Combined Medicine and Pediatrics Residency

Welcome from the Directors

Dr. Nate Derhammer

Hello! Thanks for your interest in Loyola's combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program.

When I matched into Med-Peds training at Loyola, I was ecstatic. However, even the overwhelmingly positive emotions I felt at that time could not have prepared me for the amazing experiences I've had since arriving on campus in 2003.

From the cutting-edge patient care to the endless teaching and learning opportunities, I remain enamored with the Loyola culture. Following my residency, I was honored to spend a year as Internal Medicine Chief Resident before transitioning into a role as Associate Program Director. I stayed on as Associate Program Director for several years but was thrilled by the opportunity to assume the responsibilities of program directorship in 2014.

I enjoy delivering care to patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings and maintaining a close relationship with the residents I supervise in continuity clinic. In fact, relationships are one of the core reasons for my love of this institution in general and this residency program in particular.

The Loyola Med-Peds residency program is as dynamic an entity as its categorical counterparts. The educational mission of the institution is reflected in our dedication to providing an enriching, evidence-based, well-rounded training experience. We rely heavily on resident feedback to keep our program structure congruent with the needs of today's learners. Your outstanding preparation for future endeavors is reflected in our terrific board pass rates, as well as the diverse career choices and practice locations of our alumni.

As you consider your options for residency training, I hope you will take a close look at Loyola. I know you will like what you see!

Nate Derhammer, MD, FAAP, FACP
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Program Director, Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency


Message from the Associate Program Director

Dr. Ellen Parker

Welcome!

My name is Ellen Parker and I am the Associate Program Director for the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program at Loyola University Medical Center. I’m originally from the Chicagoland area but attended undergraduate and medical school in Omaha, NE at Creighton University. I graduated in 2012 and became a part of the Loyola Med-Peds Family, completing my residency here in 2016. Afterwards, I followed in the footsteps of many Loyola Med-Peds alumni and completed a Chief year in the Department of Pediatrics.

My clinical practice at Loyola is diverse. I see kids and adults in a Loyola Med-Peds Primary Care Clinic in Oak Park, IL and Elmhurst, IL and am able to attend on inpatient medicine and pediatric services, including the nursery. As part of my academic appointment, I facilitate small groups and mentoring at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine. I am passionate about graduate medical education, adult learning theory, resiliency, and quality improvement. I love helping trainees navigate residency as it is a busy time in adulthood. Indeed, during my own residency, my wife and I got married and had 2 kids!

I feel blessed to be continuing on the legacy of the Loyola Med-Peds Family. We have THE largest Med-Peds Faculty in the country, a statistic that you experience every day in your encounters with faculty on the wards and in clinic. Faculty are approachable and dedicated. We seek to train outstanding Internists and Pediatricians, and Loyola’s unique location just outside Chicago’s western city limits ensures diverse urban and suburban clinical encounters during training.

Med-Peds is an amazing career choice. No other residency allows you as many choices on lifestyle and practice type. No other residency affords you so much breadth of training, and nowhere is that more true than at Loyola. Our graduates practice primary care, hospital medicine, urgent care, combined sub-specialty care, academic medicine, and transition medicine. Come see why so many Med-Peds faculty call Loyola home!

Ellen Parker, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

About the Combined Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program

With its first graduating class beginning their training in 1982, Loyola’s Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program has been going strong for over 30 years.

Given the extent of its Med-Peds roots, Loyola has a strong Med-Peds presence.  We have over thirty full-time Med-Peds trained faculty at Loyola working in outpatient clinics, inpatient wards, and medical education. Med-Peds-trained faculty serve as directors of Inpatient Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care, Institutional Quality and Safety, the Internal Medicine Clerkship, and even the Office of Graduate Medical Education. We benefit from an outstanding working relationship between our core programs and their corresponding Departments. Transitions of care are uniquely facilitated at our institution because of the inter-departmental relationships and impact of the Med-Peds community.

