What Sets Us Apart
The Saint Joseph Hospital/Chicago, IL PM&S-36 is the largest PM&S-36 in the Chicago area. The size of the program allows us to cover more affiliated sites (approximately 24) than most other residency programs. With five residents in each of the three years, the program offers coverage to a diverse patient population in different stages of acuity within the Chicagoland area and suburbs. When residents are out of town for seminar presentations; there are always other residents ready to assist where needed.
We believe that teaching is the most important aspect of resident training. We have worked over the years to recruit an attending staff who allow residents to work, absent of humiliation and embarrassment, especially while treating or operating on patients. The interaction between teacher and student is one of the most important aspects of our program.
Research is conducted during each year of training. All residents have the opportunity to participate in research projects. The PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents currently prepare manuscripts and posters to be presented at research competitions and at the annual meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons as well as the American Podiatric Medical Association. In 2010, Saint Joseph Hospital entered five poster competitions.
The environment within the program is cooperative and friendly. Program directors are hands-on administrators who are always available to residents and students in the program. Meetings are held twice a month and residents are treated as equals. Residents, in turn, are expected to conduct their duties in a mature, professional manner and manage the rotation schedule appropriately. The Academic Affairs office is very pro-resident and handles concerns promptly. Residents have their own offices with computers and a conference room is available for meetings. The program's stipend and benefits are some of the best in the area that include generous meal and CME allowances.