Internal Medicine Residency Program Overview and Application Information

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Swedish Hospital strives to shape residents into well-rounded, knowledgeable and compassionate physicians. Residents will have the unique opportunity to work in one of the most diverse communities of Illinois, where the patient population has a wide array of pathologies. Over the course of three years, residents will have the autonomy and support to develop their clinical judgement so they are prepared for life after residency. The program has been granted continued accreditation by the ACGME through 2027. 

Important ERAS 2023 Application Update

For the 2023 ERAS cycle, our program will be participating to receive information for the supplemental ERAS application offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. Applicants will be required to complete the MyERAS application, and participation in the supplemental ERAS application is optional. In its second year of use, the supplemental ERAS application is designed to help students share more information about themselves and assist our program in finding applicants’ that fit our setting and mission. There is no cost to applicants and participation is optional.

The Supplemental ERAS Application Includes:

  • Geographic preferences (by region and by urban or rural setting)
  • Information about their most meaningful experiences and other impactful life events, if applicable; and
  • Program Signals



    Internal Medicine Teaching Service (5 blocks)
    Cardiac Care Unit (2 blocks)
    Intermediate Medical Care Unit (2 blocks)
    Elective (2 blocks)
    Cardiology (1 block)
    Gastroenterology (1 block)


    Internal Medicine Teaching Service (4 blocks)
    Cardiac Care Unit (1 block)
    Intermediate Medical Care Unit (1 block)
    Nephrology (1 block)
    Infectious Diseases (1 block)
    Neurology (1 block)
    Pulmonology (1 block)
    Hematology/Oncology (1 block)
    Elective (2 blocks)


    Internal Medicine Teaching Service (5 blocks)
    Intensive Care Unit (1 block)
    Palliative and Addiction (1 block)
    Endocrinology (1 block)
    Geriatrics (1 block)
    Rheumatology (1 block)
    Emergency medicine (1 block)
    Elective (2 blocks)
All residents also have one half-day of resident clinic a week at Erie Family Health Center on Foster Ave, as well as call shifts monthly. PGY-1 residents cover teaching service patients on general medical and tele floors, while PGY-2 and PGY-3 are on call on in the intermediate medical care unit cardiac care unit (IMCU and CCU). 

Conferences and Scholarly Activity

In addition to preparing case presentations for morning reports and noon conferences regularly, each resident is responsible for leading five major conferences throughout their residency, including Tumor Board, Clinical Pathology Conference, Ambulatory Conference, Morbidity and Mortality and Journal Club. Residents must also complete at least one Quality Improvement (QI) and one research project before graduation. 

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Application Information

The Swedish Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program considers each application individually; therefore, we do not have any specific test score criteria. Interviews are offered on a case-by-case basis. All applications must be submitted through ERAS online system. In addition to the application and personal statement, Swedish Covenant Health requires the following documents to be considered: 

  • All applications must be submitted through ERAS.
  • COMLEX Scores (D.O. applicants)
    • COMLEX 1 Pass
    • COMLEX 2 CE Pass
  • USMLE Scores (M.D. or D.O. applicants)
    • USMLE 1 Pass
    • USMLE 2CK Pass
  • ECFMG sponsored J1 visas accepted.
  • Our hospital does not directly sponsor any type of visas.
  • One year of training in the US clinic or hospital setting.
  • We require three letters of recommendation, in addition to your Dean's letter.
  • Graduation from Medical School within three years of application date preferred

Contact Us 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Medical Education office at 773-989-3808 or