IMR Pledge to our South Side Neighbors

The University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency Program stands firmly against racism in health care and in society. As a residency program with a diverse population of patients, residents and staff, we have seen firsthand the devastating effects of systemic racism on the health and well-being of our community.

  • We are committed to providing equitable health care to all patients.
  • We seek to address inequities within Chicago’s South Side through long-term partnerships with community-based organizations and advocacy.
  • Within our residency program, we seek to challenge our own implicit biases, educate ourselves on health disparities, and build a more diverse and inclusive environment that enables all trainees to reach their unlimited potential.

Read our full statement about the University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency Program’s commitment to address racism here.

The University of Chicago is a world-class institution with deep roots in its local community and a commitment to internal ethnic diversity. We recognize the benefits and importance of a diverse faculty and housestaff and are committed to this University-wide goal by working to increase diversity within the University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency Program.


Our Community

Serving Chicago’s South Side

Internationally renowned for breakthroughs in medical research, leading-edge practices, and state-of-the-art facilities, the University of Chicago is heralded locally for involvement with, and accessibility to, its neighbors. As a mainstay in historic Hyde Park since 1892, the university has proudly hosted, healed and educated the area’s dynamic population for generations. Hyde Park is a vibrant, socio-economically diverse, predominantly African American community. At the University of Chicago we are honored to serve a truly diverse patient population that includes the residents of Hyde Park, patients from many other neighborhoods throughout Chicago and its suburbs, and patients referred to our medical center from throughout the Midwest. See this link for more information about the neighborhoods we serve, in particular East Side (page 70-73) and Englewood (page 74-77).



Research on Healthcare Disparities

The University of Chicago has many dedicated faculty members pursuing research in healthcare disparities. There are many opportunities for housestaff and medical students to work with these faculty members and get involved with ongoing healthcare disparities research. If you would like additional information or wish to be put in touch with any of the faculty, please contact Dr. John McConville, Program Director, University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency Training Program.


Below we highlight a few of our faculty and their work on healthcare disparities.

Marshall Chin

Dr. Chin is an expert in healthcare disparities in medicine. He is frequently invited to present his work at national conferences and serve on policy committees. He serves on the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities National Advisory Council and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Preventive Services Task Force. He co-chairs the National Quality Forum (NQF) Disparities Standing Committee and is a former President of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). Dr. Chin was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017.

He is also the director of Finding Answers: Solving Disparities through Payment and Delivery System Reform, an initiative that looks at ways to provide support and financial incentives for healthcare providers to ensure equitable care for patients across racial and income lines.

He is also Co-Director of Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care with Dr. Peek .


Monica Peek

Dr. Peek specializes in general internal medicine and preventive health for adults. She has a particular interest in reducing healthcare disparities and concentrates these efforts on diabetes care and breast cancer-screening education for African American patients.

Dr. Peek aims to improve diabetes care and medical outcomes for patients on the South Side of Chicago. Also, in her role as one of two inaugural Faculty Fellows in the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence at the University of Chicago Medicine, she explores how racial and cultural barriers impact physician-patient relations and shared decision-making.


See some of Dr. Chin and Dr. Peek’s work highlighted in these articles: Seeking Solutions to Reduce Health Disparities and University of Chicago Leads Initiative to Improve Diabetes Care.  


Monica Vela

Dr. Vela is the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the University Of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where she created a first-of-its-kind Health Care Disparities in America course, which is required for all first-year medical students and promotes health care equity and advocacy. She is also a winner of the UChicago Diversity Leadership Award and is a mentor for many of our residents.



Diversity at the University of Chicago

President of the University of Chicago Robert J. Zimmer’s diversity statement is found here.

You can also take a look at the 2019 BSD Diversity & Inclusion Impact Report. This document highlights efforts across the Biological Science Division to support a more inclusive climate and to increase and support diversity in science and medicine.

