University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System at Chicago (UI Hospital)

With over 400 beds and seven intensive care units, the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System at Chicago is host to the Chicago area's largest group of physicians at one location. The Medical Center receives almost $80 million a year in research grants from the National Institutes of Health and related agencies and provides primary and multi-specialty care to adults and children.

 UI Hospital and the health-related disciplines (Medicine, Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health) reside on the West Campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), one of the 50 foremost universities in the United States for federal research support and the principal educator of health-care professionals for the state of Illinois. A short walk away is the East Campus, home to the many other colleges of UIC.

Researchers at the University of Illinois Cancer Center work together to study and improve the care, prevention and treatment of cancer. Collaborative research activities are promoted, bringing together a variety of disciplines and including basic, clinical, prevention and control studies.

Surgical Pathology rotations at UI Hospital offer the resident a broad exposure to a wide variety of complex specimens, including an emphasis on melanoma and ophthalmic, soft tissue, hepatic, gastrointestinal, and transplantation (liver, kidney, small bowel, pancreas, and islet cell) pathology.  Cytopathology rotations allow training in performance and interpretation of fine needle aspiration biopsies, as well as interpretation of gynecologic and non-gynecologic specimens.  The Clinical Laboratories provide training in multiple aspects of clinical pathology practice: Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Transfusion Medicine, Hematopathology, HLA/ Tissue Typing, Cytogenetics, and Molecular Pathology.

Resources for diagnostic purposes and scholarly activities include flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, laser microdissection, tissue banking, informatics and molecular pathology services.  Research experiences are strongly encouraged.  Residents participate frequently in hospital-wide multidisciplinary conferences, departmental conferences, and medical student teaching.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (ALGH)


Advocate Health Care is a not-for-profit integrated health care delivery network covering northern Illinois and is the largest fully integrated not-for-profit health care delivery system in metropolitan Chicago. Advocate Health Care, which traces its beginnings back 100 years, is recognized as one of the top 10 systems in the country, with eight hospitals and more than 200 sites of care.

 Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (ALGH) participate in the UIC Pathology Residency. It is a superb example of a dynamic community hospital with faculty members who exemplify the broad range of community pathologist activities, including the multiple facets of anatomic and clinical pathology, administrative roles, and community/ advocacy activities, in addition to teaching and publishing.

ALGH, located in the northwest Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, is a 617-bed teaching, research and tertiary care hospital, Level I trauma center, and one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago area. Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital, one of the most comprehensive providers of pediatric care in the state, is located in the same facility. ALGH participates in many residency programs, including several programs based solely at ALGH (for example, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Family Practice, and Psychiatry) and several programs that are part of affiliated residencies (such as Pathology, Surgery, and Emergency Medicine). Several post-residency fellowships are sponsored by ALGH, as well. The volume and diversity of patient specimens results in a rich educational environment.

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center is a 188-bed acute care facility, which also encompasses four outpatient clinics. Jesse Brown VAMC provides care to approximately 60,000 veterans who reside in the City of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois and in six counties in northwestern Indiana. 

This medical center is located in the Illinois Medical District and is a 5-10 minute walk from UI Hospital. This site provides residents with yet another practice environment in which to learn - a federally-funded institution.  In addition, the different patient population offers additional opportunities from which to learn.

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital 

In 2002, the new Stroger Hospital opened its doors to the public. As the largest County public works project to date, costing over $623 million, new state-of-the-art medical facility represents Cook County's commitment to serving its residents. Designed first and foremost to meet the needs of the patients, the new hospital combines the most up-to-date technology, efficient design and contemporary setting. The hospital's 1.2 million square feet organizes services in a "main street" style layout that accommodates the needs of patients, physicians and staff. Surgical Pathology Service Suite/Laboratories: The Surgical Pathology laboratory includes a 600 square foot lab used for gross dissection of surgical specimens with four individually-ventilated workstations and a digital photography set-up for gross photographs of specimens. In addition, there is an adjoining 110 square foot laboratory for frozen sectioning that includes two cryotomes, a ventilated histologic staining set-up, and a 3-headed microscope.