They list as 12,000 as the surgical volume? Is this correct? That's pretty low for a University hospital. How's the volume at the community hospitals?I did a rotation at UIC and was very impressed with the program. The residents were very happy and got along well with each other. The faculty were very supportive and invested in teaching. Overall I felt it was a very strong program and am surprised that it doesn't get the publicity that other Chicago programs get.
The one "drawback" that everyone mentions is that you rotate at 2 community hospitals and have to travel approx. 30 min. when on those rotations, however, all of the residents that I worked with said that they see those rotations as bonuses. I was told that the teaching at the private hospitals was still great and it gave you a chance to see more of the private side of pathology. Also, if you want to stay in Chicago, you make many connections with private groups, which I'm told is helpful when looking for jobs.
I only spent a couple weeks there, but I went away impressed. If you have any specific questions, feel free to pm me.
They list as 12,000 as the surgical volume? Is this correct? That's pretty low for a University hospital. How's the volume at the community hospitals?
I would say yes but it depends on what you are looking for and your goals. U of C has a research/academic bias towards their recruitment. They have a number of excellent faculty including the director of surg path, and their facilities for grossing, conferences, etc are second to none. The location of the hospital, however, is not quite so prestigious.Overall, how is the U of C path program? Is it the best in Illinois?
In response to your previous question, "Is it the best in IL?" I say it is - no bias of course. PM me if you you have more specific questions.The location is in a bad part of Chicago? Would it be a bad idea for an out-of-stater to rotate there? Finding housing at the University wouldn't be bad but I'm worried about looking for housing in the surrounding area.