If you are interested in issues related to diversity or an interested minority applicant we welcome your questions. Please feel free to contact us by email at


Housestaff Diversity Committee

The Housestaff Diversity Commitee is a multi-specialty group of housestaff who are dedicated to cultivating a culture that fosters a sense of unity and mentorship for under-represented minority (URM) trainees in medicine. Housestaff from the Internal Medicine Program have participated in numerous past events, including financial advising forums, faculty round table discussions, social events, community volunteering, and mentorship. Visit this website for more information.


University Resource Groups

The University of Chicago Medical Center has partnered with the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine to develop two resource groups, the LGBT+ Resource Group and the NOTICE Resource Group.

The LGBT+ Resource Group is comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the University community as well as allies. This group contributes to the support, education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and outreach for LGBT+ employees, students and patients and their families. They are also an advisory group supporting the University in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.

NOTICE‘s objective is to elevate and amplify women of color, to increase the number that advance into leadership positions. This group facilitates mentorship and professional development opportunities, dialogue, and safe spaces, as well as resources for members in an effort to cultivate internal talent within the University. Through these activities, NOTICE increases the visibility of qualified internal candidates who are women of color for leadership positions across the University.


Research Supplement for Underrepresented Minorities

As part of ongoing efforts to facilitate access to our academic medical center by candidates of color, we are pleased to help raise awareness of this program announced by the NIH in 1989. As stated in the program announcement, it “was established to address the need to increase the number of underrepresented minority scientist participating in biomedical research and the health related sciences”.

A large number of researchers in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago hold grants that are eligible for this administrative supplement. With respect to candidates for residency training, the supplement is ideally suited for 3rd and 4th year medical students (Pritzker or visiting) to support short-term projects here at the University of Chicago designed to promote exposure to health-related research.

If you require further information or wish to be put in touch with physician-scientists here at the University of Chicago with a particular area of interest please contact Dr. John McConville, Program Director, University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency Training Program.


Visiting Clerkship Program

The Medicine Visiting Clerkship Program (MVCP) is sponsored by the University of Chicago, Department of Medicine’s Diversity Committee. This program provides support for fourth-year U.S. minority (African American, Native American or Hispanic American) medical students to participate in a Department of Medicine subspecialty rotation or an Emergency Medicine Clerkship rotation through the Pritzker School of Medicine, Visiting Student Program.

The MVCP is designed to:

♦ Enhance student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine
♦ Encourage students to consider a career in academic internal medicine
♦ To increase the number of minority students applying to the University of Chicago’s Medicine training programs

Clerkships are four to five weeks in length (calendar months) and are available, space permitting, to full-time fourth-year students that are U.S. citizens in good standing at LCME accredited US medical schools. MVCP participants are assigned a faculty advisor and offered opportunities to network with other University of Chicago faculty, house staff and students.

More information to the Minority Visiting Clerkship Program can be found at the Visiting Clerkship Diversity Program site.

Also visit these helpful links:

Visiting Clerkship Application

Visiting Clerkship Diversity Program Brochure

Financial Assistance

A $1000 stipend is granted after the rotation has ended, to help defray the cost of housing and transportation.

Available Rotations

♦ Cardiology Consults
♦ Clinical Dermatology
♦ Endocrinology Consults
♦ Clinical Gastroenterology
♦ Hematology Oncology Consults
♦ Infectious Disease Consults
♦ Nephrology Consults
♦ Pulmonary Consults
♦ Rheumatology Outpatient & Consults♦ Emergency Medicine Clerkship

A comprehensive listing of the Department of Medicine’s elective offerings is available at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

An application to the Pritzker School of Medicine must also be completed in order to do an elective rotation at The University of Chicago. Applications may be submitted through VSAS (Visiting Student Application Service via AAMC) starting on April 1st. For more information on VSAS, please visit AAMC-VSAS  or contact VSAS at or (202) 478-9878.

For further information about the Medicine Visiting Clerkship Program, please contact:

Medicine Visiting Clerkship Program
Debra Milton, Clerkship Administrator
University of Chicago, Department of Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3051
Chicago, IL 60637
Tel: (773) 702-0351 Fax: (773) 834-1173