The educational philosophies of the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics are similar. Both adult and pediatric patients are admitted to resident-run services.  Patient-centered teaching rounds occur daily with your attending.  Daily rounds contain elements of both didactic teaching and bedside learning. Resident patients are not managed by private attendings at Loyola.   Our residents are continuously involved in medical student education and have access to multiple teaching opportunities in the Stritch School of Medicine.

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Poster Representation at Fall 2016 Regional MPPDA Meeting

Both Departments have a strong commitment to inpatient and outpatient training and providing high-quality, evidence-based care to a diverse patient population.  Your time at Loyola will include everything from caring for extreme premies in a level III NICU to performing gynecologic exams in your clinic to managing LVADs in the CCU. You will rotate from seeing subspecialty patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings to working in a level I Emergency Department.  You will provide care to our veterans at a large, tertiary care VA Hospital. We strive to provide you with a training curriculum characterized by the breadth and depth of its experiences.

Loyola Med-Peds residents are held in high regard at our institution and become leaders in the medical community. We have an exceptional rate of Med-Peds resident selection as categorical Chief Residents.  Our graduates consistently attain success above national averages on board certifications and we are proud to boast 98% and 94% first-time pass rates on General Internal Medicine and General Pediatrics certification exams, respectively, over the last 15 years. We will do all we can to help you become an outstanding Internist and Pediatrician. 

Be A Part Of The Tradition!

Chili Cook-Off 2014
Chili Cook-Off 2014. We're Gonna Need A Bigger Lens!

What is Combined Medicine and Pediatrics?

Perhaps this statement from the Med-Peds section of the American Academy of Pediatrics says it best:

Internal Medicine-Pediatrics trained physicians embody the skills, wisdom, and dedication of pediatricians and internists in a single physician. Med-Peds training and practice synthesizes two complex disciplines into a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Capitalizing on the focus, depth, and evidence base incumbent to training in and practicing the two disciplines, Med-Peds physicians bring a unique insight and scope to the care of patients throughout their life span. Caring for multiple generations of the same family lends them intrinsic comprehension of family dynamics, epidemiology and the impact of acute or chronic illness at all ages, all in the context of family systems. Coupled with this special continuity are the tremendous rewards of durable relationships as the health mentor for families over several decades. Med-Peds physicians draw from the rich repertoire of knowledge and skills of pediatricians and internists to bring great flexibility in their approach to clinical medicine. The same adaptability provides a special versatility to follow many paths throughout their career, including patient care as generalist, hospitalist, emergency room physician or subspecialist; research; administration; public health; and education. Increasingly they occupy special niches within the medical community, such as the care of adults with transitional illnesses like cystic fibrosis, diabetes, congenital heart disease, etc. Capable of emphasizing whichever component of their skill set an individual patient or community requires, they enjoy popularity amongst patients, colleagues, and recruiters in a vast array of practice styles and locales.

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Affiliated Hospitals

Loyola University Hospital
Loyola University Hospital at the Loyola University Medical Center provides comprehensive primary and specialty care to a large, diverse patient population. Loyola University Hospital is the flagship academic institution with the Trinity Health network. Loyola is consistently nationally-ranked in numerous specialties and serves as tertiary and quarternary referral center for high complexity patients. Loyola has robust solid organ and bone marrow transplant programs and offers a large number of specialty units, including coronary care, medical intensive care, neuro-intensive care, burn intensive care, and bone marrow transplantation units.

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
Adjacent to the Medical Center Campus is the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. This facility, sprawled over a 147-acre campus, has an ambulatory care center, substance abuse clinic and specialty units for rehabilitation medicine, geriatric medicine and intensive care. Hines is a tertiary care referral center within the Veterans Administration network and provide exposure to a wide range of patients and medical conditions.

Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital
Located on the Loyola University Medical Center campus, the 125-bed Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital offers expert-level pediatric services from more than 40 medical and surgical specialties and delivers care to a broad geographic region of patients with all levels of complexity and acuity.

A Med-Peds resident can expect to spend approximately 30% of their inpatient medicine months at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and all of their inpatient pediatric months at the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital.