – December 1, 2019
  • Interview Dates – October 16, 2019 until January 31, 2020

Internal Medicine Applicants (Categorical and Preliminary)

  • Application deadline – November 1, 2019
  • Interview Dates – October 11, 2019 until January 31, 2020
  • Although we have no definite cut-off period from the year of medical school graduation, applicants who have graduated in the past three years are preferred.
  • International graduates do not need an ECFMG certificate in order to apply; however, they do need to be ECFMG certified before the end of the interviewing season. ECFMG certification is required for NRMP ranking.
  • J1 visas are the only visas sponsored by the program.
  • U.S. clinical experience, although preferred, is not a requirement for our programs.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required, one of which should preferably be a dean’s letter.
  • The Internal Medicine Residency Program does not participate in the NRMP match.
  • The Transitional Year Residency Program participates in the NRMP match.

Salary and Benefits

The resident salaries for the 2018 – 2019 academic year are:

  • PGY1:  $55,072
  • PGY2:  $57,078
  • PGY3:  $58,405

Benefits include (subject to change):

  • Medical coverage available
  • Dental coverage available
  • Vision coverage available
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Vacation: 4 weeks
  • Long-term disability
  • Basic life and AD&D insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tax-sheltered annuity plans
  • Credit union
  • Direct deposit
  • Educational stipend: PGY-1  residents receive $500, PGY-2 residents receive $1,000 and PGY-3 residents receive $1,500 for conference fees, related travel expenses and other educational related expenses approved by the Program Administrator.
  • Housing: Many housing options are available locally and throughout Chicago’s North Side.
  • Parking: Free parking is available in the hospital’s parking facility.

Download a sample resident contract

Medical Student Program

Medical students from the University of Illinois, Chicago and Rosalind Franklin University rotate through Weiss Memorial Hospital as part of their core clerkship in medicine. They also rotate in neurology, ICU, general surgery, and orthopedics.

Directory

  • Program Director: Shehzad Ali, M.D., F.A.C.P.
  • Associate Program Director: Allan Tachauer, M.D., F.A.C.P.
  • Associate Program Director: Suzanne Pham, M.D., F.A.A.P.
  • 2019-2020 Chief Residents: Adrian Krukowski, M.D. and Jonas Kwiatkowski, M.D.
  • Director of Graduate Medical Education: Terry N. Tuohy
  • Program Coordinators: Becky Finley and Karen Verga
  • Core Faculty: Theodore Balsam, M.D., Sabah Khan, M.D., Clement Rose, M.D., Olumuyiwa Idowu, M.D.

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