The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Sinai Chicago is all about training physicians who can best treat the underserved communities and patients who need them most.

That means the busy, working parents who are too stretched to even think about self-care. It means the older folks who are managing a chronic condition or two. It means the health-conscious free-spirit patients who need a nudge to get a check up.

Our curriculum includes comprehensive clinical, practical, and didactic input from our expansive health care team. As a resident in the Internal Medicine Residency Program, you can be a key part of that team.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program relies on the excellence of our residents to continually push us forward in our mission to end health inequities and disparities. Our community depends on it.

The High Notes

Passing Scores for USMLE

EXAMS NEEDED

PGY-1: $58,026
PGY-2: $60,230
PGY-3: $62,307

ANNUAL SALARY/STIPEND

12 Categorical and
3 Preliminary Year Positions

# OF RESIDENTS
ACCEPTED PER YEAR

3 Years

ACGME

PROGRAM LENGTH
AND ACCREDITATIONS

Vacation: 1 Month

Family and Medical Leave: 12 Weeks

Holidays Off (if on an elective rotation)

# OF VACATION, HOLIDAYS,
AND SICK DAYS PER YEAR

70%

FELLOWSHIP ACCEPTANCE
RATES (PAST 3-5 YEARS)

Infectious Disease
Cardiology
Critical Care
Nephrology
Endocrinology

FELLOWSHIP PLACEMENTS
(PAST 3-5 YEARS)

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

INSURANCE BENEFITS

Program Director Welcome

Welcome to the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago!

We are committed to preparing our graduates to provide the best patient care no matter which area of medicine they choose: subspecialty, hospitalist or primary care. Our goal is to train knowledgeable, compassionate and efficient physicians. We focus on the delivery of healthcare within our diverse and underserved patient population. Our curriculum incorporates comprehensive clinical, practical and didactic input from our dedicated faculty members, nurses, physical therapists, social workers and other members of our healthcare team. Our residents are a key part of this healthcare team.

LARISSA VERDA, MD, PhD
PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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Sinai Chicago for International
Medical Graduates

The Internal Medicine Residency Program sponsors J-1 visas for outstanding candidates. Additional requirements include: 

  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  • Three Letters of Recommendation and/or Dean’s Letter
  • Preferably less than 5 years since graduation 

International medical graduates do not need clinical training in the US prior to residency application.

Sinai Chicago for International
Medical Graduates

The Internal Medicine Residency Program sponsors J-1 visas for outstanding candidates. Additional requirements include: 

  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  • Three Letters of Recommendation and/or Dean’s Letter
  • Preferably less than 5 years since graduation 

International medical graduates do not need clinical training in the US prior to residency application.

My Journey Has Been One
of Challenges and Triumphs

A mentor once told me, “Patients are not problems to solve, but people to care for.” The people in our community deserve empathetic physicians who are willing to understand their barriers to care, even if we’ve never experienced those barriers ourselves. Training at Sinai Chicago means becoming a physician who makes an impact for the people who need it most.

KAYLA BLANCHARD, MD
PGY1

Top 7 Reasons to Come to Sinai Chicago

Sinai Chicago not only serves a diverse patient population, but works hard to cultivate the diverse residents and faculty who can effectively provide them care. Here, you have an opportunity to impact a community that feels disconnected and misunderstood by the health care system due to lack of representation and health literacy. Here you can make a difference.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program is nurturing, supportive, and here to help you be your best. Our program is like a family, and you will receive a faculty mentor as well as teaching and mentoring opportunities with students from Ross University School of Medicine and American University of the Caribbean. We put you — and your mental health — first. We offer a comprehensive wellness curriculum, Wellness Wednesdays, an annual resident retreat, and psychologist sessions available to all residents.

There’s a lot that goes into being an excellent physician, and in the Sinai Chicago Internal Medicine Residency Program we aim to create well-rounded — and well-informed — graduates. You will have the opportunity to participate in our journal club, teaching rounds, grand rounds, Hopkins curriculum and Harvard lectures, morbidity and mortality reports (CSI), mock codes training, the survival series lectures, and faculty didactic lectures.

The program covers the conference attendance for ACP, ACC, SGIM, SHM, or any other national conference if an abstract submitted by a resident is accepted either for a poster or oral presentation. We offer educational leave for conferences, and up to five days leave for any fellowship or employment interviews. Educational stipends are also available in the amounts of: 

  • PGY-1 $500 per year
  • PGY-2 $700 per year
  • PGY-3 $1000 per year

In addition to the extensive training available, joining the Sinai Chicago family also means getting access to the resources and support that come with it. The Internal Medicine Residency Program will cover the cost of your BLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications. You also will receive ACP membership, MKSAP subscription, and Dragon dictation software.

At Sinai Chicago, you will care for complex patients at advanced stages and with atypical presentations of even the most common conditions. This means accelerating your hands-on skills and medical judgment. So when you graduate, you are fully prepared to become an independent physician with great confidence. 

If you can picture yourself having a picnic at Millennium Park, working out on the Lakefront, cheering for the Bears, or just walking through the Loop, then you’re going to love Chicago. With its rich history and neighborhood feel, there’s no limit to things to do or places to explore.

Internal Medicine Residency:
Life in Pictures

General Curriculum
Schedule

  • 3-person teams (1 senior, 2 interns) are spread out over 3 floors and admit patients until noon.
  • On-call rotations are one-month long, with 5 days off each month. 
  • On-call team admits patients until 6 p.m.
  • PGY-2s and PGY-3s have the opportunity to moonlight in the medical ICU.

General Curriculum
Schedule

  • 3-person teams (1 senior, 2 interns) are spread out over 3 floors and admit patients until noon.
  • On-call rotations are one-month long, with 5 days off each month. 
  • On-call team admits patients until 6 p.m.
  • PGY-2s and PGY-3s have the opportunity to moonlight in the medical ICU.

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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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