Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- How do Saint Joseph Residents perform on examinations?
Our sponsoring departments of Medicine and General Surgery have been highly successful in the passage of board exams with rates of 90% and 100%, respectively.
- How are residents evaluated during residency?
Residency is a time for trainees to grow and improve their skills in order to become successful, well-rounded physicians. With that in mind, the process of evaluation and feedback is continuous during residency training at Saint Joseph Hospital. We have applied the ACGME Core Competencies to create a list of goals for a resident at each level of training. This helps both the resident and the evaluator have a common understanding of our expectations.
Each month, residents receive evaluations from colleagues and attending physicians. Our behavioral scientist, Dr Laurie Honor, Ph.D. works with housestaff to improve interpersonal and communication skills, and patient-physician interactions through direct observation and videotaped interviews. Residents meet semi-annually with the program director to review their performance.
- Does the program encourage scholarly activities?
The program encourages each resident to complete at least one scholarly activity during training. We host an annual Clinical Vignette and Poster competition and encourage participation and support for the fall regional ACP Associates Meeting. Residents also may join a research project (see below) or write an article, abstract or case report. Faculty members are very willing to help with these ventures.
- What research opportunities are available during training?
Completion of a research project is not required for the Transitional Program. However, residents will gain a better understanding of research methodology and enhance their ability to critically analyze medical literature by attending lectures regarding medical epidemiology/biostatics and accessing research materials that guide them through the various stages of research. Various faculty members serve as mentors for the residents and statistical assistance is also available.
In addition to resident-driven research, several faculty members are involved in research projects in areas such as HIV Medicine, Cardiology, End-of-Life Medicine/Palliative Care and Geriatrics.
- What is Saint Joseph Hospital looking for in a resident?
Candidates who are highly motivated, eager to learn and work well with others will be given strong consideration and are encouraged to apply.
- What is the patient population at Saint Joseph Hospital and the affiliated training sites?
Chicago's broad cultural and ethnic variety is well represented in Saint Joseph Hospital's patient population. The continuity clinic experiences at outside sites enhance the exposure to patients from the socioeconomic continuum.
- What is the call schedule?
ICU and CCU residents are on call overnight every fourth day. Medicine Floor teams take long call (until 9 p.m.) every fifth day, at which time the Night Float team takes over admissions. In addition, the CCU and Medical Floor have a short call system.
- Is there a lot of "scut work" to perform?
Saint Joseph Hospital provides 24-hour phlebotomy, transportation services, EKGs, respiratory therapists and more to help minimize the amount of "scut work" for residents. In addition, the nursing staff has promotes a collegial working environment.
- Is it hard to find affordable housing in Chicago?
Saint Joseph Hospital is located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Chicago. Most of our residents choose to live nearby, where one-bedroom apartments rent for on average $800-$1,000 per month. Lincoln Park, Lake Michigan, bookstores, grocery stores and fitness facilities are all within walking distance of the hospital.
- Does the program provide support for educational expenses?
- Is the program accredited?
Yes, the program received full four-year accreditation from the ACGME in July 2008.