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Thank you for taking the time to explore our program and all it has to offer. As chief residents, we are obviously partial to the University of Chicago, but we truly believe our training program ranks among the best in the country.


Why the University of Chicago?

JL1_5637We strive to stay at the forefront of internal medicine education. Some of the highlights of our program include the following:

Exceptional resident autonomy. Our residents regularly cite this attribute as one of the most outstanding qualities of their training. Of course, support is always available, but you will be given opportunities to own the care of your patients and make your own critical decisions.

Opportunities to care for the underserved. Our hospital serves a number of Chicago’s highest risk communities. These communities suffer from great disparities in access to health care and outcomes.

A robust, technology-driven program. Our iPad program is one of the first and most developed programs in the nation. All house officers receive an iPad on their first day of training. The iPad has increased resident efficiency, enabled peer and student teaching, and allowed for access to evidence-based resources in real time at the bedside.

JL1_5736Unparalleled opportunities to engage in scholarship. We have a tremendous, devoted faculty who are committed to mentoring housestaff in basic, translational, and clinical research projects. Nearly 100% of our trainees engage in scholarship, and the vast majority of them produce meaningful publications.

Career mentoring and excellent fellowship matching. Our residents continue to fill spots in the most competitive subspecialty fellowship positions nationwide.  You can see for yourself; check out our fellowship match results from 2009-2013 and our most recent match in December 2016.


An innovative, unique ultrasound curriculum. All housestaff receive a formalized curriculum that provides residents with practical skills in ultrasound-based bedside diagnosis.

Protected inpatient and outpatient experiences. With our 4+2 curriculum, you will have time to focus on your ward duties and ambulatory care separately.

A multifaceted and one-of-a-kind resuscitation curriculum. We are one of the few programs in the country in which medicine residents run all “code teams.” Our respected faculty are national leaders in research and care around ACLS and post-resuscitation care. We have a strong simulation program, mock codes, and monthly resuscitation reviews as well as extensive institutional support for high-quality resuscitation and therapeutic hypothermia.


An outstanding and vibrant housestaff. Not only do our interns and residents bond on the job, but they also form extremely close friendships that last a lifetime. Just ask around!

Training in a truly world-class city. If you don’t know all that Chicago has to offer, you haven’t looked hard enough. A beautiful city on Lake Michigan, Chicago is renowned for its cultural offerings, beautiful architecture, amazing restaurants, distinct neighborhoods, and affordability.




More Information – Our Chiefs’ Site

If you are interested in the program, you should also feel free to browse our Chiefs’ website. While much of the information is directed toward our own residents, you can get a better sense of the program’s inner workings.

Our hospital and the beautiful skyline

About the Chiefs


Amrish Deshmukh

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

Career Plan: Cardiology


Welcome to the University of Chicago! My name is Amrish and I am excited and honored to be one of the Chief residents this year.  I went to college at Cornell University and then to Case Western Reserve University for medical school.  I was thrilled to keep moving west and come to Chicago for my Internal Medicine Residency.

In short, the last three years have been phenomenal! My co-residents are exceedingly smart, endlessly dedicated, and down to Earth.  They inspire me at work and have become wonderful lifelong friends. The faculty members are humble and motivated educators while being leaders in their fields of research.  While expectations are high, the environment is totally supportive and we receive outstanding clinical training.

Professionally, I am applying to fellowships in cardiology this year and plan to pursue a career in electrophysiology and clinical research. Outside of the hospital I love travelling, exploring Chicago restaurants, running, and reading. Thanks for taking an interest in our program and I look forward to meeting you!


AbdulRahman Dia

Medical School: University of Illinois

Career Plan: Cardiology


Welcome! My name is Abdul, its a real honor and pleasure to be one of the Chief Residents for 2017-2018. I grew up in Chicago and have been here my whole life. I went to college at UIC and also for medical school. I can’t get enough of Chicago, whether its the deep dish pizza, the beautiful lakefront, or the White Sox (not a Cubs fan, sorry). More abroad, I am a big fan of Real Madrid. More importantly, being a resident at the University of Chicago has really been a blessing and frankly quite amazing. I have been blown away but the level of resident autonomy and procedural skills, variety of patient pathology, availability of serious research, and most importantly the down to earth atmosphere. Everyone here is so easy going and approachable. The Internal Medicine program here, under the direction of Dr. McConville, has offered me the best training possible. Thank you for taking the time to visit this page; I really look forward to meeting you on the interview trail!


Michelle Fletcher

Medical school: University of Chicago

Career plan: General Medicine


Welcome to the University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency website!  I am honored and excited to be one of the chief residents for the 2017-2018 year.  I grew up in northwest Indiana and attended college at Indiana University in Bloomington.  I subsequently went to medical school at the University of Chicago and have been here ever since.

There are so many things that I have enjoyed about continuing my training at the University of Chicago.  Working with bright and supportive co-residents to care for a diverse patient population has definitely been a highlight of this experience.  Furthermore, I have enjoyed training at an institution that places such an emphasis on resident autonomy balanced with the support of exceptional faculty.  Attendings are not only supportive on the wards and the clinics, but they are also eager and willing to help residents pursue a variety of career interests including clinical research, medical education, and quality improvement.

Living in such an amazing city has also allowed me to pursue my hobbies outside of the hospital.  In my free time, I enjoy running along the lakeshore running path and exploring different restaurants throughout the city.  I’m also a big Chicago sports fan, and I enjoy watching the Bears at Soldier Field.  Thank you for your interest in our program and I look forward to meeting you!


Erica MacKenzie

Medical school: University of Chicago

Career plan: Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine


Welcome to the University of Chicago! My name is Erica and I’m excited and honored to be one of the chief residents this year. I am originally from the Chicago suburbs but went away to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergrad. After college, I worked for a couple years as a medical assistant at a family practice before returning back to Chicago for medical school at the University of Chicago. I met my now-fiancé while in medical school and we were thrilled to stay at the U of C for residency. The past three years have been great – the University of Chicago gives residents incredible autonomy, education, and opportunities for research. Our patient population allows us to care for underserved populations alongside complex patients referred to our hospital for tertiary care. The best part, though, are my wonderful co-residents who incredibly supportive, smart, and hard-working.  I’m so excited to serve the program as chief this year and look forward to meeting everyone!