EctopicFetus said:Someone in the interviews offered thread had some insight into UIC. Also I believe a resident countered some of the statements. Perhaps you want to ask them. I interviewed at Res and rotated at cook county and I will be happy to provide my insights. Post your Q about them here or PM me..
Ill give you my $0.02 on Cook County where I rotated. The place is completely busy. There is usually little time to rest. The pathology is at or near the best you will see in the nation due to the people who the hospital serves. The ED is divided into Red, Blue and Green. Red is generally the most sick people, blue is less so and of course green which is fast track. There is no shortage of opportunity for procedures. The traumas are brought into a special trauma area and I didnt have the opportunity to rotate there. They also have a dedicated 24/7 Peds ED. The attendings are great and you get a lot of autonomy. Since the program is a 2-4 the residents are more experienced than at other programs (I also rotated at ORMC which is a 1-3). The teaching is like anywhere else, it is dependent on who you work with. One of the attendings I worked with was absolutely amazing! Always willing to teach and always making time for it. They are starting a big push with ED US but you could say that about a lot of places. They have dedicated time to US each yr (I think). One of the attendings there (Dr. Cosby) is apparently the ED US goddess. I believe she has a book coming out soon on the subject. I worked with her and she was quite excellent. Being Cook County they send their grads all over the country and from what they were telling me that have no probs getting jobs anywhere in the country. The residents seem happy and get along quite well. The seniors basically run the whole show by themselves and seem to barely (I never saw it once) need attending help. The downside is that there is some scut. You will see attendings etc pushing patients to the CT scanner (which is real close). The staff is both a little slow with their work and also extremely busy! In the end I think the training has to be second to none! I hope this helps. If you have specific questions I would be happy to answer them. The program seems strong top to bottom!Poncho said:Is there anyone out there that has rotated at Cook County, Northwestern, and Chicago that would like to comment on their experiences? I'm particularly interested in quality of teaching and faculty, range of pathology, and happiness of the residents. Thanks!
try this thread and the links in it...Poncho said:Is there anyone out there that has rotated at Cook County, Northwestern, and Chicago that would like to comment on their experiences? I'm particularly interested in quality of teaching and faculty, range of pathology, and happiness of the residents. Thanks!
Not to slam northwestern, but I don't think they are more competitive than us at UIC. I think when it comes to training for community I would put it at Christ and UIC as places that train you well for community EM. Resurrection at Univ of Chicago then followed by NW and finally by County. When it comes to academic EM, I would put Univ of Chicago and county at the top tier, folowed by UIC and NW with a close third tier of Christ and Resurrection solely because they have a week university affiliation. Don't mean to start a flame war, but this is my impression as a resident in Chicago. All these differences are minimal, as most positions and placement are based less off of where you go as opposed to the strength of your recommendations.EctopicFetus said:I interviewed at Res and I think it is an up and coming program. It is a suburban hospital and while many of their past grads stayed within the Res system they are starting to make a bigger national name for themselves. They are churning out a ton of research. (I think when I was there they said they presented more stuff at ACEP than all of the other Chicago programs COMBINED). The hospital itself is nice and the nurses are solid. They claim they do NO SCUT. The facilities are nice and relatively new and updated. The attendings and residents seem to get along well. I would agree that the order of competetiveness is probably Christ, U of C, Cook, NW, UIC and then Res. I think it is mostly cause res is not affiliated with a university or the county. I honestly dont know why Christ is so competetive but if you look at their residents those people have the grades for Rad Onc and Derm.