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

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.

Have questions?

Click here to email our Medical Education Department.