The Family Practice Residency Program at Sinai Chicago believes everyone should have access to efficient, compassionate, quality care — regardless of financial circumstances. We want residents who share this same core belief.

Looking good on paper is one thing. But we want residents who truly embody the spirit of family practice. Residents who hear all the stats about health disparities and want to do something about it. Residents who know that building relationships with families is just as important as conducting thorough physical exams and following up on labs.

Residents just like you.

As a resident, you will learn about the paradigm of family practice and be able to confidently provide care that is family-oriented, cost-effective, and patient centered.

The High Notes

Passing Scores For
USMLE Step 1,
Step 2 CK,
And Step 2 CS

EXAMS NEEDED

PGY-1: $58,026.00
PGY-2: $60,230.00
PGY-3: $62,307.00

ANNUAL SALARY/STIPEND

8

# OF RESIDENTS
ACCEPTED PER YEAR

3 Years

ACGME

PROGRAM LENGTH
AND ACCREDITATIONS

Vacation: 4 weeks
Standard Holidays Off

# OF VACATION, HOLIDAYS,
AND SICK DAYS PER YEAR

100%

FELLOWSHIP ACCEPTANCE
RATES (PAST 3-5 YEARS)

Sleep Medicine
Geriatrics
Sport Medicine

FELLOWSHIP PLACEMENTS
(PAST 3-5 YEARS)

Malpractice
Disability and Life
Medical and Dental
Care@Work (childcare support)

INSURANCE BENEFITS

Program Director Welcome

On behalf of our faculty and staff, I want to express appreciation for your interest in the Sinai Chicago Family Medicine Program. For close to 100 years, Sinai Chicago has been at the forefront of medical education and community involvement, always believing that healthcare is a right and should be available to all. The diversity and wealth of human resources and patient population makes Sinai Chicago a vibrant learning center.
IHAB AZIZ, MD
CHAIRMAN OF FAMILY & COMMUNITY MEDICINE DEPARTMENT
MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF SINAI MEDICAL GROUP

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Sinai Chicago for International
Medical Graduates

We accept J-1 visas sponsored by the ECFMG. Other visas will be discussed on a case by case basis. The requirements for international medical graduates are the same as standard US applicants. Clinical experience in the US prior to applying is preferable.

Sinai Chicago for International
Medical Graduates

We accept J-1 visas sponsored by the ECFMG. Other visas will be discussed on a case by case basis. The requirements for international medical graduates are the same as standard US applicants. Clinical experience in the US prior to applying is preferable.

Top 7 Reasons to Come to Sinai

Located in one of the nation’s largest underserved communities, Sinai Chicago is committed to making a real difference in the lives of our patient population who live right in our backyard. Serving our community by reducing health inequities is not just what we do — it’s who we are.

Diversity is more than just a word in our mission statement — it’s a concept we deeply value and is ingrained in our institution. Sinai Chicago is situated in the midst of many culturally-rich and diverse neighborhoods, where you’ll have the opportunity to be a part of a community that represents all ethnicities, backgrounds, and walks of life.

To become an excellent doctor, you need a variety of experiences — and Sinai Chicago offers exactly that. Gain extensive experience working at different clinics and hospitals in Chicago, including one month of international rotations, four months of elective rotations at other institutions, and one month at Cook County Hospital in pediatrics.

Residents graduate with confidence in their knowledge, skills, and independence when beginning their attending careers. Engage in Journal Club, case presentations, quality improvement projects, and four hours of dedicated comprehensive didactic sessions every Friday morning — among plenty of other robust training opportunities. Plus, we’ll support your education through an annual educational stipend, AAFB membership, access to UpToDate medical library, a discounted medical Spanish class, and days off for conferences and interviews.

Be a part of a place where co-residents and faculty are like family. With our Wellness Program, frequent lunches and picnics, and approachable faculty, you can nurture genuine connections and friendships. Plus, with blocked time off for behavioral health, you can ensure you’re at your best to be a part of our community.

Collaboration with Sinai Urban Health Institute  and Sinai Community Institute offers real ways to understand and make a difference in health disparities and inequities in Chicago communities. From research to outreach opportunities, you can not only enhance your education but also improve our city.

