Residencies & Fellowships

Are you interested in training at a university-affiliated community hospital located in an area with a diverse patient base? Weiss Memorial Hospital provides a truly unique educational experience for those seeking a well-rounded residency training opportunity. All residency programs at Weiss are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Also, Weiss Memorial Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). 

What sort of education can I expect?

At Weiss, we emphasize an academic approach to problem solving. Evidence-based medicine is taught along with critical thinking skills. Residency training includes a varied case mix covering primary to tertiary care so that you gain experience in many important areas. You’ll gain solid training in basic clinical skills, including comprehensive history and physical examinations. At Weiss:

  • All Categorical R1s and R3s must pass an observed clinical examination.
  • All residents are required to take the ACP in-training exam every year.
  • All PGY1s and PGY3s are required to take an in-house promotional exam.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Weiss is affiliated with the University of Illinois. The Transitional Year Program is co-sponsored by the Orthopedics Residency program of the University of Illinois. 


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, including the Chicago Sky professional women’s basketball team, to become their exclusive healthcare partner, providing them with team physicians.

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 (one year) program: 1 position

Available Electives

  • Anesthesia
  • 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 ophthalmology, allergy and immunology, ob/gyn, adolescent medicine, orthopedics, hospice and palliative care, wound care and sports medicine.
  • 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.


  • CME Lectures
  • Core Lectures
  • Geriatric Conference
  • Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Morning Report
  • Organ Rounds
  • Program Director Rounds
  • Psychosocial Rounds
  • Resident Topic Reviews
  • Teaching Rounds at Bedside 
  • Tumor Board

Application Requirements

For 201​6-2017, 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: 225 in step 1 and step 2
    • Preliminary Year: 225 in step 1
    • Transitional Year Program: 225 in step 1
  • Scores cannot be combined for an average required score
  • 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 201​5–2016 academic year are:

  • PGY1:  $52,936
  • PGY2:  $54,330
  • PGY3:  $56,130 

Benefits include (subject to change):

  • Medical coverage available
  • Dental coverage available
  • Vision coverage available
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Vacation: 4 weeks
  • Short-term disability
  • 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. Free parking in hospital's parking facility. 

Download a sample resident contract 

Student Program

Medical students from University of Illinois, Chicago and Rosalind Franklin University rotate through Weiss Memorial Hospital as part of their core clerkship in medicine.


  • Program Director: Shehzad Ali, M.D., F.A.C.P.
  • Associate Program Director: Allan Tachauer, M.D., F.A.C.P.
  • Associate Program Director: Larissa Verda, M.D.
  • 2015-2016 Chief Residents: Bushra Osmani, M.D. and Fadi Aldaghlawi, M.D.
  • Director of Graduate Medical Education: Terry N. Tuohy
  • Program Coordinators: Becky Finley and Karen Verga
  • Core Faculty: Hema Azad, M.D., Theodore Balsam, M.D., Sabah Khan, M.D., Clement Rose, M.D., Olumuyiwa Idowu, M.D.

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