Our Internal Medicine Primary Care track academic program offers the unique opportunity to train both at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Health  (CCH). Residents spend 50% of their time at each institution, thereby acquiring a broad skill set that will afford them the flexibility to work in different settings upon completion of their training.

At Cook County Health we are strongly committed to providing high quality, evidence-based care to diverse, underserved populations with dignity and respect. We hope to affect change by addressing the social determinants of health that will result in a more just and equal delivery of health care, which will ultimately affect the health of our society as a whole.

At Rush University Medical Center we work in a team-based environment at our state-of-the-art medical center. We strive to deliver excellent medical care through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships.

Both institutions offer a very collegial and diverse environment that fosters the development of clinical skills, as well as strong and enduring relationships with each other and our patients—our residents feel at home in both places.

The Internal Medicine Primary Care track focuses on providing trainees with the theoretical knowledge and practical tools that clinicians will need in order to succeed in maintaining and promoting the health of the population that we serve, for acute and chronic conditions, in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Of the vast array of medical services available at Rush University Medical Center, the following are of particular interest as they enhance our housestaff’s learning experience: transplant service (heart, kidney, liver, pancreas, and bone marrow), left ventricular assist devices placement, electrophysiology testing, and pacemakers and defibrillator implantation.

Among the most rewarding, gratifying and eye-opening experiences that our program has to offer are the electives and workshops especially geared to the primary care residents: addiction medicine, correctional medicine (housed at the legendary Cook County Jail), LGBTQ medicine, migrant health, survivors of torture and human trafficking, as well as global health and sports medicine.

In 2015, the Cook County – Rush Primary Care Internal Medicine program was 1 of only 8 primary care residency programs in the United States awarded the Residency Training in Primary Care grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). With more than $973,000 in funding over five years, our program is able to ensure the continued availability of these experiences that are unique to our program, including medical Spanish and Latino cultural competency training.

As a graduate of this program, I am highly enthusiastic about what we have to offer and I hope that our graduates continue to choose to stay at CCH and Rush University Medical Center in order to serve the diverse community in and around Chicago. With a renewed emphasis on the importance of primary care on a national level, leadership at both institutions is strongly committed to support our efforts. We welcome you to explore our program, our institutions, and what the city of Chicago has to offer. I have no doubt that you will be impressed with what you see!

Irene Aluen Metzner, MD
Residency Director
Internal Medicine – Primary Care Track
Cook County Health

Caspian Kuma Folmsbee, MD
Associate Residency Director
Internal Medicine – Primary Care Track
Rush University Medical Center