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Letter From Our Chief Resident

Nathan Smith, MDWelcome to the Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency Program website. This is an exciting time for you, I’m sure, and we are honored that you are considering completing your residency training with us. Please have a look around our website. I am certain you will begin to discover some of the things that make us a fantastic training site for future family medicine physicians, whether you are interested in outpatient, inpatient, or more traditional combined settings.

One of the greatest strengths of our program lies in the breadth of experience you can and will gain just by going through your regular work day. We are a truly unopposed program with only a couple of caveats. We do have Rush emergency medicine residents and Northwestern PM&R residents who rotate through our hospital, but our family medicine residency is the only residency program fully based within Rush Copley. Because of this, you will have the opportunity to work directly with attendings from a wide array of other specialties. Our specialists are among our program’s greatest assets, and they love to work with us and teach at every possible opportunity. Our residents maintain an onsite outpatient continuity clinic. Here, you will function as the primary care physician for your own panel of patients, and also see patients for same day sick visits. On the inpatient side, we admit all of our own clinic patients, as well as the patients of several community family medicine attendings. Our wonderful faculty and community attendings are all very knowledgeable, accessible, and clearly invested in our learning and professional development. Our inpatient duties also include responding to in-house emergencies. We lead rapid response teams and respond to all code blues. Due to these experiences, our residents become highly competent in both the outpatient and inpatient settings.

Another of our program’s greatest strengths lies in the training site itself. We are essentially a community family medicine program with a big university affiliation. This creates a “best of both worlds” situation, due to the fact that we are able to learn to practice in a community setting while still maintaining access to all of the resources that Rush University Medical Center has to offer. These resources include, but are certainly not limited to, endless elective opportunities and access to the Rush online library. There is also no way I could write this and not mention our wonderful staff, including our amazing nurses who received Magnet recognition in 2020 for outstanding performance, and my fellow residents, all of whom I consider close personal friends. We are truly fortunate to have such incredible coworkers to support us in our common goal of providing exceptional care for all of our patients.

Our hospital is located on the east side of Aurora, IL, the second most populous city in Illinois. Our residents live in a variety of communities in the surrounding area, including Naperville, which is commonly ranked as one of the safest cities in the country, and one of the best cities to raise a family. Naperville also has a wide range of restaurants, local events, and a highly underrated night life. Our surrounding area offers a myriad of opportunities for outdoor activities, due to the availability of innumerable nature preserves. We also have easy access to Chicago, one of the greatest and most vibrant cities in the world, through our Metra system, or through a quick 40-minute drive, depending on traffic of course!

These are just a few of the factors that I believe make our residency program is truly a special place to train. Should you have any questions regarding our program, please feel free to reach out to me at Nathan.Smith@rushcopley.com. I would like to thank you again for considering us, and I look forward to hopefully calling you a colleague and a friend in the near future.

Nathan S. Smith, M.D.
Chief Resident
Class of 2021