Home to deep dish pizza, world-renowned architecture, any kind of museum you could imagine, and not one but two baseball teams, Chicago has something for everyone. Not to mention, Sinai Chicago is situated in the medical district — just 10 minutes from downtown Chicago.

Family Practice Residency:
Life in Pictures

General Curriculum
Schedule

Residents will follow a block diagram for 3 years. All years will complete MSH Inpatient and HCH Inpatient rotations.

PGY-1 will also complete rotations including Orientation, Community, GYN, Nursery, Peds Clinic, ICU, Surgery, OB, ED, Psych. 

PGY-2 will also complete rotations including Dedicated Inpatient, Dedicated Clinic, Cook Ped Inpatient, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Elective In, Elective Out, ED, MSK, Adolescent, Peds Sub, Peds Surg, and Gynecology. 

PGY-3 will also complete rotations including Dedicated Inpatient, Dedicated Clinic, Geriatrics, Surg Sub, Peds Sub, Med Sub, and Elective Out.

General Curriculum
Schedule

Residents will follow a block diagram for 3 years. All years will complete MSH Inpatient and HCH Inpatient rotations.

PGY-1 will also complete rotations including Orientation, Community, GYN, Nursery, Peds Clinic, ICU, Surgery, OB, ED, Psych. 

PGY-2 will also complete rotations including Dedicated Inpatient, Dedicated Clinic, Cook Ped Inpatient, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Elective In, Elective Out, ED, MSK, Adolescent, Peds Sub, Peds Surg, and Gynecology. 

PGY-3 will also complete rotations including Dedicated Inpatient, Dedicated Clinic, Geriatrics, Surg Sub, Peds Sub, Med Sub, and Elective Out.

The Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum

The Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum (LMRC) is a comprehensive, applicable, and flexible curriculum designed for integrated implementation of lifestyle medicine into medical residency programs. Upon completion of both the educational and practicum components of the curriculum, residents are qualified for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine certification exam. This means our residents that opt to complete the curriculum are able to be double boarded in Family Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine by the end of their 3 year program.

The curriculum is designed to be delivered by residents to their peers, who become a local resource for Lifestyle Medicine information under direct faculty supervision.

The educational component includes:

  • 40 hours of in-person didactic material
  • 60 hours of asynchronous application with application activities designed to be presented and completed over a 2-year time period

The practicum component enables residents to clearly demonstrate ongoing exposure to and use of the principles of lifestyle medicine in the clinical setting with patients. Currently, we have 13 residents enrolled, applying their new skills in the inpatient setting and outpatient setting. This program is unique as few programs nationwide are implementing lifestyle medicine education and advocacy within underserved populations.

Leadership & Faculty

Ihab Aziz, MD

CHAIRMAN OF FAMILY & COMMUNITY MEDICINE DEPARTMENT MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF SINAI MEDICAL GROUP

Jeen-Soo Chang, MD

INPATIENT ATTENDING AND GERIATRICIAN

Pilvi Innola, MD

ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR OUTPATIENT ATTENDING AND FAMILY MEDICINE PRACTICE SITE DIRECTOR AT ACCESS AT SINAI

Dennys Vera, MD

ATTENDING HEAD OF RECRUITMENT INPATIENT ATTENDING AND GERIATRICIAN

Yacob Gawo, MD

OUTPATIENT ATTENDING AND GERIATRICIAN

Sukhveer Wahi, MD

OUTPATIENT ATTENDING

Current Residents

PGY 3 – Class of 2021

Ihab Aziz, MD

CHAIRMAN OF FAMILY & COMMUNITY MEDICINE DEPARTMENT MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF SINAI MEDICAL GROUP

Jeen-Soo Chang, MD

INPATIENT ATTENDING AND GERIATRICIAN

Pilvi Innola, MD

ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR OUTPATIENT ATTENDING AND FAMILY MEDICINE PRACTICE SITE DIRECTOR AT ACCESS AT SINAI

Dennys Vera, MD

ATTENDING HEAD OF RECRUITMENT INPATIENT ATTENDING AND GERIATRICIAN

Yacob Gawo, MD

OUTPATIENT ATTENDING AND GERIATRICIAN

Sukhveer Wahi, MD

OUTPATIENT ATTENDING

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