The Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Hospital/Rush Medical College prepares internists for academic careers as clinician-investigators and clinician-educators in general internal medicine and primary care. The program focus particularly on issues related to medically underserved urban populations. This two-year, full-time fellowship has tracks to prepare fellows for careers in specific areas of concentration, such as preventive medicine, health services research, or medical education. Each fellow selects a specific track upon enrolling.
Each fellow completes a masterís degree program as part of the fellowship. This degree can be undertaken at Rush Medical College for the MSCR (Master of Science in Clinical Research) degree, or alternatively, at the University of Illinois at Chicago for an MPH (Masters of Public Health) or MHPE (Master of Health Professions Education). In addition, in each year of the fellowship, fellows participate in a faculty development program: Clinical Research in the first year and Clinical Teaching for General Internal Medicine in the second year. Each fellow completes at least one substantial original clinical research project under the guidance of a designated research mentor. The research mentor guides the fellow in formulating the research question, designing the study, analyzing the results and reporting the findings. .
Two tracks are described below. Alternate tracks can be designed to meet the interest of individual fellows in other areas.
This fellowship track will focus on the development of clinical, research, and administrative skills for the reduction of morbidity and mortality from cancer and heart disease. The program provides the basis for the development of clinical and academic mastery of epidemiology, prevention in primary care, and intensive lifestyle modification counseling. The curriculum includes an MPH (Master of Public Health) degree program, clinical skills training, teaching responsibilities, research, and the development of a clinical preventive program. This track has been accredited by the ACGME as an approved preventive medicine residency; graduates are expected to pursue board certification in general preventive medicine.
The clinical mission of John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County is "to provide a comprehensive program of quality health care, with respect and dignity, to the residents of Cook County, regardless of their ability to pay." Located in the Illinois Medical District, just west of downtown Chicago, the hospital will move into a completely new facility adjacent to the old one in February, 2002. John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County is located across the street from Rush University Medical Center, its primary academic affiliate.
The Division of General Medicine and Primary Care has over 40 faculty members, making it the largest division in the Department of Medicine. Division faculty provide medical education and clinical training for medical students, residents, and fellows. A number of division members are engaged in research and scholarship in a variety of areas, including the following:
Access to health care
Breast cancer screening
Evaluation of chest pain
Health services research
Heatlh care for the homeless
In addition to academic resources within the Division, the Collaborative Research Unit of the Department of Medicine offers additional academic resources for fellows in the program:
Faculty development program in clinical research
Consultancy in research design
Opportunities for collaborative projects
Core Faculty and Interests
Arthur Evans, M.D., M.P.H.: chest pain; low back pain; hysterectomies, advance directives; peer reviews; epidemiologic methods
Denis Evans, M.D.: Alzheimerís disease; community-based epidemiologic methods
David Goldberg, M.D.: clinical applications of stress reduction; smoking cessation; quality improvement; access to health care
Avery Hart, M.D.: teaching clinical reasoning; teaching physical examination
Arthur Hoffman, M.D., M.P.H.: clinical applications of stress reduction; smoking cessation; cancer & cardiac risk reduction; exercise counseling
Robert McNutt, M.D.: clinical decision analysis; cost effectiveness analysis; patient-shared decision making
Janet Riddle, M.D.: evaluation in medical education; faculty development
Laura Sadowski, M.D., M.P.H.: health behavior and epidemiological methods; instrument development; project management
Gordon Schiff, M.D.: clinical quality improvement; medical informatics; access to care; physician prescribing practice
For an application or information, contact:
General Internal Medicine
John Stroger Hospital of Cook County
1900 W. Polk St.,
9th Floor Rm 953
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 864-6826
Fax: (312) 864-9500