Residency Program

Evidence Based Medicine
University of Chicago Partnership
Clinical Skills Development
Commitment to Education
Graduate Programs
Available Electives
Outside Rotations
Scheduled Call
Night Float
Application Requirements
Public Transportation
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Weiss Memorial Hospital is a university affiliated community hospital located in an area with a diverse patient base. The age, ethnic, and cultural diversity reflects a cross section of the population. A varied case mix covering primary to tertiary care is available.

Evidence Based Medicine
Strong emphasis is placed on the academic approach to problem solving. Evidence-based medicine is taught along with critical thinking skills. Twenty-four hour access to computers for database searches is available.

University of Chicago Partnership
Weiss Memorial Hospital is affiliated with the University of Chicago Hospitals. University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine faculty actively participate in all aspects of the educational programs.

Clinical Skills Development
Regardless of the career path, all residents receive solid training in basic clinical skills, including comprehensive history and physical examination, thoughtful evidence-based problem solving, and lifelong learning skills.

  • All R1s and R3s must pass an observed clinical examination.

Commitment to Education
All programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.  Weiss Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Graduate Programs

  • Transitional Program
  • Preliminary Medicine Program (one year)
  • Categorical Internal Medicine Program (three years)


PGY-1 Year

Preliminary Internal Medicine Transitional
Inpatient Services 5 Months 5-6 Months 4 Months
Surgery N/A N/A 1 Month
Emergency Department 1 Month 1 Month 1 Month
ICU 1 Month 2 Months 1 Month
Night Float 1 Month 1 Month 1 Month
Electives 2 Months 1-2 Months 2 Months
Ambulatory 1 Month N/A 1 Month
Vacation 1 Month 1 Month 1 Month

PGY-2 Year

General Medicine 4 Months
ICU 2 Months
Night Float 1 Month
Electives 2 Months
Psych/Geriatrics 1 Month
Consult Service 1 Month
Vacation 1 Month

PGY-3 Year

General Medicine 3-4 Months
ICU 1 Month
Night Float 1 Month
Electives 5-6 Months
Vacation 1 Month

Note: Night Float is scheduled in 2 two-week blocks.
Curriculum development is an ongoing process and changes in the schedules may be made in the future.

Available Electives

Adolescent Medicine Geriatrics Orthopedics
Cardiology Hematology/Oncology PM&R
Critical Care Hospitalist Pulmonary
Dermatology Infectious Diseases Radiology
Endocrinology Nephrology Rheumatology
Gastroenterology Neurology Urology
General Surgery Ophthalmology Women’s Health

Outside Rotations
University of Chicago: All Specialties
Other outside rotations may be arranged by resident with approval of Program Director.

CME Lectures
Daily Noon Lectures
Geriatric Conference
Grand Rounds
Joint Surgical M&M
Journal Club
Morning Report
Organ Rounds
Program Director Rounds
Psychosocial Rounds
Resident Topic Reviews
Tumor Boards

Scheduled Call

PGY-1 (Floor Call)
Overnight call approximately once per month.

PGY-2 and PGY-3 (Floor Call)

  • Overnight call approximately once per month.
  • Scheduled ICU back-up calls during elective weekends.

Night Float
Night Float calls are from 8:00 pm – 8:00 am six days a week.
Resident Lounge with computer access 24 hours a day.

Application Requirements
For 2006, we offer positions in the categorical internal medicine, preliminary medicine, and transitional year programs.

The requirements for applications are as follows:

  • All applicants must be sent through ERAS.  We will not accept faxed, mailed, or e-mailed applications.
  • We have no deadline for applications other than the one determined by the ERAS system.
  • The minimum score requirements are as follows:
    • Internal medicine program:  82 in step 1 and step 2
    • Preliminary year program:  90 in step 1
    • Transitional year program:  90 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 that have graduated in the last three years are preferred.
  • International graduates do not need an ECFMG certificate in order to apply; however, they do need to be ECFMG certified prior to the end of the interview season, which is February 15, 2006.  ECFMG certification is required for NRMP ranking.
  • J1 visas are sponsored by the program.  H1 visas can only be sponsored if the quota for that year has not been met.
  • U.S. clinical experience is not a requirement for our programs.

Please contact the Medical Education Office at (773) 564-5225 or with any questions regarding application requirements.


  • Medical Coverage: HMO or PPO
  • Dental Coverage Available
  • Vision Coverage Available
  • Vacation: 4 Weeks
  • Paid Sick Time: Up to 10 days per year
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tax Sheltered Annuity Plans
  • Credit Union
  • Direct Deposit Available
  • Meals: Free Breakfast every weekday up to maximum of $3.00. Free evening meals while on call. Residents on call on weekends also receive meal tickets for breakfast.
  • Educational Stipend: PGY-3 residents receive $1,000 for conference fees and related travel expenses or other educational related expenses approved by the Program Director.
  • Housing: A variety of housing options are available locally and throughout Chicago’s North Side.Free parking in hospital’s parking facility

Weiss Memorial Hospital is located in one of the nation’s leading centers for medical education, offering varied opportunities for participation in specialty and subspecialty society activities.Weiss is conveniently located at 4646 N. Marine Drive (Wilson at Lake Shore Drive).  Beaches on Lake Michigan are within walking distance of the hospital.

Chicago is the home of the American Medical Association, and the American College of Surgeons.

The Art Institute, Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Alder Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, and Lincoln Park Zoo are within easy reach.

Chicago is an architectural treasure house with something for everyone:

  • Elegant stores on Michigan Avenue
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Ethnic Neighborhoods
  • Gold Coast, Lake View, Lincoln Park, and Hyde Park Art Fairs
  • Variety of Theater
  • Cubs and White Sox Baseball
  • Chicago Bulls Basketball
  • Chicago Bears Football
  • Chicago Fire Soccer

Public Transportation
Weiss Memorial Hospital’s location provides access to public transportation with buses that stop in front of the hospital and on the corner by the Silberman Professional Building. 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 trains.

For More Information
Contact the Medical Education Department at (773) 564-5225 or

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Program Director: Shehzad Ali, M.D.
Associate Director: Allan Tachauer, M.D., F.A.C.P.
2006-2007 Chief Resident: Miguel Leal, M.D.
2006-2007 Chief Resident: Smruti Nalawadi, M.D.
Program Administrator: Terry N. Tuohy
Program Coordinator:  Karen Verga
Core Faculty:  David Balling, M.D., Nelson Kanter, M.D., Sabah Khan, M.D., Clement Rose, M.D.