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Letter From Our Chief Resident

Daniel Murphy, MD, Chief Resident

Welcome to Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency Program,

Our program has a total of 12 residents, which means we spend a good amount of time together.  Consequently, we place a high importance on healthy working relationships and good teamwork.  Covering a 210-bed hospital with just 12 residents means we do work hard.  Being small, however, also allows us to have a curriculum that can adapted to your professional interests.  Many larger programs boast “track programs”.  At Rush Copley, we can knock on our advisor’s door and request to get more experience in particular areas of interest.

Family medicine is the only residency program based at Rush Copley.  Our program provides hospital coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… not just to admit our patients, but to respond to in-house emergencies, such as rapid responses and codes.   There is not an area of the hospital that we do not go.  Whatever your professional interests are, we have the opportunity for you to explore those interests.  In the last two years, our graduates have taken positions in hospitalist medicine, outpatient-only clinics, and urgent care.  (In the spirit of full disclosure, you may encounter other residents here.  However, we are the only ones based here.  We do have Northwestern physical medicine and rehab residents that rotate one at a time through our acute rehab floor.  Rush University’s emergency medicine residents also rotate through our ER.  Do not worry… our ER is one of the busiest in the state and there is never a shortage of patients for us to see.)

Our campus is located on the far East side of Aurora, about 40 miles from downtown Chicago.  We are very close to Naperville and less than a mile from Kendall County.  The City of Aurora has the second largest population in the state, next to Chicago, of course.  Aurora is home to a large Spanish-speaking population, and most of our patients.  Naperville, by some sources, is the wealthiest city in the state and often towards the top of lists for “best places to raise a family”.  Kendall County, similarly, is the wealthiest county in the state, but much more rural and home to many farms.  Our surrounding community is truly diverse and is rich in culture.  There is plenty of opportunity here to learn, to contribute, and to enjoy the culture, both professionally and personally. While many of us spend much of our time in downtown Naperville and Aurora, we are also only a Metra ride away from Union station, Chicago.

Rush Copley Medical Center has been rated in the top 10 of “Top Chicago Area Workplaces” in 2015 and 2016 by the Chicago Tribune.  In 2017, we kept the tradition alive, as the highest rated healthcare employer on the list.  I could talk for days about our program, our hospital, and our location, but take a look for yourself.  If you like what you see, I encourage you to apply as you may be the right fit to represent Rush Family Medicine.

Sincerely,

Daniel Murphy, MD, MS
Chief Resident (PGY3)
Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency Program